As summer wears on and temperatures remain stubbornly high, mixologist Warren Bobrow offers his refreshing “From Russia with Love” cocktail to combat the heat, or at least distract you from it.

From Russia With Love Cocktail

Ingredients (for 2 very strong cocktails):
2 shots of Etalon Vodka
4 turns of a pepper mill
1 small bottle of Pimento Ginger Beer (Extra extra spicy)
4 drops Bitter End Thai Bitters (Extra Spicy)
Ice made with Mavea-filtered water and mixed with shredded horseradish, yellow beets and lemon zests

Preparation:
Add regular ice, 4 shots of Etalon Vodka, and 4 turns of pepper to a Boston Shaker and stir. DO NOT SHAKE. Add a couple of yellow beet, lemon zest and horseradish infused, Mavea-filtered ice cubes to a wide cocktail glass. Drip the ice-chilled Etalon Vodka over the infused Mavea ice. Finish with a couple turns of the pepper mill and top with the Pimento Ginger Beer. Add about 4 drops of the Bitter End Thai Bitters, but be careful, this is spicy stuff!

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From childhood we learned that the best remedy for a scorching summer day was a dip in the pool, a run through the sprinkler, or a cool delight to quench dehydration.

While not much has changed, we now know that we don’t want the same water from a pool or hose making up the bulk of our summer treats. With Mavea filtration systems you can be sure that your lemonade, popsicles or just regular H20, are good to go!

Mavea filters and products leave behind only the purest water, free of limescale, chlorine and other taste and smell contaminating substances, guaranteeing all you experience is crisp clean flavor.

Make Mavea your cool-down-companion this summer and pour yourself a glass, add some ice cubes to a cocktail, or split a popsicle with a friend like when you were kids, with confidence you’re getting the freshest taste possible.

Here is one of our favorite recipes from Family Fresh Cooking . . . SO REFRESHING!

Lemonade Cucumber Spa Popsicles Recipe

(Makes 3 cups of popsicle mix)

Ingredients:
1 cup julienned seedless Cucumber
1 fresh squeezed Lemon, remove any seeds
2 cups cold, Mavea-filtered water
Natural Sweetener added to taste (I use agave, but maple syrup, honey, or
Stevia are good options too)

Preparation:
1. Slice lemon in half and squeeze it over a strainer into 2 cups of cold water. Sweeten lemon water to taste with your favorite sweetener.
2. Fill popsicle molds or paper cups 2/3 with lemonade. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour. Take pops out of freezer. Scrape and stir any ice crystals that have formed.
3. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber to the pop molds. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of room at the top of your Popsicle mold so they donʼt overflow when you add the stick.
4. With a Popsicle stick or a butter knife, press the cucumber into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Add your Popsicle sticks, freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid.

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Our friend, and the aptly titled “cocktail whisperer,” Warren Bobrow, has just sent over the most delicious sounding recipe for one blisteringly strong gin cocktail, which, among a number of other fine ingredients, requires the use of Mavea-filtered water to make lime zest infused ice! Check out Warren’s full blog post HERE, and try the cocktail yourself. Just follow the recipe below and enjoy…

The Rollin My Sweet Baby’s Arms Cocktail (by Warren Bobrow)

Ingredients:
2 shots of No.3 London Dry Gin
1 shot Tenneyson Absinthe
2 tablespoons of Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Roses
4 drops of Bitter End Moroccan Bitters
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grilled grapefruit guice (grill grapefruit rounds on a charcoal fire & cool)
Perrier Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water (in the small cans)
Mavea water ice infused with lime zest (using the Williams-Sonoma King Ice Cube trays)

Preparation:
1. Muddle the grilled grapefruit juice in a Boston Shaker
2. Add the No.3 Gin then the Tenneyson Absinthe
3. Add the Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Roses
4. Add the Bitter End Bitters
5. Shake and strain into tall glasses with the Mavea Water filtered ice cubes and lime zest
6. Top with Perrier Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Mineral Water
7. A garnish with a slice of grilled grapefruit

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Mix yourself an inspired, Mavea-filter lemonade, iced coffee — or even a cocktail — or just enjoy some cool, refreshingly pure water, without worrying about chemicals or other contaminates that often exist in even the best municipal water systems, straight from our Mavea Water Pitcher!

And now, The Vitamin Shoppe’s made it even easier for you to get your hands on one of our inspired pitchers. Just retweet the following, embedded tweet from the Vitamin Shoppe and answer the question correctly to be entered to win:

Good luck!

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Ingredients (for 8 pops):
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup Mavea-filtered lemonade (find recipe HERE)
1 cup blue sports drink (like Vitamin Water or Gatorade)

Preparation:
Arrange 8 3oz paper or plastic cups on a baking sheet and divide cranberry juice evenly among them. Place baking sheet in freezer and freeze until juice is almost firm, about 1 hour.

Insert craft sticks into center of slightly frozen juice. (If sticks won’t quite stand up straight, you can repositions them when the next layer starts to solidify.)

Divide Mavea-filtered lemonade evenly among cups to make a second layer. Freeze until hard, about 2 hours. Pour blue sports drink over lemonade layer and freeze until solid, about 3 hours. Gently pull each ice pop out of its cup (it helps to squeeze the cup lightly from bottom) and serve immediately.

(Photo and recipe from My Recipes)

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Warren Bobrow just whipped up another amazing mixer using Mavea-filtered water and we can barely type this post right now because we want to head into the kitchen to start building this beautiful drink!

Join us and click over to Foodista to get Warren’s full recipe.

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You just worked out. You’re sweating and parched. Instead of reaching for a bottled sports drink that offers synthetic ingredients, often with artificial sweeteners, colors and natural flavors (code for highly processed stuff the government doesn’t regulate,) reach for water! But not just any water — all-natural, deliciously refreshing Mavea-filter, ginger, lemon and thyme water.

Ginger-Lemon-Thyme Workout Water

Ingredients (to serve 4):
4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
4 lemon wedges
8 sprigs fresh thyme
Mavea-filtered ice*
Mavea-filtered water

Directions:
Place one teaspoon of ginger, one lemon wedge and two sprigs of thyme in each glass. Using a spoon, gently bruise the ingredients by pressing. Fill glasses with Mavea-filtered ice; top with Mavea-filtered water, stir, and enjoy!

*Learn more about how to create the perfect Mavea-filtered ice cube here.

(Recipe from She Knows)

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