In a sea of flavored sparkling waters, one company captured our attention at the NASFT Fancy Food Show: Spindrift Water. Unlike others on the market that are flavored with essential oils or the ever-ambiguous "natural flavors," this soda maker actually adds fresh-pressed juice to its sparkling waters to give them the essence of the fruit, without the calories or any artificial sweetness. We couldn't wait to request the line so our taste testers could give them a try. Take a look at the results and more pictures.
Contrary to popular belief, not all carbonated drinks are bad for you — sparking water is sugar free and can keep calcium locked in your bones (no studies have backed up the preconceived notion that sparkling water actually leaches calcium out of your bones).
For those of you that like that thirst-quenching appeal that carbonated beverages provide, you may be able to slowly wean yourself off soda once-and-for-all with one of these delicious and easy carbonated drink alternatives.
- Fizzy Lemonade: Squeeze about three to four large lemons in a large pitcher. Pour in six cups of soda water and stir until all of the lemon is mixed in the water. Add four to five tablespoons of agave nectar for sweetness. Refrigerate for about an hour and then add in 2-3 cups of ice cubes. Garnish with some lemon slices.
I have a confession to make: if I didn't worry about what my friends and family would say to me, I'd probably drink soda all day, every day — I love it that much. So when I got my hands on SodaStream's Soda Maker, a SkyMall-like contraption that claims to "turn tap water into sparkling water in three seconds," I knew I'd be in for some fizzy fun.
According to Soda-Club, the company behind the machine, the SodaStream is more convenient (since you make soda instantly at home) than buying soda, less troublesome (no need to lug soda bottles), healthier (no high-fructose corn syrup), economically sensible, and better for the environment. Did the soda maker stand up to its claims? Find out when you read more
At a baby shower, it's incredibly important to have a nonalcholic specialty drink. That way the mother-to-be can join in the festivities. For Denise's baby shower brunch, I'll offer guests mimosas and spiced pomegranate sparklers.
The concoction is made with a cinnamon-spiced pomegranate juice and sparkling water. Do take the time to make the garnish — frozen whole cranberries — because it's a lovely addition to the drink.
Also have an assortment of juice, coffee, and tea on hand. To get the refreshing recipe to the sparkling mocktail, read more
Coveted sparkling-water label Perrier has joined forces with the popular French fashion house Paul & Joe to launch a limited-edition collection of bottles and cans. Set to be released this Summer, the three-piece collection is undeniably chic with fun and festive prints. Paul & Joe's designer Sophie Albou is extremely excited about the partnership. She states:
Perrier is well known throughout the world and it's also a French drink, just as Paul & Joe is a French brand. On top of that, Perrier evokes freshness, which is the key word for Paul & Joe — it's the perfect combination!
Known for their innovative ad campaigns and ingenious packaging, Perrier has been around since 1793. There are three designs to choose from: an adventurous safari-inspired motif; a retro gold print; and a classic French lady. I love them all and plan on filling my fridge with these fashionable bottles. How about you? What are your thoughts on the collaboration?