Spooky Halloween Punches for Kids

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Usher in the autumn season with a few Halloween-inspired drinks meant to satisfy your little goblin’s cravings. Get your cauldron ready — here are three tasty and easily prepared, non-alcoholic punches your tiny ghouls are sure to enjoy!

  1. The Jack-O’-Lantern Blood Orange Juice

    Nothing says Halloween more than a creepy-grinning pumpkin. Get your punch bowl — or cauldron ready. Here’s a seasonal spin on a classic orange-flavored punch.

Start your recipe off with a few basic ingredients:

Combine your drinks in a punchbowl big enough to yield about six quarts, mixing your orange and pineapple juice with your lemon-lime soda, finishing off with your ginger ale. Top it all off with a few scoops of ice cubes for a bone-chilling treat. Beware — this drink yields a larger quantity making it ideal for a gathering of ghouls.

For added fun, supply your goblins with an assortment of sharpies and orange plastic cups. Challenge them to make the best jack-o-lantern face on their cups to pour their delicious punch in!

  1. Phantom Potion Punch

    hat all goes into a phantom’s potion, you ask? How about a few delicious worms — gummy worms, that is!

    Prepare your punch bowl with these three simple ingredients:

Combine your fruit punch and lemon-lime soda in a pitcher for a frighteningly-quick thirst-quencher. Pour the mixture into a cup and allow your child to garnish it all off with some slithery worms!

  1. Bone-Chilling Eyeball Sipper

    Create a tasty blueberry punch before the delicious fruit goes out of season — it just won’t look like a blueberry punch. With eyeballs and a ghastly green appearance on the outside, the taste makes up for its spooky appearance.

To make this punch, you’ll need:

Start off by peeling your lychees and inserting a blueberry in each lychee to create your eerie “eyeballs.” Pop them in the freezer for an hour for a scary addition to your cauldron full of punch. In your bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, adding a few drops of food coloring for a ghoulish appearance. Pour the mixture into tall clear glasses — you won’t want to miss out on seeing the eyeballs, after all.

 

Cool Beverage Packaging Designs

Sure, we all want our drinks to taste great, but let’s be honest — it’s even better if their packaging looks great too! And beverage manufacturers know that, which is why many are continuing to come up with creative drink package designs to encase their refreshing, lip-smacking drinks.

Check out five of our personal favorites:

Voss Water Packaging

1. Voss Water

This Norwegian brand embodies the idea that “less is more” with their packaging for their artesian water. Their unique beverage packaging design uses a cylindrical glass body and a minimalist design to note the company’s name.

CideRoad Blueberry Drink

2. CideRoad Organic Switchel

“What’s a Switchel?” is what most people ask before taking a swig of CideRoad’s Organic Switchel, which refreshes you whether you’ve spent a long day outside gardening or shooting hoops. Their creative drink packaging features ribbed bottles and a bold black and white label, iconic graphics, and a clear glass bottle to allow the beverage’s color to shine through – whether that’s blueberry, cherry or their sweet original blend.

Body Armor Lemon Lime Drink

3. Body Armor Sports Drinks

With their bold colors and splashy, fruity graphics, Body Armor sports drinks simply catch your eye. From a super-bright green for their lemon lime flavor to an eye-popping purple for their classic grape flavor, these naturally sweet “super drinks” are sure to capture your attention. (And with the drinks’ electrolyte-replenishing, ultra-refreshing flavors, your taste buds are sure to love the brand, too!).

DRY Vanilla Drink

4. DRY Soda

Cream soda from DRY, like their Vanilla Bean and Juniper Berry, features creative drink packaging that’s minimalist in nature, but packs a punch nonetheless. It uses colors that match its ingredients, like an ice blue for its Juniper Berry, to make shapes on the label mimicking the fruits that make their soda worthy of another sip.

Harney and Sons Organic Coffee Tea

5. Harney & Sons Juices and Teas

With the Harney & Sons line of juices and teas, your drink has not only a unique brew but also a unique beverage packaging design. Their Organic Coffee Tea, for example, features a bottle that reminds you of the bottles once delivered by milkmen with a label design that gives off an antique-yet-classic feel.

