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There are a few things that happen in the Walton house when the weather warms up. I immediately start a compilation of home projects, I forget to cook supper until 9pm because we are busy wreaking havoc in the neighborhood (I mean- it’s basically summer, right? Bedtime is optional, anyways), and I start craving sparkly drinks with fancy straws while I sit on my porch. Obviously- summer, shorts, and sunshine are all headed my way so my
bikini mom-suit body doesn’t want to fill up on sugary, artificial drinks but I love this guilt-free version of Sparkling Raspberry Limeade featuring Dasani’s Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling Water. It’s just right for adding a little sparkle to a girls’ night out- or maybe just nap time!
Sparkling Raspberry Limeade also makes the perfect treat for all the mama’s waiting on their spring babies to arrive. I’m not sure what was going on last summer but the Lees have about 6 new friends making their arrival in the next 8 weeks! Let’s be honest- with all the great things that come from being pregnant- it’s not the easiest gig out there! You don’t want to eat because there is nowhere for the food to go, flip flops are the only footwear option because, well, you can’t reach your feet, and normal, daily activities like going to the bathroom, taking a shower, and pulling up your pants may as well be an Olympic event! I vowed after my own pregnancies that I would do anything EVER to make the life of my pregnant mama friends just a little easier. So the Lees and I packed up a few Sparkling Raspberry Limeade’s in these adorable mason jars and stuck a fancy straw on top (what’s a sparkly drink without a fancy straw????!!!) to deliver a few of our favorite mamas-to-be a little sparkle on their doorstep!
Sparkling Raspberry Limeade
- 2 cans- Dasani Sparkling Water- Raspberry Lemonade
- 1 can- Dasani Sparking Water- Lime
- 3/4 c- fresh lemon juice (chilled)
- 1/4 c- fresh lime juice (chilled)
- 1 c- water
- 1/2 c- honey
- 12 oz- fresh raspberries
- fresh mint and flavored ice cubes, optional (see below)
- Place raspberries in a food processor and pulse until well pureed. IF you don't like pulpy juice you will need to strain the raspberry puree through a strainer. I prefer mine a bit thicker.
- Whisk together water and honey until it is completely dissolved. (It will be an amber color). In a large pitcher mix together honey water, raspberry puree, lemon juice and lime juice. Stir to mix. Add 3 cans of Dasani Sparkling Water (Raspberry Lemonade-2, Lime-1). Stir once.
- Add fresh mint and flavored ice cubes before serving.
Flavored Ice Cubes
Like most of you- I’m not a fan of watered down drinks so I have a thing for flavored ice cubes and thought you may want to try them, too! They are super easy to make and if you want to be MOTY (Mom of the Year) you could even stick of popsicle stick in the cubes and let your littles enjoy them a bit!
Puree 3 oz of raspberries, squeeze some lemon juice into puree, and mix with 1 can of Dasani Sparkling Water. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze!
One of my family’s goals for the year was to reduce our sugar intake and increase our whole foods consumption so I have been hard at work creating healthier versions of our favorite recipes. While I love the increased veggies and fruits in our diet, I miss my sugar and have gotten into the habit of using a fun drink as a treat. My favorite thing about this Sparkling Raspberry Limeade is that I was able to make it using only natural ingredients. Even the Dasani Sparkling Water is unsweetened, has zero calories, and infused with natural flavors (but still manages to add a little pizzazz)!
I can’t wait to hear what you think about this one! I will tell you- it’s got a tart kick to it. If you are looking for something a little sweeter try doubling up on the Honey- or swapping out raspberries for strawberries since they are a tad sweeter!
If this has you inspired to try some new Mocktails, head over to NewWayToSparkle for some more ideas using Dasani Sparkling Water. Right now Target is offering a promo of 3 boxes for $9 in addition to a Cartwheel offer (PS- I just learned about Cartwheel a month ago! HELLO! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this awesomeness before now!??) for Dasani Sparkling Water until May 1, 2016! You can find it with the Coca-Cola products in the NEW Dasani Sparkling sleek cans at Target and make every moment sparkle!
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