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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.
 



Clean Eating Recipes Perfect for Springtime

Saratoga Water - Tuesday, March 22, 2016


How clean is your spring this year? “Spring Cleaning” doesn’t only have to mean that we sort through our closet and toss out unwanted items—it could also mean that we clean up our pantry, our fridge and our diet.

The recipes below are so colorful, rich in nutrients and delicious that they will inspire you to stick with your spring clean eating habits year-round. And what’s more, with the sun starting to shine a bit more, the recipes below include those seasonal ingredients that can be found right now at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

Breakfast:
Lemon Poppy Seed Steel Cut Oats: This recipe tastes like a scrumptious lemon poppy seed muffin, minus all those unwanted carbs. The heart-healthy fats, protein and fiber from the cashew butter and steel cut oats make this the perfect recipe for the most important meal of the day!

Instead of the usual sweetener of a spoonful (or two) of sugar, whip up the recipe’s rich, all-natural date paste made from blending pitted Medjool dates and water. The paste is both mixed in with the oats and used for the syrup. With the addition of lemon zest and poppy seeds, you’ll have created the most tasty lemon-poppy seed oatmeal.

Lunch:
Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad: If this recipe doesn’t shout eating seasonal, we don’t know what does. Not only is it bursting with color and flavor, but also the citrus-veggie-herb combination is full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and enriching nutrients that benefit your hair, skin, heart, and so much more.
 
Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad: A simple yet fulfilling dish—you can’t go wrong with a veggie medley mixed with whole grain rotini or penne pasta. And—in our opinion — since the recipe requires grilling vegetables, you might as well stick a few chicken breasts on the grill while you’re at it to add a little protein.  
 
Dinner:
Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Spring Onions: A little crunch, a tart kick and some pizazz is how we like to describe this dish. We love how baking the spring onions both mellows and sweetens them, complimenting the tart, crispy salmon. Keep in mind; a little orange zest (and juice) goes a long way.
 
Spring Panzanella with Asparagus: Food & Wine’s presentation of Spring Panzanella with Asparagus looks much more complicated than it is. There are really only four steps — (slightly) hard-boil eggs, slice and bake bread, cook asparagus and toss all of the ingredients together — for a fresh dish made with some of most simple, seasonal ingredients.
 
Dessert:
Chocolate Oatmeal & Chia Pudding Parfait: Blogger Moeko Munaretto made this creation of hers for breakfast, but we thought we would finish off this recipe post with something sweet for dessert. As divine as it looks, this pudding parfait actually has plenty of health benefits to offer, such as omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds, manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium and many more minerals from the oats, and Vitamin C and antioxidants from the berries. Eating clean never tasted so good!

Bon Appétit!


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!

Orange-Tangerine Spring Inspired Recipes

Saratoga Water - 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.

Something Blue: Unique Ways to Incorporate Blue in Your Wedding

Saratoga Water - Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A wedding is all in the details and on this Wedding Wednesday we’re sharing unique and creative ways to incorporate the cherished “something blue” tradition throughout your big day. The color blue doesn’t have to be your wedding color, but these photos and blog below offer romantic and subtle touches to bring this element to life for all of your guests to enjoy.



Blue Cocktails & Cake
Byron Bay Celebrant on Instagram shows a fun way to add a dash of blue to your wedding cocktail hour and dessert. Offer your guests a blue martini or serve theme a slice of this blue ombré cake. Be careful with food dye though -- you don’t want your guests to have blue teeth.



Blue Table Settings
The “something blue” is a traditional aspect of the wedding that is meant to represent love, purity and fidelity. Share this element on all of the tables by using blue tablecloths as seen here by Charmed Events.



If you only want to add a touch of blue to your tables, try using blue napkins like this elegant table setting featured by smpweddings.



A Blue Dress
We’re loving this dip-dyed dress by rmine. The little touch of color at the bottom of the gown adds enough blue to make a big splash as your “something blue” on your big day.



Blue Flowers
Using blue flowers doesn’t have to mean only blue flowers. This flower design by Succulents & Saffron offers a blend of blues, pinks, whites and greens. The teal candles are a nice touch that ties the whole romantic table scape together. 



Cobalt Blue Bottles as Escort Cards or Table Numbers
We had to save the best “something blue” for last. Rustic Robin used Saratoga Spring Water as her escort cards and her table numbers. To view more of these photos, click here.



To learn about adding Saratoga Spring Water to your big day, contact us.



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