Muddled Ginger Strawberry Sparkling Water

*This post is sponsored by Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water.
RecipeWhelp, its hump day again.  Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water wants you to make a “Feel Good Moment” for yourself today and every Wednesday.  Last week I talked about how much I love sparkling water.  Today I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to drink it.  This muddled ginger and strawberry drink recipe is SO tasty!  My friend Danae mentioned she was drinking this one day on her instagram and I immediately had to try it.  I LOVE fresh ginger but had never thought to add to a drink.

ginger-strawberry-lime-and-mintI very rarely use fresh ginger.  But for some reason I always have some in my freezer.  Ever since I made a syrup with it for homemade ginger ale for my son’s birthday party I have kept it on hand.  The smell always gives me a quick pick me up.  I’m very picky about the freshness of my fruit, but I hate to waste it.  This is a great recipe for strawberries that are looking a little sad.

peel-ginger-with-a-spoonDo you know the trick of using a spoon to peel the ginger?  So easy and quick.

fresh ginger in glassMake this recipe to your taste.  Slice up some fresh ginger and add to your glass.

limesAdd as much lime as you like.  I add 3 of these cut up pieces.

add-fruit-to-glassRoughly cut your strawberries and add them to the limes and ginger.

muddle-fruit-in-glassThen muddle your little heart out.  I’m sure there are rules for not being too rough with your fruit but I just wanted to make sure that I was able to get the limes to release their oils and juice and make a dent in the ginger to release its flavor.  The strawberries get pretty squashed.

Arrowhead Sparkling WaterAdd ice to your glass and top with Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water.  Place a sprig of mint in the palm of your hand.  Clap your hands together a time or two to get the mint to release its fragrance.  Add the mint and a straw to your glass and enjoy.

lime-ginger-strawberry-sparkling-waterThis is super refreshing and delicious.  The fresh ginger gives it a little kick and the fresh lime and strawberry just work so well with it.  You will get pieces of fruit stuck in your straw.  If you give it a little mix with the straw you can see from the shot above that the larger pieces can get stuck up on top of the ice and make it less likely to stop up your straw.

ginger-lime-strawberry-waterOr skip the straw altogether and guzzle the crap out of the this.  It’s that good.  The fresh ginger really makes this special.  Are you a fan of fresh ginger?

Thank you for sponsoring this conversation, Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water.  What are you going to do for yourself today?  Need tips?  Head to their Facebook page to see what others are doing to get through hump day.  Share your moments there too!

Drinkwel is the Vitamin for People who Drink

*I asked to review this product because I really hoped it would work for me.  Drinkwel graciously sent me some to try.  All opinions are mine.

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Dearest Drinkwel,

I love you.  Will you be my best friend forever?

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I am not a lush.  But I like a drink or two.  Especially in summer when I’m on vacation without my kids.  BUT!  I get the worst hang overs.  So when I came across Drinkwel online, I felt like I needed to try it.  During the summer I usually take several mini trips.  This year Drinkwel came along with me to my girl’s trips in Scottsdale and Palm Springs.  And it will go with me and my husband to Mexico in a few weeks.  And I’ve used it several times in town.  The verdict?  Consider me a huge fan.

hangover helperSo how do you use it?  Well, it’s a supplement that helps how your body handles the toxins from alcohol.  You take 3 capsules with lots of water before you drink and then another 3 with lots of water before you go to bed.  I’m not going to get all technical and tell you how it works, you can check that out over on their website.  All I know is that when I took it, I felt GREAT the next day.  I want to disclose that I was not hammered on any occasion so I can’t say how it works if someone were to REALLY indulge.

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This doesn’t make me feel like I should just go ahead and drink way more than I usually would.  But it gives me a little reassurance that the next day I won’t be relegated to bed.  Or the couch with kid’s asking me to do ridiculous things like make them breakfast.

Sharon + Drinkwel = BFF 4EVA

There are several ways to buy Drinkwel including the 90 capsule bottle and also travel packs that are super easy to take on a night out with you.  Have you tried it?  I would love to know what you think!

