Mocktails are the new black

You’d be hard pressed to go into any new up and coming bistro or bar these days and not see it packed with millennials and hipsters, cocktails in hand having a grand old time. Little do you know that more than half of those cocktails don’t even contain any alcohol at all. They are the newest trend among both bar-goers and living room-mixologists: they are mocktails. All the same carefully selected ingredients, precisely measured liquids and skillful mixing techniques go into these drinks as their alcoholic counterparts minus the booze. Flavors are still as complex, the balancing act of sweet, spicy, sour and fruity are all still part of the process. In short regardless if it is sans alcohol or not, it must enliven the senses.

Mocktail consumers have a variety of reasons to sip these virgin drinks: from avoiding all alcohol to just taking a temporary break, being the designated driver for the evening or simply wishful thinking for avoiding a next day hangover – all good reasons to enjoy the playground of flavors without the drawbacks of alcohol.

Many mixology neophytes that previously shied away from mixing drinks in the past due to the costly alcohol ingredient are feeling freer and more experimental to try their hand at mocktails. Whether it’s recreating a classic in a mocktail version or improvising with new and adventurous flavor combinations, people are excited about this new trend and love to customize their drinks to match events, holidays and even seasons.

Not sure where to begin in your mocktail adventure? Alison Roman of the NY Times suggests to “start with assertive and complex flavors: Think whole, tart lemon muddled with a pinch of salt, or floral hibiscus tea perked up with funky, fermented apple cider vinegar. Then, top with something bubbly and refreshing, whether spicy ginger beer, botanical tonic water or fizzy soda water.”

A great essential to have on hand when you are ready to foray into mocktail-making are the variety of St. Regis wines. They are not only delicious on their own but whether it be the bubbly or the dealcoholized wines they are a perfect jumping off point for mixing.

Because November is synonymous with early planning for the holiday season get a jump on your friends and family by stocking up on the ingredients you will need to prepare the perfect holiday mocktail: The Framboise Royale

Framboise Royale

Framboise Royale

INGREDIENTS
1½ tsp commercial raspberry purée
1 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice
St. Regis non-alcoholic Brut
Fresh raspberries (as garnish)

DIRECTIONS
In an ice-filled shaker, add all ingredients except the sparkling wine, and mix well
Strain the mix into a champagne flute
Top up with St. Regis Brut
Garnish with raspberries

 


How to get your favorite St. Regis cocktails ready for Halloween!

The weather is getting colder, people are dressing warmer and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is upon us! However, you like to celebrate: with friends, trick or treating with your kids or just staying home watching scary movies, it’s always fun to give your everyday favorite things a Halloween twist! Here’s how to put a spooky spin on some St. Regis cocktails.

Witch's Brew

Witch’s Brew (Lush)

Ingredients:
• 1 oz of strawberry purée
• ¾ oz of simple syrup
• ½ oz of lime juice
• 4 oz of St. Regis non-alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon
• 7-Up
• Black food coloring

Directions:
1) In a glass, mix the strawberry purée, the simple syrup, the lime juice and the red wine.
2) Add some drops of food coloring until the drink is black enough.
3) Add ice.
4) Top with 7-up
5) If necessary add more black food coloring.

The Crazy Eye

The Crazy Eye (Presque Mexico)

Ingredients for a pitcher:
• 33 oz St.Regis non-alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon
• 8.5 oz of lime juice
• 4 oz of agave syrup (or brown sugar syrup)
• 25 oz of grapefruit soda

Decorations:
• Peeled and pitted lychees
• Blueberries
• Orange slices

Directions:
1) In the pitcher, pour in all the ingredients.
2) Place the blueberries in the lychees and secure in place with a toothpick.
3) Put the lychee eyeballs and orange slices in the pitcher.

