The wines you CAN drink on a diet!

Good news for slimmers: budget supermarket Aldi has launched a new range of low-calorie wines that contain as little as 55 calories a glass.

The new collection – called  ‘Featherweight’ – features bottles with only half the calories and a lower alcohol percentage than regular wines.

The diet tipples are available in red, white, and rosé, and varieties include favourites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

The Featherweight Collection by Aldi features wines that have half the calories of regular tipples. Included are two whites, a rosé and a red

The Featherweight Collection by Aldi features wines that have half the calories of regular tipples. Included are two whites, a rosé and a red

The four bottles in the range all cost £2.99 and have an alcohol percentage of 5.5, making it less than half as strong as typical wines, which typically have a percentage of 11.6.

The range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, an Italian Pinot Grigio, a Merlot, and a White Zinfandel.

A 125ml glass of Aldi’s Featherweight Pinot Grigio contains just 55 calories, while a standard glass has double at 104.

The lighter White Zinfandel has 57 calories in a 125ml glass compared with a standard Zinfandel which has 113.

The White Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc are only available in certain regions.

Both can be bought in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe

The White Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc are only available in certain regions. Both can be bought in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe

 

The Merlot is available nationwide

The Pinot Grigio is only available in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff

The Merlot is available nationwide, while the Pinot Grigio is only available in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff

Aldi’s Featherweight Sauvignon Blanc meanwhile has 55 calories while the Merlot has 59.

However there is a small catch.

Only the Merlot is available nationwide, while the others are only available at certain regional locations.

The Sauvignon Blanc and White Zinfandel are only available in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe; while the Pinot Grigio can only be bought in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff.

Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi UK, said: ‘We have seen over the last year a real appetite from wine drinkers in the UK for lower calorie and ABV wines to moderate their alcohol intake.

‘We ensure we’re offering our customers the products they want and so have introduced our Featherweight wines as a lighter choice for our shoppers.

  • All the tipples cost £2.99 but some are only available in certain parts of the UK 

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Marijuana-Infused Wine Is Now Being Sold In The U.S.

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When it comes to wine, sometimes it’s a guessing game as to what we’ll see next. There are wine popsicles, a Champagne vending machine and even blue wine. And now there’s a new green wine called Canna Vine that is infused with marijuana.

The idea of mixing pot and wine is nothing new, but the idea of selling it to the masses is. Canna Vine, which is green in color, is made with high-end organically grown marijuana. The creators are continuing to experiment with two new types of marijuana, sativa and indica, to find an equal balance of “uplifting and relaxing sensations.”

But regardless of the strain, it’s reported that the process used to make this weed-infused wine starts with around a pound of marijuana. The weed is then wrapped in cheese cloth and added to a barrel of wine, where it sits for nearly a year to ferment and repose.

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The wine is designed to deliver a mellow “body high” without large effects from THC, which is the primary psychoactive compound found within marijuana. THC is responsible for the disoriented mental high many people experience when they smoke or ingest marijuana.

For now, Canna Vine is available only in California to those who hold a medical marijuana license. But even if you are able to get your hands on this new green wine, you’re looking at a price range of anywhere from £60 to £200 for just a half of a bottle.

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However, the two founders, Lisa Molyneux and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, said they’ll continue to refine the wine in their desire to position themselves in the market of high-quality cannabis-infused products.

RELATED: Marijuana-Infused Coffee Pods Are Now Available For Your Keurig

“Cannabis wine has been so effective as a stress reliever, as a mood elevator, and as a medicine,” Lindquist told the LA Times. “I have no idea what the market will be like for it, but whatever I make I want to be safe, made from pure ingredients and, hopefully, delicious.”

Jack Daniel’s Coffee Now Exists, So Mornings Are Looking Up

When coffee and whiskey meet it’s… umm… sure to wake you up in the morning? Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with World of Coffee, Inc. to bring you coffee that’s infused with their popular whiskey.

Now, you’re probably wondering: But is it alcoholic? Don’t worry. Drinking this as soon as you wake up is socially acceptable because while this will have some of the flavor and smell of whiskey, it’s a non-alcoholic beverage that you can enjoy just the same as your cup of joe.

What type of subtle flavors will the coffee pick up from the whiskey? Well, you’ll notice hints of caramel and vanilla, which sounds delicious.

