It’s those last days of summer where the days start to get a little shorter, the air a little cooler and that autumn breeze rears it’s head in the evening hours letting us all know that summer will soon come to an end. Bittersweet, indeed but the silver lining, for me at least, is that I have lots of extra excuses to cram in all the summer activities that I have been wanting to do with my kids. My two older kids are done with camp and mommy camp is now in full swing!
When my kids are home from their usual structured environment it seems that every hour is snack time.
Fresh fruit is always an easy go-to for me and we go through it so quickly that trips to the market happen very often. So, bright and early Sunday morning we took a trip to the farmers market to pick up a new batch of local organic fruits and veggies. Amèlie has become truly obsessed with peaches these last few weeks and I must say the end of summer peaches here in NY are incredible! I let her pick out the ones she wanted and she insisted on holding them all in her hand (even in the car) until we got home (I’ve learned to pick my battles!)
We had so many beautiful peaches and since it was still early enough for brunch (our favorite meal of the week!) I whipped up my own little take on the Bellini. A refreshing summer treat (for the adults only!) using some of my favorite things: fresh mint, delicious peaches, good (strong) vodka, and some SodaStream sparkling water lightly sweetened with Apple/Peach flavoring from the new FREE line of flavors.
Makes two drinks
1 shot of good vodka
1 fresh organic peach (quartered)
SodaStream Apple/Peach flavored sparkling water
Add the peaches and mint to a cocktail shaker or mason jar
Muddle together at the bottom until a purée is created
Add the vodka and a few cubes of ice.
Strain the mixture into two cups and top with the flavored Soda Stream water.
Garnish with mint
This was so refreshing! Especially when enjoyed al fresco on a gorgeous summer morning!
While sitting on our deck the kids kept asking us for “just one sip” so I had to come up with something delicious and refreshing for them too. I have an arsenal of healthy snack ideas, as those who follow my blog know, but somehow when it’s hot out the only snacks my kids are interested in are ice cream and ices…and I don’t blame them but I also can’t indulge them every single time!
Since my kids love sparkling water (they call it “spicy water”) I ran inside and threw together a fun (non-alcoholic) concoction which they loved using my Soda Stream source machine.
Raspberry coolers (for kids!)
Make one whole bottle of SodaStream sparkling water
Add in 1 TBSPN of Soda Stream FREE raspberry/cranberry flavoring
Throw in fresh organic raspberries
Garnish with mint
My kids loved this and as someone who is constantly trying to limit their sugar intake and increase their fluid intake this was the perfect “snack.” SodaStream Free flavors are lightly sweetened using fructose which is a natural simple sugar found in fruits, honey, and vegetables. I try to avoid refined sugars wherever possible so this was the perfect sweet treat to share with my kids. We paired it with dried mulberries, our current super food obsession, and everyone was happy. As Amèlie put it “Mommy this spicy water is making my nose laugh.”
Enjoy these last weeks of warm weather!
Eat lots of peaches. Stay hydrated. Stay spicy. And. Don’t forget to make your nose laugh :)
check out my feature on the Sodastream recipe blog here