keep­ing it LIGHT!

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Have you no­ticed low-al­co­hol cock­tails, wines and beers pop­ping up on restau­rant menus? These lighter op­tions are trend­ing be­cause they of­fer a pleas­ing way to start a meal while also match­ing food seam­lessly. In­stead of pair­ing each recipe sep­a­rately, we’ve rounded up a col­lec­tion of great low-oc­tane drinks to match this en­tire light and airy lunch. It’s all about mod­er­a­tion!

STIEGL GRAPE­FRUIT RADLER LCBO 334052, 500 mL, $3.00

Try a low al­co­hol by vol­ume (ABV) radler that has all the bright­ness and ef­fer­ves­cence of the beloved Bavar­ian lager while show­cas­ing juicy, grape­fruit sweet­ness. Pour­ing cloudy yel­low with a hint of pink blush, it has cit­rus aro­mas and tart­ness that work well with the lav­ish seafood cakes.

SO­CIAL LITE GRAPE­FRUIT POMELO LCBO 553214, 4 pk, $10.00

Sparkling with grape­fruit essence and not a hint of sweet­ness, this re­fresh­ing bevvy comes across more like a seltzer than a typ­i­cal cock­tail, mak­ing it an easy match for food.

DE­SCEN­DANTS BEER + BEV­ER­AGE CO. EL BUSCADOR CERVEZA LCBO 476994, 473 mL, $3.25

A Cana­dian sum­mer­time sta­ple, Mex­i­can light lager is a per­fectly ac­cept­able beer choice for ac­com­pa­ny­ing a win­ter­time lunch menu. This pale gold brew has sub­tle ce­real notes and a mild malty flavour that make it ver­sa­tile for match­ing with food.

TAWSE QUARRY ROAD OR­GANIC RIES­LING VQA VIN­TAGES ES­SEN­TIALS 198853, $24.95

With all of the pleas­ing sweet­ness, lush fruit notes (like hon­eyed, zingy tan­ger­ine and grape­fruit) and min­er­al­ity you’d hope for in an On­tario Ries­ling, this wine is tailor­made for op­u­lent lob­ster dishes like the seafood cakes. Bonus points for be­ing or­ganic and bio­dy­namic and just 10.5% ABV—tick­ing a few wine­trend boxes on the list.

SOGRAPE GAZELA VINHO VERDE LCBO 141432, $9.95

Light­bod­ied and crisp, sub­tly sparkly and won­der­fully aro­matic, this cheer­ful, bud­get­friendly white rings in at only 9 to 10% ABV. It’s a great match for cheese and fruit or seafood.

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