It’s Summer! Those lazy hazy crazy days of summer. It’s hot, steamy and full of activity. How to keep fresh as a daisy all day long while working outside, playing or just lounging? Make sure to stay hydrated as much as possible and try to stay in the shade under a huge oak tree or sunshade. If you are working outside or in the garden, make sure to wear your big straw hat and take lots of water breaks. I have discovered a few recipes for Spa Waters that are so refreshing and thirst quenching, they will certainly hit the spot. It is so easy to make, and can be kept in the fridge for drinking icy cold at any time.
- 1 cucumber, sliced, un-peeled, keeping some for decoration
- 1 1/2 to 2 liters of pure water
- 3 sprigs of fresh mint, and a few more for decoration
- Half a lemon, scrubbed, sliced and un-peeled or lemon juice
- Ice cubes
In a pitcher, mix the water, cucumber, 3 mint sprigs and lemon. Let it rest on the fridge for 24 hours.
Before serving remove the cucumber and lemon slices used to flavor the water. The lemon slices tend to make the water bitter. Stir with a wooden spoon, add lots of ice cubes, the fresh cucumber slices and the remaining mint sprigs. Enjoy this refreshing drink.
If you are like me, you will even eat the cucumber and mint. I love to put extras in the glass for a “dramatic and fancy-drink” look.
If you don’t have mint, rosemary works extremely well, as does lemon balm. I think basil would be a wonderful addition as well with its astringent fresh taste.
Try to make sure to use Reverse-Osmosis (RO) water or Pure Distilled water. If you are using a filtered water that you make at home, please remember to change that filter very regularly.
I also love to make un-sweetened or slightly sweetened iced-tea with steeped Earl Grey or English Breakfast tea, plenty of ice and water, and a splash of lemon juice. It sits in my fridge all summer, and is so refreshing.
My Mom just reminded me to mention Sun Tea. I love to make this tea, as it is a mild tasting herbal infused tea.
Herbal Sun Tea
Grab your favourite large glass jar. It should have a tight-fitting lid. Harvest and rinse your favourite fresh herbs like Balsam or Lemon Balm, Mint or even Bergamot. A combination of any will do as well. I have done this with rose petals even for a sweet rosewater tea. Place the herbs in the jar and then add water. Use about three cups of herbs to seven cups of water or thereabouts. Seal the jar and shake it until you get a little foam.
Place the jar in a sunny spot for about six to eight hours. Shake it two or three times throughout the day. If you like your tea with a rich, deep color, add a teabag your favourite basic tea during the last fifteen minutes or so.
Strain the liquid and add and sweetener to taste. It’s summer in a glass.
Iced Sun Tea
Put in your big glass jar, at least six to eight teabags of your choice. I find the best are the Celestial Tea combination teas. Fill your jar with fresh pure water, and set in the sun for four to six hours. Bring inside, remove teabags and chill. Pour over lots of ice and serve in a tall glass with a colourful summerey straw.
I also discovered what others had to say:
- Lemon water: Pure, fresh water with crisp lemon slices and maybe a dash of sugar. Best as a healthy alternative to lemonade, or to relax and perk up after a hard day.
- Orange and Lime water: Clean, mineral enhanced water with a few small slices of lime and orange alternating.
- Peach water: Just plain yummy! Peach slices in clean water. Also good in seltzer, these are good for parties (spa night, anyone?)