The Toronto Temperance Society
At long, long last, they’re coming back. We’re talking cocktails here, magical concoctions as they were originally intended and enjoyed, pre-prohibition times. Some had been misplaced, others simply forgotten – although not so much in Cuba and certainly not in Japan.
Some of our drinks are new, yes, but the majority have been adapted from recipes that go back a hundred years and more. And some of those old beauties, of course, were only perfect to begin with and invited – demanded, even – no tweaking whatsoever. We’d have had to take a penalty if we had.
Mostly, then, we’re loving revivalists and the beauty there is that, with each re-creation, we allow you to taste a little piece of history. We’re going to get better at it, too. Already, we’re making many of our syrups and mixes according to the ancients and, as we continue to assemble essential ingredients, our constantly expanding repertoire will, one day soon, bring you such classics as The Aviation and The Last Word.
But a word or two of caution: Many of these drinks were originally created for tastes slightly different than today’s – tastes that have been worn down and altered by decades of the sodium and sugars that have colonized our food processing.
So, please, then, try thinking of us as somewhat of a spirit guide. Let us maybe break you in with some gentle introduction. We know there’s a place for these cocktails; we’re counting on there soon be a love.