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Perfect Picnic Recipes

Kelly McCombs - Thursday, May 26, 2016
(Veggie Rainbow Salad courtesy of FoodandWine.com)

Since the weather has warmed up so quickly here in NY, we thought it was a great time to feature some delicious recipes that you can easily bring with you on a picnic. We are lucky enough to have some beautiful parks in Saratoga Springs, whether it be Congress Park downtown or the Saratoga Spa State Park. Next time you plan on going, make sure to bring these wonderful dishes along to make it an even more memorable day!


A great way to start off your picnic in the park is with a delicious Spring Salsa. This salsa is light and refreshing and can even be served over a salad or grilled chicken, if you wanted to mix it up a bit. It is also easily portable and keeps well, perfect for a picnic! Bring some tortilla chips along for some fun picnic snacking.


A great alternative to a pasta salad is Couscous Salad Cups. It has a delicious array of veggies to keep it healthy and fresh. You can put this in lettuce cups, or try bell pepper cups for a sturdier container for picnics. Also try adding some Feta cheese to the recipe. I mean, Feta makes everything even more delicious, right?


There are so many flavors and colors in this next salad, that it is a must for your next picnic. The Vegetable Rainbow Salad features a mix of pickled veggies, leafy greens, black quinoa and root vegetables. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at and tastes just as good! If you can’t find the baby vegetables or lime radishes are your local store or farmer’s market, you can substitute with similar vegetables.


Oven Fried Chicken is a great take on the traditional deep fried, battered chicken. By using the oven, you cut down on the grease (and calories!), but still keep that yummy crunch that comes with deep frying chicken. This dish would be a great addition to your picnic basket and pairs well with the previously mentioned salads! This chicken tastes just as good chilled, which makes it easy to take along.


A picnic is not complete without some kind of dessert! In order to keep it light and not too rich and heavy, we highly recommend these Easy Lemon Squares. They are super simple to make and only take a few minutes to whip up. Lemon squares can be tricky to get just right, but these, with a delicious shortbread crust filled with a tart, yet sweet lemony filling are to die for!


The perfect drink to accompany the previous dishes is this Lime Fizz. It is refreshingly fizzy and perfect for everyone! You can even make it an adult version by stirring in 2/3 cup of vodka! It’s also the perfect drink to make with our Sparkling Spring Water!


We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes out in the gorgeous weather with your loved ones. 


Delicious San Francisco Eats

Kelly McCombs - Friday, May 20, 2016

Last week, we introduced you to some must see sites on your next trip to San Francisco. While the city is famous for many of these sites, it is also known for having some of the best restaurants in the country. From pasta to sushi, vegetarian to steakhouse, we have compiled a list of our favorites! Make sure to include them along with the sites on your next trip!






For the Italian lovers out there, a dinner at A16 on Chestnut Street should be high on the list of must-do’s. They serve everything from homemade pasta to Neopolitan pizza, and they have an extensive wine list with a Wine Director to help you choose which is best paired with your meal. Their Burrata is raved about all over the city! The menu along with a sophisticated ambiance make this one of our top choices!


Tadich Grill is one of those restaurants that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Located on California Street, Tadich Grill has been serving up mouthwatering seafood dishes since 1849. This makes it not only San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, but California’s! Their signature dish is the much loved Seafood Cioppino, a hearty seafood stew with clams, prawns, scallops, bay shrimp, crab meat, mussels and white fish all simmered in a tomato based broth. It has been widely hailed as the best of its kind, anywhere! If you decide to make a stop at Tadich Grill for lunch or dinner, be aware that they do not take reservations. There are often people waiting in line for a table, but the food is well worth the wait!


If you are in the mood for a nice juicy steak, head on over to Harris' on Van Ness Avenue. Walking in to the restaurant will transport you to another time where men wore suits and hats and women wore their hair up in the “beehive” style. Plush leather booths and starched white table clothes greet you as you prepare for some of the best service in the city. Harris’ has an in-house butcher that prepares some of the best Mid-Western beef available on the West Coast. Be sure to try the Steak Diane for some of the best filet you will ever have.


