Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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We’ll be the first to admit we got a bit ahead of ourselves with this summery recipe, but come on, the official first day of Spring IS this month! It’s not such a terrible stretch, is it?

Anyway, whether you’re still firmly stuck to staying cozy by a fireplace somewhere or you’re ready to break out your bikini, one thing we can all agree on is the truly delicious nature of this concoction. A little bit slushy, a little bit granita, and totally processed-sugar free thanks to Zevia, it’s perfect for patio season and beyond.

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What you’ll need //

Zevia Lime Sparkling Water
Limes
Fresh strawberries
Ice
A high-power blender

Chop up a handful of fresh strawberries and add to the blender, blend until you end up with a puree. Use a citrus juicer to juice approximately 3 limes, strain and add to blender. Add a pitcher’s worth of ice to the blender and blend until crushed and resembles a slushee. Transfer your slush into the pitcher and store in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy.

Using a serving spoon, fill two glasses with the strawberry lime slush and pour Zevia’s Lime Sparkling Water over, garnish with a fresh strawberry and you’ve got a sugar-free frozen treat!

Feel free to add vodka or tequila to the mix if you’re craving a cocktail!

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This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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No matter how where you are in the world, it’s most definitely wine season. I’ve spent the past couple of days exploring Napa and the Sonoma coasts talking terroire and vintages, while the rest of the team back home has been playing around with something a little more experimental. Introducing, our take on the perfect winter red wine spritzer!

Made with absolutely no sugar (thanks to Zevia!), fresh fruit, and a bold red wine, this cocktail is as delicious as it is gorgeous, and it won’t even mess with your healthy living 2017 resolutions!

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Ingredients //

Zevia’s blackberry sparkling water
Red wine
Blackberries for garnish
Fun ice cube mould, we used this sphere shaped one

Recipe //

The first step to create this sugar-free spritzer is to prepare your wine ice cubes overnight. Choose a red wine with an alcohol content around 10-13%, dilute the wine with a bit of water to help the freezing process, we used a 3:1 wine:water ratio. For an extra berry twist try adding some blackberries to the mould.

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For an extra frosty effect, place your empty glasses in the freezer for 15-20 mins before serving.

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Remove your red wine cubes from their mould and add to each frosted glass. Now simply pour Zevia blackberry sparkling water overtop and watch the magic happen. Finish it off with some blackberries and you’re ready to enjoy!

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Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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Halloween is just around the corner, and do you know what that means? Candy!!! Okay, lots of other things too, but around here we’re mostly interested in the sweet treats.

Though they’ve become a little bit of a no-no for trick or treaters in modern times due to health and safety reasons, my halloween favourite will forever and always be caramel apples. The perfect combo of sweet and sour, I’d be hard-pressed to dream up a Fall treat that’s more classically delicious.

With the crunch of a fresh picked apple and the swirl of creamy caramel in mind we came up with this refreshing Halloween-inspired cocktail. Loaded with sugar-free, apple flavour thanks to Zevia’s amazing Sparkling Apple Celebration bubbly, this drink is the perfect way to kick off your night of sugar on a naturally sweet note!

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Ingredients //

Zevia Sparkling Apple soda
Caramel or butterscotch liqueur
Fresh apples

Recipe //

This is just about the simplest thing anyone has ever made. Ever. Simply pour a shot of liqueur into each glass you’re serving, then fill the rest with Zevia apple soda and garnish with fresh apple slices.

What can we say? Sometimes simple is best, especially when there’s a night of Halloween haunting ahead!

This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com 

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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As summer draws to an end and September gets into full swing I can’t help but feel a bit sad that I missed out on one of my favourite seasonal treats… Strawberry Shortcake!

Growing up in Vancouver there was a cake place that made the most massive cakes you’ve ever seen – I’m talking twice the height of a regular cake, maybe more! Each year when the weather got warm they’d roll out their seasonal strawberry shortcake, and I’d gobble up as many huge slices as my stomach would allow until the cake was removed from the menu to make way for Fall.

Since moving away I’ve had a hard time finding a suitable contender for those gigantic slices, and my options dropped drastically when I started trying to cut out animal products as much as possible. With strawberry season running out here in Ontario I decided to get creative, and the results were Zevia Strawberry Shortcake Sodas!

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Ingredients //

1 small lemon
1/2 small beet
1 pint of strawberries
Zevia cream soda
Coconut whip cream (optional)

Recipe //

1. Juice lemon, beet, and strawberries in a juicer to make a pink concentrate
2. Pour Zevia Cream Soda over ice in glasses
3. Add a shot of “pink” and stir
4. Serve! We recommend garnishing with a fresh strawberry, coconut whip, or pink drink umbrellas!

*to make this recipe a cocktail add a splash of Galliano Liqueur!

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