Saturday Sips! Flavored Waters

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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.

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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

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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.

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2. Strawberry + Basil

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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

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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.

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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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Next time we try this, we might want to test the combination of rosemary with watermelon, or lavender with pineapple. Pear might be particularly attuned to oregano, or lime with cilantro.

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You never know until you try! Have you made flavored waters before? What was your favorite flavor or combination of flavors?

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      • Well yeah it says “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.”

        But there is not ratio given, is it a one to to one? 5 blackberries per sage leaf? Any hint on a direction there.

        And with the basil and strawberry again ratios would be nice even as a jumping off point so that people can adjust to suit their tastes. And you mention letting that one sit before serving do you need to do that with the blackberry sage as well?

        • Hi Wes,

          Because the flavors imparted are subtle, the ratios are really very flexible. The images we’ve included are representative of the ratios we used, but I’ll try to provide some suggestions for starting out:

          -Start light with the herbs. The definition of “light” is subject to the size of your water pitcher, but for a quart-sized jar, I would start out with just a small handful (maybe 5-6 herb leaves) that are crushed to release their flavor. Taste and tweak from there.

          -We used a heaping handful of fruit in each pitcher. This decision was based more on aesthetics rather than taste because the proportion of fruit used doesn’t have as much impact on the flavor imparted as the proportion of herbs.

          -Both the blackberry + sage and the mint + cucumber combos were ready to drink right away. The basil + strawberry combo was the only flavor pairing that benefited from an extra 5-10 minutes before serving. The extra time helped bring out the flavor in the basil.

    • Hi Melissa! We recommend you not let them infuse for more than a few hours. If you plan to keep the water longer, we recommend you to strain out the herbs and the fruit. Hope that helps!

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