Ah, summer…The season synonymous with trips to the family cottage, dips in the backyard pool, sun kissed bodies and quenching that summer thirst with the ultimate Canadian beverage!
Black Fly coolers have not only garnered international recognition with their beverages, but they are continuing to make history with their locally produced products.
With the reputation of being a ‘girly drink’, coolers have come a long way since its debut a couple of decades ago. However, consumer reports indicate that coolers are predominantly purchased by women as men tend to avoid them due to their fruity and overtly sweet flavours that unfortunately end in many cases with an all-too sobering pounding headache.
Coolers have suffered the ‘sweet’ stigma and in some cases rightfully so; that they can’t be consumed very often or in large amounts due to their high sugar content and if we are being brutally honest, the simple fact that most coolers just don’t provide the ‘punch or kick’ that many are looking for when purchasing an alcoholic beverage. However, times are changing and taste buds are evolving, especially with exposure to new products.
And with that, I introduce to you, Black Fly. Black Fly Beverage Company, Ontario’s first micro-distillery was founded in 2005 by husband & wife Rob Kelly and Cathy Siskind-Kelly after being awarded the first Distillery License granted in Ontario in over 100 years.
Just some of Black Fly’s beverages.
“The vision was to create MORE NATURAL and LESS SWEET premium spirit beverages using quality ingredients and innovative packaging. Like the iconic Canadian insect after which the company is named, Black Fly started small with determination to fly under the radar and deliver a mighty bite. Since that time, Black Fly has successfully developed and launched a lineup of unique premium spirit beverages that speak to what today’s consumers are looking for…innovative “NOT TOO SWEET” quality drinks.”
“In crafting new Black Fly mixed drinks, we always look to deliver authentic, classic flavours in the Black Fly style, which means we use quality ingredients, real juices, real spirits and always deliver what we promise – not too sweet, refreshing, ready-to-drink mixed drinks that are delicious all year round, – Cathy Siskind-Kelly, Co-Founder of Black Fly.
Like many start-up companies, Black Fly outgrew its original establishment as orders and demands grew for their unique locally produced products. Originally housed in an historic bank building in the heart of downtown London, Ontario, Black Fly Beverage Company moved its operation in May of 2008 to a state-of-the-art production facility located in the city’s leading industrial quarter.
Ten years after receiving the first distillery licence awarded in Ontario in 100 years, Black Fly Beverage Company has defied the odds of an Ontario start-up taking market share from the world’s biggest global brands. Having already captured 6% of the LCBO’s 240 million dollar ready-to-drink (RTD) market, and expanding distribution to nine Canadian provinces, three territories and four U.S. states, today Black Fly continues to innovate.
Being selective in liquor products, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much research and development went into both the flavour profiles and the packaging that Black Fly uses. When they say these products are not too sweet – they literally mean it. The beverages are sweetened with cane sugar as opposed to the standard high fructose corn syrup and it must be mentioned that for a typical ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage, the average sugar scale is normally between 9-16 grams per 100ml, whereas Black Fly coolers range between 4-7 grams.
The entire line-up of BlackFly’s mixed drinks include:
• Gin Tom Collins
• Vodka Cranberry
• Tequila Margarita
• Long Island Iced Tea
• Vodka Grapefruit
• Vodka Sour Grape
• Vodka Sour Raspberry
• Whiskey Sour
• Vodka Citrus
• Rum Punch
• Spiced Rum Mulled Cider
• Rum Mojito
• Vodka Blueberry
Aside from the fact that Black Fly’s 400mL bottles offer approximately 20% more volume than the typical 330mL bottles, the simple fact that you can actually throw these bad boys in the freezer and have your very own slushy libation is sheer genius! Think of your favorite flavour and now within a short matter of time you can have your very own slushy to cool you down during the hot summer months. No blenders, no ice to be bought and most importantly no precious time is lost making your drinks.
Their custom designed bottles are lightweight, non-breakable, BPA free, recyclable and re-sealable PET1 bottles that are quick to chill, convenient to enjoy straight from the bottle. PLUS, ice cubes fit right through the wide mouth tops; need I say more?!
