Not all drinks are created equally!

Health Canada advises the following proper drink sizes, according to alcohol by volume:

BEER                      –             5% alcohol          –             12 oz. / 355ml

CIDER                    –             5% alcohol          –             12 oz. / 355ml

COOLER                –             5% alcohol          –             12 oz. / 355ml

WINE                     –             12% alcohol        –             5 oz. / 150ml

SPIRITS                 –             40% alcohol        –             1.5 oz. / 45ml


Just remember, the higher the alcohol, the smaller the serving size.

For more information on Health Canada’s guidelines, please visit “Low Risk Drinking Guidelines”


Cocktails made right:


White Wine Spritzer

Wine spritzer

5 oz. aromatic white wine (Reisling or Gewürztraminer)

2 oz. club soda

Dash of orange bitters

In a large wine glass, top wine with club soda and bitters.  Stir gently, and garnish with a lemon twist.


Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

1.5 oz tequila

6 oz. hot chocolate

½ tsp chili powder

Pinch of cinnamon

Mix hot chocolate powder with spices and stir in hot water.  Add tequila and stir.


Raspberry Spritzer

Raspberry Spritzer

8 oz light beer

½ oz lime juice

6 large raspberries

1 tsp honey

In a cocktail shaker, add raspberries, lime juice, honey, and 2 oz light beer. Shake over ice until chilled. Pour into a glass and top with the remaining beer. Garnish with a raspberry.



Mocktails made right:


Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

1 part lemonade

2 parts iced tea

Stir gently and top with ice.  Garnish with a slice of lemon.


Pineapple-mint Mojito

Pineapple mint mojito

10 fresh mint leaves

1 tsp sugar

¼ cup pineapple juice

Juice of ½ lemon

½ cup club soda

Muddle mint and sugar in the bottom of a shaker.  Fill with ice and juices.  Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.  Top with club soda and garnish with mint and lemon.


Tea Collins

Tea Collins

1 oz white cranberry juice

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz honey

2 oz chilled mint tea

1 mint sprig

Shake juices and honey in an ice-filled shaker.  Strain into a cocktail glass and top with chilled tea and ice.  Garnish with mint.