All in Drink like the Swiss

Absinthe Crème Caramel

Absinthe Crème Caramel

"I climbed out of the window, right past the police officer at my door, and I went to warn my friends."

So said the woman on the video, as the camera zoomed in on her knee high leather boots.

"I came in through the front door—boy was the cop surprised to see me. I invited him in and made him a coffee, but I had to promise not to tell anyone that I'd gotten out."

Caesar

Caesar

The Caesar was invented in my hometown of Calgary in 1969, the same year that my mum moved from Switzerland to Canada.

And she was in good company. Immigration from Switzerland to Canada really began in the late 1800s, when the Canadian Pacific Railway hired three dozen Swiss guides to help set up mountaineering tourism in the Rockies.

Apricot Spritzer

Abricotine Spritzer

High on a Walliser mountain is the tiny community of Mund, who harvest no more than five kilos per year. Saffron grows from crocus flowers, each bloom yielding only three thin scarlet threads. It takes over a hundred flowers to make a single gram, which can cost upwards of 30 francs.

Hugo

Hugo

Hugo was the invention of a beardy, south Tirolean barkeep vagabond who mixed together Zitronenmelissensirup (lemon balm syrup), Prosecco, mint, and a spritz of soda water, thought up a name off the top of his head, and served it to regulars at his bar in Naturns in 2005.

Vin Blanc Chaud

Vin Blanc Chaud

In mid December, I took in the Strasbourg Christmas market with my buddies Lauren and Emily. The highlight was lovely steaming cups of warm, spiced white wine that went right to our heads. 

A couple of sips and our eyes got glassy, our speech emotional, and the cobblestones became difficult to negotiate.

It was some good mulled wine.