The Friendly Ghost

The Friendly Ghost (the St. Basil)

Ingredients:
• ¾ oz of lime juice
• ½ oz of orgeat syrup
• 3 oz of St.Regis non-alcoholic Chardonnay

Decorations:
• Dry ice*
• Fake spiders or other creepy candy (worms, fingers, eyeballs…)

Directions:
1) In a shaker, add all the ingredients and shake well.
2) Pour the mix into a glass with ice.
3) Take a very small piece of dry ice and drop it in the drink. If you purchased food-grade chips, you’ll need two or three for each glass. The dry ice will sink to the bottom of the glass and stay there, preventing the drinker from consuming it before the smoke effect subsides.
4) Garnish with the fake spiders and candy.

*Safety
Before you get started with your dry ice drink, take a minute to get up to speed on proper safety precautions. Because dry ice is so cold, it can cause major damage, like frostbite, if it comes in direct contact with your skin. Be sure to use tongs to place it in your drink. Also, remember that dry ice is used only for its visual and cooling effects, and the tablets themselves are not meant to be consumed. When you purchase dry ice, it will be pre-packaged in a special container; store it there until you’re ready to use it.


Rosé is here to stay

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You might be familiar with the crisp pink wine formerly known as “Summer Water”, but did you know that rosé is not only just for summer anymore; it’s experienced an unprecedented popularity and explosive growth in 2017. If you’ve been having a hard time finding your favorite rosé on shelves this summer, it’s because everyone and anyone is sipping the sweet pink drink this year. Glasses are being poured earlier than the usual start of summer and well past Labour Day. Increases in rosé sales have even begun to surpass increases in beer sales, making it one of the most powerful forces right now in the beverage industry.

In France people drink rosé more than white wine and it’s also enjoyed year round. At home in North-America, we used to pop our last bottle of rosé just before we’d put away our white pants, marking the end of the season. But trends are changing and rosé is here to stay – all year long. Although the crisp notes of the pink are reminiscent of an alfresco experience, it needs not only be enjoyed outdoors on summer evenings.

The key to a perfect rosé pairing is to marry it with brash flavours like salty, slightly spicy, and of course garlic. Some delicious combinations are prosciutto & melon, toasts with tapenade, tomato salads, olives, grilled vegetables and of course anything with aioli. The lovely pink drink is also delicious with sliced peaches or cut up strawberries.

Now you don’t have to blush when you bring out your favorite wine in another season other than summer, you can raise your glass to being on trend and enjoying it year round.

Our St. Regis Shiraz Rosé at less than 0.5% alcohol content can be enjoyed guilt-free all year round, at any time of day or night. The complex dealcoholisation process preserves its medium nose which exudes a blend of fruity aromas including cassis, strawberry, and melon. A light-bodied that delivers a lively acidity and a well-rounded palate. It pairs perfectly with BBQ dishes, ethnic fare as well as pork. The St. Regis Shiraz Rosé is also excellent as an aperitif.


Start a new yearly tradition: Celebrate Back to School with St-Regis

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The days are getting shorter and shorter; the night air has a crisp breeze to it. That can only mean one thing: back to school is around the corner.

It’s a time filled with many mixed emotions; children are anxious to see who their new teachers will be and parents are relieved that their little ones are about to get back into a weekly routine and out of their hair! Office supply stores are frantic with harried shoppers, school lists in hand, trying to get everything done before the big day. It’s an exhausting time not only for your kids but also for you.

Once D-day arrives you can finally express a sigh of relief and sit back and relax. Why not start a new tradition that you can share with the rest of your family – regardless what day of the week the first day of school falls on. Create a yearly Back to School celebration with St-Regis de-alcoholised wines and some delicious finger foods your whole family is sure to love.

Because St-Regis wines have no-alcohol, you can include everyone in the celebration without worry. Take out those fancy champagne flutes you only use once a year during the holidays and light some candles because after all your hard work of coordinating this year’s back to school – you deserve it. Make it extra special by skipping the usual hum-drum supper and serve St-Regis wines alongside a nice salad and a meal made up entirely of finger foods. Here are some of our favorite recipes for quick and easy hors d’oeuvres.