While you’re in Chinatown checking out all of the wonderful shops, make a stop at Akiko's on Bush Street. They are known throughout the city as having the freshest sushi anywhere. This, along with top-notch sushi chefs who are artists at their craft, will make for an unforgettable experience. They also feature a full wine list and an impressive sake collection to complete your meal.


San Francisco is lucky enough to boast a plethora of local farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants, which in turn makes it hard for a vegetarian to choose which one is the best! Our choice is Greens on Marina Boulevard. If you’re looking for an upscale vegetarian restaurant with a delicious variety of heathy choices, without sacrificing flavor, this is the spot! Greens has been named one of the best city restaurants many times, even over non-vegetarian choices. Now, that’s saying something!


We hope that you have enjoyed our little glimpse into the wonderful city that is San Francisco! A trip there is worthwhile for the whole family!


6 Must-See Sites in San Francisco!

Kelly McCombs - Saturday, May 14, 2016

There is something in San Francisco for everyone. Whether you love to take part in outdoorsy activities, try new foods at the many different restaurants, or just generally like to wander around the city, it is chock full of fun and interesting things! It is also fairly small in size compared to many other cities, but this does not mean it is lacking. We have listed below some must see sites for your next trip!





A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful red bridge has become a symbol of the city and is one of the most famous bridges in the world. A pedestrian walkway crosses the stunning 1.7 mile span to make your walk easy and safe. Make sure to bring your camera along! The views of Alcatraz are some of the best in the city!


Speaking of Alcatraz, this now closed prison is one of the most visited places in the city. It sits on a huge rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and is reached by a ferry, which is fun in itself! Officially closed as a prison in the 1960’s, Alcatraz housed some of the most infamous criminals in history. While many tried, none of them ever successfully escaped the prison. This is definitely a must see site!


If you are interested in doing some shopping on your trip, a visit to Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf is on the list. There are over 60 shops to browse with everything from touristy items to local hand crafted merchandise. If you are a lover of animals and are seeking something more unique on your trip, a visit to the sea lions on the K Dock of Pier 39 is a must! These sea lions have resided here since 1990 and their amusing antics will bring some humor to your day!


A wonderful way to add some culture to your trip is to visit Chinatown. Inside the entrance on Grant Avenue and Bush Street lies 24 blocks of a city within a city; chock full of exotic shops, delicious restaurants and food markets. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest one in North America. It is best seen on foot, so wear your walking shoes and get ready for an adventure!


Taking a ride on a cable car is an exhilarating way to see the city! The cable cars in San Francisco are the last fully operational, manually operated cable cars in the world. They were listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and are used as much today as they were over a 100 years ago! There are three cable lines that run throughout the city, which gives the rider a chance to see many of the sites and sounds of the city, including some of the huge hills that make the city famous.


One of the most photographed sites in the city is the Painted Ladies  at Hayes and Steiner Street. These lovely Victorian homes are a site to see, set against the backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. For a relaxing lunch, bring a picnic and set up in the adjacent grassy spot known as Alamo Square. This location provides stunning views of the Ladies. Fun fact: the Painted Ladies were used in the opening credits of the sitcom Full House back in the 1990’s!


While San Francisco is known for having some of the steepest streets in the country, it also has one of the most crooked! Lombard Street is a one-way street that is so steep, the city decided to add 8 switchback turns in the 1920’s in order to make it safer and more aesthetically pleasing. Whether you walk or drive down it, it is certainly something very unique to San Francisco that you will not see anywhere else! 


Of course, there are hundreds of places to visit in San Francisco, but we hope this gives you a good starting point! Stay tuned to the next blog for some of the best places to eat in San Francisco!


Lemon-Lime Spring Inspired Recipes

Kelly McCombs - Wednesday, May 11, 2016


We have finally welcomed Spring and some pretty fantastic weather here at Saratoga Spring Water! Why not get outside to enjoy the weather and have a picnic or outdoor luncheon? These recipes are perfectly suited for such an occasion and are inspired by our refreshing Lemon Lime Essence!



Lemon Yogurt Cake

Sometimes, it’s hard to find the perfect lemon cake. They can be too sweet or too tart, but this one hits the nail right on the head! Adding yogurt into this recipe makes the finished cake moist and very flavorful, with a wonderful tang that pairs perfectly with the lemon.


Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker meals are always super easy to make and travel with, so they are perfect to bring along to a family barbeque or casual luncheon. Serve this meal up on lettuce for a healthier option, or on a bed of rice for something a little heartier!


Black Bean Lentil Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing

A super light and healthy option, this salad is gluten free and vegetarian. Adding the hearty black beans means it can be eaten as an entrée or even a side dish. Topping it all off with the cumin-lime dressing brings all of the wonderful flavors together for a refreshing salad, perfect for a sunny Spring day!


Lemon Mint Iced Tea

Iced tea is a quintessential drink of Spring and Summer, but why not add a little excitement to the traditional! Adding rum spices it up a bit and takes the plain iced tea that everyone knows to the next level!


Saratoga Essence comes in three flavors: Orange Tangerine, Lemon Lime and Wild Berry. To learn more about this zero calorie, sparkling spring water or to purchase online, click here

Wild Berry Essence-Inspired Recipes

Saratoga Water - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Being both tart and sweet, wild berries have a way of fitting into any meal of the day. Their small size and significant flavor allow them to be versatile on the plate—whether they act as the main ingredient, a hint of flavor or a garnish to compliment a dark chocolate cake. If you’re in need of refreshing recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, at least one of these recipes inspired by our Wild Berry Essence Sparkling Spring Water is sure to help you out!

Berry & Rosemary Juniper Gin Fizz: We think we’ve met Wild Berry Essence’s match, as far as cocktails go. Not rich, but refreshing, and not artificially sweet and sour, but authentically herbaceous and honeyed. Try it out! You’ll be ditching the artificial syrup real quick.

Balsamic Grilled Cherry, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, and Candied Hazelnut Salad: This salad has a delicious wild twist with the cherries pitted, tossed in a balsamic dressing, and grilled until juicy and charred. Sprinkle the balsamic grilled cherries with the blueberries, goat cheese and candied (hazel)nuts on a bed of mixed greens and there you have it—a berry-wild salad.

Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce: This effortless recipe from Iowa Girl Eats is perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to impress. It only takes 20 minutes to lightly season, sear and smother a few chicken breasts in a dreamy wine-soaked cherry sauce… but if you can spare a few more minutes, the dish pairs deliciously with roasted broccoli or brussels sprouts.

Berry Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie: This Wild Berry Essence-inspired smoothie is perfect for a breakfast on the go, midday snack or pre-workout boost. Not only is it full of healthy fats, protein and antioxidants, but the “secret ingredient” is known for increasing energy and and metabolism!

Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler: Crispy, chewy, sweet and tart all at the same time…this classic dessert is a wild berry-fan favorite because the six simple ingredients are already in your kitchen and it’s, well, full of an assortment of delicious wild berries.

Saratoga Essence comes in three flavors: Orange Tangerine, Lemon Lime and Wild Berry. To learn more about this zero calorie, sparkling spring water or to purchase online, click here

Happy Earth Day!

Saratoga Water - Thursday, April 21, 2016


Happy Earth Day!

Did you know the water inside our blue bottles has added benefits for your plants over regular tap water. The minerals and nutrients contained in sparkling water and club soda help with plant growth and root development. 

But, if you do decide to give your plants sparkling water, make sure it’s flat, because the carbonation can actually stunt the plant’s growth. Trust us, your plants will thank you for it.

Here are a few more water and gardening tips to keep in mind:

  1. 1. Be careful of overwatering your plants. It’s much easier to bring a dry plant back to life than to dry out overwatered roots. 
  2. 2. Start your day in the garden. Water your plants early in the morning to conserve moisture loss and to prevent mildew or diseases in high humid climates.
  3. 3. Add color! Adding a few drops of food coloring to your rain gauge makes it easier to read. Try to do it before your next spring shower. 
  4. 4. No waste. The next time you’re in the kitchen and steaming or boiling vegetables, don’t toss the water, save it for your garden! The used water contains nutrients that the plants respond well to. 
  5. 5. Garden vegetables are great and even better when picked at the right time. Make sure to remove them as soon as they are ripe. They have a tendency to over ripen rather quickly and this can attract unwanted pests. 

For more gardening tips, visit HGTV. Enjoy the sunshine and your garden!

