Every year, The Hubs and I love hosting a small group of friends for New Year’s Eve that’s filled with food and a well stocked bar. While he cooks, I’m usually in charge of plating cheese, charcuterie and pouring drinks. For us, the biggest challenge is balancing the time we spend prepping in the kitchen vs actually hanging out with our guests. The key to solving this problem, shortcuts! Like using Pure Leaf flavoured tea as a mixer.
This summer I worked with Pure Leaf to create three iced teas using their 100% real brewed tea. One of these drinks also works perfectly for the upcoming holiday season and can be even more streamlined! Combining a few simple ingredients with Pure Leaf lemon tea creates the perfect beverage for any #HolidayParTea or cozy night in.
When I first made my Ginger and Lemon tea cocktail, I used a simple syrup infused with ginger and Unsweetened Pure Leaf Lemon tea. To save a step, supplement the simple syrup with ginger beer and normal Pure Leaf Lemon Tea. I liked a 1:1 ratio of ginger beer to tea, which was the perfect sweetness for me. If you feel like you need a bit more sugar and have the time, you can add a few tablespoons of simple syrup or honey. With a shot of vodka, the tasty, spicy drink will warm up anyone on a cold day. It’s also incredibly fast and easy to put together, giving me the time to enjoy my company rather than only serving them.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pure Leaf Canada. All opinions expressed are wholly mine.
As my lips begin to dry, and skin begins to flake, I know there’s no denying it. Winter is coming. With the wind outside turning cold and brisk, and the heating in my condo kicking into high gear, my body needs every drop of water it can absorb. While I unpack my humidifier from storage to keep me misty on the outside, I also try to stay hydrated from within by guzzling plenty of water. However, I’ve recently changed jobs at work and often find myself in back to back meetings, which makes getting my daily fill of water more challenging. I have to remind myself the importance of staying hydrated and prioritize my water bottle as important as my cellphone.
Staying hydrated isn’t only good for chapped lips and dry skin, but helps with weight loss, body temperature regulation, energy levels and headaches. Dehydration can even affect your mood and make you more vulnerable to colds.
Some tips on staying hydrated through the colder months include:
- Reusable Water Bottles: Since I’m often away from my desk, having a water bottle to tote around the office is key. Indigo has an awesome selection of stylish water bottles, turning the container into a cute accessory. I’ve also been known to re-use 1L Evian bottles, which are sturdy and easy to carry.
- Fill up at the start of the day: Sometimes, I forget to drink water until I realize I’m parched at the end of the day. To fight this, I try to fill up a 1L water bottle at the start of the day and again at lunch so I always have water on hand, even if I don’t leave my desk for hours at a time.
- Get your water content from fruit: If you’re The Hubby, who hates drinking plain water, try eating fruit that’s high in water content like watermelon.
- Infuse water with flavours or try coconut water: An option for those who get bored with just water is to add a squeeze of lemon or lime to their glass. Coconut water’s also a great option that’s also a great source of vitamins and electrolytes. Thirsty Buddha’s new All-Natural Coconut Water with Watermelon adds a touch of sweetness to each sip.
- Tea: If cold drinks aren’t your thing, switch to tea. I am in love with all the berry flavoured teas from David’s Tea.
However you do it, staying hydrated in the cooler seasons is just as important as the hotter ones. I even have calendar reminders to keep me drinking throughout the day.
Disclaimer: A sample of Thirsty Buddha All-Natural Coconut Water with Watermelon was provided complimentary by Buddha Brands Co. All opinions expressed below are wholly mine and not indicative of the opinions or positions held by Buddha Brands Co.
Hands down, Eat to the Beat is The event of 2016 that I am looking forward to the most. The evening, supporting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, features delicious sweet and savoury treats from 60 of Toronto’s top chefs (who happen to also be women). To date, the event has raised over $3.9m to help support people living with breast cancer. This years event will be held at Roy Thompson hall on November 1st.
I had the honour of attending last year’s event and was blown away by every aspect of the evening, from the food to the incredible positive and fun energy. In addition to food and drinks, a wonderful tradition of the event are fun, food inspired corsets created and modelled by cancer survivors.
Participating chefs include Renée Bellefeuille (Art Gallery of Ontario); Alexandra Feswick (The Drake Hotel); Lauren Mozer (Elle Cuisine); Bonnie Gordon (Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts); Jacqueline Lo (Ruelo Patisserie); Emma Beqaj (Emma’s Eatery Catering); Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen); Nuit Regular (Pai Northern Thai Cuisine); Felicia Derose (Colette Grand Cafe); Alison Ferland (Byblos); and so many more.
Join me for an evening filled with good eats, supporting a great cause! Tickets are $189 and can be purchased online at http://www.eattothebeat.ca/ (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount).
To one of my lucky readers, I am giving away one pair of tickets to the event!
Enter the contest below for a chance to win. Contest closes Thursday October 27th at midnight.
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto
When: Tuesday, November 1st – 7pm
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What is it: Canadian Maple Syrup
Disclaimer: Products reviewed below were provided complimentary. All opinions expressed below are wholly mine and not indicative of the opinions or positions held by canadathestore.com
Maple syrup is a staple in my kitchen, poured over pancakes on the weekend, or used to create a sweet and spicy glaze over salmon at dinner. Jakeman’s Pure Maple Syrup is 100% pure and organic with no artificial flavours or preservatives. CanadaTheStore.com is an online retailer showcasing high quality products made in Canada. The website’s Gourmet section includes tea, cakes, smoked salmon and lots of maple syrup.
After being contacted to try out Jakeman’s Pure Maple Syrup, the bottle was delivered to my door within 48 hours, super fast and even before I received the tracking information. The Hubby and I decided to make a batch of pancakes as our base to taste the maple syrup. Only a small bowl was needed to down 4 pancakes, leaving us with 90% of the bottle for future cooking adventures.
What I liked:
- Strong natural maple flavour without being overly sweet. The syrup was delicious on pancakes and
- 100% organic with no added preservatives or artificial flavours.
- The syrup had a consistency that was easy to pour and didn’t dribble on the bottle.
- I also liked the decorative maple leaf bottle, which makes Jakeman’s Maple Syrup a great souvenir.
- Although the bottle was oddly shaped, being thin, it was very easy to handle.
- Shipped from canadathestore.com, my maple syrup was safely packaged with plenty of bubble wrap and arrived within 48 hours.
What could use work:
Priced at $15.95 for 250ml, it was more expensive than other brands I’ve bought in the past.
Currently, only one colour and grade of maple syrup is available at canadathestore.com, I’d like being able to choose a darker or stronger taste.
TL;DR: Pure maple syrup with a rich natural taste in a cute decorative bottle, easily purchased online and shipped direct to home.