It is hot out there, baby!
Hydration is so important, especially in the upcoming summer months. If the thought of sipping plain water does not excite you, why not try jazzing up your water with some fresh fruits, herbs or even veggies?
Here are some easy and delicious drink recipes for you to try and enjoy.
Grab a mason jar or a pretty glass container with a tight fitting lid. Slice up a few of your favorite fruits and herbs (like mint, basil, lavender, rosemary etc.) and mix together in your container. Lightly smash the fruit with a wooden spoon to help release their juices. Add spring water or sparkling water, ice (optional), seal and let it marinade for at least six hours. Feel free to be as creative as you want. Water will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.
1) Lemon/Cucumber (The Classic)
Mix: 10 cups of water + 1 big organic cucumber and an organic lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf (optional) + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
2) Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix: 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries or raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
3) Fennel/Citrus (The Digestive Aid)
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool. Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving. Great remedy when you had eaten too many things and your belly feels off.
4) Blackberry/Sage (The Antioxidant)
Note that apart from berries, sage leaves have the highest antioxidant content. Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
5) Watermelon/Coconut/Aloe (The Super Hydrator)
Mix: 3-4 cups whole de-seeded watermelon flesh + coconut water
+ about ¼ cup aloe flesh, pressed or scraped from the leaf, greens discarded + fresh basil, to garnish. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
6) Pineapple/Mint (The Anti-inflammatory + Digestive Booster)
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
7) Apple/Cinnamon (Metabolism Booster)
Mix: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
8) Ginger/Tea (Digestive Aid)
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down. Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
9) Mint Mojito
Mix: 8 slices of English cucumber, 1 sliced lime, and 3 fresh mint stems.
TIP: go easy with the mint if you are preparing this for kids or if mint in general is not your favorite herb. It can easily overpower the flavor of the other fruits.
If you feel your vitamin water needs some sweetness, add some honey or coconut nectar. You can also use liquid Stevia to make it diabetic friendly.
I hope you give these recipes a try and let me know what combinations you have come up with and enjoyed.