Water is boring. Or it can seem boring when you stand it up next to all the competitors: hyped-up energy drinks, sweet soda, flavored iced coffee concoctions, vitamin-enriched waters, rainbow-colored sports drinks, fancy bottled iced teas, etc. But it’s still the best thirst quencher out there, and the lack of calories is pretty appealing nutritionally. I know flavored waters are popular, especially the carbonated ones made with artificial sweeteners. But I find my preference is for naturally-flavored water that I make myself at home.
If I spend a few minutes in the evening pulling things together, I am rewarded with refreshing, refrigerated, virtually calorie-free goodness the next day. And when I use the tall, skinny 24-ounce pint-and-a-half Ball jars, they fit in the cup holder in my car! If I cap them off with my Cuppow lid, I’m ready to take my refreshment on the road. (Although, my friends tell me it looks like I’m drinking from an adult sippy cup.)
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about my original favorite flavor: cucumber, lemon and orange water. But this summer I’ve got three new regulars in my rotation.
1. Peach MintPrint
2. Lemon, Basil, Cucumber
3. Apple CinnamonPrint
I don’t suppose that throwing a few leaves and fruit slices into water really constitutes a recipe, so consider these more like ideas for a place to start. I’m sure you’ve got some tasty fixins in your kitchen that would make a plain glass of water more exciting.
One quick note: I didn’t include nutrition information since I couldn’t be sure how much of the add-ins actually became part of the final product. But I am confident in saying that it’s very, very close to zero for calories and everything else. Unless of course if you fish out the peach slices and nibble on them. And if you’re chewing your beverage…that doesn’t seem boring at all.
Do you have a favorite way of flavoring water that wets your whistle?