Our summer weather here in Shreveport has two temps….HOT and HOTTER! Hydrating gets to be a real chore. And, plain ole water can be so boring.
Using produce that was in season, I thought I would come up with some different flavored waters to hydrate with each day. I decided I would house them iced down in my 2.5 gallon beverage container that has a tap.
It’s been working great. Plus, I’m hydrating all day long. And, I am having so much fun mixing different flavors together!
Here is a “Lime-Coconut-Cucumber Cooler.”Start with fresh mint, cucumber slices and coconut water.I found this coconut at Whole Foods. You can use the coconut water you can buy from a can, but I am trying to avoid metals and plastics. So, here I am using fresh.
Put your desired amount of mint in the bottom of your beverage container. Add cucumber slices.
Pull the tab from the coconut and insert straw. Take straw out and shake out water into container.Add ice and filtered water.
I find muddling mint and cucumber or whatever fruits you are using, brings out more of the flavor in the water.
Here is a “Berry Blast Cooler.”
Start with berries. You basically do the same thing.Fill the bottom of your container with berries. Add ice and filtered water. Muddle the fruit for more flavor if desired.
Set up your beverage center with glasses, napkins, and of course, garnish, where you will pass it often.This one would be great to serve at your Fourth of July soiree!
Other combinations I plan to try are “watermelon-basil,” “lemon-ginger-blueberry,” “raspberry-lime,” “mango-strawberry” and “peach-kiwi.”
Do you have any flavor combinations you like to drink with your waters?