The inspiration for the Black Fly name, the quality ingredients and real pure juices, Black Fly flavours, the unique packaging & lightweight non-breakable & convenient re-sealable bottles came from our roots in Northern Ontario cottage country and our love of the Canadian outdoors and Canadian values.
With their striving success, Black Fly has appeared on the successful Food Network show, Food Factory showing how their “all natural products” become their flavourful coolers.
Nothing pleases me more than to support a product that I enjoy and knowing that it’s locally made and one in which it “strives to work with as many local suppliers and trade partners as possible in an effort to support Ontario and Canadian businesses, celebrate Canadian talent, and reduce our environmental footprint by shopping LOCAL.”
Having the arduous task of being poolside, enjoying the hot summer temperature that Mother Nature provided me, I took it upon myself to try the various flavours that Black Fly offers.
And the verdict…Refreshing and delicious! But don’t take my word for it. Go out and enjoy their unique thirst quenching flavours!
Starting the holiday festivities🎄🎉 on a high note, having dinner at the exclusive
Royal Ottawa Golf Club‼️‼️ @royalottawagc
Chef @jaynords and his brigade delivered on impeccable flavours and creativity that left me wanting for more!!😋😍
I was in food euphoria with the extra rich and creamy truffle risotto (my favourite)😍 to the fresh flavours of the carpaccio. For the main entrée, Beef tenderloin pan seared in duck fat, blue cheese crust, sunchoke puree, mushrooms, tomatoes and roasted squash, served in a red wine port sauce.
After such a decadent meal, it was only fitting that I tried their CREME BRULEE FLIGHT‼️ Yes, 4 different crème Brûlées (yuzu, lavender, mocha and vanilla). Such an indulgent soiree😋🤗
Things to be grateful for😊
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Having attended numerous culinary and charity events over the years, I have had the pleasure of tasting incredible dishes, and when something stays with me...it's worth pursuing!!😋
Get the inside scoop on Jason Laurin, owner of @essencecateringca
in the winter issue of @luxeottawamagazine
Jason Laurin has catered many VIP's, including the HRH Princess Margriet of Netherland when she visited Ottawa this past spring, during the tulip festival 🤩🌷
His dishes speak for themselves...simply divine‼️
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Can't get enough of DOMINICA⛰️🏝
Pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, this island has proven to me that it is indeed a true NATURE island on every level! 🏞
The diverse and uniquely immersive experiences that Dominica offers travelers are incredible😍 Everything from hiking mountainous terrain (thanks to the island's 9 active volcanos 🌋) to walking on black sand beaches (which was incredible to see and walk on), to my favourite, underwater sports and taking in some local cultural experiences. An endless array of activities to do!🤿🎣⛰️
@wanderlustcaribbean were the perfect adventure travel hosts, showing me around the island and providing their expert knowledge, on how best to enjoy my time on the island and taking me to the most stunning views.😍😍 Highly recommended for those seeking customized travel packages, provided by warm and engaging hosts.
Here's to new destinations!!🤗
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A couple of nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending @chainecanada, Bailliage du Canada induction soiree at Ottawa's @centreshawcentre
The end of year event showcased the culinary talent of Executive @chef_pat_turcot and his brigade. I was spoiled with all the delicious dishes!! 😍😋
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club Executive Chef, @jaynords, who is also La Chaine des Rotisseures Bailli of Ottawa, kicked off the stellar culinary event. Special thanks to him for giving me the opportunity to experience such an event😊
La Chaine des Rotisseures members and their guests were spoiled with the following dishes:
● 🧀 Modern Caprese: Charlevoix torched and smoked 1608 cheese. Basil tomato water.
● 🍏 Vegetable: Brined celery root, poached granny Smith apple and shaved chestnut.
●🐟 Fish: Poached Fogo Island cod with fennel and dulse, Northern Coldwater shrimp ceviche on focaccia with Acadian Sturgeon Caviar, prosecco foam and herbs.
● 🍗Poultry: duck confit ravioli, Le Coprin mushroom-hazelnut pate, sunchoke polenta, chard, sour cherry gastrique and Nosey goat cheese.
● 🥩Venison: Sous vide 54C Labrador tea venison loin, brioche toast, sage squash puree and emulsion mole BY55 Noir N1.