Minute Caponata with M’lord Olives, capers, grilled eggplant and sundried tomato salad

Ingredients
20 ml (1 1/4 Tbsp.) of Colavita olive oil
200 ml (3/4 cup) of onion, chopped
100 ml (1/2 cup) of celery, finely chopped
1 jar of M’Lord grilled eggplant, rinsed, drained and diced
75 ml (1/4 cup) of M’Lord sundried tomatoes, rinsed, drained and diced
1 jar of M’Lord pitted, sliced black olives, rinsed and drained
30 ml (2 Tbsp.) of M’Lord capers, rinsed and drained
15 ml (1 Tbsp.) of Maille sherry vinegar
45 ml (3 Tbsp.) of fresh parsley, chopped
Pepper to taste

Preparation
Cook onions in the olive oil until tender. Remove the pan from the heat and add the celery; allow to warm. Pour contents into a bowl and add the balance of the ingredients. Mix gently and serve on toasted bread or baguette.

Once the kids are fast asleep, why not end your celebration with one of our delicious St-Regis Mocktails to truly toast the occasion.


Summer Popsicles made from De-alcoholized Wine!

Summer is in full swing and finding a good way to cool off can sometimes be tricky. Of course you can enjoy our cooled St. Regis wines, on their own or in a cocktail, or… You can turn them into a great refreshing summer snack. Making St. Regis popsicles is easy, fast and with a few simple ingredients, you can turn them into a perfect poolside treat. Just freeze overnight and, voila, a yummy and frosty snack!

We have 2 great recipes for you to try with our St. Regis Brut and our St. Regis Chardonnay. You’ll want to make a lot because they go fast!

 

Fruity St. Regis Brut popsicles

sparkling wine popsicles non-alcoholic de-alcoholized St.Regis

sparkling wine popsicles non-alcoholic de-alcoholized St.Regis

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of pomegranate juice
  • ¾ cup of St. Regis Brut
  • 8-10 oz of mixed strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate arils (or any fruit you like!)

Preparation:

  1. Mix the pomegranate juice and the St. Regis brut in a pitcher.
  2. Fill the popsicle molds with the variety of fruit.
  3. Pour the pomegranate and brut mixture into the popsicle mold. Cover with foil and insert popsicle stick.
  4. Freeze until fully set, about 4-6 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Peach St. Regis Chardonnay popsicles

sparkling wine popsicles non-alcoholic de-alcoholized St.Regis

Ingredients:
• 3 fresh peaches
• 1 cup of St. Regis Chardonnay
• 3 tablespoons of peach grenadine
• 1-2 tablespoons of sugar (or sweetener of choice)

Preparation:
1) Pit and roughly slice 2 peaches and place in a blender with the St. Regis Chardonnay, grenadine and sugar. Blend until smooth (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
2) Pit and thinly slice the remaining peach.
3) Pour puree mixture into a popsicle mold, filling each about ½ way full. Place 1-2 peach slices into each mold and top witch any remaining puree mixture. Cover with foil and insert popsicle sticks.
4) Freeze until fully set, about 4-6 hours.
5) Enjoy!


Seemingly healthy foods to avoid this summer!

Pretty brunette measuring waist at the beach

Summer is here! This means bikini season is also here, and you are either ready to face it head on or still working on it….Maybe your summer body has been ready for months, or maybe you have been trying really hard but those last few kilograms just won’t move. You almost always choose the salad over the sandwich at lunch, almonds over a cookie when that 3 pm hunger hits, but you’re still not losing weight, or –even worse- you’ve seen the scale creeping up. Don’t get discouraged, because it might not entirely be your fault. There are some foods out there that are advertised as healthy but are really secretly making you gain weight. Here’s a rundown of everything you should avoid if you want to get your body beach proof and keep it that way all summer!

Drinking Green Juices

Grabbing a green juice is a quick way to feel like you’re on the right track to a healthier lifestyle, but it can have hidden downsides.

A lot of those green juices are really just fruit juices spiked with something like spirulina ( a green plant based food coloring) to make them look healthy. That makes them into incredibly dense sugar bombs that can pack hundreds of calories in a single serving. When you consume fruit in juice form, the fiber is gone, and you’re just ingesting tons of sugar in your body. Instead of buying a prepackaged or pre-made juice, DIY! Load up on tons of veggies, and add an apple, carrots or beets for a sweet taste that won’t pack on the calories.

