With temperatures soaring in the 90’s down here in Southeastern Alabama, staying well hydrated is essential. Health experts have always advised increasing water consumption this time of year. And, having a subtle tasty water enhancement makes it more interesting while you fulfill your daily water requirements. Herbal infused water is more economical and tastes better than what is available retail. My step daughter, Anna, brought to my attention a creative alternative to plain water. The other day I walked into my kitchen, opened the refrigerator, and discovered a delightful pitcher of water infused with slices of lemon and lime and clippings of rosemary and mint. While spending time with the family for Father’s Day weekend we decided to make a few batches to keep near the pool for immediate refreshment.
My next door neighbor, Maurine, has a fabulous garden, and we helped ourselves to citrus foliage..
Mint and rosemary were harvested from our herb garden…
We started with a large glass beverage container and a painted bamboo framed mirror.
Ice cubes were added to the container which already was half-filled with water. Lemon and limes were cut and added..
More water was added after adding the herbs..
Sprigs of lemon and lime leaves were added to the mirrored top. A mason jar filled with a festive, yellow daylily and rosemary was added to the setting…..
Here are some other suggestions for tasty add-ins:
*Cucumber and basil
*Lemongrass and mint
*Citrus peel and pineapple mint
Lemongrass and lavender
My Mother often made lemonade for our family during the hot, sultry Mississippi summers. I have passed this tradition on to my family, however, I will often substitute stevia for some of the sugar.
And just in case you need a simple, tried and true, recipe!
Mother’s Homemade Lemonade
2 cups sugar (or a combination of stevia and sugar)
1 cup water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (bottled can be substituted)
1 to 1 1/2 cups simple syrup
4 cups water
Make the simple syrup by boiling the water and sugar until well dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Cool for a few minutes. Mix with lemon juice and water. Store in refrigerator. You can also make extra simple syrup to store in the refrigerator for future use.
Whether enjoying a herb infused glass of water or a glass of old-fashioned lemonade, remember to relax, rehydrate, and enjoy the weekend!