A new year brings an abundance of resolutions. From everyone taking on Couch to 5k to Dry January swallowing social plans, party season often ends with a bang. Fortunately, globally renowned appliance brand, Smeg’s offering makes dry and dreary January a little bit brighter.
Top tips for making it through to February include.
Be kind to yourself
Many people set unrealistic New Year resolutions and then feel a sense of deflation and failure when they can’t keep them. Remember to slow down and make some time for yourself.
Learn something new
Do something new. Sign up for that course. Take on a new responsibility. Fix a bike. Learn a new recipe or how to play an instrument. Set a goal. Learning something new can be fun, make you feel good and build your confidence
Pouring yourself a drink
Even if you’re giving up alcohol, you don’t need to limit yourself to water and green tea! Use this time to explore the exciting world of non-alcoholic beverages. Smeg’s eye-catching collection of appliances lend themselves perfectly to whizzing up everything from smoothies to mocktails – please find a selection of recipes below.
Smeg CJF01 citrus juicer, £129.95
Celebrating Smeg’s Italian heritage, a nation with a love of citrus fruits, the citrus juicer has been developed to squeeze every last drop of juice out of both large and small fruits directly into a glass hassle-free. A pop-up spout prevents the juice from dripping or spilling while allowing liquid to pour easily and quickly. Remove the juicer’s multi-purpose protective lid and it doubles up as a bowl for fruit or peel.
- 1 tbsp sugar
- small bunch mint
- 3 limes
- soda water
Muddle the sugar with leaves from the mint using a pestle and mortar to bring out the flavour.
Using the CJF01 citrus juicer, juice 3 limes. Next, add a handful of ice to two tall glasses and pour the lime juice between the glasses with the mint mix. Top up with soda water, stir and add a straw to finish.
Smeg Bean to Cup coffee machine £679.95
For the ultimate barista experience! Stylish yet smart, Smeg’s latest coffee machine is packed with innovative features to brew the perfect coffee from start to finish at the push of a button. Available in Matte Black, Red, Taupe or White, the Bean to Cup machine delivers minimalism and high-end design for coffee connoisseurs.
- 1 double shot espresso, freshly made from the Smeg BCCO2
- 1 & ½ tbsp sugar syrup
- 2 tbsp water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 handful ice
Add all the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Using a fine sieve, or cocktail strainer, pour straight into a martini glass. Decorate with coffee beans and serve immediately.