Jack Daniel’s Coffee Can, $21.95

According to a press release from the Jack Daniel’s brand, you can expect their latest coffee creation to hit stores nationwide in the near future, but for the time-being, it’s available at the Jack Daniel’s store location in Tennessee as well as via their online store.

The coffees come in decaf as well as caffeinated and retail for $21.95 for an 8.8 ounce can. But, if you’re hoping to give it as a gift to the whiskey-lover in your life, you can also shop a gift set where you get a Jack Daniel’s mug and a 1.5 ounce sampler bag of the coffee together for just $16.45. Not bad, huh?

Coffee Gift Set, $16.45

“We use the best tasting and highest quality coffees in the world and now add to that the authentic taste and aroma of Jack Daniel’s,” said Charlie Newman, president/owner and roast master of World of Coffee in the press release. “We take a lot of care and pride in the coffee products we craft and Jack Daniel’s Coffee is no exception.”

If you’re a whiskey drinker, you know you’re interested to try this combo, especially given all of the attention to detail they’ve given the flavors to create the perfect combo.

If you’re wanting to give it a try, but not fully commit, you can also shop the 1.5 ounce gift bag sampler version on its own for just $6.95.

Gift Bag, $6.95

So, go on, what are you waiting for? It’s worth a try!

GIN, ELDERFLOWER AND PROSECCO COCKTAIL

ADD SOME HOLIDAY CHEER TO YOUR PARTY MENU WITH THIS GIN, ELDERFLOWER AND PROSECCO COCKTAIL!

This Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail is sure to make any gathering festive!

Simple truth: Everyone loves bubbles. And drinking bubbles with friends and family makes them even better.

Ever get tired of the same old drinks, but don’t want to serve something that has a ton of ingredients and is putzy to make? Try this Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail.

This is my drink of the season, and I definitely think you should add it to your collection. The elderflower adds a subtle, sweet undertone, and the Prosecco bubbles lighten up the drink nicely.

Looking for a stiff drink? Add just a bit of Prosecco. Want a lighter drink? Be generous with your bubbles.

Usually garnishes are just for looks, but this is one drink where they really complete the cocktail. But don’t worry, they aren’t a lot of work. All you need is a squeeze of lime juice and a fancy sugar-coated rim to make the drink look as impressive as it tastes. Anyway you pour it, you can’t go wrong.

Here’s hoping that you find an opportunity to share this drink with good friends and family this holiday season. Cheers!

This Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail adds the perfect sparkle to any gathering!

 Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

 

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Gin
  • 1 part Elderflower Liqueur
  • Prosecco
  • Lime Wedges
  • Sugar (for the rim of the glass)

Instructions

  1. Fill a shaker with ice and add the Gin and Elderflower Liqueur. Shake to combine.
  2. Place the sugar on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a martini glass and press the rim of the martini glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass and top with Prosecco. Squeeze a lime wedge in the drink and garnish with an additional lime wedge.
  4. Serve immediately.

A Glass Of Red Wine Is The Equivalent To An Hour At The Gym, Says New Study

Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day.

Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise.

Red wine over a heavy session on the cross-trainer? Now that’s something we can definitely get onboard with.

According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, these findings will particularly help those who are unable to exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they’re improved after a gym session.

 

The 10 Most Expensive Vodkas in the World

It’s a remarkable moment when you switch from drinking the kind of vodka that doubles as rubbing alcohol to the top shelf stuff; it’s like a step toward adulthood. That said, there’s another barrier separating the average person drinking Grey Goose and those who drop over £4,000 on a bottle without blinking an eye.

10. Magnum Grey Goose by Chopard

Price: £815

Alone, you can probably score a bottle of Grey Goose Magnum for about £160 (not cheap, but not that crazy). However, put that alcohol in a bottle designed by Swiss jeweler Chopard, in addition to the silver cage the bottle comes with, and suddenly the price jumps to £815. However, those caged Grey Goose bottles were given a limited release, so if you want to pay over £800 for vodka in a fancy birdcage, you’re going to have to act quickly.

9. Swarovski Alizé

Price: £1600

Alizé developed a limited run of Valentine’s Day-themed bottles, claiming to have produced “the original drink of love.” The only problem is, you might run into some relationship issues when your partner finds out you spent £1600 on a bottle of Alizé. The drink mixes vodka, Cognac, passion fruit, strawberry, lychee, and rose. What could be more romantic than Swarovski crystals on Valentine’s Day? Oh, right, not spending £1600 on a bottle of Alizé.

