29 Mar
2016
Sparkling Water Recipes to Elevate Any Occasion Katherine Brooking

Easy-to-make sparkling water beverages can elevate any occasion—from Easter brunch or Backyard BBQs to Thanksgiving dinner. Sparkling water is perfect on its own, with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, or you can add ingredients to create flavorful mocktails and non-alcoholic spritzers. Fresh fruit, veggies, herbs and spices provide a fresh flavor boost to the beverages. And if you're looking to make a small health change that can have real results, sparkling water drinks in place of sugar-sweetened beverages can help you cut calories and added sugar. As registered dietitians, we've partnered with Nestlé Waters to create these delicious beverage recipes. We hope you enjoy! Julie Upton MS, RD Katherine Brooking MS, RD Six Delicious Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Water Recipes Elevate Any Occasion with These Sparkling Water Refreshments Easy-to-make sparkling water beverages can elevate any occasion—from Easter brunch or Backyard BBQs to Thanksgiving dinner. The addition of fresh, seasonal fruit and herbs provide a flavorful boost to the beverages. Here are six sparkling water serving suggestions to try: Peachy Vanilla Sparkler Makes two servings, (8 ounces per serving)

  • 4-6 fresh ripe peach slices (or six thawed unsweetened frozen peach slices)
  • 2-inch piece vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 12 oz. Peach Mango Flavor NESTLÉ PURE LIFE Exotics Sparkling Water or Sparkling water
  • 1/2 tsp. honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • Fresh peach slices and fresh mint sprig for garnish

Directions: Place peach slices in a bowl and mash with a fork. Scrape vanilla bean seeds from pods with the tip of a small sharp knife. Add seeds and pod to peaches and let stand 10 minutes for flavor to develop. Strain mixture into two ice-filled glasses, letting some of the mashed peaches fall through. Add Nestle Sparkling water and honey (if desired) and stir well. Garnish with peach slices and a mint sprig. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 20 Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams Sugars: 4 grams (*includes honey) Berry Tangerine Thyme Spritzer Makes Two Servings, (about 8 ounces per serving)

  • 10 fresh blueberries
  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme
  • 10 fresh raspberries
  • 12 oz. Tangerine Flavor NESTLÉ PURE LIFE Exotics Sparkling Water*
  • 1/2 tsp. honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • Fresh blueberries, raspberries, tangerine slices and thyme sprig for garnish

Directions: Place blueberries and thyme in a cup and coarsely mash with a fork. Add raspberries and lightly mash. Strain mixture into two glasses filled with crushed or cubed ice letting some of the fruit through. Add Nestle Sparkling Water and honey (if desired) and stir well. Garnish with additional berries, thyme and tangerine slices. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 15 Total Carbohydrate: 4 grams Sugars: 2 grams (*includes honey) Strawberry Basil Cooler (about 12 ounces per serving)

  • 4 medium strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 3 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 8 oz. NESTLÉ S.Pellegrino or other sparkling water
  • Strawberry and lemon slices and fresh basil leaves for garnish

Directions: Place berry slices, basil and sugar in a cup and coarsely mash. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove large basil pieces and pour fruit into a glass filled with crushed or cubed ice. Add Nestle Sparkling Water and stir well. Garnish with, strawberry slices, lemon slices and fresh basil leaves. Makes 1 serving. Note: Strawberry Dragonfruit Flavor NESTLÉ PURE LIFE Exotics may be substituted, adding a teaspoon of honey or to taste. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 25 Total Carbohydrate: 6 grams Sugars: 4 grams (*includes sugar)   Melon Refresher Makes 6 servings (about 12 ounces per serving) Ingredients:

  • 1 cup watermelon balls
  • 1 cup cantaloupe balls
  • 1 cup honeydew balls
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional)
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 4 cans (12 fluid ounces each) Key Lime Flavor NESTLÉ PURE LIFE Exotics Sparkling Water
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions: Place melon balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze for at least 4 hours. Combine melon balls, honey, limes and sparkling water in a large pitcher. Serve garnished with mint sprigs. 20 minutes to prepare plus 4+ hours to freeze Makes 9 ½ cups Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 40 Total Carbohydrate: 11 grams Sugars: 8 grams (*from honey)   Pomegranate Cordial Makes 2 servings, (6 ounces per serving) Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Ice
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Tangerine Flavor NESTLÉ PURE LIFE Exotics Sparkling Water
  • 2 lime slices

Directions: Divide pomegranate seeds, thyme sprigs and ice between two champagne flutes. Add sparkling water. Garnish with lime slices. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 40 Total Carbohydrate: 9 grams Sugars: 6 grams Raspberry Plum Cooler Makes 2 servings, (16 ounces per serving) Ingredients:

  • 1 plum, pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • Ice
  • 2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) Mango Peach Pineapple Flavor or Strawberry Dragon Fruit Flavor NESTLÉ PURE LIFE Exotics Sparkling Water
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup (optional)
  • Orchid blooms for garnish

Directions: Divide plum slices, raspberries and ice between two large serving glasses. Add sparkling water; stir in 1 tablespoon simple syrup in each glass. Garnish with orchid blooms. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 35 Total Carbohydrate: 9 grams Sugars: 6 grams (from simple syrup) 

 

Julie Upton
Julie Upton, M.S., R.D., CSSD, is a San Francisco Bay area-based registered dietitian and communications expert specializing in food and nutrition, fitness and health. She is a nationally-recognized journalist whose articles have appeared in national magazines, major newspapers and e-media including Prevention, Shape, Health, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times and USA Today. Upton is co-author of The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits and Slim Solutions (Penguin 2013) and Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food and Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Life (Wiley 2009). Upton co-founded Appetite for Health (www.AppforHealth.com), where she blogs daily about nutrition, fitness and health.  She is a frequent guest on national and local television and radio stations. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, CBS Evening News, CNN and ABC World News Tonight. She co-produces "Appetite for Health," a weekly nutrition news segment that airs nationally and writes for the companion website, AppforHealth.com.
 
 
Katherine Brooking
Katherine Brooking MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. She is dedicated to helping people achieve better health and richer lives through sound nutrition and healthy lifestyles. She a frequent nutrition contributor to top-tier national morning shows including the TODAY show, The Early Show on CBS, Good Morning America Health as well as dozens of local affiliate stations across the country. As a writer covering health and wellness topics, Katherine has contributed to SELF Magazine, Prevention, Cooking Light and Woman’s Day and other leading news publications including The Washington Post, Huffington Post and New York Daily News. She also writes a weekly column for WebMD. Her first book, The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions (published by Penguin in 2013 and co-authored with Julie Upton) provides real world, practical “slim solutions” to help readers lose weight and keep it off for good. Katherine’s blog, AppforHealth.com, produces daily nutrition and fitness content.  Prior to her work in communications, Katherine had a private nutrition practice in Manhattan and was the exclusive Registered Dietitian for the health service at Columbia University Medical School. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science from Columbia University and her clinical nutrition training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT. Katherine also holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Columbia University.
By: Katherine Brooking