I am just gearing for Spring to really take over. My soul is craving sunshine and warm breezes. I want to put up my clothes line and fill my sheets with the smell of wildflowers and mowed grass. The hint of baseball season has my family buzzing about. Cleats are dusted off, mitts oiled and sunflower seeds bought in bulk. Our chickens are starting to lay more regularly after their winter break. Life is being awakened and renewed all around us. Michigan winters may be long and cold, but they sure do make us appreciate Spring. Spring Fever? Yes, I you could say that I have caught a case.
One way to add some sunshine to your life, even when your garden is dormant, is infused waters. I do not drink much pop (soda for non-Michiganders), but now and then I want some flavor in my life. I began infusing waters with more than a slice of lemon last year. A gift from my aunt got my creative juices flowing and I have been experimenting ever since. One of my sunny day favorites is a citrus and herb infused water. I make up a large 3 Quart pitcher that my family will drink up in a couple of days.
Citrus and Herb Infused Water
- 1 Lemon (Sliced into thin rounds, peel on)
- 1 Orange (Sliced into thin rounds, peel on)
- 1 Lime (Sliced into thin rounds, peel on)
- 8 sprigs Thyme (left whole)
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 3 quarts Warm Water
Using the warm water when making this drink helps the citrus fruit and herbs release their oils. The warm water also helps the honey to mix well. If you notice the flavor is too intense, add more water until you are satisfied. Refrigerate and enjoy over ice.
|Wash all your fruit and Thyme.|
|Slice your fruits into thin round slices leaving the peel on.|
|Fill your pitcher with luke warm water.|
|Add the honey, fruits and herbs. Shake Well.|
|For Best Flavor, let sit for an hour or longer. Serve over ice.|
Infusing water is so easy to make. Flavorful, healthy and far better for you than those plastic bottles from the grocery store. They are even better once your garden or local farmers market is loaded with seasonal and fresh fruits, veggies and herbs.