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You have to try these rule-bending cocktail recipes with the 2021 Best New Canadian Whisky

Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky pairs well with sweet and savoury craft cocktail concoctions. Go on and make a whisk-y!
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Your whisky, your rules.

Voted 2021's Best New Product in the Canadian Whisky Category, Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky flies in the face of whisky-drinking tradition.

Named after Canada’s national bird, Gray Jay is symbolic of a new kind of Canadian whisky experience. Handcrafted in small batches by a craft distiller in Niagara Falls, the spirit is truly made in Canada from pure Canadian ingredients.

Gray Jay’s simple yet complex flavour profile is made for both the new and the experienced whisky drinker. With character notes of vanilla and caramel, balanced with charred oak and spice, the spirit’s medium-bodied and fruity palate guides you along a long, warm, and lightly sweet finish. 

As smooth and easy-drinking as it gets, Gray Jay is a whisky that you can call and make your own. It can be enjoyed by itself, on ice, mixed in a number of versatile and classic cocktails. 

From a Caesar that swaps vodka for whisky to a fall-friendly serving of apple cider spiked with Canadian whisky and lemon, they’re all ridiculously awesome. So spread your wings and explore these unique whisky cocktail recipes featuring Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky!


Gray Jay Caesar. Photo: @GrayJayWhisky

Gray Jay Caesar

This great-tasting twist on a Canadian classic is everything you love in a Caesar—with easy-drinking Gray Jay instead of vodka.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. of Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky
  • Lemon wedge
  • Celery salt
  • 3 dashes of Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes of hot sauce
  • 4 oz. of Clamato juice
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Celery stalk

Steps:

  • Use lemon wedge to wet the rim of a highball glass.
  • Dip rim in celery salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add Worchestershire and hot sauce.
  • Add Clamato juice.
  • Add Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky.
  • Stir.
  • Top with 1 shake of salt and 1 shake of black pepper. 
  • Garnish with celery stalk, lemon wedge, and anything else you like.

Gray Jay Smash

Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky pairs perfectly with apple cider and gets an extra kick from fresh lemon juice and cinnamon. It’s a ridiculously good and surprisingly simple to make cocktail. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. of Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky
  • 4 oz. of sweet apple cider
  • 0.5 oz. of fresh lemon juice
  • Cinnamon stick

Steps:

  • Combine the apple cider and lemon juice.
  • Add Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Gray Jay G3

Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky, grapefruit juice, and ginger ale are the main attractions of this drink—and they play very nicely together.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. of Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky
  • 2 oz. of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz. of ginger ale

Steps:

  • Combine grapefruit juice and Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky.
  • Shake for 3 seconds and pour into ice-filled glass.
  • Top with ginger ale.


Gray Jay Earl Grey. Photo: @GrayJayWhisky

Gray Jay Earl Grey

Turn your Earl Grey into an Earl Gray Jay with this twist on the old-fashioned tea.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea bag or teaspoon of Earl Grey tea
  • 1 oz. of Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters and syrup
  • 1 orange twist

Steps:

  • Infuse earl grey tea with Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky by combining tea leaves and whisky in an airtight container. Leave overnight for 20 hours 
  • Strain out tea leaves and combine with a few dashes of orange bitters and syrup 
  • Top it with an orange twist

Gray Jay Low

Try a new take on an old favourite with this refreshing, low-calorie whisky and ginger cocktail that packs flavour into every sip.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. of Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky
  • 1 orange wheel
  • 1 lemon wheel
  • 2 oz. of ginger ale
  • 2 oz. of tonic water
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Steps:

  • Add citrus wheels into glass and muddle.
  • Top with ice.
  • Add Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky.
  • Add ginger ale and tonic water.
  • Stir and add Angostura bitters.

Gray Jay Whisky Maple Spritz

Put a patriotic twist on this classic aperitif for a cocktail that’s perfect for lounging at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz of Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky 
  • 1 oz of Aperol 
  • 1 oz of Maple Syrup 
  • 1 orange wedge 
  • 3 oz Prosecco

Steps: 

  • Mix Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky with Aperol
  • Add Maple Syrup
  • Stir and add Prosecco.
  • Garnish with orange wedge.

Gray Jay Deluxe Canadian Whisky is now available at BC Liquor Stores.