There is nothing more enjoyable than a nice, cold drink on a hot day, so I am always looking for a refreshing natural drink in the summer time. Water is one of the healthiest things that you can drink and I really enjoy flavored waters the most. There are a variety of different drink options at the grocery store to choose from but I’m careful what I buy because I am worried about what the ingredients are. I don’t want to drink a lot of chemicals, artificial sweeteners and food dyes. Because I want a refreshing, natural drink, I have learned it is possible to make your own healthy flavored water.

Make Your Own Flavored Water

Learning how to make your own flavored water was really quite simple.  The base of this drink is water and ice. What you add in to the water and ice to flavor it is really up to you. Because it is the height of summer right now, I chose to incorporate fresh strawberries, cucumbers and fresh peppermint from my herb garden. If it were autumn, I would probably choose apples or pears.  In the winter, lemon and lime both work well in flavored water and give you an extra boost of Vitamin C.

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced thinly
  • Fresh cucumbers, sliced thinly
  • A few springs of fresh peppermint or other mint. Chocolate mint works well here too.

Directions

  • Layer ice cubes, sliced strawberries, and sliced cucumbers in a glass.
  • Add a few springs of fresh peppermint or chocolate mint in the glass.
  • Fill the glass with cold water and enjoy.

I generally add a lot of ice cubes to my water and then put it in the refrigerator toward the back where it is very cold for about 15 minutes.  This helps the flavors of the fresh strawberries, cucumbers and springs of peppermint to infuse into the cold water.