Lyre’s Bianco Spritz

Lyre’s Bianco Spritz, as served at the VCW 2023 launch party. Canadian Cake Hospitality photo

Zero-proof and delightfully refreshing with a hint of orange and a slice of cucumber. 

• 60mL Lyre’s Aperitif Dry Spirit

• 90mL premium bottle tonic water or cucumber tonic water

• 1 thin cucumber slice, 2 lemon slices

• Garnish: Fresh mint sprig (optional)

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Lyre’s Winter Spritz

Lyre’s Winter Spritz, as served at the VCW launch party. Canadian Cake Hospitality photo

Oh the weather outside is frightful but this yummy, orangey, slightly sweet yet refreshing zero-proof spritz is so delightful. 

• 60mL Lyre’s Italian Orange

• 45mL grapefruit/orange juice

• 60mL premium bottled grapefruit/tonic water

• Garnish: Rosemary sprig

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Unleaded: the Best Alcohol-free Drinks of 2021

Let’s retire the mocktails and let these placebo drinks, “nocktails” and free-spirited bottles happily get you through Dry-uary

A huge range of non-alcoholic spirits and other drinks are increasingly easy to find in Canada, since non-boozy drinks can ship almost anywhere. Sobrii photo

This year could be peak Sober Curious: just check out the new booze-free vending machine at Larry’s Market in the Shipyards, featuring mickeys of Solbru booze-free spirit and cans of Sober Carpenter and Partake near-beer in slots that recently held healthy salads and takeout—proof that Dry-uary is a full-blown lifestyle trend.

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Spirit Free Gin & Tonic

Justin Taylor’s Spirit-Free G&T uses a homemade gin syrup. Dan Toulgoet photo

This zero-proof G&T will ensure all your friends can enjoy summer’s quintessential cocktail.

• 1 oz. spirit-free gin syrup (recipe below)
• 0.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
• 5 oz tonic water

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Pomegranate Green Tea Punch

David Warren’s Pomegranate Green Tea Punch. Amy Ho photo.

This zero-proof cocktail is a long, cool drink that’s fruity and spicy, with a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity, and a surprisingly deep complexity for a drink without a spirit base.

• 3 oz (90 mL) brewed white-pomegranate tea (available from Lucas Teas in Squamish)
• 1 oz (30 mL) pineapple shrub (recipe follows)
• ½ oz (15 mL) lime juice
• ½ oz (15 mL) grenadine
• Dash pineapple juice
• Dash rosewater

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The upside of committing to Dry January

Cutting back on booze can help you lose weight, save money, sleep better, and focus more sharply at work. photo.

Call this the month of reckoning. After a festive season of giddy indulgence, many of us are rediscovering the gym, swapping shortbread for lentils, and giving up booze throughout the 31 long, dark days of January.

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