Essential to all living things – water. But let’s face it, sometimes you want something with a little more… flavour! It’s easy to reach for the soda – believe me, I am more than guilty of that on occasion, however, we don’t ever keep anything other than orange juice, milk, carbonated water and of course ‘regular’ water in our fridge as far as beverages go, so what is one to do when looking for something to quench the Summer thirst that also tastes delicious?
I have been keeping a batch in our fridge for the last 3 weeks or so, and it is SO nice to always have something different to reach for. It all started with lemon water – Alex really likes it, so we went with that for the first little bit. Last week it evolved to cucumber, lemon and mint – also known as “Detox Water“? I’m not sure about all the detoxifying qualities it holds, but it sure tastes good! This time around I wanted to experiment with what we had in the fridge and what I haven’t (yet) killed of our herb garden. Here’s what I started with:
You may be thinking “Ok, I get the mint, but rosemary and thyme in water?” Yes… because how delicious do those two herbs smell? Very! Therefore they also taste delicious, right? If I hadn’t killed my basil, that would have been on the cutting board too!
LOTS of options and ton of opportunities to get creative here. I only attempted 4 different combinations this time around, but I was tempted to keep going! I had at least 2 different ingredients in each glass, which is not necessary, but makes them (obviously) tastier and gives a more special look to the beverage – not something I take into consideration when it’s just for me, but think of the entertaining possibilities here! Here are the flavours I tried:
I didn’t actually taste any of these myself. Ha! It turned out that Alex was having a recording session at the same time I decided to experiment with these, so I let them be my guinea pigs. Well the guinea pigs liked what they tasted! The best thing with these being so fresh is that you can just eat the fruit after you finish drinking. Bonus dessert! I’m going to make the strawberry, cucumber and mint one again tomorrow – it just looks too good!
Here are some other combinations I considered. Note: I added lemon to these combos because it’s the most popular thing to put in water!
Final note – these are MUCH better when they have time to sit a while (like overnight) so that the water really takes on all flavours, but if you’re on a time crunch, I suggest just stirring with a spoon with light pressure on the fruits, and chopping up the herbs is always an option for stronger taste too!
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