Looking to stock your fridge with drinks that come with complementary creative drink packaging? Look no further than Beverage Universe — we have your favorite beverages, as well as those hard-to-find ones you thought were gone forever. So, what are you waiting for? Start filling your cart and fridge today!

Is Sparkling Water as Healthy as Regular Water?

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Failing to drink enough water every day can lead to serious health problems. The question isn’t whether you should drink water daily. Instead, the question for many consumers is — what kind of water should you drink?

Misconceptions About Sparkling Water

Some misconceptions about sparkling water have become widespread, giving the bubbly alternative to regular water an undeserved, bad reputation. Here are some common myths about sparkling water and an explanation of why they’re simply not true:

  • Sparkling Water Will Dehydrate You: Sparkling water is just as hydrating as regular water. However, sparkling water may make you drink less water in a single sitting because its carbonation might fill you up faster. This may mean you’ll need to drink sparkling water more often throughout the day to stay hydrated.

One significant benefit of sparkling water making your feel full faster is that it can help you reach your weight-loss goals. Just make sure it doesn’t contain any added sugar or sodium.

  • Sparkling Water Depletes Calcium: There is no credible evidence that suggests sparkling water leaches calcium from people’s bones. While the ingredients included in carbonated beverages like sodas may affect your calcium level, sparkling water does not have those ingredients.
  • Sparkling Water Causes Digestive Problems: Most people can drink sparkling water without experiencing tummy trouble. If you have sensitive digestion or your stomach doesn’t react well to dietary changes, you might fare better with still water.

As the world’s largest online beverage warehouse, we specialize in offering a wide array of drinks that are often hard to find. We carry a full line of sparkling waters in multiple sizes. View our inventory and place an order for your favorite sparkling water today!

Negotiating the Pros and Cons of Caffeine Consumption

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Whether you have an occasional cup of green tea or you’re a coffee lover from morning until night, you probably think occasionally about the caffeine you’re consuming. Is it helping or hurting you? Are you relying too heavily on this substance to keep you awake so you can achieve your goals? Or is it a harmless addition to your diet?

As with most things, caffeine is neither innately good or bad. The key is to understand what it is, how you can use it beneficially and when you should say “no” to a cup o’ joe. This post will help you learn more about the pros and cons of caffeine, so you can best determine how much to consume.

How Caffeine Works

The next time you haven’t had caffeine for a while, pay attention when you drink a caffeinated diet soda or cold sweet tea. For most people, caffeine causes a faster heartbeat and boosts alertness. As a stimulant, caffeine grants your body’s cells additional access to oxygen. While this may not be a problem in infrequent, small and manageable doses, overuse of caffeine can cause the body to send the wrong messages to your brain, which is one of the negative effects of caffeine for your health.

For instance, constantly drinking caffeine can lead to anxiety and insomnia. Neither of these outcomes is particularly welcome — especially if you already have a stress disorder or trouble falling asleep. Additionally, because caffeine is a diuretic, you may become dehydrated faster if all you drink is caffeinated hot and cold beverages.

Another downfall to caffeine is the way it becomes a “crutch.” Without it, people may get serious headaches to the point where they need caffeine for relief. If this sounds familiar, watch out! You’re already addicted to this substance or getting close to addicted. That’s never a good thing, especially if you don’t feel like yourself until after you’ve had caffeine.

Using Caffeine Advantageously

Of course, all the negatives aren’t meant to suggest that caffeine can’t play a role in a healthy diet. Therea are also positive effects of caffeine. In fact, for many people, advantageous and deliberate caffeine use can help them remain mentally clear and focused.

If you love beverages that contain caffeine, you’ll be happy to learn that some studies have shown caffeine can make up for a bad night’s sleep by helping your brain come back to its tasks. And if you’re fueling up before a workout, a little bit of caffeine could give you better performance results, according to some athletic research.

Some scientists believe caffeine can inhibit the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions — although this hasn’t been completely proven and requires more documentation. Of course, in all cases, research participants were carefully monitored.

Consequently, you’ll want to be careful if you’re performing your own caffeine experiments at home. The best rule of thumb is to listen to your body — and your doctor — when it comes to caffeine. Think you might be overdoing it? Try substituting a caffeinated beverage with one that has less caffeine or none at all. Weaning yourself off your eight-coffees-a-day habit will take time, so start slowly.

