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How often do you find yourself counting down the days until the weekend? Do you find yourself relieved when you reach “hump day,” and then continue counting? If you work in catering like I do, your weekends are most likely filled with weddings, company picnics, birthday parties, and other events… and this time of year, you’re like to be VERY busy. Wedding season is at its peak this time of year, and our weekend is filled with weddings.

Peach Sparkler - Perfect #beverage for hot, #summer days! #peach #recipe #drink #mocktail #lowsugar #sugarfree

Despite the filled schedule, I’ve found time (mostly in the mornings before leaving for work) to develop this Peach Sparkler recipe, sponsored by Poland Spring® Brand Sparkling Natural Spring Water. To be honest, working with Poland Springs® couldn’t have come at a more convenient time, as all the projects I’ve been working on lately have me feeling stressed!

A great way too fight the effects of stress is to keep hydrated, but often we’ll find ourselves grabbing for a sugary beverage, caffeine, or even alcohol… some of which actually dehydrate you! I’m not opposed to drinking soda on rare occasions, although my main drink of choice is plain water. For those of you who don’t like to drink unflavored water, but want to keep your sugar intake down, this delicious recipe is for you!

Make this #peach syrup to stir into sparkling water for your own refreshing beverage! #mocktail #lowsugar #sugarfree

When you control the ingredients by making a recipe yourself, you can use as much (or in this case as little) sugar as you would like. This recipe uses the natural sweetness of ripe, summer peaches with a small amount of honey to create a sweet nectar that you can stir into Poland Springs® Brand Sparkling Natural Spring Water. If you don’t have the time to make the recipe, Poland Springs® also sells flavored bottles of the same Sparkling Natural Spring Water! With a variety of flavors such as Lemon, Lime, Mandarin Orange, Raspberry Lime, and Black Cherry, you’re sure to find a flavor you enjoy.

Peach Sparkler - #sugarfree #lowsugar #summer #mocktail #peach #recipe #drink

In addition to being a great alternative to soda, this recipe also makes for a delicious “mocktail” at your next party where you want to offer non-alcoholic beverages. Kids will love it too!

When you’re overwhelmed with work and you haven’t even reached “hump day” yet, how do you relax? I polled my mailing list subscribers, and here were some of their top answers!

  1. Listen to music.
  2. Read a book.
  3. Go for a run/walk/bike ride.
  4. Spend time with pets.
  5. Enter the Cookbook Giveaway at The Yummy Bits.

Alright, you caught me… I threw in number five, that wasn’t a real response. If you relax by reading, however, it could be! I’m giving away FOUR different cookbooks, which means I’ll choose FOUR different winners! Enter below for your chance to win!

The Yummy Bits Cookbook Giveaway

…and be sure to visit the Poland Springs® Facebook page and tell them how YOU relax when you’re stressed!

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Peach Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches, medium dice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • water to cook peaches
  • Sparkling Spring Water

Instructions

  1. In a pot, combine the peaches, honey, and just enough water to submerge the fruit.
  2. Heat the submerged peaches over low heat, stirring and mashing occasionally. Continue this process until the peaches have broken down, about 45 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Strain through a fine strainer, reserving juice. Save the pulp for other uses, like stirring into Greek yogurt.
  4. Cool the liquid peach syrup completely. Stir into sparkling water, adding more syrup for a sweeter drink.
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