Lighter Choices, Great Flavours
By Enterprise Canada
TORONTO, February 2022 – A new year often brings with it hope for change — a pledge to live a healthier lifestyle, to pare some of the junk food out of the diet, to maybe partake in Dry January or Dry February and drink less.
But experience (and science, for that matter) has taught that making any kind of stark change or quitting something “cold turkey” rarely results in long-term success. Moderation and a series of subsequent incremental adjustments are more likely to result in forming new habits and paving the way to substantive changes over time in the way one may look, feel and live.
In that spirit, Corby Spirit and Wine offers some Lighter Choices that still deliver great flavour, but may have less sugar, fewer calories and/or lower alcohol content.
QUASI PICK ME UP
A low alcohol version (no vodka in this one!) of the Pick Me Up to sip on when you’re coasting or just coming back to life. Kahlúa does the heavy flavour-lifting in this one, but it only does better when paired with a good coffee. In a cocktail shaker, pour in one ounce of Kahlúa, one ounce of heavy cream, a long double shot (three to four ounces) of espresso and three dashes of chocolate bitters. Shake well for 30 seconds and strain into a rocks glass if you are serving it with ice, or a coupe if it is being enjoyed neat. Garnish it with a couple of coffee beans.
WHITE WINE SPRITZ
White Wine Spritz is a super refreshing drink to be enjoyed year round! This tweak combines some flavours together in a sensational way that’s easy to follow and delicious! In a tall (10 to 14 ounces) rocks glass filled with ice, add three ounces of Stoneleigh Lighter Rose or Sauvignon Blanc wine, ½ ounce Lillet Blanc, ½ ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice, three dashes of Angostura Bitters and top with soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel and sprig of mint (optional).
JAMESON COLD FASHIONED
The luck of the Irish is on your side here. This drink celebrates the same formula as a classic Old Fashioned, but has some twists with the ingredients and uses Jameson Cold Brew with its 30 per cent ABV. The syrups and bitters are needed to tie it together and the Bitter Absinthe or Fernet used go great with the other flavours. In a mixing glass, pour two ounces of Jameson Cold Brew, ¼ ounce rich brown sugar syrup, two dashes of chocolate bitters and three dashes of bitters, and stir together. Rinse a rocks glass with Absinthe or Fernet and fill with ice, or not if you prefer to enjoy it neat. Strain the contents of the mixing glass into the rocks glass, garnish with lemon zest and enjoy!
Cupcake Lighthearted Chardonnay is a medium-bodied wine. Aged in oak, which imparts subtle notes of vanilla on the finish, it features tastes of fresh-cut pineapple and ripe pear. But it is also light and refreshing, coming in at 80 calories with less than one gram of sugar per five ounce serving and eight per cent alcohol per five ounce serving — roughly 33 per cent less than traditional wine.
Jacob’s Creek Moscato Lower Sugar doesn’t compromise on taste but has 50 per cent less sugar — the perfect choice for wine lovers who are looking to reduce their sugar intake. It features aromas of floral stone fruits, pear, nectarine, zesty lemon and citrus. On the palate it has vibrant, ripe stone fruit, especially sweet peach and crisp, crunchy citrus.