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SodaStream Ginger Honey Lemonade

By SodaStream on

1 cup raw honey

1/3 cup crystallized or candied ginger

SodaStream Lemonade

Make ginger-infused honey: Use a double broiler (or a small pot inside a larger pot). Add 1/3 cup water to the bottom of the double broiler. In the smaller pot at the top, add honey and ginger. Bring water (not honey) to a boil- bring honey temperature to 160 for 60 minutes (you don’t have to sit and watch the whole time) *Watch water and add as needed. Once done, transfer to a clean air-tight jar and place in the fridge or leave out and let cool

Assemble cocktail - Using a shaker glass, 1/2 cup SodaStream Lemonade, 4 ice cubes and 3 tbsp infused honey

Garnish with additional candied ginger and lemon slices

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SodaStream Long Island Ice Tea

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  • 1.8 Litres hot black tea
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3-2/3 cup sugar (optional)
  • 900g hulled strawberries
  • Rosemary, lemon
  • Sodastream sparkling water

 

Fill a SodaStream 1 Litre Carbonating Bottle with tap water and chill. Carbonate the SodaStream bottle. Pour the tea into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice. Stir through. Test to see if it requires additional sweetening and add sugar according to taste. Set aside to cool.

Puree the strawberries. Push the puree through a fine-sieve to remove pips, etc. Press on the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.

Once the tea has cooled, add the puree and mix through thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator for at least a half hour to chill.

Add strawberry iced tea mix to glass,...

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SodaStream Green Tea Mockito

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Skill level: Easy

1 Litre SodaStream sparkling water

50ml brewed and cooled green tea

1tbsp lime juice

5 large mint leaves

2 tsp sugar Ice

Prepare sparkling water: Fizz 1L of cold fresh water.

Muddle the lime juice, mint and sugar together in a tall glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavours release.

Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in green tea.

Top with sparkling water & garnish with mint.

Stir thoroughly and enjoy!


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Top five tips for keeping hydrated during Dry July

By SodaStream on

The Dry July month is the perfect time to reassess all of your health and wellbeing goals for the rest of the year.

Hydration is a key element to ensuring physical and mental performance as our body water content declines with age, from about 75% in babies to 60% in adults.

According to research conducted by Sodastream, there is mass confusion around the effects of dehydration, with only a third (35%) of Australians recognising key symptoms like lethargy, despite the majority (80%) suffering on a regular basis.

Despite many believing that two litres is the recommended daily amount for all, the amount needed varies, dependent on individual factors including age, diet, climate and levels of physical activity.

Sodastream put together 5...

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A Bloke's Guide to Surviving Dry July

By Dry July on

So the thought of drinking mocktails makes your stomach turn, heading to yoga class is the last thing you want to do on an early Sunday morning and Euro 2016 finished this morning. How do you make the most of the clear headed, hangover free mornings during Dry July? Well we rounded up the blokes in the Dry July office – who are seasoned Dry Heroes, to give us their tips on surviving and thriving during Dry July:

  • Socialising doesn’t just have to be in the pub. Why not go out for a winter surf, hit the trails on your mountain bike this weekend, bring your A-game to the table and host a sober poker night.
  • Host a BBQ - believe it or not there are some really good non-alcoholic beers around, We're fans or Erdinger
  • Be the designated dryver to...
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Fast Ed's Lower Sugar Chocolate Walnut Brownies

By Fast Ed on

250g unsalted butter

110g dark chocolate

150g brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp natural vanilla extract

1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

120g walnuts

100g white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 170C

Melt the butter and chocolate gently, then beat in the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift in the flour and cocoa, then beat until smooth. Mix in the walnuts and choc chips, then spoon in to a lined 27cm x 17cm slice pan. Bake for 25 minutes, until just set, then cool in the pan.

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21 Days to Change Your Ways: Just Keep Swimming

By Kirsty Welsh on

Anything great takes time. We look at the best parts of others and compare them to the worst parts of ourselves. Quick fixes, gadgets, ab crunchers, weight-loss shakes, we are suckers for the overnight ‘answers’ to our health issues! No one is healthy and happy without some long-term effort. But the cool thing is, small and realistic changes over time can create massive shifts in our wellbeing! So no matter where you’re at in your health journey, just know that so long as you’re making consistent and positive changes, you’re doing a fab job!

I personally find 21 to be a magic number. It is well known that it takes ’21 days to make or break a habit’ although there doesn’t seem to be any clinical research behind it, but I also find that...

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SodaStream Fruits Strawberry with Basil and Lemon Infused Sparkling Water

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Skill level: Easy


1 litre SodaStream Fruits Strawberry

6 fresh basil leaves

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 lemon

Ice


Prepare the sparkling water: Fizz 1L of cold fresh water with SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker.

Add flavour with SodaStream Fruits Strawberry mix.

Slice the lemons and strawberries

Add the ice, strawberries, and lemon slices to the pitcher, followed by the basil leaves.

Pour the SodaStream Fruts Strawberry Sparkling Water over the mixture.

Stir, serve and enjoy!

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How to Relieve Stress without Booze

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Everybody has different methods of dealing with stress. Doing Dry July may be particularly difficult for those who use a drink or two to unwind at the end of the day. Here are some alternative techniques for stress management that don’t include alcohol: 

Be Mindful

The buzzword in the mental health world lately is “Mindfulness”. Different mindfulness techniques include focusing on your breathing or other senses in order to clear your mind, doing an Adult Colouring Book (you can find these pretty much anywhere), and of course, meditation. These techniques can be done in no more than 15 minutes, so do them in the office if you have to. The idea is to get all the stressful things off your mind and replace them with calming thoughts,...

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