January 26, 2012

proof rum, adios January, Vol. 70

As we bid farewell to January, we leave you with this final ‘low-cal’ drink. Like us on Facebook and Twitter to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

slim collins 1 oz proof rum • 1 oz lemon juice • 1/2 oz simple syrup • sparkling water • ¼ tsp grated ginger • lemon for garnish

Fill a glass with ice. Add proof rum, lemon juice, ginger and simple syrup. Stir, top with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon wedge. 
(88 calories)


Calorie breakdown proof rum | 64 calories, lemon juice | 8 calories | ginger | 0 calories, simple syrup | 16 calories, sparkling water | 0 calories

We took a trip to the grocery store to find some diet-coke alternatives. We came across these low-cal mixers. All calories are based on a 4 oz drink and some options are obviously healthier than others.

Bottle Green Sparkling Drinks, available in Ginger & Lemongrass, Cranberry & Orange, Elderflower, Pomegranate & Elderflower | 35 calories, President’s Choice Sparkling Fruit Juice, available in Peach Mango and Kiwi Berry | naturally sweetened 30 calories, Motts Garden Cocktail | 30 calories, Motts Clamato | 30 calories, V8 low sodium | 25 calories, Ocean Spray Diet Ruby-Pomegranate | sucralose 0 calories Vitaminwater 10, Fuze Shape | sucralose less than 5 calories, Nestea pouches | sucralose 2 1/2 calories, Crystal Light tea blends | sucralose 0 calories


Looking for a little reprieve from this crazy January weather? Southern California sure would be the perfect place to escape to. If it’s not in your budget, you can always drop into The Combine Eatery for lunch or dinner. It is one of the first restaurants in Toronto to offer a So-Cal menu, fresh enough to trick you into believing that you are in some cool Southern California city, like San Diego. 

Combine serves a combination of Canadian comfort foods like poutine, lobster fritters, burgers and BLT’s beside an extensive list of sunny so-cal items like, fish tacos (choose grilled or fried), burritos, chipotle grilled seafood and meats. 

They also have a good variety of salads and lighter fare to choose from. (if you are still trying to watch your calories) With friendly staff and awesome drinks, it’s a perfect place to hang on a chilly January day. And make sure to order a proof 'The Make Thyme' while you're there. It's on the menu. (www.thecombineeatery.com, 162 Danforth Ave., 416-792-8088)

Saturday: Scattered flurries and a high of 1 degree
Sunday: Sunny with scattered flurries and a high of -1 degree

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