Is spa water worth the trouble… as it turns out, yes it is! I’ve never taken the time to find out what the fuss was about until last week when I had 4 strawberries left alone in their big empty carton. As I pondered what I might do with just a couple of berries, I decided to make some spa water including cucumber, lemon and mint from my garden. It was a big success in terms of flavor, whether or not these infused waters are all they’re cracked up to be in the ‘better healthy department’ is a question for the scientists. As far as I’m concerned, spa water is quick and easy to make, and it makes a great change from Lemon Water. There is evidence that infused waters not only provide you with more vitamins and minerals, but they also help you stay hydrated w/o retaining excess water (and I’ll have to say, my experience backs up these claims)!
Whatever you put in your spa water literally infuses it, and I’ll take that freshness of flavor any day over plain water. There’s an endless variety of yummy things to put in your water. Just last week while I was getting my hair cut, my stylist told me she puts leftover pineapple cores into a pitcher of water, which is right up my alley!
Spa water is super simple, just place all the fruits/veggies you want to use into a pitcher and fill with water. I noticed that the water had the best infused flavor after it had steeped for 6 hours. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days, but no longer – after 48 hours you’ll need to start over with fresh ingredients.
I also tried this recipe without the mint or any other herbs, and I found I rather enjoyed it that way as well. As your water sits in the fridge it will gradually turn pink over time from the strawberries.
Enjoy all summer long!Print
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 large lemon thinly sliced
- 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
- 6 medium sized strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- 3 small sprigs of fresh herbs – basil or mint is nice
- Place all the sliced fruits and veggies into a pitcher.
- Add the sprigs of herbs, and fill the pitcher with water.
- The water tastes best after 6-8 hours in the refrigerator, but it will keep up to 2 days in the fridge.
You can add as much fresh herbs as you’d like. This infused water is also delicious without any fresh herbs if you don’t have any handy!