According to news reports on the ABC this morning, 2013 was Australia's hottest summer on record and 2014 is likely to be the same, if not hotter. With that in mind, I'm gearing up with a range of refreshing spritzers that are health-giving as well as thirst quenching and cooling.
We usually buy bottles of mineral water by the dozen, but thanks to the generosity of the people at SodaStream, Peter and I have a new SodaStream Drinks Maker sitting on our kitchen bench and have been enjoying fizzy water at the touch of a button. Powered, by a refillable CO2 canister, SodaStream Drinks Makers offer Australians a smart way to enjoy sparkling beverages transforming ordinary tap water into delicious carbonated drinks, cocktails and refreshing sparkling water in seconds.
So far, I've experimented with fresh lemon and lime juice with sparkling water, as well as a combination of cloudy apple juice with passionfruit juice and sparkling water (in preference to sweet syrups and cordials). The results have been delicious!
Our favourite so far is this blood orange and raspberry spritzer, my own creation, of course! My citrus grower friend, Len from Redbelly, has kept me well supplied with his beautiful oranges, so I see more blood orange spritzers on the horizon this season. Cin cin.
BLOOD ORANGE AND RASPBERRY SPRITZER
125g frozen raspberries*
200ml freshly squeezed blood orange juice, well chilled
200ml SodaStream soda water, well chilled
sliced blood orange and mint sprig, to garnish (optional)
Place the frozen raspberries in the jug of a blender. Add the well chilled blood orange juice and pulse until the fruit is pureed. Strain the mixture through a sieve, pushing the juice through into a chilled glass or jug. Discard the seeds. Top up with the fizzy water and serve.
* Buy them cheaply by the bag or freeze them in quantity at the peak of the season.
And now for the giveaway sponsored by SodaStream ...
This competition is now closed, the winners will be announced soon. Thank you to all who entered. The winners have been selected... congratulations to Vanessa and Francesca, both regular Good Things readers (and also both are subscribers). Thanks again to all who entered... and watch this space for more news and giveaways!
From SodaStream Australia, the world leader in home soda making, I have a fabulous giveaway for readers of Good Things. Two lucky readers will each win a SodaStream Play Drinks Maker, valued at RRP $99.00.
A fun, family-friendly Drinks Maker for everyday use, Play is minimal by design and ultra-simple to use, Allowing consumers to add a pop of personality to their home, the new Play will be available in six vibrant colours including brand new yellow and grey. Play is the first home carbonation system to feature the new “auto-lift” slider, along with the popular “snap-lock” mechanism, making it quick, simple and easy to use.
Myles Anceschi, Managing Director of SodaStream Australia says: 'We’re thrilled to offer the Play Drinks Maker to Australian families. We understand that people want a product that is fun, yet can fit easily into the aesthetic of their living space. With SodaStream Play, families can get creative in the kitchen and enjoy great tasting, better-for-you sparkling drinks in seconds.'
The introduction of Play follows the launch of the award-winning SodaStream Source in 2012. Yaron Kopel, Chief Innovation and Design Officer at SodaStream says: 'After a successful collaboration with renowned global designer Yves Béhar on the Source Drinks Maker, we decided to partner with him once again to create Play – a machine which maintains the design language of the Source family, but still has a clear identity, is priced lower and appeals to more segments of the market.'
Details of the competition, terms and conditions...
To celebrate the launch of SodaStream Play, two Good Things readers will each win a SodaStream Play Drinks Maker!
To enter the competition, please subscribe to Good Things email updates via the box above RH side on my sidebar, (if you haven't already) and in the comments box below share with me in 50 words or less why you would like to win a SodaStream Play Drinks Maker or what flavours you might create.
The entries will be judged according to originality and creativity (chance plays no part in determining the winner), and the winner will be notified by email.
Please ensure you enter your current email address (one you check regularly!) with your comment/entry so you can be reached in the event you're selected as the winner. If the winning reader does not respond within 48 hours, Good Things will redraw the competition and select a new winner.
Note: this competition is open to Australian readers only (with apologies to my overseas readers) and closes at midnight on Saturday, 11 October 2014 ADST.
The prizes are sponsored by SodaStream Australia and will be posted direct to the two winners.
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