● Quince: Quince Kouign-Amann tatin style, Lacelle's Apiary honey ice cream.
● 🍫 Chocolate: BY55 chocolate cremeux, Sable Breton and cranberry gel.
An incredible tasty evening and experience!!😊😋
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Dominica's luxury hotel @coulibri_ridge not only offers exceptional high-end accommodations and warm hospitality, their culinary team also delivers on the same high standard!😍😋
A real treat to experience such flavourful dishes from Executive Chef Damian Mason and his brigade.🤩
Dinners offered a plethora of tasty dishes. Everything from curried lobster in banana leaf with spiced potatoes and carrot purée, roasted pumpkin risotto with parmesan foam to buttered spaghetti with spicy arrabbiata cherry tomato sauce and crispy basil...the dishes were OFF THE CHARTS!!😋😋
Breakfast offerings were equally divine. I had opted to try their Dominican breakfast of salted fish, plantains, tomato medly served with Johnny Cakes and fruits. And if that wasn't enough, I had to try their sweet avocado toast with coconut bacon. Simply delicious 😋
I also tried their Swiss potato roesti with mushrooms ragou, served with locally grown fruits and breakfast muffins...I couldn't get enough!!
A real culinary treat to experience such dishes!!
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As a Canadian, I am very proud to say that I had the pleasure of staying at the uber luxurious resort @coulibri_ridge located in Dominica, owned by fellow Canadians, Daniel Langlois and Dominique Marchand.🇨🇦🇨🇦😍
Harnessing the power of both sun and wind, completely self-sufficient and off the grid, this high-end 14 suite resort, has proven that minimal impact on nature can be attained and without compromise!!🌞🌬
The energy collected on the resort is part of the resort's shared power generation and storage. They have enough energy for the entire resort, which comprises of 14 fully equipped and air-conditioned luxury suites, two restaurants, kitchens, offices and conference rooms, spa, multiple swimming pools, resort lighting, and charging stations for electric vehicles. Sustainability at the highest level!!😍😍
Coulibri Ridge owners, Daniel Langlois and his life partner Dominique Marchand (love the Canadian connection🇨🇦), aspire to have guests experience Coulibri Ridge, as a model for self-sustainablility and that it leaves a lasting impression on them to do their part, for the betterment of our world🌏
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Lobster, lobster and more lobster 🦞 🦞🦞😋
Dominica is very rich in fruits and vegetables and ofcourse an abundance of seafood, to savour and devour. So when Dominica...we indulge in lobster🤗😋
Special thanks to Keepin' It Real @junglebaydominica and the @fortyounghotel for the delicious dishes!!
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The stunningly beautiful Trafalgar Falls, located in the Trois Piton National Park!!😍😍
These famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from Dominica's capital, Roseau. It's a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the viewing platform, where you can photograph both falls.
Fun fact: The smaller waterfall has cool refreshing water, whereas the tall one is a hot spring.💧🔥
Dominica's natural beauty is endless!!😍
While in the beautiful Portsmouth region in Dominica, I had hoped to experience some interesting experiences, and I did just that! 🤗
🔸️Visit the famous Indian River Bush Bar ✅️
🔸️See the witch house from Pirates of the Caribbean 2 movie ✅️
🔸️See the incredible flora and fauna, including the numerous iguanas and crabs that live off the Indian River ✅️
Special thanks to Cobra Tours Dominica for the 'Dynamite' Rum excursion and for an amazing time!!😋
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Discovering other incredibly scenic regions of Dominica, has brought The Food Tease to the award-winning, adventure and wellness retreat @junglebaydominica ⛰️🏝
The villas at the resort are sustainably designed with nature in mind.
The bamboo walk-in showers at the resort, instantly puts you in a 'spa' frame of mind. In addition to the numerous activities that the resort includes, as part of their Adventure Wellness package (hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, yoga, cooking classes, etc.) daily half-hour spa treatments are also included‼️💆🏼♀️😍
Catching the beautiful sunset at the resorts' infinity pool was a MUST for me!
Wait till you see what activities and adventures I do next!!🤗😉
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