Be careful as you moderate your caffeine intake, since some foods, like chocolate, contain hidden caffeine and can throw you off your game. By staying aware of the advantages and disadvantages of caffiene, you can determine when best to enjoy a cup of coffee, and when to cut yourself off for the day.

Revitalize Your Natural Energy With Fresh-Pressed Juice

Pressed Green JuiceYou’ve probably heard time after time about the advantages of fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices. They’re not just a quick way to enjoy all the vitamins and minerals abundant in the produce aisle — they also happen to taste amazing!

Consider starting with a healthy green juice featuring pressed Granny Smith apples, kale, half a lime, a few celery stalks, a cucumber and perhaps even a bit of ginger for a refreshing zing. It’s a taste sensation that will keep you going throughout the day or while powering through your after-hours workout. Plus, you can use it as the springboard for other juices that tempt your palate day after day and help keep you healthy year-round.

No time to press juice yourself? Don’t have a blender or juicer to turn your yummy ingredients into pure, organic juice? No problem! Swap your homemade juice for 100% natural beverages like Zoe Juices, which give you the fresh-pressed flavor and benefits without any fuss or muss.

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

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We all know we need water, and most of us can agree that we probably aren’t getting enough water in our daily diets. But few know how to determine how much water they should be drinking because hydration is best tackled on a person-by-person basis.

How to Determine How Much Water You Should Drink

There are a few factors to consider when determining how much water you need to drink, including your weight, activity levels and health. You’ve probably heard that you should be drinking about eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day.

While this may be adequate for some people, though, it’s popular because it’s easy to remember — not because it’s accurate.

How Much Water Should I Be Drinking Based on My Weight?

A 200-pound person needs more water in their diet than a 100-pound person, which is why you shouldn’t rely too heavily on the eight eight-ounce glasses theory.

Instead, take your weight and multiply it by 2/3. This is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking per day. That means that if you’re 100 pounds and are only drinking five eight-ounces glasses of water per day, or 40 ounces, you probably aren’t as hydrated as you should be.

Should I Be Drinking More Water on Days I’m More Active?

On days you work out, you should be drinking more water. Remember that working out doesn’t have to mean you’re in the gym pumping iron. If you’re expending enough energy to get sweaty, you’re expending enough sweat to need additional hydration.

As a general rule, you should be drinking about six additional ounces of water per 15 minutes of exercise/activity. That means if you work out for an hour, you should drink an additional 24 ounces of water that day to keep your hydration levels balanced.

Is It True I Should I Be Drinking More Water When I’m Sick?

The amount of water you should be drinking while sick is entirely based on the type of sickness you have. If you have a fever or are suffering from a gastrointestinal illness, it is likely you are losing fluids. You’ll need to drink more water to help replenish them.

If you have congestive heart failure, kidney, liver or adrenal diseases, you may need to limit your fluid intake as these conditions can impair the excretion of water. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact your personal healthcare physician before you alter your daily regimen.

Easy Ways to Meet Your Water Intake Goals

If you have trouble drinking enough water throughout the day, here are a few simple things you can do to make sure you’re meeting your water intake goals:

  1. Drink a glass first thing in the morning
  2. Drink a glass with each meal
  3. Take a water bottle with you everywhere
  4. Add more fruits to your diet
  5. Skip the coffee and soda

Remember that although everybody is different, we all need to hydrate our bodies properly to ensure efficiency and good health.

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5 Refreshing Spins on Lemonade

lemonade-2097312_640There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade. Why else would it be the number one beverage stand owned and operated by kids in every neighborhood across America?

But we’ll admit that day after day of the same flavor can get a little boring. That’s why we’ve come up with these five refreshing spins on lemonade to add excitement to your taste buds this summer.

  1. Peach Lemonade

Bring 4 cups water, 3/4 cup sugar and 2 cups of chopped peaches to a boil, and allow the mixture to simmer for 3 minutes. Transfer the juice to a blender and mix well.

