Flavored waters are super easy to make, and add a special touch to outdoor parties, wedding receptions, picnics and gatherings with their burst of color and subtle hint of fresh flavor. The best thing about them is that they are all-natural, and can be made by using fruits and herbs that are growing right outside in your garden.
When it comes to mixing herbs with various fruits, it’s all fair game. You can choose any combination that you want, but like most herbal infusions, some combinations work a little better than others, and can only be evaluated through trial and error. That’s why we’ve chosen three of our favorite pairings to share with you here:
1. Mint + Cucumber
This combination is a classic among flavored-water enthusiasts. All you have to do is thinly slice the cucumber, and tear the mint leaves, giving them a bit of a squeeze with clean hands to release the flavor. Top the cucumber and mint with ice and water, and you’re set! This combination is especially cooling on hot days.
2. Strawberry + Basil
The combination of strawberry and basil might seem a little strange at first, but the sweetness of the strawberries pairs really well with the aromatic herb, and is definitely a favorite amongst those of us in the Evermine office who sampled all the different flavored water varieties. Just slice the strawberries, and rub the leaves with your fingers before placing them in your pitcher. Top with ice and water, and let the flavors mingle for 5-10 minutes before serving.
3. Blackberry + Sage
Last, but certainly not least, is blackberry and sage. This pairing is another Evermine taste-tester favorite, and has the added benefit of tinting the water blackberry purple. The flavor of the sage comes through most of all, but it’s subtle and surprisingly refreshing. Just add to the bottom of your water pitcher and cover with ice and water.
Because these flavored waters are so simple and inexpensive to make, you can have fun serving all sorts of different combinations to your guests. It’s fun to watch the reactions as people test each flavor, and it’s always interesting to take note of which combos are more popular than others.
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