Jar and bottles for this post were kindly provided by Infinity Jars. All opinions are my own.
In addition to publishing a new recipe today, I'm also doing a giveaway. This is my first giveaway so I'm really excited about it!
Entry rules are towards the end of this post. The winner will receive an Infinity Jars gift card to purchase $30 worth of beautiful ultraviolet glass jars and bottles from their website.
Infinity Jars appear black but when you hold them up to the light, they are actually a blue/purple color. Although they are beautiful, this isn't for aesthetic purposes. It's actually a feature that helps extend the life of whatever you store in them. This makes them perfect for more "delicate" items like essential oils, teas, spices, olive oil, nuts, vitamins/fish oil, etc.
You know how people talk about how light can degrade nutrients in things like olive oil or milk? That's what these glass jars seek to prevent. In addition to being airtight, they also filter out visible light that can degrade food. However, not all light gets filtered out. These jars actually allow infrared and UV-A light to pass through the glass. This is similar to the deep violet glass invented in Egypt thousands of years ago with the purpose of preserving oils and herbs in tombs.
Infinity Jars was nice enough to send me a few of their products to try out. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen me use the small, 5 ml jar for my homemade lip balm. These really would be a lot of fun for people who make a lot of their own personal care products.
I've also been using their square glass bottle with the oil spout for my olive oil. It comes with a completely airtight lid too but it looks like the oil spout is designed to let as little air in as possible. I no longer feel like I have to store my oil in the dark pantry. It now stays out on my counter which is perfect since my kitchen is decorated in black, red, and white.
For the recipe today, I used the 500 ml long neck bottle. Between the longer neck and the airtight lid, it held the carbonation really well which is perfect because I had to let the flavors infuse and chill overnight.
The drink is flavored with orange and vanilla, just like an orange creamsicle. It's very light and refreshing like a flavored water as opposed to a soda. I didn't feel the need to sweeten mine because the orange and vanilla made it seem sweet but honey would be an easy sweetener to stir in. Alternatively, you could use maple or agave for a vegan option.
If you haven't noticed by now, I'm a pretty big fan of flavoring my sparkling water. If orange creamsicle isn't your thing, I also have recipes for sparkling cherry limeade and pineapple mint sparklers. Although sometimes all you need is a squeeze of lemon in your sparkling water.
Prize: One $30 Infinity Jars gift card.
Details: Unfortunately, this is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email or Instagram direct message. If the winner does not respond to claim their prize within one week, a new winner will be chosen at random. Contest ends Tuesday May 16th at 11:59 pm Central time.
How to enter: Entering is easy and there will be an opportunity for multiple entries.
1) Visit infinityjars.com and pick out a product you would love to buy if you won the gift card.
2) Leave a comment below stating what that product is. Be sure to leave a valid email address since that's how I'll be contacting you if you win. (Note that email addresses can only be viewed by me.)
For additional entries: Head over to Instagram to get additional entries.
- 15 fl oz sparkling water
- 3 Tbsp orange juice
- zest from one orange
- ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- honey or maple syrup to taste, optional*
- Gently stir orange juice, orange zest, and the split vanilla bean into the sparkling water.
- Store mixture in an airtight bottle in the refrigerator overnight to let the flavors infuse.
- Serve chilled. Sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave can be easily stirred in if you prefer a sweeter drink.
*Use maple syrup for vegan option