Canadian Cocktail Recommendation: L’Habitant

12 Oct

This is a lesser-known Canadian cocktail than the last one I shared (though there still are over 8 million Google references, so it isn’t by any means obscure), which deserves to be better known, IMO; it’s so easy to make…

L’Habitant, or the Habitant cocktail, is named after the original French farmers who settled in Quebec; ‘Habitant’ is also the name of a line of Canadian soups (the French-Canadian pea soup is their best-known brand), and “Les Habitants”, or more commonly, “the Habs”, is the nickname of the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team.

The recipe is simple: 1 1/2 oz. Canadian whisky, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, and 1/4 oz. maple syrup, shaken with ice, and strained into a cocktail glass, garnished with a maraschino cherry.  (Rye whisky can be substituted.)

The sweetness of the maple syrup is balanced by the bite of the lemon juice; the combination is perfect, IMO.



Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Canada, cocktails, culture


6 responses to “Canadian Cocktail Recommendation: L’Habitant

  1. Carnivore

    October 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Man, you almost convinced me to expand my horizons. I’m strictly a martini man myself, gin of course – no need to even ask.

  2. Will S.

    October 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Never dabble in whisky, Carnivore?

    Ah well; à chacun son goût.

  3. Carnivore

    October 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Used to do single malts. Haven’t much experience with the better blended whiskeys.

  4. Will S.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Ah; I love single malts, too! But they’re too good for mixing, of course.

  5. Will S.

    December 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog.


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