Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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

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 

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Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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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Sips, Sweets & Snacks

So, there’s the bad news, and there’s the good news. Bad? Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end. I know, tragic, but wait- there is a silver lining! These last couple weeks of sunshine are the perfect time to amp up summer recipes as much as we possibly can. Popsicles! Ice cream! Iced tea! We have to somehow fit it all in before we’re knee deep in snow! In honour of #NationalCreamsicleDay (which was yesterday, in case you missed it) we whipped up these crazy simple vegan creamsicle inspired floats using Zevia sugar free soda and coconut-based ice cream. The perfect late summer sweet treat, these cute little drinks are ideal for those end of summer BBQ’s! Scroll down for full recipe! DSC_7904

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Ingredients // Your favourite flavours of Zevia Zero Calorie Soda (we used Orange & Strawberry) Vegan vanilla coconut ice cream Optional sprinkle garnish Instructions // Simply fill a glass up halfway with cold Zevia and top it off with a generous scoop of Coconut Bliss! Add sprinkles and a straw and you’re ready to enjoy!

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DSC_7961This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com