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

- 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!

Orange-Tangerine Spring Inspired Recipes

- Friday, March 04, 2016


Spring has (almost) sprung! With a new season right around the corner, we’re anxiously awaiting new flavors and ingredients to join our recipes. Cooking with seasonal fruits and vegetables keeps your kitchen experience exciting. Try making one of these recipes inspired by our Orange-Tangerine Essence water. They are just what you need to get primed and ready for springtime. And trust us, the juice is worth the squeeze. Enjoy! 

Orange Romaine Salad
Light, refreshing and simple to make. This salad uses a light honey vinaigrette that complements the oranges nicely with the right amount of sweetness. Great for parties or even a weekly go-to meal. Try adding grilled chicken or fish as your protein option.

Roasted Butternut Orange Risotto
A great transition meal that combines winter and springtime flavors. You can garnish with dried cranberries, chopped pecans or fresh herbs.

Orange Blossom Cheesecake

Love to bake? This dessert is the perfect blend of fruit and cheese. It’s decadent, creamy, citrusy and most of all, tasty.

Orange Cream Float

A refreshing alternative to the classic root beer float. For a lower-calorie version, try using Orange-Tangerine Essence water instead of the orange flavored soda.

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.

Sweet Chocolate Treats for Valentine's Day

- 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

- 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.

Healthy Recipes for 2016

- Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Whether your resolutions are to eat healthier in the new year or to become a better chef in the kitchen, these simple and delicious recipes will help you start 2016 off on the right foot. Plus, nothing pairs better with Saratoga Spring Water than some healthy and delectable nosh. Here are a few recipes you can try for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.  


whole-grain berry pancakes


Whole-Grain Berry Pancakes

A sweet start to the day, sans sugary batter. The raspberry puree on these whole-grain pancakes makes for a great alternative to maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • • 1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
    • 3/4 c. buttermilk
    • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tbsp. canola oil
    • 2 tsp. vanilla
    • Walnuts, for serving
    • Berries, for serving
    • Pureed raspberries, for serving

  • Directions:
    1. Soak oats in buttermilk 20 minutes. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Whisk egg, canola oil, and vanilla into oat mixture until just combined.
    2. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet on medium. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto hot skillet. Cook until tops are bubbly and edges look dry. Turn; cook until undersides are golden.
    3. Serve with walnuts, berries, and pureed raspberries.



This vegetarian dish is always a crowd-pleaser! Serve it as an appetizer or if you’re looking for a heartier meal, serve with grilled chicken or shrimp. Pair this with our Orange-Tangerine Saratoga Essence for even more zest.

Ingredients: 
• 4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds (about 1 1/2 pounds)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Kosher salt
• 4 round, pocketless whole-grain pita
• 1/3 cup prepared hummus
• 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
• 2 cups baby arugula
• 1/4 cup chopped almonds
• 1 lemon, quartered, for serving

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; mix well and spread to 1 layer. Roast until browned and very tender, about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
2. Warm the pita on a grill or griddle until nicely toasted, but still soft, and spread each with 1 heaping tablespoon hummus. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 of the roasted zucchini, about 1/2 cup baby arugula, and 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped almonds. Serve with a lemon wedge.



Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Meatballs
A lighter version of the traditional meatball with a little bit of a twist. Total time to prepare this delicious entrée is only 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
• 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained and blotted dry
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 large jalapeño—halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
• 1 pound ground chicken breast
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, for dusting
• One 14 1/2-ounce can peeled whole tomatoes with their juices
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:
1. In a food processor, pulse the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, half of the jalapeño, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper until finely chopped. Add the bread crumbs and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chicken, egg and milk. Using lightly moistened hands, roll the mixture into 20 meatballs, a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Dust the meatballs lightly with flour, tapping off any excess.
2. Wipe out the food processor and add the remaining garlic clove and jalapeño half; pulse until chopped. Add the tomatoes and their juices and the oregano and process until smooth.
3. In a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the meatballs and cook over moderate heat, turning, until golden but not quite cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to the skillet and simmer, turning, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.



Dark Chocolate and Banana Sundae
Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy this dark chocolate and banana sundae year round! No dairy, no added sugars, just natural goodness and lots of flavor.

Ingredients:

• 4 large ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
• 2 oz. dark chocolate (60% to 70% cacao)
• 4 cherries, divided

Directions:
1. Freeze bananas, 3 hours. Pulse in food processor until smooth, stirring often.
2. Melt dark chocolate. Divide bananas among 4 bowls; drizzle with chocolate and top each with 1 cherry.



Sparkling Essence Lime-Mint Lemonade

- Friday, January 15, 2016
With an eye towards summer, try our take on lemonade with less sugar and more sparkle! 



Recipe: Sparkling Lime-Mint Lemonade

• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
• 24oz fresh made lemonade
• 12oz Saratoga Sparkling Lemon-Lime Essence
• 1 fresh lemon
• Ice (optional)


Combine lemonade and mint leaves in pitcher. Gently muddle the mint leaves with a wooden spoon.

Add Saratoga Sparkling Lemon-Lime Essence and ice. Garnish with mint leaf and a lemon wheel and enjoy! 


Serves 2-4.



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