Canada Day: A celebration of Canada's best with the Ultimate Canadian Martini

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Canada has consistently ranked among the top ten
countries in which to live in the world. This Canada Day (July 1) celebrate
the best our country has to offer by hosting the definitive red and white
maple leaf party.

    Because freedom of speech, will and expression are naturally a part of
Canada's culture, consider this party host's Top Ten list of Canada's best:

    1.  Mike Myers. From Austin to Love Guru, the comic from Scarborough is
        one of this country's national treasures. A DVD of Wayne's World
        could make a fun, unique hostess gift

    2.  Hockey. Basketball. Lacrosse. Canadians invented all of these games
        and continue to show the world how to play them. Use sports
        memorabilia to help decorate your place for your Canada Day party.

    3.  Pearl Pomegranate Vodka. Made with fresh Canadian Rocky Mountain
        water and prairie wheat it's no wonder it kicked butt at the World
        Beverage Competition and brought home the platinum award for best
        flavoured vodka... in the world. This year make a toast to Canada
        with the Ultimate Canadian Martini.

    4.  Barbeque and Patio Season. Canadians appreciate the brevity of these
        seasons, making warm weather indulgences all the more enjoyable.
        Heck, we enjoy them in cooler weather as well. That's why parkas were
        invented. Canadians are master barbequers. It's a worldwide envy.

    5.  B.C. Salmon, PEI Mussels, Fresh Lake Trout. Coast to coast and every
        lake in between, Canada offers the most impressive seafood
        selections. All very barbeque-able.

    6.  Melissa Craig of Bearfoot Bistro. Recently named Canada's Best Chef
        by Gold Medal Plates, Melissa will be welcoming the world to the
        Whistler restaurant during the 2010 Olympic Games. Women chefs rock.

    7.  Tim Horton's. Straight-forward, pronounceable coffee every time.
        Perfect with seasonal berries for a great Canadian dessert.

    8.  Poutine. Montreal Smoked Meat. Tortière. Hey, we're a bilingual
        nation. Thankfully we also have free healthcare. Forgo counting all
        calories or fat content July 1.

    9.  Local produce. This red and white go green. Buy from local farmers.
        In fact, keep the "Made in Canada" theme all year.

    10. Great Big Sea. Jully Black. kd lang. Some of Canada's greatest
        vocalists and musicians help create the perfect ambiance and may be
        the only place where you can have k.d. lang together with a barbequed
        skewer of beef.

    Each of us has our own ideas of what makes Canada great. This Canada Day,
start the conversation with others at your own backyard or cottage party. And
when it's time to hold up your glass to Canada, make it the Ultimate Canadian

    The Ultimate Canadian Martini
    2 oz. Pearl(R) Pomegranate Vodka
    Splash of Apple Liqueur
    1 oz. pomegranate or cranberry juice
    Squeeze of fresh lime.
    Rim martini glass with red sugar (found in the cake decorating section),
Pour ingredients into a martini shaker and strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with a thin apple slice floating on top with a miniature Canadian
flag. Oh Canada!

    To see how to make this delicious Canadian-inspired cocktail, click here
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    Ultra-premium Pearl Pomegranate Vodka, which retails for $29.95, can be
found at select LCBO stores throughout Ontario. For other tasty cocktail and
food recipes visit

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For further information: Aline Bardakjian - (416) 508-7929 or Karen
Petcoff - (416) 275-6844

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