Lifefactory Glass Bottle Giveaway // Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Remember last week when I brattily exclaimed, “I want one!” after seeing my auntie Marcy’s Lifefactory glass bottle? Well, guess what? I got one. And guess what else? I have one for one of you, too, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Upon returning from Albany, I started researching Lifefactory, and it came as no surprise that one of the company’s co-founders, Daren Joy, is an award-winning designer and architect. In a video on the site, Daren briefly discusses his design process and observes that “there is a connection that gets formed almost immediately,” noting that people “know they love [the bottle] right when they first touch it.” Perhaps my reaction wasn’t so bratty after all: the instant desire to have one was simply the sign of successful design.

As I suspected, I am loving my Lifefactory glass bottle. After a week of heavy use, I have yet to open my shoulder bag to find my phone lying in a pool of water — success! — and I have yet to find myself at the sink trying to scrub away a fungal smell from the opening — success! The glass delivers such a clean, pure taste. Moreover, thanks to the silicone sleeve, the bottle has survived several crash tests — the kids are as drawn to the bottle as I am — down our asphalt driveway.

The more I read about the founders and their philosophy, the more taken I become. Pam Marcus, Lifefactory’s other co-founder, worked as a pediatric physical therapist and feeding specialist for 17 years. Her concerns about the presence of harmful chemicals and plastics in infant feeding systems inspired her to create a line of glass baby bottles. Not only are the bottles BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free, they are designed to “perform for years to come” — I love this. The line of bottles now extends to toddlers and adults, but before I start sounding like a bad infomercial, I’ll stop here and let you poke around the Lifefactory site yourself. Go on, that perfect water bottle is just a click away.

Now for the giveaway: Lifefactory will send one of you (US shipping only) one of their beautiful, glass, chemical-free bottles for water, juice and smoothies. Just leave a comment below. I’d love to hear what juices and smoothies you have been concocting these days. I’ve been on a watermelon-agua-fresca kick. On Sunday, I picked up two large watermelons at the Stafford farmers’ market, and, thanks to my new glass bottle, I have been enjoying agua fresca on the go ever since. I have never felt more stylish or hydrated in my life. Thank you, Lifefactory.

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Surprise…it’s yellow. This was not intentional.
peeling the watermelon

8 cups cubed watermelon and limes

pitcher of yellow watermelon agua fresca

agua fresca to go!

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Adapted from: The Garden of Eden

Note: Sometimes I’m bad at reading instructions. I added the sparkling water directly to the watermelon purée and stored the whole mixture in the fridge until I was ready to serve it. This worked just fine to me, but if you are worried about fizz loss, follow Darcy’s instructions.

8 cups watermelon, cubed and puréed (approximately 6 cups after blending)
4 cups sparkling water or tap water (I used sparkling)
1 to 2 limes
up to 1/3 cup sugar depending on the sweetness of the watermelon
mint sprigs for serving

1. In a food processor or blender, whizz the watermelon to a purée. It’s best to do this in two batches. Strain mixture into a large pitcher. Add water and stir. Juice one lime into the pitcher and stir to mix. Taste. Add the additional lime if desired. (I added the juice of two limes.) Taste. Add sugar if necessary. I added 1/3 cup sugar, but I suspect this was because my yellow watermelon was not too sweet. Chill until ready to serve.

2. When ready to serve, place mint sprigs and ice (optional) in serving glasses. Pour in agua fresca. Enjoy!

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267 Comments

  1. I mostly been making them with the fruit from my garden, so strawberry and blueberries :) Although I have been curious about the ‘green’ smoothie recipes I’ve been seeing everywhere.

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  2. I just cut up a watermelon yesterday. I am going to have make up some of this beverage tomorrow before I begin tiling the front entryway. I might add some raspberries too. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. I LOVE summer! All the fresh fruit fruit at the farmer’s market makes me want to take its picture! I’m in a berry and peach mood lately, so it’s Smartwater with raspberries and peaches in it, sometimes a little lemon if it’s really hot out.
    (By the way, I’m on my second piece of Lemony Blueberry cake. I should pray for self control so I don’t eat the whole thing, but I don’t care. This is amazing-I can tell I’m going to have a perfect day. No wonder it was Baby Boy’s favorite.)

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  4. Hi. Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve not been juicing or smoothing anything of late, but I am thinking of peaches and blueberries that are in abundance now and what I might could do with them. If I was so lucky as to win one of these really neat bottles, I’d give it to my mom. She’s got a bottle of water with her all the time, but I too worry about those BPAs.

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  5. My kids and I enjoy the following: about 6-8 celery sticks, 6-7 carrot sticks, 3-4 apples, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 large sweet potato, and about 3 oz of parsley. My kids are 14 and 3 yrs old and they ask for more. This makes about 3, 12 oz glasses of juice. Enjoy!

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  6. I love these bottles, my little one is 10 months old now and starting to try liquids other than me! ;) so I bought him one of the baby sized ones. I would love one for myself though. We’ve been sharing my morning smoothie of Avocado, Spinach, Coconut Milk, and rotate through adding fruits pineapple, banana, cherries, oh and some chia in there too – makes it nice and thick.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  7. I’ve been carrying around various old glass bottles that look like ketchup containers lately, definitely on a glass kick. I’ve also been making watermelon agua fresca from Chez Panisse Fruits but with mint infused still water, and playing around with fashioning some blueberry lemonade, too.

    :)

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  8. I’ve been making strawberry lime-aid. I puree strawberries and a couple limes in my Vitamix add lime infused simple syrup (3/4c sugar, 1 c water and the zest of a lime) and then add water to taste or fizzy water to taste. So refreshing!!

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  9. I’ve got a watermelon on my counter and cantaloupe in the fridge – bet they’ll be tasty. Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity for a practical, portable glass container!

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  10. i have been saving away for one of these after learning about them in february! i think this is my sign that if i don’t win the giveaway, it’s time to purchase :). anywhoos, i’m loving infused waters these days. mint + lime, ginger…

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  11. My husband makes a smoothie for his breakfast almost every morning (sometimes I ask for a small size and he makes a little more for me) Don’t know the measurements but here are the ingredients: Vanilla almond milk, blueberries, 1 whole carrot, 1/2 apple, a little special dark cocoa powder and a little soy protein powder, shake of salt. Places in blender with ice cubes til thick and icy. Delicious! Better and healthier than a milkshake. He usually enjoys this with a piece of your Honey Wheat Bread, toasted with peanut butter. YUM!

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  12. Yummy! That looks delicious! I have been drinking watermelon cucumber drinks and making my daughter raspberry smoothies. Been eyeing these glass bottles for years and would love one!!!

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