8. Imperial Collection Super Premium Vodka

Price: £1900
Buy It Here: Mel & Rose

The delivery process is what really makes this vodka, as its carafe and cap are gilded and topped with an eagle, which is then placed upon a Fabergé egg (also gilded). It might not be so expensive if the egg wasn’t hand-crafted, which must contribute to the price tag. However, before you make the decision to buy a glorified Fabergé egg, check with your grandma—she might just have some Fabergé eggs you can have.

7. Stoli Elit: Himalayan Edition

Price: £2400
Buy It Here: Elit By Stolichnaya

How could anyone justify pricing a bottle of vodka at £2400? Stolichnaya does, by explianing that it uses pure water from underground reservoirs in the Himalayan Mountains, mixed with Russian winter wheat. But that alone isn’t enough to get to spend £2400, right? Well, the bottle is made of hand-blown glass, and each bottle comes with a gold-plated ice pick (though if you contemplate sticking the ice pick into your head after you realize you just spend £2400 on a bottle of vodka, that’s entirely understandable).

6. Iordanov Vodka

Price: £3100
Buy It Here: Iordanov Vodka

Anything that has 8,300 Swarovski crystals attached to will not come cheap, and Iordanov Vodka is no exception. Coming in at £3100, the appropriately-named Decadence Edition vodka flaunts high-class quality with the hand-designed, crystal-lined bottles.

6. Oval Swarovski Crystal Vodka

Price: £5500

Released in 2008, this high-end vodka was only available in the coolest nightclubs, and for good reason: your average joe isn’t going to drop almost £6K on spirit. Adding to the grandeur was the manner of display for the opulent bottle of booze, as it sat on a rotating LCD display, allowing for the 7,000 Swarovski crystals to draw your attention.

7. Belver Bears Belvedere Vodka

Price: £5700

The Belver Bears vodka was released in a limited edition run in the VIP Room in Cannes, St. Tropez, and Paris. Designed using a jeroboam from Belvedere vodka, these teddy bear-inspired bottles were designed by Jean-Roch. Question: Is it scarier to be attacked by a bear than to pay more than seven Gs on a piece of glass with a liquid inside it?

3. Diva Vodka

Price: £82000
Buy It Here: Diva Vodka

Diva Vodka is crafted through a meticulous distilling process, where the alcohol is triple refined and finished after pouring through precious stones. You don’t really think that kind of care will come cheaply, do you? They do offer a bottle of the triple-distilled vodka for $3,700 (peasant prices), but that bottle doesn’t come fitted with precious stones. For all you high rollers, the premier bottle of Diva Vodka will set you back a cool 82k. Let that sink in for a second.

9. Russo-Baltique Vodka

Price: 105k
Buy It Here: dartzkombat.com

This vodka is produced by car manufacturer Dartz’s Russo-Baltique vodka brand, and had reportedly retailed at 105k. The bottle was crafted to mimic the classic design of Russo-Balt automobiles. If the price tag is too steep for you, check out this promotion: if you purchase one of their 105k  Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition SUVs, then you get three bottles of Russo-Balt for free. At that price, you can’t afford not to buy it.

1. Billionaire Vodka

Price: £ 2.9 million
Buy It Here: Billionaire Vodka

Leon Verres’ “Billionaire Vodka” will set you back a staggering £2.9 million. Honestly, what gives? How are you going to call yourself Billionaire Vodka but charge less than one billion pounds ? It’s bullshit.

They do run the wheat-based spirit through diamonds to remove impurities, and the 5-liter bottle is adorned with 3,000 diamonds and faux fur (only because Verres is a staunch animal rights supporter), so that’s cool. But it just seems like a fail.

You can now buy a gin and tonic Easter Egg

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Gin and chocolate lovers are in for a treat as you can now buy a gin and tonic Easter egg.

It’s made by Prestat and the egg, in the shape of a ‘lemon chocolate shell’ with ‘London gin truffles’ hidden in the middle will certainly be a must for gin fans.

It’s just one of the new exciting range of Easter eggs on the market for 2017, which includes a new giant Kinder egg.

The gin and tonic egg is “made from a unique blend of single origin beans filled with Prestat’s London Gin Truffles with a lemon milk chocolate shell”.

Prestat’s Gin & Tonic Easter Egg is 170g and available for £15 from Ocado.com.