LCBO Food & Drink Spring 2022


SEASONAL SIPS Elevate your G&T The loving union of gin and tonic water has cemented itself in the highball hall of fame. With the dizzying array of gins and dozens of premium tonics available today, the permutations and combinations are truly endless. Start with a basic ratio of one part gin to two parts tonic, and try these ideas to mix up your G&T game. To celebrate the season, our tart, refreshing Spring G&T (recipe on page 105) flavoured with cucumber and mint is the LCBO’s cocktail of the month for April. Visit to watch it being made.

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Looking for brunch inspiration? The Food & Drink archives have a number of recipes to take your egg game out of the chicken coop. Tiny quails’ eggs are often hard-boiled or fried as part of an hors d’oeuvre, and they play a strong supporting role in our hearty Confit of Chicken Gizzards with Greens and Soft- Boiled Eggs. Roughly 30 per cent larger than chicken eggs, duck eggs are richer and creamier, but can be swapped into any egg recipe, like the quick and easy Poached Eggs on Spinach and Polenta. And if you can get your hands on giant, yolk-heavy goose eggs this spring, whip up a fluffy Classic French Omelette. Quail and duck eggs are available at gourmet shops and Chinese supermarkets; goose eggs can be found at select farmers’ markets. Lay terms

Classic Tanqueray Dry Gin ( LCBO 2691, $30.95) + Fever-Tree Indian tonic + lime wedge

Canadian Empress 1908 Gin ( LCBO 557470, $52.95) + 1642 tonic + lemon wedge

Who to follow: @spicespoon When it comes to local food personalities, Shayma Saadat is a Renaissance woman: she’s a recipe devel­ oper, food stylist, photographer, storyteller and teacher. Naturally, her Instagram feed is both stunning and inspiring. With a Pakistani, Afghani and Persian background, she creates dishes that celebrate the home cooking along the Silk Route. Pay attention around Nowruz, the Persian New Year on March 20, when she might whip up her famous saffron rice dish tahdig .

Pink Malfy Gin Con Rosa ( LCBO 636068, $47.95) + Fentimans Pink Grapefruit tonic + pink grapefruit wedge

Seaside Isle of Harris Gin

( LCBO 16100, $88.50 ) + Canada Dry Premium tonic + kelp seasoning rim



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