Just in time for the holidays – George Brown College student creates signature cocktail for Toronto

Toronto, ON, December 17, 2015 — New York has the Manhattan. Singapore has the Sling. But there currently isn’t a cocktail that Toronto can call its own. Until now that is.

In partnership with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, George Brown College recently hosted the Toronto Winning Ways cocktail competition. Students were invited to create cocktails to capture the spirit of what makes Toronto a great place to live, work and play.

Claire Freel, a student in George Brown’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, won the competition with her creation, the Toronto Wise Guy—a concoction featuring rye whiskey, ginger ale, ginger beer, soda water, fresh mint and lime. Freel’s cocktail was selected for its balance, distinctive flavour, aesthetic appeal and quality of ingredients.

“The cocktail is a play on the flare of a classic mojito, the smooth simplicity of a rye and ginger blended with the flavours of a dark'n'stormy, all with a Canadian twist,” says Freel. “I was inspired by Toronto‘s diversity. People in this city are from all over the world and it makes sense to blend cocktails that were just as international into something delicious.”

The Toronto Wise Guy will be served as the feature drink at the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Annual Gala Network Reception on January 18, 2016. 

The competition judges included Anne Sado, President of George Brown College; Jan De Silva, President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; Michael Bonacini, Co-owner of O&B Restaurant Group; Stephen LeDrew, CP24 Host and Commentator; Robin Goodfellow, Bartender and Partner at Bar Raval and Ryan Powell, Trade Marketing Manager-Education, Corby.

Robin Goodfellow of Toronto’s Bar Raval believes Freel’s cocktail will be popular in bars and restaurants, especially over the holidays. “For the most part, people love whiskey and ginger,” says Goodfellow. “The Toronto Wise Guy definitely has all the flavours that I know Torontonians love.”

Claire Freel is a student in the Advanced Wine and Beverage Business Management postgraduate program. The program explores all the key sectors of alcoholic beverages, wine, beer and spirits and there is a major focus on the business skills needed by the industry. Students gain superior knowledge of beverage alcohol products and acquire skills in financial management, business management, human resources, marketing and communications. The program is full time, completed over three semesters.

About George Brown College

Toronto’s George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 142 full-time programs and 193 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 25,800 (full-time enrolment) students, including over 3,500 international students; and over 62,800 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees. www.georgebrown.ca

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