Sushi

It’s no secret that Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, but our Western version of sushi is not always as healthy as the real deal. The veggies and seaweed wraps are low-cal, but skip the creamy dipping sauce. Plus, a lot of the popular rolls are slathered with cream cheese or mayo, and the fish may be tempura-battered. Thanks to those ingredients, a standard roll can contains as much as 500 to 600 calories. Also, soy sauce is loaded with sodium. It won’t make you gain weight, but it’ll cause you to retain water, so your bathing suit will feel (and look) tighter.

Dried Fruit

Cup for cup, dried fruit has five to eight times more calories than the fresh kind because it has been dehydrated and is much denser. Fresh grapes, for example, have 60 calories per cup, while raisins have 460. And many brands add sugar, amping up the calorie count even more. So stick to the fresh stuff. It’s cheaper and better for you!

Diet Soda

Make no mistake: Although they have the word “diet” in the name, diet sodas are just as bad for you as the regular stuff. Apparently our tongue has something called “sweet taste receptors”. When they detect something sweet (even if it’s a sugar substitute) your body will start to produce insulin, which is a fat-storage hormone. Sadly enough it’s not as simple as calories in, calories out. It’s about the hormonal response diet soda triggers. Diet soda also actually changes how your body responds to sugar. Fake sweeteners range from 300 to 600 times stronger than the real deal. So they dull your taste buds.

Granola
If you eat a bowl of granola for breakfast you might be starting your bad habits early in the day. While it’s loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats, it’s too bad that they add oil to make it crisp and tons of sugar for more yumminess. One bowl racks up around 500 calories. Other cereals with the same nutrients but less oil and sugar pack half that. So make sure to check the packaging before you buy your favorite kind.

Dark Chocolate

We’ve all read some kind of study that says dark chocolate is healthy. It’s good for your heart! So you happily clear out your cabinets of everything lighter that 70% cacao. Because it’s healthy! Right? Wrong… Along with a lot of cocoa comes saturated fat and sugar. Eating a little bit can be good for your heart, but if you go overboard you’ll get a lot of calories that can pile on weight, which isn’t heart healthy at all! So enjoy that chocolate, but in moderation!

Overdoing it With Alcohol

Alcohol is a total weight-gain trap! Your liver recognizes the by-products of alcohol as toxins, so your body stops processing nutrients from food you’ve eaten while it takes care of the “bad guys” first. As a result, your body burns empty alcohol calories for energy while digestion of nutrient-rich food is put on the back burner. So all those extra calories get stored as fat.

If you still want to enjoy a glass of wine now and then, you might want to choose St. Regis dealcoholized wines. Our non-alcoholic wines have all the great flavor of your favorite drink but hardly any alcohol, and a fraction of the calories. A much better option in line with your body goals!

Cheers to your health and to your bikini body!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide Includes Non Alcoholic Wine

Non alcoholic wine

Some of us have a gift (ba dum tss) for gift giving while some of us just can’t figure it out. If you are still looking for a last minute, perfect Mother’s Day gift or you just want to spoil yourself (because you deserve it!), here are some great ideas that will certainly impress her such as non alcoholic wine!

Her favorite St.Regis non-alcoholic wine
To any of these gift ideas, combine a bottle of St. Regis dealcoholize Brut or Royal Kir, for the mother-to-be, for guilt-free mimosas with a healthy breakfast, she’ll love being able to enjoy a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly or wine and yet still tackle that long to-do list afterwards!

A Breakfast Delivery
On Mother’s Day, your mother should NOT be slaving away in the kitchen to prepare breakfast. If you can’t surprise your mom with breakfast in bed, why not deliver it right to her door? The Oat Box offers delicious gift sets, made with top quality natural oats – a nice way for mom to kick off her day!
https://www.oatbox.com/en/products/gifts

Sweet subscription
Is your mom a real sweet tooth? Why don’t you get her a 6-month candy subscription for Mother’s Day? Every month, she’ll get a sweet surprise in the mail and remember which child is her favorite 😉
https://laboiteabonbons.ca/products/cadeau-6-mois