Pour the mixture through a sieve and into a pitcher. Mix in 1 cup of lemon juice and stir well. Place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Pour over ice and add a few slices of peach for a garnish — and enjoy your classy and refreshing summer beverage.

  1. Strawberry Lemonade

If you’re looking for a quick and easy fruity lemonade that both kids and adults will love, this is it. In a blender, combine 1 1/4 pound of strawberries, 2 sliced lemons (peel removed) and 1/2 cup of honey. Mix well.

Strain the strawberry mixture into a pitcher separating the liquid from the solids, then pour in 6 cups of water and stir. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Pour over ice and add a few sliced strawberries or lemons for garnish.

  1. Vanilla Lemonade

While this flavored lemonade is a bit more labor intensive than the first two, we promise the end result is worth the time and effort. First, make a simple syrup by bringing 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 halved and seeded vanilla bean, three slices of lemon peel and a pinch of kosher salt to boil, and the let mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth over a pitcher and set in the refrigerator to cool. Once cooled, add 8 to 10 cups of water and stir. Serve over ice with a few slices of lemons for garnish.

  1. Ginger Lemonade

If you like ginger, you’re going to love this spicy take on a sweet summer classic. Begin by grating 2 centimeters of fresh ginger into a pitcher. Pour the juice from 4 large lemons over your grated ginger, followed by 6 tablespoons of sugar and stir until the sugar has been dissolved.

Strain out the solids and add in 4 to 6 cups of water (depending on how strong you’d like your ginger lemonade to be). Serve over ice with slices of lemons and mint leaves for garnish.

  1. Lavender Lemonade

Start with a small handful of freshly picked lavender flowers, rinse well and place them into a medium-sized mixing bowl. You could also use a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers if you don’t have fresh ones. Pour in 1 cup of sugar and rub the flowers into the sugar using your fingers.

Next, pour two cups of boiling water over the flowers and sugar mixture and stir well. Cover and allow to infuse in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Strain the infused liquid into a pitcher, then stir in 1 1/2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 more cups of cold water. Serve over ice with lavender sprigs for garnish.

Treat your guests to one of these refreshing flavors at your next summer get together. You can even add a shot or two of flavored vodka or rum to really get the party started. And if you want to add a bit of flair without spiking the lemonade, we suggest freezing fruit and using them in place of ice cubes to keep your drink cold, without watering it down.

Looking for some other unique beverages to quench your summer thirst? Take a look at our huge selection at Beverage Universe and stay hydrated all summer — and beyond.

Best Beverages for Staying Slim: 10 Low-Calorie Cocktail Choices

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Healthy living isn’t about giving up delicious foods and cocktails you love. It’s about enjoying them in moderation and exploring healthier foods to eat and alcohol to drink when you’re on a diet. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best low-calorie drinks to enjoy when you’re trying to lose weight.

10 of the Healthiest Cocktails to Order If You’re on a Diet

You don’t have to give up your favorite cocktails. Instead, check out these 10 healthy options:

  1. Vodka Martinis are a simple and classy option that will keep your calorie count as low as 130. Just make sure not to order them dirty, as the olive juice will add a significant amount of sodium to this cocktail.
  2. A simple Manhattan is delicious, and it’s also relatively low in calories with only about 140 per drink.
  3. If you love Mojitos, simply ask for this summertime favorite to be made without the simple syrup to enjoy a skinny version that might just be the best low-calorie summer cocktail there is.
  4. Flavored Vodka & Club Soda is a good option if you’re looking for a little flavor in your cocktail, but don’t want to deal with the extra sugar that would come with flavored mixers.
  5. Mimosas aren’t just for brunch anymore! Champagne has only 95 calories per serving, so we suggest just splashing in some orange juice for color and letting the champagne take over in the flavor department.
  6. A Hot Toddy is a great option anytime the temperature dips low enough to have you craving a warm beverage. Made with tea, honey and brandy, this low-calorie cocktail choice clocks in at around 165 calories per cup.
  7. Try a Sea Breeze for a more flavorful take on a vodka cranberry while cutting out a few unnecessary calories. Since you’ll be using more grapefruit juice than cranberry juice, you can expect this cocktail to average about 180 calories.
  8. Any Liquor & Diet Soda cocktail is going to feel like the best low-calorie drink when you’re trying to lose weight, but you love the refreshing taste of carbonation. Try sticking with sodas light in color to reduce calorie counts even more.
  9. Enjoy a Mudslide on the Rocks by combining one-ounce coffee liqueur, one-ounce vodka and one-and-a-half ounces of Irish cream liqueur. Shake well and pour over ice. It has the same delicious taste of its frozen counterpart at a fraction of the calories.
  10. Dry Red Wine isn’t really a cocktail, but it’s delicious. It also has healthy antioxidants and only 100 calories per glass. Just be sure not to drink too much, or you’ll likely suffer a nasty hangover.

