A festive twist can be added to plain water by infusing it with different flavors like mint, lemon and orange. Did you know that herbs (and some spices) can also slake off your thirst? Rosemary, lemon verbena, basil, lavender, or chamomile can be steeped and chilled, or frozen in trays and added to drinks as ice cubes.
Here are two examples of flavored water you may enjoy:
Rosemary-Lemon Iced Tea
1 bunch rosemary, well washed
2 lemon zests
Juice of 2 lemons (or you can buy ReaLemon concentrate; a store brand will also work)
1 cup sugar
5 cups water
Put the rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice (or concentrate) and sugar in a heatproof container.
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil and then pour it over the rosemary.
Stir and let infuse for two hours.
Strain and serve cold.
Recipe source: “Mediterranean Cooking” by The Culinary Institute of America and Lynne Gigliotti
Lemon and Mint Infusion
2 slices lemon
2 sprigs fresh mint
Place the lemon and mint into a heatproof glass and cover with boiling water.
Allow to steep for two minutes before drinking.
Recipe source: “Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity”
Eight Easy Ways to Increase Your Internal Water Flow
1. Keep a refillable bottle with you at all times (I do this! And the evening before, I fill my water bottle up, then freeze it overnight. It’s frozen solid by early morning, but as the day goes on, that ice melts back to water-delicious, ice-cold water, baby! Wonderful on a super-hot day!).
2. Place a pitcher on your desk (if allowed to) or dinner table (jazz it up with cucumber or citrus slices).
3. Chug some while waiting for your coffee to brew.
4. If you’re eating out, always order water first.
5. Stop and sip at every water fountain.
6. Use a shot glass to get it down quickly.
7. Drink between bites during meals (and snacks).
8. Flavor that water!
Did You Know That…..
There’s a 46% increase in the number of iced coffees served within the past five years. From June to August 2012, Americans cooled off with more than 300,000 cups!
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To make a simple wine cooler: Pour a glass of white wine and a splash of triple sec into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake, then strain into a glass.
Garnish with orange or lemon peel.
41% of the average kid’s sugar intake comes from soft drinks. To lower your kid’s soda intake, try: Unsweetened flavored seltzer water, cut your kid’s favorite fruit punch or juice with ¼ water, or make your own infused water with fruits and vegetables.
Sources: “Easy summer party planning”-Family Features, “Quench your thirst, refresh your palate” by Sharon K. Ghag-(The Modesto Bee)-The Vindicator, June 19, 2013. “Drink Up!”-Live Better Now section-Spry magazine, July, 2013, fresh/guide section and “Celebrate America“ by Diana Dickinson–Better Homes and Gardens, July 2013
Food/know-how section-Better Homes and Gardens, July 2012