We all know that staying hydrated is essential to good health, and this is especially so as the days get longer and warmer and we’re more active. Are we all getting eight glasses of water a day? I know that I, for one, struggle to get this minimum recommended amount of water on a daily basis. So, here’s a refreshing, hydrating drink that makes it all easier: fruity elderflower sparklers! Consider this less a recipe and more of a little tickler to spark your creative ideas on how to stay hydrated and enjoy some refreshing drinks! What’s your favorite way to hydrate?
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Green Grape & Strawberry Elderflower Sparklers
- 1 handful of organic, fresh, washed fruit (strawberries with stems removed & cut into bite-size pieces or green seedless grapes)
- 1 Tbs. elderflower syrup
- 8 oz. sparkling mineral water
Equipment: one muddler (is that what it’s called?)
Directions: For each sparkler, place the fresh fruit in a glass and use a muddler (or alternatively, the handle of an ice cream scoop or wooden spoon) to gently crush some of the fruit to release juices and soften it. Add the elderflower syrup and then pour in the sparkling mineral water. Give it one last stir with the muddler, sip, and relax. Repeat 7 times a day, varying the fruit (blackberries and kiwi are also good!). You can “drink” the fruit as you sip, or spoon it out at the end and eat.
April 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Yum. I normally drink elderflower in spirits. I never thought about it in a virgin drink 😉 Yum. Perfect for spring.
April 8, 2014 at 10:45 am
I bet elderflower is great in mixed drinks too! Sounds enticing.
April 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm
YUM, love elderflower syrup and muddled fruit. This is a really wonderful refreshing way to get that water in and stay hydrated, added bonus you are getting your daily serving (s) of fruit at the same time. Brilliant.
April 8, 2014 at 10:49 am
Yeah, I’ve really been enjoying these – I feel good getting hydrated and enjoy the fruity flavor, plus they’re so easy to prepare.
April 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
I love your garnishes- lovely 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 10:53 am
April 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm
So beautifully presented and healthful. 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 10:55 am
Thanks, Shanna. A little fresh fruit makes these feel like a treat!
April 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm
These looks so good, I wish it was hot out instead of raining! Great idea
April 8, 2014 at 10:56 am
Yes, I’m looking forward to sipping these outside when the weather warms up a bit!
April 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Beautiful! Your lovely presentation definitely encourages me to drink up…fabulous idea!
April 8, 2014 at 10:58 am
Thanks, Nancy.Enjoy something refreshing and fruity. Cheers!
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April 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm
So artful and elegant. I love all things elderberry!
April 8, 2014 at 10:59 am
Me too – elderberry is new to me, so I’ve enjoyed getting acquainted with its flavor and uses since coming to Germany 🙂
April 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Looks so refreshing! 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 11:13 am
They are a simple, refreshing treat! Thanks so much for stopping by!
April 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm
So beautiful! These sound amazing!
April 4, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Very springy and so beautifully presented! Love it 🙂
April 5, 2014 at 12:36 am
These drinks are so appetizing. Always good to have someone bring the drinks to a party.
April 8, 2014 at 11:37 am
Thanks, Hilda. Happy to join this festive group!
April 5, 2014 at 12:38 am
I try to get at least eight glasses most days. But some days I am too lazy to go to the bathroom that much so I skimp. 🙂 Your sparklers look so refreshing, Laura. The colors are so light and crisp!
April 8, 2014 at 11:12 am
I know what you mean, Patty! 🙂 But, we must drink up!
April 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Okay, if you insist! 😛
April 5, 2014 at 2:39 am
So refreshing, delicious and simple! Yum!
April 5, 2014 at 5:32 am
Oh, these drinks are perfect for the upcoming warmer weather!! But, they are also perfect for the gang tonight! They have been downing so many Latin Lovers and Belliinis, so I know they are getting a bit dehydrated! You are a life saver; for that matter I think I need one right now 😀
April 8, 2014 at 11:10 am
I’m happy to get us all hydrated so we can have more rounds of those Bellinis and Latin Lovers 🙂 Cheers!
April 5, 2014 at 6:28 am
These drinks look so refreshing! Never had elderflower syrup before–I must look into this!
April 8, 2014 at 11:36 am
It’s a new discovery for me; it’s quite popular here in Germany. Hope you find some and enjoy, Ada!
April 6, 2014 at 4:17 am
Simple and gorgeous! I have never tried the elderflower syrup before. Is is too sweet or subtle?
April 8, 2014 at 11:09 am
It’s a little sweet, and a tiny bit floral, but just a spoonful or less adds nice flavor to sparkling water or other drinks. I hope you try it, I just discovered this lovely syrup myself recently, and am enjoying its different uses.
April 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Beautifully elegant! I will try this with different types of fruit. 🙂
April 7, 2014 at 6:03 am
I feel refreshed just looking at these glasses, Laura! Lovely photos (as always) and really gorgeous drinks you’ve made there. This will get me to drink my 8+ glasses a day for sure!
April 8, 2014 at 11:15 am
Thanks so much, Ngan! It’s easier to get our 8+ with a bit of enticing fresh fruit, I think 😉
April 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Oooo I love these! What a great way to not only drink more water, but sneak extra vitamins in from the fruit! And isn’t your presentation just perfect! I’d love a few of these today!
April 8, 2014 at 11:16 am
Thanks, and so nice to see you here. I’m looking forward to exploring your blog. Hope you enjoy a few refreshing & fruity drinks!
April 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm
What, no vodka?! Okay, so I can bring this to work, then. Even better! Look so refreshing, Laura. I’ll go muddle some fruits now, I love muddling! 🙂
April 8, 2014 at 11:17 am
You know, I bet these are very amenable to a little splash of vodka (shhhh..). Happy muddling!
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