I’m a huge fan of soda BUT, I drink it very rarely because of how little nutritional value it has. Last summer, I bought the Yorkshire Beverage Dispenser and dedicated the top shelf on the fridge to it. Originally, I was going to use it for fruit infused water but I got inspired to take it a step further and create homemade drinks and subsequently allow me to control my own sugar intake. Below is the first sparkling punch I created that helped my soda cravings.
Sparkling Apple Punch
4 apples (red delicious, fuji, pink lady or any sweet variety)
6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh ginger, sliced
1 cup sugar
Mint sprigs (to taste)
- Cut up the 4 apples into 1 inch pieces and place into large pot.
- Pour in water and bring to a boil.
- Let the mixture simmer until the apples lose their color
- Add the ginger and simmer for 5 more minutes
- Add sugar and mix well
- Discard the apples and ginger (they have no flavor so they’re unnecessary
- Fill the container where you are planning on keeping the punch with the mint sprigs, bruising them slightly as you place them in.
- Add the punch mixing it well with the mint sprigs.
- Let cool for at least 5 hours and enjoy!
When preparing to drink, fill your cup halfway with the punch and half with the seltzer water. This will dilute the sugar content but keep the flavor.
Other great combinations I’ve tried:
Strawberries and Mint
If you have fruits that are overripe but feel bad throwing them away, toss them into a punch. You’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing drink without wasting the products you’ve purchased.