Yum Peaceful Cooking: May 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

South Side Fizz Cocktail with #VOSSWater #Giveaway

Spring is almost over and summer is approaching fast. This was supposed to be a spring announcement, that VOSS released two new flavors. But in my life, spring arrived and change sprung. My computer was sick as a dog, I sold my house, packed 29 yrs worth of accumulation and moved.

Now I'm in a new place, missing my old kitchen with all it's counter space, and adjusting to new things.

I'm not settled into my new home quite yet. Actually far from it. But to be honest with you, I needed to turn my back on all those boxes, even just for a little bit, and focus on something other than "where am I going to put this?!"

So, back to my purpose. VOSS Water and their new unique, refreshing, sparkling water flavors.

If you're not familiar with VOSS, let me just give you a brief introduction. VOSS Water comes from Southern Norway and was founded by 2 boyhood friends who recognized the purity of the water from their small yet environmentally pristine nation. They take their environmental sustainability very seriously through their holistic approach and their dedication at becoming a carbon neutral company. All this while bringing us a naturally pure water that is also low in sodium and other minerals.

And now they're bringing in the fun by adding a little fizz and flavor: Lemon Cucumber, and Tangerine Lemongrass.

I seriously had to fight off my daughters from consuming it all before I could get my hands on it myself. This was a hot commodity, I'll tell ya. And rightfully so. The subtle and refreshing flavor combinations are a natural attraction. And of course, being 'VOSS', I mean, honestly who wouldn't feel just a little special drinking it! I won't go into my Norwegian decent that stirs just a bit of pride in there somewhere.

Besides drinking this straight from the bottle, I was given a few cocktail recipes, which of course I could not pass up. I mean, for reals....why would I? A refreshing, cool, crisp cocktail that is a perfect summer go-to. And with that said, I would like to introduce you to the South Side Fizz. I had to change it up just a bit because I couldn't find (and had never heard of) cucumber soda. And because I love cucumbers, I added a slice to mine.

South Side Fizz

12 mint leaves (or to taste basically. I used fewer as I'm not a huge mint fan)
1/4 oz Gin
1/4 oz Cointreau
VOSS Sparkling Lemon Cucumber Water
Slice of orange
Slice of lemon
Cucumber spear
Sprig of ming

Muddle the mint in the bottom of a shaker

Fill the shaker with ice. Add the Gin and Cointreau. Cover and shake a few times. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top it off with the VOSS Sparkling Lemon Cucumber Water. Garnish with a slice of orange, lemon, the cucumber spear and a sprig of mint.

If this is calling your name, then you're in luck! I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive one bottle each of these new unique VOSS Sparkling Water flavors. All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me where you dream of drinking it.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents only. This giveaway will run from Monday, May 30, 2016 through Sunday, June 5, 2016 (11:59 pm PT). A winner will be notified within 48 hours of the close of the contest and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. 

I was not compensated for this post, however VOSS Water supplied me with samples. They are also supplying 1 bottle each  of  VOSS Lemon Cucumber Sparkling water and Tangerine Lemongrass Sparkling water,  for the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.