Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's Getting Hot in Here


I hear it is super hot in many places of the world today! 
Here are a few of my favorite water infused recipes to help cool you off on this hot summer's day! 

CITRUS CUCUMBER WATER
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice.
CUCUMBER–HERBAL WATER
  • 5 cups water
  • 10 thin slices of cucumber
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
Put water in pitcher and add lemon slices and cucumber slices. Crush mint and rosemary to release flavor, then add to other ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
HERB AND BERRY–FLAVORED WATER
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 2  4–inch sprigs of fresh rosemary. lightly bruised  (to release more flavor)
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add blueberries and rosemary sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.
LEMON–LAVENDER WATER
  • 3 large lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender.
LEMON–MINT or LEMON-BASIL WATER
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 6–8 cups water
  • 6–8 cups ice cubes
  • Fresh mint or basil sprigs
Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Rub the mint or basil leaves between the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves slightly. Add to the pitcher with lemon and pour in the water. Cover and chill 1–8 hours.
Strain lemon–water mixture and discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6–8 glasses. In each glass, add 1 cup of ice cubes, then fill with lemon water.
LEMON, LIME AND ORANGE WATER
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add citrus slices (and cilantro leaves, if desired) to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with your favorite citrus slice (and a sprig of cilantro, if you’re using that). Makes about 8 servings.
FROZEN FRUIT WATER
  • 2 cups frozen apple chunks, grapes, or berries
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add frozen fruit to a pitcher; pour water over fruit and let sit at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Stir to distribute fruit flavor and serve in glasses with some ice cubes. (Note: you can chop up the same kind of fruit, unfrozen, and follow same directions. You’ll need  to use more ice when serving the unfrozen fruit–flavored water).
ORANGE–MINT WATER
  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Put sliced oranges and mint leaves in pitcher and add water; refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse flavors. Pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slice.
WATERMELON–BASIL WATER
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Pour water over melon and basil; refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of basil.
FRUIT WATER
  • 1 each of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear
  • 4 large strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Cut large slices or thin wedges of each fruit; place them in a large glass pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve over ice in tall glasses.
*recipes courtesy of nancy creative

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for all of these recipes, Sam! When the heat finally breaks tomorrow, I'm going to head to the store and pick up the ingredients I need.

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  2. Wow, these are some fabulous recipes!! I'll definitely be trying a few. They should definitely quench your thirst!

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  3. That is a lot of great ideas- I'm having a brunch here tomorrow- You have inspired me to make some cucumber lemon water.

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  4. what wonderful waters! i love me some cucumber basil water! i used to do that a lot... not sure why i stopped, other than all the vagabonding...

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  5. Ooh, these look delish! I love cucumber water but that watermelon basil looks great too. :)

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  6. Am totally going to try the lemon mint one tomorrow! x

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  7. These all sound wonderful! I've had cucumber water before, but all these recipes take flavored water to a whole new level! Love it.

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  8. It's cold and rainy in Norway...;(

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  9. Cucumber water is the best! I feel like I'm in a spa everytime I drink it... sadly I'm mostly drinking hot tea these days due to the rain and cold in Portland 50% of the time.

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