Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Herbed Waters

Ok so this sounds strange, right? But in the Summer, I drink a ton of water throughout the day and I get bored with it. So...I try spicing it up with different herbs or other ingredients to keep it interesting.

You can do this by the glass, but I prefer doing a whole pitcher and refridgerating it for a couple of hours before drinking it.

Here are my favorites:

Cucumber and Lime
Add four or five slices of cucumber and half of a lime (squeezed) for a super refreshing blend.

Rosemary and Lime
Add FRESH PICKED rosemary and half of a lime. This sounds a little mysterious, but I promise the rosemary and lime combo is really pleasant.

Cucumber and Ginger
Add sliced cucumber and sliced ginger. This is also good with fresh mint.

Mint Cucumber
Fresh spearmint or mountain mint with cucumber slices.

Orange Ginger or Lemon Ginger
Just like it sounds...half of an orange or a lemon with sliced ginger.

Lemon Thyme
Fresh thyme sprigs with slices of lemon.

All of these are best after sitting for a bit, and if you have time, try starting with warm water and chilling until it is ice cold. That way the heat brings out the flavor into the water, as it would with tea or sun tea.

These are also all great combined with iced teas...which are delicious with mashed berries!

I hope that you try some of these! Drinking water is so important, and this helps make it a bit more interesting.

Oh...one last bit of advice...drink these within a day or two. You want FRESH ingredients in your water. So...there is another incentive to drink lots of water for good health!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Melissa! What a great idea - water can be so boring and you've definitely made it a lot more fun!