Beth H., Bessemer, AL
Labor Day weekend — the last hurrah of the summer. Labor Day is looked forward to as a great opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and have fun. Need we say BBQ? To help ease the sorrow of the end of summer, enjoy these refreshing beverage recipes with a sparkling Syfo touch.
Sparkling Cojito Cocktail
Courtesy of the kitchn website, here’s a cool refreshing variation of the mojito. The recipe serves six.
1 bunch fresh mint, keep a few sprigs to the side for garnish
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
4 limes juiced
3 cups coconut rum, like Blue Chair Bay
1 liter Syfo Original Seltzer
Lime wedges for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine the mint, sugar and water, and muddle. Add the lime juice and rum, and stir to combine. Fill the pitcher with ice and add the seltzer. Pour into ice filled glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge.
Red, White & Blue Spritzer
White Wine (we chose Moscato)
Lemon-Lime Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
Frozen Blueberries & Strawberries
Pour 4oz of chilled Moscato and 2oz of Syfo Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water in a glass. Top with frozen blueberries and strawberries and enjoy!
2 ½ cups of Watermelon
1/3 cups of Pomegranate Juice
Syfo Original Seltzer
1 cup of ice
Blend fresh watermelon, pomegranate juice and ice. Add 1 part of slush blend and 1 part of Syfo Original Seltzer in a glass. Add an optional shot of Vodka or liquor of your choice.
Syfo Wild Cherry Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
Vodka (we chose citrus flavor)
Pour 1 part cranberry juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part citrus vodka in a shaker over ice. Shake well. Pour mixture in a glass and top with Syfo Wild Cherry Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and enjoy the summer breeze.
Another recipe courtesy of Costco to delight your taste buds this summer. This recipe is perfect with Syfo Tangerine-Orange Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water!
8 ounces cold water
1 mandarin orange, cut into quarters 1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 cinnamon stick
Pour water into a glass; squeeze in juice from the orange. In a small bowl, muddle or crush the rosemary gently with a spoon. Add the rosemary to the water and stir in the cinnamon stick. Makes 1 serving.
Recipe adapted from the June 2017 issue of the Costco Connection.
Millennials are poised to become the most dominant demographic in the country and experts and recent data suggest that they are driving the rapid rise of bottled water sales.
According to the latest research from Beverage Market Corp., in 2016, the bottled water category (including sparkling water) overtook soda sales for the first time capping a remarkable decade-long period of rapid growth. And it appears that millennials are one of the driving forces away from soda to healthier alternatives. This trend is likely to strengthen as millennials take more prominent roles both as consumers and decision-makers in the beverage industry.
The change can be seen throughout all delivery channels, from national and regional grocery chains, to outlets like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s that cater to health-conscious consumers, and right down to the micro and vending markets. Elyssa Steiner, director of marketing for Cantaloupe Systems underscores this point in a recent article in Vending Times: “I’m a millennial and I don’t drink soda; I primarily drink water and I’m surrounded by people in my age group who drink huge amounts of low-calorie or no-calorie sparkling waters…”
We’ve seen this trend right here at Syfo as more and more millennials are discovering our delicious natural flavors and enjoying our sparkling waters with creative beverage recipes that they share.
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People often assume that natural flavors contain only natural ingredients. But that might not always be the case.
What can be called natural flavors is defined by law, and essentially the FDA says that any flavor extracted from a natural source, such as a fruit, spice, vegetable or seafood, can be called natural. In other words, the flavor wasn’t cooked up synthetically in a laboratory. However, that doesn’t mean that flavors called natural can’t also contain some unnatural additives.
Take the case of Hint Water, which was recently the target of a class action suit that charged they were deceptive in how they represented their product as “all-natural”. The company’s flavors are natural as defined by the FDA, but they also use propylene glycol (PG) — a synthetic substance used in cosmetics and food. And while synthetic solvents such as propylene glycol are not allowed in the production of organic certified products, they are permitted in “natural flavors.” The reasoning is that they are incidental additives present in food at an insignificant level. Although PG is FDA-approved, there is concern in some quarters about the potential negative health effects of the substance.
With Syfo there is no confusion. All of our natural flavors are propylene glycol free. We opt for vegetable based glycerin and/or ethyl alcohol (derived from grain) instead. There are no preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors used in the manufacturing of our flavors. That makes Syfo the clear choice.
Everyone at Syfo Beverages would like to wish you a safe and Happy Fourth of July. At barbecues, parties and celebrations across this land, people can enjoy Syfo Original Seltzer and Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Waters as a healthy and refreshing way to cool off and enjoy the festivities.
As we celebrate the birth of our great nation, Syfo is proud to say that our product is manufactured and bottled right here in the United States, and has been since 1949. We’re an American small business and it is a privilege to be a part of the great American tradition.