Saratoga Spring Water for Every Occasion

Saratoga Water - Friday, April 15, 2016

For more than 140 years, we have been bottling America’s premium spring water in Saratoga Springs, New York. We know that it is not only the refreshing taste, but also our commitment to honoring our rich heritage and providing the most pristine bottled water available, that surrounds our company with a constant and growing band of loyal supporters.

We take pride in our state-of-the-art, sustainable processes, and ensure that each bottle is carefully crafted to deliver the exceptional freshness and taste for which Saratoga Spring Water is renowned.

Our line of natural, sparkling, and flavored spring water products has become popular in some of the world’s finest restaurants, hotels, resorts, grocers and cafeterias, and we are excited to share our brand with new customers who appreciate remarkable, American-made products.

Read about our line of products below to see which one you’re most eager to try!

• Natural Spring Water: Saratoga Spring Water’s historic pride and joy—packaged in our iconic cobalt blue glass bottles. The clean, cool taste and low mineral content of our non-sparkling, sodium-free spring water is easily the beverage of choice for any occasion.

• Sparkling Spring Water:
Defining the balance of effervescence and light taste, our Sparkling Spring Water is best for cleansing the palate and complementing the flavors of fine food and wine.

• Flavored Sparkling Water: Infused with the essence of natural fruit flavors and boasting the perfect amount of bubbly, you really can’t get more refreshing than our flavored Sparkling Spring Water. Lemon Lime, Orange Tangerine and Wild Berry are excellent cocktail mixers for any season, as well as healthy, calorie-free alternatives to sugar-filled soda or juice.

Refreshing Sangria Recipes

Saratoga Water - Thursday, April 07, 2016

Image Credit: The Kitchn

Do you know the secret to making the best sangria? It’s all about planning ahead and of course the wine. You’re going to want to let your sangria rest in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight. This helps all the flavors come together nicely. The wine you select doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be a wine that you enjoy drinking. For red sangria, try using a Malbec, Merlot or a Rioja from Spain. For white sangria, avoid using heavy oak-aged white wine. Instead, stick to lighter wines like Pinot Grigio, Riesling or Chardonnay.

The Kitchn shares one of its favorite Red Sangria recipes:
Ingredients:
2 apples 
2 oranges
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange liquor, like Cointreau
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine 
2 to 3 cups sparkling water, chilled

Prefer white wine? Try this White Sangria from Martha Stewart:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup cognac
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
1 peach or nectarine, pitted and thinly sliced
1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 to 2 plums, pitted and thinly sliced
2 bottles (750 mL) dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, chilled
Ice cubes, for serving


Keep these recipes handy the next time you’re having a few people over for a pool party or barbecue. Your guests will appreciate a nice glass of refreshing sangria on a warm spring or summer day.

Tips for Planning a Spring Soiree

Saratoga Water - Tuesday, April 05, 2016


  1. 1. The Timeline: Planning a party can be exciting, but also overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. The best thing to do is to plan early so that everything else can fall into place. Here’s a great party planning checklist to help you every step of the way, no matter how big or small your bash is going to be. 

2. Don’t Overdo it with the F&B: Save yourself the time, money and mess by knowing how much you should make. We wouldn’t have been able to plan a party without this helpful guide from Chickabug on how much food and beverage to prepare. (Expert tip: prep as much of the menu ahead of time as possible)

3. Ambiance is Key: The ambiance of a party can make or break a guest’s experience. With that being said, make sure you are appealing to all of the guests’ senses with a great playlist, lighting inside and outside, being mindful of smells, high traffic areas, layout of the room, etc. Throwing a fun party? Make sure your space matches the theme!

4. Drinks Ready, Snacks Handy: Be sure to have your drinks chilled, and easily accessible for guests to grab as soon as they walk in. To alleviate congestion around the main food station and for those who arrive late, have small snacks placed strategically around the house or venue. If you’re unsure of how to organize your space, pretend to be your guest and walk through the venue. Here’s some inspiration you can use for your next beverage station.

5. Set up Drinks with a DIY Cocktail Bar and Food “Bar-Style”: As far as the food goes, letting the guests do the work can be less stress for you and more fun for them. Designating one area for the main finger-food course reduces the mess and allows the guests to pick and choose what they want. Setting up “Make Your Own” food or drink stations like a taco bar or a mimosa bar -- even an ice cream sandwich station -- makes eating another fun activity at your party.

