Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hydration Nation!

It's finally summer!

It was a bittercold winter here in Minnesota. So cold that it froze my blogging capabilities back in November, and I'm only just thawing now.

Now that I can drink cold things without going into a hypothermic state, I've been loving me some infused water. My favorite thus far? Fabulously simple cucumber lime water.

Shall I bore you with the details?

First, invest in some of these wonderful 2 quart mason jars. Seriously. We bought them back in February to make gloogg (spiced red wine), and I think they've found their way into the fridge for some purpose or another every week since then. Lemonade, iced coffee, chicken stock...the list goes on.

Grab a nice big cucumber- regular, not English, and give it a good rinse. Peel the skin in alternating bands so you're left with some pretty green stripes. Half your cucumber. Working with one half at a time, slice into 1/4" thick slices and dump into a mason jar. Fill your jar up with water and then add the juice of 1/2 a lime*. Repeat with the second jar/cucumber half/lime, and allow to chill in the fridge for at least an hour. I like to leave it for a few hours so the cucumber flavor really comes out.
Drink up! Stay hydrated! It's summer, baby!

*note: I like to squeeze the lime juice into the water rather than slice the lime and add it to the mason jar, as I find the water can take on a bitter taste from the lime pith if it sits too long.

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