Courtesy of: Western Reserve Herb Society
Refreshing, Fun, Easy, Delicious
Herb infused water has a hint of flavor that lingers as you drink. It is a healthy explosion of flavor without the sweetness. They are more economical and easy to make with herbs from your garden or farmer’s market. Herb flavored waters are perfect for hydrating in the warm summer months. Herbs and fruit provide vitamins and minerals without the sweet aftertaste. Fill pretty bottles and have available daily for yourself and guests.
- Quart jar
- One cup fresh herb leaves or 6 to 8 sprigs of fresh herbs
- 1 cup fresh fruit
- Ice cubes to fill quart container
- Tap or filtered water to fill quart container
Clean jars thoroughly. Place clean and dry herbs into jar. Muddle or crush slightly with a wooden spoon to mash herbs and release flavors. Wash fruit. Use organic, if possible. Slice fruit and place in jar. Press and twist with wooden spoon to release flavors. Add ice cubes to top of jar. Add water. Stir using wooden spoon or chopstick. Cover and chill overnight. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Suggested Combinations of Herbs and Fruit:
- Raspberry/ Lime/ Thyme
- Blackberry/ Sage
- Grapefruit/ Rosemary
- Cucumber/ Mint
- Orange/ Mint
- Pineapple/ Mint
- Strawberry/ Basil
- Pear/ Ginger
- Peach/ Ginger
- Watermelon/ Basil
- Blueberry/ Orange/ Lemon Balm
- Lemon/ Lemon Herbs (lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon geranium, lemon thyme)
No heating required. Heating the herbs causes changes in flavor and bitterness. Always refrigerate your blends. Sun tea allows bacteria to form and is not recommended. Any fruits, except bananas can be used. In the winter months or out of season, frozen fruits are a good alternative to fresh.
For no-calorie sweetener add stevia. Or sweeten with simple syrup as desired.
Edible flowers are always a colorful addition: pinks, calendula, violas: always organic
Herb and Flower Decorative Ice Cubes
Freeze lemon slices and herbs and edible flowers in muffin pan, ice cube trays or silicone mold to make decorative ice cubes to serve with the herbal waters.