Friday, December 30, 2016

Apple Cider Soda (2 ways)

reading time: 2 min




Hey guys, I took a short Christmas break on Wednesday, but now I'm back, and I'm ready for New Year's :)

If you've found yourself with a soda or sugar addiction, it can be a hard habit to kick. But these simple sparkling apple cider drinks are both healthy and refreshing. They are non-alcoholic because personally I don't enjoy the taste of alcohol, but of course you can make a "grown-up" version of these by adding brandy, rum, Champagne, ginger liqueur or whatnot. I'm also not a huge carbonation fan, but these fizzy drinks actually float my boat (is that even how you use that saying?!).

Anyway. Cheers and a happy new year!
 

(1) Kid-Friendly Cocktail

8 ounces organic apple juice
1 stick cinnamon
juice or zest of 1/2 orange
1 apple, chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, sliced (optional)
8 ounces sparkling water or club soda

This works both warm and cold. For the warm version, wash and chop whole apples and orange (no need to remove peels, seeds, or stems). Put all into a large pot. Add spices, cover with water and bring to a boil. Continue to boil uncovered for 1 hour. Cover and simmer for 2 hours until the cider tastes sweet and spicy. Allow to cool. Strain everything into a large pot and serve.

For the cold version, simply combine equal portions of apple juice and sparkling water, adding in the remaining ingredients. Stir well. Fill glasses with chopped apples or ice cubes for a refreshing drink. Pour the drink mixture into each glass.

 

(2) Sparkling Detox

1 1/2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces sparkling mineral water
juice of 1 lemon
stevia, to taste (the green powder, not the white one)
ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a punch bowl and stir to combine. Serve immediately in two wine glasses. 

This drink is perfect for a little New Year's detox. The key ingredient is of course the apple cider vinegar that balances pH levels body due to it's alkaline effect. It's also a detoxifying agent for the liver and lymphatic system. To make this very healthy fizzy drink a little sweeter, replace half the water with apple juice or white grape juice. The green, unprocessed stevia lends just a touch of sweetness, but won't boost your blood sugar, create hunger cravings, or drop your energy levels like sugar does. So, drop that soda, detox your body from sugary habits, and swap in this cleansing drink instead!

TIPS:
- Add wine for some homemade Apple Cider Sangria.
- Turn your Apple Cider into a float by adding a scoop of (vegan) vanilla ice cream.
- Make Apple Cider Chai Tea by adding loads of spices and also (vegan) whipped cream.
- If you want to be extra special, use a juicer for this recipe and make your own apple juice!
- Or make your own Sparkling Cider at home and use instead of apple juice or apple cider vinegar.

 




Maisy

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