Making Infused or Spa Waters
Many spas serve fancy waters like this Cucumber, Lavender, Mint Infused Water. Infused Waters or Spa Waters are so simple to make, plus they are so refreshing!
Try this delicious and healthy Infused Water. It is a light, fresh-tasting water that goes great anytime of the day, and any time of the year. The general rule of thumb, is to experiment and have fun when making infused waters. Choose ingredients you enjoy and try new things you have not tried before.
I am sure you have heard it many times “Drink more water, it’s good for you!” If, up to now, you have never taken this seriously, please start now! You do not need fancy and expensive mineral waters or bottled waters, as good clear clean water is what your body needs. Although water contain no nutrients, it is essential to life and for the growth and maintenance of our bodies. So, forget soft drinks, coffees, teas, sport drinks, elixirs, or cappuccinos, as drinking water is the key to being healthier and living longer.
Cucumber, Lavender, Mint Infused Water Recipe
1 large cucumber
4 cups ice cubes
1 gallon cold water (tap, filtered, sparkling/mineral, or spring water), your choice*
Few sprigs of mint
1 teaspoon culinary lavender**
* Do not use hot water! Hot water destroys the enzymes and vitamins in fruits and vegetables. Hot water will also make you fruit or vegetables fall apart and look a lot less pretty. So, be sure to use cold water!
** Be sure that you are using food-grade lavender - lavender that has not been sprayed. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops. Adding too much lavender to your recipe can be like eating perfume and will make your dish bitter. Because of the strong flavor of lavender, the secret is that a little goes a long way.
Cutting the cucumber rind off into strips makes the ingredients look more sophisticated and also removes the possibility of a waxy taste from the rind. Slice the cucumber thinly.
In a gallon glass pitcher, large beverage dispenser, or a clean and rinsed gallon milk jug (or any large pitcher), add the ice cubes, cucumbers, cold water, mint sprigs, and lavender. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. The flavors will intensify the longer it sits.
May be served up to 3 days as the mint will wilt and turn brown.
Serve and enjoy!