Monogram necklace
What’s better than jewelry? Personized jewelry!
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/delicate-monogram-necklace

Temporary tattoos
Show your love in the boldest but temporary way!
https://tattly.com/products/mother?mc_cid=2824d761fc&mc_eid=193e15ceeb

Ice-cream machine
Mother’s Day or not, everyone needs one of these in their home!
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/switch-language/product/

DIY blooming monogram
Show mom your creative side! Glue some faux flowers inside a hollow papier-mâché letter and you’ll have a low budget, personalized gift that’ll she’ll cherish all year round!
http://blog.lulus.com/general/blooming-monogram-diy/

Clip line photo frame
Because memories are the best gift you can give your mom!
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/
A personal ornament
What better gift to give a new mom than a mold of her newborn baby’s foot or hand? Laissez-vous mouler is a Montreal-based company that offers anything from custom mold family portraits to an artistic mold of a mother-to-be’s baby bump!
https://youtu.be/QVkV955QjU0

Moms give you everything –and then some– so let’s spoil them this Mother’s Day! If you’re a mom or a mom-to-be don’t forget about yourself.
Have a great Mother’s Day and thanks to all the moms!


Alcohol-Removed Wine: More Than Just a Compromise

Moderation is in

The non-alcoholic beverage trend has really grown over the past few years. Several social factors can explain this general shift towards an attitude that embraces being cautious and staying healthy. The result? The public is a lot more conscious of the importance of drinking responsibly. Indeed, whether it’s to promote a healthy pregnancy, for when you’re the one driving, or for overall health reasons, moderation is a hot topic for people of all ages.

And just because a drink doesn’t contain alcohol doesn’t mean that it lacks taste or creativity!

Quality products, different ways to enjoy them

If the sales of non-alcoholic beverages have been on the rise for the last few years, it’s because there are now quality products on the market that are not simply mere imitations of original versions: rather, you’ll find a slew of options that are interesting to drink, and they’re tasty, too.
For example, St. Regis wines are not what you would call “non-alcoholic”, but rather wines that have been dealcoholized. They are basically regular wines, from which the alcohol has been extracted without removing the aromas, colour and other qualities that make them unique and provide consumers with an interesting drinking experience. The alcohol is removed from the original product through a state-of-the-art vacuum distillation process. This involves the evaporation of alcohol before bottling the product, resulting in wines with alcohol content that is lower than 0.5%.

Although alcohol-removed wines taste excellent on their own, they have become so popular that several cocktail recipes have been created using them: they’re ideal for baby showers, evenings with friends, or family events where members both young and old can enjoy the same drinks!

Pass the bubbly!

For more official events, or simply for a nice change, why not opt for some alcohol-removed sparkling wine? St. Regis even offers a Brut that will make you completely forget that you’re not drinking the original version with alcohol. So enjoy a mimosa on a weekday or during your pregnancy, guilt free! Also, don’t forget to try their cassis-flavoured Kir Royal.

 

In short, no matter what the context or reason, it is now possible to drink in moderation without compromising on taste. Much less damageable to your health, less expensive, and containing fewer calories than products with alcohol, alcohol-removed wines and sparkling wines are a great option that combine multiple benefits with a great drinking experience.

Cheers!

White Peach Sangria

Ingredients (for one glass)

  • 4 oz of St. Regis Chardonnay
  • 2 oz of tropical fruit juice
  • 1/4 oz of lemon juice
  • 4 pieces of frozen honeydew melon
  • 5 pieces of frozen peach
  • 3 cubes of cantaloupe
  • 2 pitted M’LORD lychees in light syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Garnish: 1 lemon wedge

Method

In a tall wine glass, add the ice cubes and fruit. Pour St. Regis Chardonnay over them. Complete with lemon juice and tropical fruit juice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Tropical Champagne

Ingredients (for one glass)

  • 4 oz of St. Regis Brut
  • 2.5 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz of grenadine
  • 1 slice ginger
  • Garnish: 1 pineapple slice

 

Method

In a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass, add grenadine syrup, pineapple juice, and ginger slice. Complete with St. Regis Brut. Garnish with pineapple slice.