With spring and summer finally approaching, I thought it would be nice to share one of my favourite "recipes" for a refreshing summer drink. I have to own up and say that this wasn't completely my idea - it was inspired by one of my old flatmates who used to make it a lot (so thanks Holly!). I think a lot of people can be put off by recipes like this because they feel they scream "health-freak-gym-30-times-a-week-raw-eggs-for-breakfast", but honestly - don't be frightened! I wouldn't describe myself as the definition of health either, but we have to start somewhere. This recipe is so quick and easy and is a really healthy and cheap alternative to buying flavoured waters and fizzy drinks. Plus, if you drink it out of a
pretentious vintage mason jar like I tend to it can look super-professional too! So let's get started.
All you really need to make this is a variety of fruit/vegetables that you think will go well together, and a water bottle or glass to put your drink in. I've chosen cucumber, lemon and lime for my drink, as I know they compliment each other well and I love the taste! You can also add mint to this combination if you like, but I'm not the biggest fan so I'm leaving that out. All of these ingredients are great antioxidants, providing loads of vitamins and keeping you hydrated at the same time. Drinking a water like this has loads health benefits that you just don't get from caffeinated drinks - it can aid digestion, boost your immune system and give you an extra boost of energy.
All you need to do now is slice them up according to taste. Decide which flavours you want to dominate (bit of a 50 Shades word choice but you get me), and then slice your chosen ingredients proportionately to that. Lemon can be quite overpowering if you put too much in so bear that in mind if you don't like really bitter lemon!
Once you've sliced up your ingredients (make sure they're cut up small enough that they fit into your water bottle or glass), just pop them into your chosen container.
Now all you need to do is add water and pop your drink in the fridge. I usually leave mine overnight to make a really fruity flavour to match my personality, but if you don't have time for that a few hours will do. You can, of course, drink it straight away and it will still taste good, but I would advise leaving it in the fridge for at least a little while if you want it to be really tasty and refreshing.
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