2/5/14

Clementine Cucumber Fizz & SodaStream Giveaway: How I Gave Up Drinking Diet Pepsi

Today I bring you a fun alcohol free Clementine Cucumber Fizz drink and a giveaway for SodaStream. But first, a little story.


I don't think anyone would ever call me cool, and I'm actually ok with it. I don't strive to have the coolest clothes, hang out with the coolest people, listen to the cool music, whatever cool is. I remember growing up in Russia all the cool kids were walking around on the streets of Moscow carrying two liter bottles of Pepsi products. I wasn't one of them. Instead, I loved the flavor of the sweet brightly orange colored Fanta.

Years later, long after my family moved to the States, I became addicted to Diet Pepsi. Yes, it was a true addiction. I would have at least a few cans during the day, and drink multiple free refillable glasses at restaurants. The sound of the can being opened, the sweet taste, the bubbles....oh how those things made me happy. I still think about them fondly.

But a few months ago I sort of naturally stopped drinking my favorite soda. I just ran out and did not buy it in the store. And you know what? I've been soda free for a few months now, other than one (ok, more like 3) glass of Diet Coke at a sushi restaurant (that's what they had).

What made this transition away from soda drinking easier is my strong mindset (ha! do you sense the sarcasm?), coffee, and my new red shiny SodaStream machine!!!!

I received my SodaStream for a review for the blog but all opinions are my own. I'm not compensated to write this post, I just want to because I ♥ it!

Let's start with the fact that my SodaStream comes in a bright red color. I LOVE red kitchen appliances.

Also, it took me less than 5 minutes to open the box and figure out how to use the machine.

Another thing I love about my SodaStream is that there are different levels of carbonation you can choose: don't love too many bubbles? Choose the lowest level. Love the bubbles a lot? Go for the highest level of carbonation: you are in control!

The nice people at SodaStream sent me a variety of flavors I can add to my carbonated water, but so far I've left them in the box.


How beautiful is this machine??? And it fits great under my upper kitchen cabinets. The slim design is modern and doesn't take a lot of space on your kitchen counter.


Cheers!!!


And now for a fun recipe I created using the carbonated water I made with the SodaStream {make sure to scroll down for a chance to win your own machine!!!}.

Clementine Cucumber Fizz
Ingredients
fresh clementine juice
cucumber slices
carbonated water

Directions
Fill your glasses 1/4 with clementine juice, add a few slices of cucumber and top with carbonated water.



And now it's time for the giveaway!!

One lucky Mango & Tomato reader will win the following:

Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit  (valued at $99.95) which includes 
-          Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
-          1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
-          Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
-          Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
-          3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
 
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cb9f8812/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway


 
RULES: You must have a valid US address. You must be a real person. You cannot have a twitter feed filled with giveaway tweets.
I will randomly select one winner February 14th. Good luck!


28 comments:

Arugula Files said...

Olga if I win this I'm going to make diet coke with it.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

omg this made me laugh!!! I'll give you my "cola" flavors then since I'm not using them :)

Jessica Dobbs said...

I'd make the pink lemonade

Megan said...

I would make your clementine drink. It sounds wonderful! I've heard so many good things about SodaStream.

Sara said...

I want to make the citrus flavored sparkling waters that I always buy at the store

Bonnie Deahl said...

Olga, I was thinking about the Soda stream but am interested in the healthier drink options. Your cucumber clementine fizzy creation makes me want a Soda Stream that much more!

hapatite said...

I'm obsessed with attempting to make my own (very spicy) ginger ale!

Angela Roberts said...

Good luck with the giveaway and good luck with me to. We would have a lot of fun with it and fruit sodas, especially citrus.

Cecilia said...

This looks so refreshing! I'd make pear/rosemary simple syrup to flavor the spakling water.

Tabitha Pyle said...

I'd make a rum and coke.
my guy loves those!
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Kay said...

I'd make a sparkling cranberry juice

Rachel Wolf said...

I'd make a grapefruit rosemary soda!

Elizabeth said...

I love mixing seltzer with ginger syrup to make ginger beer

David S said...

Amazing! I want to make delightful ciders.

chezsasha.com said...

Cool! I'm not a fan of soda but cucumber flavored drinks are awesome - esp. with gin ;)

Luvdabeach33 said...

I would make rootbeer

Birdiebee said...

An orange syrup for chicken, iced tea, cranberry juice, mixed drinks mixers and soda just to name a few.

Phoenixx said...

I would make root beer and pina colada.

Alicia said...

I would love to make a ginger root beer <3

linda landes said...

Rootbeer :)

erin dear said...

I would love to make the Cream Soda!

Ashley C said...

I'd like to make the cream soda

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Darin R said...

I would make Diet Energy Drink(compare to Sugar Free Red Bull®)

Teresa Winsome said...

I'd make some cream, root beer and ginger ale sodas.

Jennifer Astemborski Pierce said...

Id love to use it to make Root Beer Floats with my kids help.

josh parker said...

All That Jazz recipe

Rachel Travis said...

Root Beer floats :)

lori said...

I'm not sure, would need a recipe book!