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Adding some excitement to your glass of water


This week I have been writing about water and Henry's experience with learning how to drink from a cup. Sometimes plain water is a little too… plain. For a splash of flavor and color, you can always add a slice of lemon, lime, orange or cucumber to your water. When you’re looking for a little more excitement, here is an easy drink recipe to try with your kids.

Apfelschorle
A few summers ago I was blessed with the opportunity to study in Germany. No, I cannot speak German but I can find my way around a German menu. One of my favorite food discoveries was Apfeslchorle. This refreshing beverage is half apple juice and half soda water. It is less sugary than sparkling apple juice and a light complement to any meal.
Henry tries out a sip of Apfelschorle.
Henry was a little uncertain about his first taste of Apfelschorle. It was his first encounter with a carbonated beverage, but he came back for more.

Ingredients
1 part apple juice
1 part soda water or sparkling water*

Directions
Fill each glass halfway with soda water. Fill the remainder of each glass with apple juice.
Mix equal parts apple juice and soda water.
*Not all sparkling water is created equal. Read the label since some brands are high in sodium. Also avoid club soda since it has added salt.

How your kids can help
  • 1- or 2-year old: Watching the bubbles from the soda water fizzing in the glass.
  • 3-, 4-, or 5-year old: Pouring the juice and soda water in the glass.
  • If you have two kids, let one pour the soda water and the other can pour the juice.

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