Celebrate Hanukkah 2017 with Syfo Beverages this holiday season. In addition to being one of the healthiest beverages on the market, the Syfo is certified Kosher by the largest and most widely respected Kashruth agency — the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Syfo is sold at all Publix Super Markets throughout the Southeast, Winn-Dixie in Florida and many independent grocers throughout the region.

Try these delicious and festive drink recipes to enjoy during Hanukkah this year.

Manischewitz Spritzer

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This is an adaptation of a recipe that we found on the Manischewitz website:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cup of mixed frozen berries
  • Syfo Kosher Wild Cherry Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

PREPARATION:

In a large pitcher, mix 1 part of Syfo Sparkling Water and 1 part Manischewitz Blackberry Wine. Mix in frozen fruit and add in ice if needed. Enjoy!

 

Adult Hanukkah Beverage

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This recipe is a variation of the many blue-themed drink recipes that are common for Hanukkah:

INGREDIENTS:

  • Blue Curacao Liqueur
  • Syfo Kosher Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Citrus Flavored Vodka

PREPARATION:

Mix 2 parts of Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water, 1 part Blue Curacao and 1 part citrus vodka, with ice. Stir gently in a glass and drink up!

 

Non Alcoholic Hanukkah Blue Beverage

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Here’s a blue recipe for the kids!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid
  • Syfo Kosher Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • White Grape Juice

PREPARATION:

Combine 1 part Kool-Aid, 1 part white grape juice and 1 part Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water. Pour over ice and of course serve with a blue bendy straw.

 

Honey Hanukkah Punch

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A tasty but not too sweet punch, adapted from a recipe on Liquors.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • Dark Rum or Light Rum
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Honey Syrup (two parts honey, 1 part water)
  • Syfo Kosher Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water

PREPARATION:

Combine 2 part rum, 2 parts Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water, 1 part lime juice and desired amount of honey syrup. Mix gently and pour over ice in a glass. Sprinkle a bit of ground nutmeg for garnish, if desired

 

Rosemary Gin Cocktail

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From ahealthylifeforme.com, here’s a refreshing gin cocktail that’s perfect for Hanukkah and includes a homemade rosemary syrup.

INGREDIENTS:

For the rosemary syrup:

  • 1/4 cup ground Rosemary1/2 cup water1/2 cup of sugar

For the cocktail:

  • 1 and 1/2 oz of Gin (we used Saphire)
  • 3/4 oz Rosemary syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon, squeezed)
  • Syfo Original Seltzer
  • Sprig of Rosemary for garnish

PREPARATION:

Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and rosemary and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and steep the mixture off heat for 45 minutes.Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.Fill glass with ice. Add gin, lemon and Rosemary simple syrup and stir.Top with a splash of Syfo Original Seltzer, stir briefly and garnish with a rosemary sprig.We hope you enjoy these recipes and everyone at Syfo would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Hanukkah.

 

We’ve posted in the past on how diet beverages have been shown in research to actually increase belly fat and complications for diabetes. Now there’s new research that suggests that drinking diet soda can be linked to these effects and also to weight gain.

As more and more consumers move away from sugary soft drinks, they turn to diet drinks thinking that artificially-sweetened beverages would help them lead healthier lives by controlling their weight and reducing their risk for diabetes and heart disease. The latest research is showing that this assumption does not appear to be the case.

Meghan Azad, a researcher at the University of Manitoba, reviewed dozens of studies about the long-term health effects of sugar substitutes, trying to see whether there was a prevailing trend on the health effects of diet beverages. He found that not only were artificial sweeteners suspect when it came to weight management, but people who drank them routinely had an increased body mass index and risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

His studies of the available research concluded that “non-nutritive” (artificial) sweeteners (are) significantly associated with modest long-term increases in body weight, BMI and waist circumference.”

Belly fat, or visceral fat, has been linked to a greater chance of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. High waist circumference is also one component of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of health risk factors that also includes high triglycerides, blood pressure and blood glucose.

Researchers have not yet agreed on why diet beverages cause these effects but one thing is clear. Syfo, made from purified water and naturally flavored with no sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium, preservatives or other additives, is the sensible, tasty and healthy choice.

You can read more about Azad’s research in this Washington Post article.

If you love cats, you won’t want to miss this. Syfo is proud to sponsor this year’s charity gala supporting the Cat Network, with featured guest John Fulton of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats. The event will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the University of Miami’s elegant Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146.

The gala is a fun way to support a worthy cause. It will help raise money and awareness for the Cat Network’s efforts to reduce cat over-population through educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and community cats. The Network also provides access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats; helps members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocates non-lethal population control and humane public policy.

So join us on November 11. There will be wine, hors d’oeuvres, cuisine, music, a silent auction, raffles and of course plenty of Syfo Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters on hand. Admission to the event will be $75.00. To make a reservation, please e-mail info@thecatnetwork.org.

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids in the United States. It’s also one of the highest, if not the highest, season for sugar consumption. The dietary upshot? According to the USDA, the average kid consumes about 3 cups of sugar and 1½ cups of fat on Halloween. That’s about 7,000 extra calories.

So during Halloween events and activities, why add to all that sugar intake with sugary soda? Try Syfo instead. Syfo Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters come in four delicious flavors — Lemon-Lime, Wild Cherry, Tangerine-Orange and Peach-Pear. With no sugar, sodium, artificial sweetener or preservatives, they’re healthy for you and your kids, plus you can add your favorite fruit juice to create a special treat.

It’s the perfect way for you to give your kids a healthy and happy Halloween.  This article in the Orange County Register has some other great tips for enjoying a guilt-free Halloween:

  • Come up with a “sugar budget” for the holiday with your kids, agreeing on how many pieces of candy kids can eat during and after Halloween.
  • When it’s time for trick or treat, send your child out the door with a belly full of fiber and protein. Whole food slows the absorption of sugar.
  • For the Halloween parties, try substituting trays of sliced vegetables for extra cupcakes or cookies and of course serve sparkling water instead of soda.
  • After Halloween, create a “buyback” program where kids can exchange all that extra candy that they can’t hope to eat for a toy or book.
  • Incorporate Halloween candy into a larger discussion about healthy attitudes toward what your kids eat and drink.

You can ready the entire Orange County Register article here.

As Hurricane Irma approaches, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm and we urge everyone to be prepared and to be safe.

Part of that preparation of course is ensuring that you have plenty of non-perishable food and water on hand.  Remember, if you want a break from plain water or if you’re having trouble finding bottled water in your area, sparking waters are a great alternative to stay refreshed and hydrated. Syfo Original Seltzer and Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters are beneficial to have in supply in addition to water because they’re purified, taste terrific and keep you hydrated, unlike soda and some other sweetened drinks.

Stay tuned to your local news outlets and weather forecasts for emergency information as Hurricane Irma approaches.  Updates and contact information for emergency management centers throughout Florida can be found on the Florida Division of Emergency Management website.