This healthy, economical way to "dress up" water is the perfect refreshment to have sitting around on a hot day. Subtly flavored, it is a hit with kids and adults alike. My children think it's a treat when I place an icy pitcher of this on the table for dinner! When served in a glass pitcher the presentation of this unassuming recipe is suited for even the most elegant of dinner parties.
I personally like this flavored water because it's inexpensive, particularly when compared to buying flavored beverages at the grocery store. I almost always have cucumbers on hand since we love them so much, and lemons are a cheap way to add oomph to just about anything...so they're usually kicking around the fridge as well! I have a basil plant in my kitchen window, but the best part of this recipe is that you can use a lot of different herbs you may just happen to have around for other dishes. Mint is absolutely lovely.
Recipe: Cucumber Lemon Basil Water
- Large pitcher
- 1/2 Lemon, washed and sliced
- 1/2 Cucumber, washed and sliced
- Large handful basil (or other herb)
- Ice (optional)
Place the lemon, cucumber, and basil in the bottom of your large pitcher. (If using a 'tougher' herb like mint, gently crush with a wooden spoon to help release flavor. Basil is delicate and will bruise, which won't affect flavor but beware that it will not look as appetizing.) Fill with water, and let steep in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. When ready to drink, pour over ice and enjoy!