Rita's Vitamin Water aka Spa Water
The only two things you really need are fresh mint and fresh lemons. The limes are optional but very nice. If you don't use limes, use about four lemons. The rest of ingredients are optional. (You know how I like to "gild the lily."). If all you have is spearmint, use that. Spearmint is a bit sweeter in taste and milder in flavor.
What you will need:
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh peppermint leaves
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- 1 generous quart or so of water
- 1⁄2 to 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries and/or edible flowers
- Sliced fruit, mint leaves, and/or edible flowers (optional) Sweetener
- Place mint leaves in a 2-quart pitcher, gently bruising the leaves with a wooden spoon to release volatile oils.
- Add lemon and lime slices. Bruise a bit to release flavor.
- Add water; stir. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Stir in the berries and/or edible flowers.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.
To serve, strain into a pitcher; discard fruit. If desired, add additional fresh fruit, mint leaves, and/or edible flowers to the pitcher. Serve over ice if desired. Pass sweetener.
Tips from Rita's kitchen: Keeping kids hydrated.
So important especially during this hot weather or when they're in sports, since a child's body takes longer to adjust to heat and humidity. Spa water is refreshing and healthful for them.
- Kids produce more body heat but don’t sweat as much as adults so in hot weather they are at increased risk for dehydration.
- In the body, water works as a shock absorber protecting joints.
- Cold water is absorbed best and kids will drink more if it’s cold so make sure the spa water has ice or has been refrigerated.