Best Alcohol to Drink When You’re Trying to Lose Weight

While the mixers you add to your spirits to create these delicious cocktails is where the majority of your calories are going to come from, don’t forget that not all alcohol is created equal when it comes to their calorie counts. Stick with these low-calorie cocktail spirit choices and you’ll be fine: tequila, bourbon, vodka, whiskey and gin.

And, if you’re looking for some unique juices, flavored waters and other beverages to mix into your cocktails, Beverage Universe is the place to go. Take a look at our huge beverage selection today!

Food and Drinks That Get Better With Age

Wine Getting Better with Age

You already know wine gets better with age, but did you know leftover food recipes can be even more delicious than their original incarnations? Here’s what to with leftover food — or any food or drink that tastes better the longer you let it age.

Chili or Stew

Have you ever noticed that day-after chili just tastes thicker, richer and, well…just better? That’s because time gives chilis and stews the space they need to blend. If you make chili con carne, the meat tenderizes even more. From beef stew to curry, taste it a day later and you won’t need to get inventive with leftover recipes.

Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti sauce is another day-after hero. Only amateurs make sauce for one serving — grab your 16- or 20-quart stock pot instead and get creative! Freeze in portions and use the leftovers for anything you want. Homemade lasagna or baked ziti sauce? Check. Eggplant or chicken parmesan? Check. Fresh meatballs and penne? Check, check. The leftover recipes are endless.

Apple Pie

Apple pie warm out of the oven sounds and smells heavenly, but if we’re being honest, it tastes better a day later. Sitting overnight allows the apples and sauce to gel together perfectly, which means you can cut a slice without the delicious juices running all over your plate. If you must have it hot, heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave and add a scoop of ice cream.

Brownies

Another recipe that smells and sounds delicious hot but really tastes better a day later. Whether you’re a box mix kind of baker or you only roll with homemade, always make your favorite belly bombs a day ahead.

Wine

Produce tastes better fresh. Beer tastes better fresh. Wine? You’ve gotta go old every time. The trick is not to let it get too old, because then it turns to vinegar. Always store wine in a cool, dark place with little temperature variation. Inexpensive wines are usually meant to be drunk now, while premium wine is one that gets better with age.

The bottom line? Cook with abandon today — and enjoy more tomorrow.

3 Memorable Drinks for Memorial Day

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The sun’s out, the pool’s open and it’s the perfect time for a cool drink to celebrate Memorial Day. Start your celebrations with three of our favorite recipes!

  1. Southern Breeze

For this refreshing summer spritzer, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 liters of Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • 1 46-ounce pineapple juice can
  • 1 6-ounce lemonade concentrate can
  • 1 blue raspberry lemonade mix packet

Make flavored ice cubes with your blue raspberry lemonade mix and lemonade concentrate. Add to your mixed pineapple juice and ginger ale drink and then serve. This recipe makes enough for 12 people.

  1. Lime Fizz

This simple, citrusy recipe serves four. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Ice
  • 1 cup of lime simple syrup
  • Half a cup of fresh lime juice
  • 3 and a half cups of Seagram’s Club Soda

Just douse your crushed ice with lime juice and lime simple syrup. Add two-thirds of a cup of vodka for an adult drink. Stir in your club soda and serve.

  1. Honey-Basil Lemonade

For this relaxing drink, you’ll need:

To make, simply mix your lemonade, honey, basil and salt in a blender and then strain. Add in water, top with basil leaves and then serve with ice — it makes enough for four.

Drink to Memorial Day

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