Canada Day promises to be spectacular this year. After years of covid meh-ness, celebrations are back and we’re bringing the fun. Whether you’re headed out for fireworks in our capital or cottaging with your pals, toast the start of summer with some easy-breezy cocktails.

Our summer forecast for flavourful fun is all made-in-Ontario finds. Cheers to supporting local and to a heavenly long weekend.

collective arts daily forecast mimosa canada


Filing your cooler or your fridge for friends requires a mix of spontaneous and patriotic offerings. Leave the fancy multi-step cocktails for another occasion.

Tangerine, Lemon & A Hint of Mint Gin. Black Cherry & A Touch of Cranberry. Blackberry, Lemon & A Dash of Elderflower. Dillion’s Gin Cocktails come in a tidy variety pack with herbaceous and citrusy concoctions. Made in Ontario, Dillon’s Gin variety pack is an effortless and easy cocktail that’s sophisticated to serve. Grab a pack for $30.95.

dillons small batch gin cocktail

Meanwhile, beer lovers will delight in Ace Hill’s Carb Free light lager. 80 calories, zero carbs and made in Ontario, this fizzy find is effervescent and lively. An easy dock drinker or BBQ partner, these slender cans go with anything.

Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Collective Arts has been cranking out the most creative cocktails, beers and seltzers we’ve seen. Using seasonal influences to amp up its lengthy offerings, this brewery also supports local artists through collaborations and an online shop. We love everything they do, honestly. But we especially appreciate their summer-influenced lineup, like this Lemon, Strawberry, Watermelon Hard Lemonade.

collective arts hard lemonade cocktail

Tart and tasty, this classic summer profile is personified in a cute little can. Make a splash with ease and impress your pals with unexpected and unique offerings. Their Daily Forecast: Mimosa is a sweet sensation with a heavy orange base courtesy of the 30% unfermented and freshly pressed orange juice. A marriage of an unusual pairing of sour beer makes this a brunch beverage like no other. Also available in grapefruit.

All images by Libby Roach. Always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive.