November 16, 2012

Montreal's Big Orange: Gibeau Orange Julep

Have you ever wanted to see a giant orange? You can find one- in all of its three storey high and forty feet wide glory- off Decarie Expressway in Montreal. Home to Hermas Gibeau's signature orange beverage, the OJ was first built in 1945, and was reconstructed to its current size twenty years later. Quoting an acquaintance, it's probably worth the trip to see the quaint landmark even if you're not a fan of orange juice!
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I hear that this landmark used to be served by rollerblading waitresses who would glide around the carpark taking orders. While Julep's skating stint is now defunct, the eight-decade-old recipe for its namesake beverage remains the same till this day. 
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Down to the joint's signature drink, the orange julep reminds me of Orange Julius, only better. Made with freshly squeezed Sunkist oranges (or not), it's a bubbly, creamy delight which washes down perfectly with a warm hotdog or poutine. Although it's available in gallons for takeaway, it's best sipped at home base as it loses its frothiness with time.

While I'm not sure if I'll hike all the way to Namur for just an orange julep again, I'm proud to scratch seeing the Big Orange off my list of must-dos in Montreal! P.S. Get at least a medium drink here to make your visit worthwhile- the small is good for kids only.

Open 24/7 through April to November, hours reduced to 8am-2am (usually) during winter.

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