It’s almost summer time. And that means pool parties, BBQs and lots of thirst quenchers. I love to drink water and switch between iced water and sparkling water on hot days. But sometimes it’s just not enough. Sometimes I need some flavour. And this watermelon slushie is almost as easy as pouring yourself a glass of water but with a whole lot more flavour.
I was gifted a SodaStream to try out some recipes. I have to say I love water. I drink a couple of litres every day and my drink of choice is water. Usually plain, although if I’m out it is often sparkling water. I never drink juice or soft drink. It’s always water. And so when I was contacted to try out the new SodaStream Spirit I jumped at the chance. I knew I’d use it for sparkling water, but this would aslo give me the chance to create some other fruit waters.
The first one I tried was an orange and ginger mocktail recipe that was on SodaStream’s website. It tasted just like a ginger beer with a zesty orange flavour. For that recipe, I needed to make a syrup with ginger, orange, mint and sugar. Then added the sparkling water to it with some ice and enjoyed a chilled ginger beer.
The SodaStream is super simple to use. When I took it out of the box, I was looking for a power supply but, nope. There is none. It comes with everything you need. The SodaStream, a 60L CO2 cylinder and a reusable carbonating bottle. All you need to do is insert the CO2 bottle in the back. Fill the canister with plain water to the mark, secure it to the front of the SodaStream and press the button. The gas flows in and carbonates the water. You can drink it straight away, or pop the lid on and store it in the fridge for a few days.
The SodaStream is super simple and quick to use and doesn’t take up much space, which is important when there are so many great kitchen gadgets around. I haven’t noticed how long it lasts carbonated for, because I’ve drunk it within 2 days of making it.
So what else can you make, besides sparkling water? Watermelon slushies! I was in the supermarket and saw a fresh, red, vibrant watermelon and decided that would be the next thing I make.
It’s as simple as chopping, freezing, blending and mixing.
Remove the skin and seeds from the watermelon, chop it into large pieces and blend. Freeze for a couple of hours, then blend again. Add some SodaStream sparkling water and garnish with mint.
Kids would love it just like this. But for a more adult drink, some Vodka or Bacardi would go down well.
Let me know if you make this, or if you try a different fruit slushie. Next up for me is a blueberry ice cream spider. Stay tuned for that one.