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Delicious No-Bake Desserts

Kelly McCombs - Saturday, August 06, 2016

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It has been hot, hot, hot here in NY for the last few weeks! The last thing anyone wants to do is turn on an oven to bake a dessert, so we are bringing you some easy no-bake options for your next summer get together!


First up is a treat that most people will recognize, the Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is one of the easiest pies around to make, and using a store bought graham cracker or cookie crust makes it even easier. You can also use store-bought whipped cream instead of whipping your own, if you’re short on time. This is one of those simple, yet delicious pies that we have at all of our family gatherings. It is a summertime staple!


I don’t know about you, but cannolis are one of my all-time favorite desserts. This simple No-Bake Cannoli Cheesecake, is a perfect, easy option that hits the spot! The combination of cannoli and cheesecake make this deliciously decadent, without taking a lot of time! You will fool everyone into thinking that you spent hours perfecting this recipe, when it really only took you about 15 minutes!


This tangy Tropical Sherbet is very easy to prep ahead of time for those last-minute meet-ups. Just freeze chunks of mango and pineapple, pop them in the blender with some lemon yogurt and you will come out with a delicious sherbet that is the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Don’t freeze the sherbet overnight though. It will turn from smooth to icy!


One of the most refreshing recipes and one perfect for this time of year is the Limoncello Freeze. This is a delicious lemony version of a creamsicle and it is super easy to make. All of the ingredients can be store-bought, so no need to waste time by prepping them yourself. I can picture sitting out on the back deck in the sun with one of these. The perfect summer refreshment!


If you are in the mood for something more “cake-like”, then you need to try this Banana Split Cake. The combination of the ripe bananas and the vanilla pudding make this creamy dessert to die for. I have made this for a few different family gatherings and it is always the one dessert that everyone requests me to bring. It is certainly a huge hit!


I’m sure that one of these delicious recipes will hit the spot, and they won’t leave you a sweaty mess in the process! 

Summer Cocktail Recipes

Kelly McCombs - Friday, July 08, 2016


                                                                                         Photo Credit: www.foodandwine.com


Given the intense heat and humidity in NY the last week or so, I thought it was a good time to bring you some summer cocktail recipes. These are some of the most satisfying and refreshing drinks around, which make them perfect for your next summer get-together!



We’ll start off with a cocktail that contains one of my favorite fruits, watermelon. The Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail is perfect for those summer months when watermelon is in season and can be found pretty much everywhere. Paired with tequila, this drink is super easy to make and will certainly hit the spot!



Since everything is better frozen, especially during the heat of summer, why not try Fruity Wine Slushies? You’ll need a blender for this recipe, but the combination of pinot grigio with frozen peaches and strawberries is enough to make your mouth water. It’s a delicious and quick way to cool down, too!



One of the classic staples of any summertime get-together is the Strawberry Daquiri. Most people have had one or at least know what it is, so this recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. These are also easy to make in large quantities to pass around at your next BBQ!



A twist on the classic Mimosa is the Peach Melba Mimosa. You’ll also need a blender for this one to puree some frozen raspberries and peaches, but it will be worth it! This fresh and light cocktail is one that you could even have for brunch!



One of my favorite things to drink during the summer is lemonade. This recipe for Strawberry-Basil Bourbon Lemonade kicks it up a few notches! The addition of bourbon and the combination of basil with strawberries make this “grown-up” lemonade the perfect summertime beverage after a long hot day.



If you’re looking for a fizzy drink, why not try the Citrus Fizz? Another easy recipe, this one can even be made with our Saratoga Sparkling Water! I always find citrus to be so refreshing when it’s a hot day outside, and this one packs a punch with both orange and lime juices.



We hope you have enjoyed a few of these delicious and refreshing beverages , and as always, please drink responsibly!

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

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.
 



Luck of the Irish: St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Saratoga Water - Monday, March 14, 2016

You don’t have to be Irish or even like the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Look at March 17 as a day to cook delicious authentic cuisine and have fun with family, friends and co-workers. How about starting your day with an Irish Coffee or ending it with a Stout and Ice Cream Float? We have a feeling you’ll definitely feel the luck of the Irish in these recipes below. Remember, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on this holiday. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

Irish Coffee
Start your morning with a little coffee, a little brown sugar and a little Irish whiskey. Top your breakfast buzz with whipped heavy cream and enjoy!

Irish Cocktail

Not much of a coffee drinker? No reason to worry, there are plenty of Irish whiskey cocktails you can try this St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish cocktail called “The Copywriter” is easy-drinking and easy to make.

