“With throats burned dry and souls that cry for water, cool, clear, water”
When I was a kid my Dad would sing in his clear tenor voice this cowboy song, Cool Water, a song recorded by Marty Robbins. Well, today it’s the first day of Autumn, 83 degrees, 72 percent humidity, and no AC, and cool, clear water sounds lovely! Whether straight or enhanced, it’s the perfect antidote for summer heat.
So for the past two summers I’ve been playing around with enhanced or flavored waters. You know, those fragrant ones they hand out at a spa. Or a cutesy restaurant.
And I thought I’d share some of my favorite flavorings.
And what do you know! In addition to being tasty and rejuvenating, they can also be beneficial. I’m a big fan of reverse-osmosis water. Use whatever you usually drink.
There’s the spa-worthy cucumber, sliced thin and added to 4 cups water. Refrigerate overnight. CUCUMBER promotes healthy aging and can heal a hangover. Hmmm, gotta’ remember that one!
To make the CUCUMBER water my favorite, I add some slightly bruised BASIL leaves. BASIL is a natural stress and anxiety reducer. This is a perfect after-work water.
For a sweet summery water, try a CANTALOUPE water. The vitamins in a ripe cantaloupe promote eye health. I added slightly bruised TARRAGON, which imparts a slight anise flavor and is an antioxidant. This one should be consumed quickly, within 1-2 days. The melon softens rapidly in water.
Another flavorful summery melon variation is WATERMELON water. WATERMELON is the highest fruit or vege in lycopene, plus it has an abundance of other vitamins and minerals including Magnesium. As a melon, it will also soften rapidly in water. I added some punch to my WATERMELON water by infusing it with ROSEMARY, which is anti-inflammatory and an immune booster.
A new water for me this summer was PINEAPPLE-MINT water. What a refreshing combination! A little sweet. A little minty. PINEAPPLE has a mixture of enzymes called bromelain that digest protein, has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which prevent free radical damage. MINT is a well-documented aid in digestion, nausea, and headache. Refrigerate this one overnight.
A super-pretty water is RASPBERRY – SAGE. The berries are sweet/tart, and the fragrance of the sage is awesome. RASPBERRIES are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. SAGE, part of the mint family like ROSEMARY and BASIL, is a herb with one of the highest antioxidant levels, helping cell’s recover from damage. Drink this one within 1-2 days.
As with most fresh-fruit-or-vege-infused drinks, the fruits and/or veges used are generally not very good after infusing the waters. Just add them to your compost. So cool down these last summer days with your own yummy and beneficial flavored waters.
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