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Sunday, June 28, 2009


Sizzling hot! That’s what we’re experiencing weatherwise in mid-America. The kind of hot that when you walk outside, your skin melts. Frying-eggs-on-the-sidewalk hot. Firecrackers-in-the-seat-of-your-pants hot. Prickly-pear hot. Anyone relate?

With the heat comes the warning: Stay hydrated. We all know that caffeine, colas, and even alcohol DE-hydrates, so we’re told to drink water. Lots of water. Lots of boring water. Have I got a treat for you! Sassy Water. Cool. Refreshing. Addictive almost.

This simple recipe which you make the night before and let steep all night has zero calories and plenty of great taste. I learned about it from the Rodale book Flat Belly Diet. I hope you like it.


2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink one pitcher a day.

Me again. I sometimes use ½ a lemon and ½ a lime saving the other half for the next day. Also, I think you could easily use 1 gallon of water w/out doubling the other ingredients and still have a refreshing water. And it’s good for you.

You might even feel like reading a hot new summer romance in the shade of your patio while you sip your sassy water. Or make a gallon or two and take to the lake or on your 4th of July picnic.



Erica Vetsch said...

I'm refreshed just reading that recipe. :) Stay cool.

Koala Bear Writer said...

That does sound like a great drink! We're getting HOT even here in southern Alberta (okay, it's often hot here in southern Alberta) and I'm really bad for not drinking enough... especially when we're driving like today and I don't want to make a pit stop!!! :)

Myra Johnson said...

I agree, it tastes great, but I'm just too lazy to go through all the preparations! Hope your weekend trip was fun! Welcome home, girlfriend!

carla stewart said...

Thanks, girls for stopping by. I really do love this drink. I'm not always good about drinking water, but when I have this prepared, it's my beverage of choice. And it is refreshing in this unforgiving heat.