Guinness Beef Stew

If you prefer beer over Irish whiskey, this Guinness Beef Stew is a must! Insider tip: you should also make a side of mashed potatoes -- they go perfectly with this hearty and traditional Irish dish. 


Irish Soda Bread
A traditional Irish meal isn’t complete without Irish Soda Bread. Imagine a large loaf filled with raisins and sweetened with brown sugar. What’s the best part? It takes less than an hour to prepare and bake!

Stout and Ice Cream Float
End your day of celebrating with one more treat. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a pint glass and pour Guinness right on top. The recipe says it makes 2 servings, but we won’t judge if you want to enjoy this dessert all by yourself.

Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sweet Chocolate Treats for Valentine's Day

Saratoga Water - Friday, February 05, 2016
Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot sweeter with these chocolate recipes—whether you are a dark, milk or white chocolate lover, there is something for everyone to try!



Trust us, these beautiful Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Lavender Glaze are much simpler to make than you would think. Makes 12-14

Ingredients:
For the Cake
• 3.5 ounces dark chocolate
• 1 cup water
• 1 stick of butter, softened
• 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
½ cup plain flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
For the Lavender Glaze
• 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender (find it at your local natural foods store)
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1 cup icing/powdered sugar
• 1-2 drops violet food color (optional)

Ready to give these delicious cakes a try? Click here for full baking and glazing directions.

Try making the Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge for a Valentine’s Day treat—it’s the most delicious blend of sweet, crunchy and gooey. 

Ingredients:
• 3 cups melting chocolate
• 14.5 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
• 10 ounces maraschino cherries
½ cup chopped almonds

Learn how to make this tasty, no-bake fudge here

There is so much goodness in one bite with these White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes. You can’t go wrong with rich white chocolate, real raspberry and homemade whipped cream! Serves 48 bites.

Ingredients:
For the Crust:
• 1½ cups Oreo cookie crumbs, cream centers removed (about 22-23 finely crushed cookies)
• 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
For the Custard:
• Half bag (6 ounces) pure white chocolate chips
• ¼ cup half and half
• 1½ (12 ounces) blocks whole cream cheese, softened to almost melted
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Raspberry Sauce:
• 5 ounces frozen or fresh raspberries
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1½ teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water

Oreo and chocolate lovers will go crazy for this dessert. Click here for full baking directions.

If baking isn’t your thing, try drinking your chocolate instead! This Chocolate Martini recipe from Pint Sized Baker is easy and pairs seamlessly alongside strawberries or raspberries.

Ingredients:
• 1½ ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
• 1½ ounces Creme de Cacao
• ½ ounce Vodka
• 2½ ounce half-and-half
• Chocolate chips, crushed and melted

Directions:
1. Place your martini glass into the fridge to chill.
2. Crush a ¼ cup of chocolate chips and place them on to a large paper plate. Melt ¼
 cup of chocolate chips and put them into a baggie.
3. Swirl the inside of the martini glass with the melted chocolate. Add some melted chocolate around the rim of the glass and dip it in the crushed chocolate.
4. Place a few ice cubes into a shaker. Add all ingredients, shake and pour into the prepared glasses.

Valentine’s Day-Inspired Cocktails using Saratoga Spring Water

Saratoga Water - Friday, February 05, 2016
Saratoga Spring Water
You don’t have to be a mixologist to impress your Valentine with an exceptional cocktail. We’ll let you in on a secret—the essential ingredient is Saratoga Spring Water’s Sparkling Spring Water.

Sparkling water lends the perfect amount of effervescence to your drink without the extra calories. For a little bit more punch, try mixing things up by adding one of our Essence flavors in Wildberry, Orange-Tangerine and Lemon-Lime.

Need a bit of inspiration? We’ve picked a few of our favorite cocktail recipes to help get the celebration started -- but they also happen to be delicious year round. Cheers!


Chocolate Cherry Cha Cha: We think this chocolate-covered-cherry tasting martini is so delectable that it trumps the typical chocolate-covered strawberry. A splash of Sparkling Spring Water gives it the perfect pizazz.
Strawberry Pomegranate Sangria: A fruity, festive drink fit for any Valentine’s Day soiree; and the Sparkling Spring Water is the best complement to any wine of your choosing.
Raspberry Lemon Drop: This cocktail is for the sassy sweetheart because it has just the right amount of tart. Swap the Sprite or 7UP out for Lemon- Lime flavored Sparkling Spring Water!
Strawberry Balsamic Cocktail: The aroma of mixed, fresh strawberries and basil makes this drink extremely refreshing, and the hint of bubbly really pushes it over the top.

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