April Calendar of Events

Can spring come soon enough? 2017 is so far known as the year that spring came by for a visit in February, before getting kicked out of the house by winter for drinking too much on the front porch.

We are excited for April, not just for the showers, but people’s minds start thinking about warm weather food – salads, peas, asparagus, and of course spring lamb. Let’s take a look at what’s going on at the shop this month to celebrate the warmer weather.

April 1
We’re going vegan for the day. Instead of meat we will only be selling tempeh carved into the shape of meat.

April 9th
Passover begins. We are ready this year with lots of chicken bones to make soup, as well as chicken legs, lamb legs, and lamb shanks for your Seder table.

April 11th
Blue Jays home opener. HOT DOG DAY!!!! We’ll be selling cooked hot dogs for $2 a piece to welcome the boys of summer back to town.

Easter Weekend
We’ll be having a special Easter basket promotion that weekend, when we’ll be giving away a giant basket of goodies to one lucky customer. Keep your eyes out, we’ll be sending out details closer to that weekend.

April 14th
Good Friday. We are open that day, so make sure you get down to Kensington to grab your Easter weekend meats! While you’re here, grab a grilled sardine from one of the fish shop boys down the street. If sardines ain’t your thing, we’ll be featuring lovely Scotch eggs! Because nothing makes a Good Friday great like eggs encased in sausage and deep fried!

April 16th
Easter Sunday. We’re closed to eat lamb, ham, and other delights with our families.

April 22nd
Record Store Day. A couple of years ago I got a record player and since then I’ve been frequenting some of the cities finest indie record shops. Even if you don’t have a record player, I implore you to support these businesses by buying a cd or a t-shirt once in a while. We’ll be creating some best-of lists for this day, and as always cranking the good tunes at the shop!

See you guys soon!

The Stanley Cup Playoffs, April 12

Sanagan’s believes it’s an egregious oversight that there is no specific drink for the Stanley Cup. Back when Lord Stanley bequeathed the silverware, “cups” were a popular style of punch. (The Pimm’s Cup being the last vestige.) We suppose the idea was, you’d win the trophy and then celebrate with a soirée featuring the Stanley Cup itself, brimming with booze.

The Sanagan’s mixology team applied an all-Canadian approach to some classic recipes and we believe our Stanley Cup Cup recipe is a playoff winner. Below are the full team-sized version and a single-serving option for Leafs fans who want to drown their annual sorrows in solitude.


Combine together in trophy-sized bowl:

4 oz                       lime juice
4 oz                       pineapple juice
4 oz                       orange juice
2 ½                        tbsp maple syrup
6 oz                       Canadian whisky
6 oz                       Triple Sec or Cointreau
2 bottles               dry Canadian red wine (we used Peninsula Ridge Shiraz 2015)

Stir in:

1 bottle                 dry Canadian sparkling wine (we used Jackson Triggs Méthod Cuve Close 2015)
Canada Dry Soda Water to taste.

Add a small block of ice to bowl.


Combine together

1/3 oz                  lime juice
1/3 oz                  pineapple juice
1/3 oz                  orange juice
¾ tbsp                 maple syrup
½ oz                     Canadian whisky
½ oz                     Triple Sec or Cointreau
4 oz                      dry Canadian red wine


2 oz                       dry Canadian sparkling wine
Canada Dry Soda Water to taste.

Serve on the rocks