I need a lot of water to stay hydrated – I can never quite get enough. In the sweltering Texas heat, I need even more.
Plain water gets boring, though. Sometimes I find myself craving a cup of coffee in the middle of the day, not because I want coffee but because I want some flavor. Lemon or lime water works for a while but eventually I want something a little more interesting.
A Little Pampering
At The Fancy Food Show, there were so many good flavored waters but my favorite was Dr. Ayala’s Herbal Water. I’ve been playing around with my own variations since I got home. This isn’t quite Dr. Ayala’s water but it’s darn good.
There’s something indulgent about pouring a cold glass of homemade herbal water. It quenches my thirst and nourishes my soul. Coupled with 5 or 10 minutes of quiet time away from the computer and the kitchen and I have a new mindset and outlook on life. Being present is never over rated.
The cucumber has a cooling effect that is perfect for the summer heat, which is why I love not only in my water but in smoothies, too. It also balances out the spicy, pungent ginger and basil.
The longer the water steeps, the more intense the flavor. Try mint instead of basil or add lemon, lime or orange slices. They’re all fabulous. Play around with the amounts and flavorings and come up with your own version. Your homemade herbal water will add a little magic to your day.
What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?
- ¼ English cucumber, thinly sliced
- 4 basil leaves
- 3 slices fresh ginger
- 4 cups filtered water
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and chill. Let the water steep for at least an hour or as long as overnight. Pour into a beautiful glass and enjoy!