6. Provide a Kid-Friendly Drink Option: If kids are involved, make sure your alcoholic beverage has a virgin version—a great option is to serve punch, lemonade or flavored sparkling water like our all natural Essence. Have the alcohol separate so people who want to drink can add their spirit of choice.

7. Stick to the Theme: Before you buy or DIY your decorations, decide how much time you want to spend decorating. A themed-party can be as simple as using matching cups, plates, and hanging a garland. But if you are game to go all-out, you can make food labels, incorporate straw-toppers, fun lighting, and so much more. Take a look at this tablescape, it really covers every little detail.

8. Be the “Hostess with the Mostest”: You’ve done all this work, it’s time for you to loosen up and enjoy your own party—mix and mingle, show how happy you are to host everyone and don’t forget to introduce your guests to each other. Make sure to thank your guests for attending and share in a toast. The planning and prep are over, enjoy yourself and the company of others.

9. The Clean Up: The whole “clean up, clean up, everybody do your share” song doesn’t always apply here, so when you’ve thrown a big bash, make the process easier on yourself by starting the party with an empty dishwasher and trash cans to fill up and having a fully-stocked cleaning supplies arsenal.

We hope these tips set you up for a great party season. Remember, you’re creating a fun environment for your friends, so enjoy every step of the process. Cheers!

Weekend Brunch Recipes You'll Love

Saratoga Water - Thursday, March 24, 2016

As we head into the weekend and start to finalize plans, don’t forget everyone’s favorite activity. Brunch. The temperatures outside are just right for a mid-morning weekend brunch. Make one or all of the recipes below for your family and friends. They’ll love getting together and eating the delicious spread. Why? Because everyone loves brunch.

Classic French Toast
Taking it back to the basics, French Toast is the perfect brunch staple because it allows for so many different toppings and combinations, from basic powdered sugar and maple syrup to spreading the toast with a layer of mascarpone, sprinkling coconut flakes and topping with strawberries and agave nectar. Using the right bread for the job is important (brioche, challah, sourdough), as it will result in a French Toast that is just the right amount of thick-crispy-chewy-ness. Beware, these French Toast recipes might just send you over the edge!

Egg White Frittata with Lox and Arugula
The best part about frittatas is that you can add just about any ingredient and the result will still be delicious. This recipe from Food Network is especially fluffy, light and full of flavor! The protein from the salmon and egg whites make it a great healthy option to balance the few bites of french toast you may have eaten. 

Fruit Salad with Herbs and Mint-Maple Syrup
No brunch is complete without a fruit salad. Gather your favorite combination of seasonal berries, melons and tropical fruits and use this simple recipe to create your choice of a refreshing mint or rosemary herb syrup to mix in with the fruit.

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Candied Bacon
Take your side of bacon to the next level by making this incredible candied bacon from the Kitchen Joy Blog. You can even add in cayenne pepper if you’re looking for a little mid-morning wake up call. The cayenne is completely optional, but either way, this savory and sweet finger food treat will not disappoint.

Arnold Palmer
Iced tea. Lemonade. That’s it! Who knew two ingredients could create such a legendary, refreshing drink? The key is to pour over ice, serve with a lemon wedge and get the ratio right. The common misconception is that the two liquids are mixed in equal parts, but the real Arnold Palmer has clarified that the proper ratio is 3:1—three parts iced tea to one part lemonade. Add a little Saratoga Spring Water to your recipe for a sparkling Arnold Palmer.

Mimosa

Turn this recipe into “bottomless” mimosas when you swap out the four champagne flutes for a pitcher. If your kids are begging to take a sip, make them a virgin mimosa with Saratoga Spring Water’s Orange Tangerine Flavored Essence Sparkling Water.

Bloody Mary

Spicy, salty, tangy, this classic brunch staple lends itself to many variations. Think of a Bloody Mary as not just a cocktail, but a one-stop-shop for booze and food. Try adding bacon, celery, cubes of cheese, olives, even shrimp for an adult-style shrimp cocktail. The possibilities are endless. See for yourself with this recipe from Eater.
 




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