Drink This: La Carnita’s Who Shot Ya?
By Karolyne Ellacott
Biggie Smalls would be proud (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
Originating as a pop-up, La Carnita is the hottest thing to hit Hogtown since, well, Grand Electric. Spinning out tacos, ceviche, spicy street-style corn and much more, this College Street eatery has had a proper homestead for a few months now — and it’s packed to the rafters as soon as the doors open.
Named after a Biggie song, the Who Shot Ya? cocktail from bartender Japhet Bower pairs Bulleit bourbon with hibiscus grenadine, ginger syrup and freshly-squeezed lemon juice ($11). Finished with a curl of grapefruit zest, this tart and citrusy blend is like a breath of fresh tropical air after all the spicy offerings.
The best part? When you pay up, the bill arrives hand-in-hand with one of the Día de los Muertos prints that have become synonymous with the place. You’ll just have to fight over who gets it.
La Carnita, 501 College St., 416-964-1555
Other must-try Toronto cockails:
The blueberry soda at L’Unità
The Manhattan at Cocktail Bar