Category Archives: Flavored Water

Fresh Ginger-Fruit Tea

I am not a water drinker. I love coffee and tea. I need flavor. 
Last summer, for example I had been drinking LEMON CUCUMBER (or LEMON RASPBERRIES) water and that worked just fine for me. This year I am trying a new discovery.

Fresh ginger.

I call it a “tea” because it requires boiling water. 
It takes little time before it’s ready but the waiting is definitely worth it. 

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So far I have made those flavors:

strawberry ginger

blueberry ginger

lemon ginger

peach/nectarine ginger

and my favorite it strawberry and peach, but actually they are all delicious.
As I am writing it a raspberry ginger tea is brewing on the counter 🙂

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This recipe is pretty strong in flavor so if you’re not accustom to ginger, you might want to cut the amount of ginger in half and try it that way first.

I make them in “ready-to-drink-from” jars

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Because of that it’s good to pour just a little of the boiling water on the bottom of the jars and wait a minute or so. If you don’t do that, and pour full jar of boiling water the glass will most likely crack. 

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waiting… just a minute or so… not too long…

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carefully filling it up… 

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lid on…

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patiently waiting an hour or so before moving it to the fridge.

BEFORE MOVING IT TO THE FRIDGE ADD HONEY!!!

It should sit in the fridge until it’s completely chilled or overnight. The longer it sits the stronger the flavor.

Shake it well before drinking!

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Have a good one, everybody! 

Lemon and Cucumber Water

When the weather is crazy hot, like these days, and when I do not feel like drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, which I never feel like doing, the best way to change it is LEMON, or LEMON and CUCUMBER WATER.

My husband makes fun of me drinking water with cucumbers in it, but he says if that makes me to drink more water and keeps my headaches away… well… “suit yourself, honey” 🙂  (two things he hates dearly: lemon and cucumber!!!)

Yesterday I added a few raspberries to my jar and the water was even better. 

The water is so refreshing I want to drink it all the time.

This water does not only taste great but it is very good for you, too.

Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidant nutrients that can help protect the skin from sun damage. Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastin, which helps keep skin looking vibrant while caffeic acid protects skin cells from UV radiation. Cucumbers also have natural anti-inflammatory properties and help to prevent water retention. Cucumbers also contain silica, an essential component of healthy connective tissue.

Lemon water suppose to help you to kick the coffee habit, but I am not really fond about it, as I DO LOVE COFFEE and do not plan to stop drinking it anytime soon 🙂 Although, I have noticed that drinking it I do not feel tired at all during the day. 

Lemon water helps boost immune system and control blood pressure. It balanced pH in our bodies, helps with weight loss (helps fight hunger cravings), clears the skin. There is many more benefits of lemon water…

My recipe is very strong in lemon flavor, and only slightly cucumber-ish.

Ingredients:

3 quarts water

2 lemons

1/2 English cucumber

10 raspberries (optional)

Directions:

Wash lemons and cucumber. Slice one lemon and the cucumber. Put them in a container with water. Squeeze the juice from the second lemon and mix it with water.

If you use more fruits you can smash half of them to release the juice and put the purée in the water altogether with the non-smashed fruits. Mix it well.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

There is a tremendous amount of recipes for this water on Internet. Some are with mint. Some are with lemon zest. Some are with cucumbers without peels. Some with natural sweeteners… etc.

For me this one works the best. Has the right amount of lemon and cucumber flavor.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day, my friends.

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