We all have certain food vices that we just can’t seem to overcome. You know what I’m talking about – that thing we can’t stop eating, just because it’s sitting in front of us, no matter how full we might be. For me, those things are chips (salt and vinegar, Doritos, barbecue…I’m not picky) and creamy cheeses (Brie!). For some of my friends, that thing is soda, diet or full-sugar.
If you’re someone who battles giving up soda, whether to save on calories or for other health reasons (yeah, sorry, even the diet stuff has its drawbacks), figuring out some things to replace it with could be a positive step.
Do you like soda for its fizz and sweet flavor? Maybe you could replace some of the Diet Cokes with a fresh fruit sparkler or even some sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Those choices will help you hydrate too, which is the focus of our Healthy New Year Six Week Challenge this week (are 500+ challenge participants have shared lots of ideas in our Facebook group and it’s not too late to join!) .
If none of those ideas cut it for you, how about a soda that has an ingredient list with no mystery items? I was so excited to find Sipp Sparkling Organics, particularly since my younger son loves drinking soda every now and then. The ingredient lists are filled with organic extracts, teas, honey, herbs, and agave for sweetness. Yeah, I can get behind that.
And to make things even better, each 12-ounce bottle contains only 100 calories and the flavor choices read like something on a menu of a fancy spa restaurant. Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry and Summer Pear. Yes, yes, yes and yes!
For this cocktail, I dove into the collection of clementines that we always have on hand at this time of year. The fresh juice is so sweet and fresh, and makes a wonderful, seasonal cocktail that would be fantastic with a plateful of French toast or waffles at next weekend’s brunch. Or you could serve it alongside some creamy cheeses. What?! How convenient that this drink pairs well with one of my vices, you say? I take the fifth.
And what’s with the tarragon you see in the photos? The Sipp soda I used in this cocktail (Lemon Flower) also has hints of elderflower and tarragon. That’s a very good thing!
For those of you who are watching your sugar and carbohydrate intake (hand raised here), I did a comparison of this cocktail using the Sipp cocktail versus Sprite. The Sipp version has 10.8 grams of sugar and 19.5 grams of carbohydrates, while the Sprite version has 19.3 grams and 27.0 grams of sugar and carbohydrates, respectively.
Sipp Sparkling Organics can be purchased online or at many stores around the U.S. (see the store locator on their site). For more information, be sure to visit their site, and follow Sipp Eco Beverage Co. on Twitter and Pinterest.
Other beverages using fresh fruit:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Pink Grapefruit, Pineapple & Ginger Sparkler
Cookin’ Canuck’s Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail
Recipe Runner’s Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie
Girl in the Little Red Kitchen’s Blood Orange Bourbon Paloma
Confessions of an Overworked Mom’s Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
Clementine & Lemon Gin Cocktail
- 1/4 cup fresh clementine juice (about 2 clementines)
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 oz. gin
- 6 oz. Sipp Lemon Flower sparkling beverage
- Tarragon, for garnish (optional)
- Fill two highball glasses with ice. Divide the clementine and lime juices evenly between the two glasses.
- Pour 1 ounce of gin into each glass, top each cocktail with 3 ounces of the lemon flower sparkling beverage.
- Gently stir and serve. Garnish with fresh tarragon, if desired.