*All opinions are mine. As always.  Forever and ever.  Amen.

Julibox and Kiwi Crate For Last Minute Gifts

Julibox sample cocktailYou can pretty much find anything for subscription in a box right now.  I recently did a review for The Trend Tribe of several of them.  Read the full article here!  But I fell super in love with two of them and wanted to make sure that you feel that love loud and clear.  Julibox, oh Julibox.  Let me count the ways…great design, a recipe card that is easy to read, informative, and pretty, tiny bottles of things, pretty packaging.  The overall concept is awesome, especially for a foodie like me.  While the cost comes out to be about $10 a drink (4 per box), that is what you would pay if you were out on the town.  These cocktails and ingredients are hand selected by masters of their craft.  I hope someone gets this for me for, well, no reason at all.  I love this.

Kiwi Crate Sample BoxKiwi Crate is a great brand.  I have seen them on social media and seen some work they have done with other bloggers.  I finally decided that my kids should try one of these boxes out.  This subscription is AMAZING.  Both of my kid’s were super excited.  I loved that everything you needed was included, except in one small case where they made sure to call out that something extra was needed.  The design is cute and family friendly.  The crafts were fairly easy to do and were fun for the kids.  I think this would make a great gift for kids.  There are tons of box options on their site from monthly kits to party crates and specialized themes.  How fun for them to get something every month that encourages creativity and hands on learning! I’m so glad I finally got to try this out for myself.  The hype about Kiwi Crate is well deserved.

Don’t forget to see more details over on The Trend Tribe!

Disclosure: On occasion I receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence my point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect my experience. The opinions are my own.

Best of : Drink

Best of Drink postsToday I’m sharing my favorite drink recipes from the blog.  Not all of these are cocktails so there should be a little something for everyone!

 Easy Lemon Pellegrino Vodka Cocktail

Shaken Basil Iced Tea

Frozen Peach Pop Champagne Cocktail

Elderflower Cocktail

Spiced Clementine Margarita with Izze

Passion Fruit Sangria

Fall Sangria

Ciao Bella Champagne Cocktails

Banana Oat Smoothie

 

 

Seagram’s new Flavored Seltzer Waters

I love flavored seltzer waters.  I don’t like to drink a ton of calories so I really enjoy sparkling waters.  I think they are super refreshing and have mystical healing powers.  OK, I know that isn’t true but an old boss of mine used to swear that the fizz cured headaches.  I always have sparkling water on hand for any ailment I may have.  Maybe it is just a pick me up, but I like to think it helps me get well.  But I also just find them really refreshing and a perfect afternoon beverage on a hot day.

Seagram’s sent me their new flavored sparkling seltzer waters to try.  I was super excited because I usually add a squeeze of lime (one of my all time favorite flavors) to my water and end up wasting 3/4 of it because I have no other use for it aside from my beverage.  With these I  get a variety of flavors to try without needing to do anything but pop open a can and no waste.  Naturally, I tried the Key Lime flavor first.  If you are not already a fan of sparkling seltzer waters, you may not enjoy these.  These are FIZZY, like, super duper fizzy, the kind where it almost hurts to swallow.  I LOVE that!  The added flavor was not overpowering but you also didn’t have to search for it either.  It was a good balance of flavorful and refreshing and delightful to drink.  I was unable to try to the Blackberry Raspberry flavor as it froze/exploded in my fridge.  Science is weird.

The Orange Citrus ended up being my favorite flavor.  And while I didn’t use any of these in a cocktail, I just KNOW these would be sensational.  The fizz and flavor would be an awesome mixer for your favorite spirit.  I think I will keep some of these on hand for summer sipping.  These would also be the perfect addition to your party bar set up.  You would need little else than these flavored sparkling seltzer waters, a few bottles of the most popular liquors and some fun glassware to keep your guests happy.   They  would provide tons of options for your guests with minimal effort by you.  Find these delicious drinks at your local grocery stores.

*I was sent these beverages for review.  All opinions are mine.