Surprises abound, as Gina and Paul check out Kinsip distillery’s Duck Island Rum by way of the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail. Gina’s also on a tear against poor grocery store etiquette in the latest installment of Toast & Roast.
Gina and Paul cheers to the end of summer with some refreshing mojitos. They also ponder the possibility of a very special–and presidential–guest (don’t hold your breath) before introducing a new segment that encourages Gina to toast something she’s happy about before roasting whatever has ticked her off lately.
It’s about time these two got around to one of the most iconic cocktails, the Old Fashioned. Comparing the classic recipe to a pre-mixed version while also sampling Basil Hayden’s Kentucky bourbon, the conversation inexplicably turns to Gina’s sagging ear lobes and Paul’s “box style” fashion as a child.
Gina and Paul welcome their very first guest while recording from a cottage, as Gina’s sister-in-law, Linda, joins for a taste of Moonshine. The trio talk karaoke, Paul and Linda confess to the usual adolescent alcohol thieving and Gina is generally up to no good.
It’s a wholesome summer evening as Gina and Paul try a refreshing glass of homemade lavender lemonade. They also reflect on their favourite activities to do alone (you’ll never guess Gina’s).
It’s a pre-Canada Day celebration as the duo get deep into a classic Canadian cocktail that Gina has never much cared for, the Caesar. They try several variations, including pre-made tall cans and sample Perth, Ontario’s Top Shelf vodka. Also hear why Paul’s mom should never take the subway and play a riveting game of “guess the Canadian classic rock star on the tip of Gina’s tongue”.
After a brief break to allow Gina some world travelling, the duo are back just in time for World Gin Day. Catch up on Gina’s Mediterranean hijinx and Paul’s jury duty experience while they try Spirit of York’s Hawthorn Berry Gin.
A very special Mother’s Day episode sees Gina and Paul filling their glasses with Canadian rye whiskey, by way of Dillon’s and Crown Royal Northern Harvest. Naturally, this leads to talk of Gina’s tiny legs and the balls she’s been suggested to hold between them. The duo also get existential and give advice to their future and past selves while reminiscing of Gina being leashed on the front lawn as a child, so there’s that.
Gina and Paul keep it simple and classy (ish) with a nice bottle of Spanish red wine in honour of Gina’s new decanter. Of course, this means they have to learn how a decanter works first. They also check in with social media and do another installment of Mom-isms. How would you spell “duker”?
Gina and Paul try the classic negroni cocktail as they celebrate making it to the lucky 13th episode. Paul reminisces about his mom taking him to the theatre in 1986 to see the Transformers and Gina reveals her favourite childhood movie. They also talk favourite karaoke songs and Gina scars her son with stories of bra shopping.