At Aqua Libra Co, we’re all very partial to a glass of crystal-clear, chilled water. Many of us will sip happily at a cup of pure, hot water. There are even some tearaways among us who can’t resist the thrill of fizz.
Here comes the but …
But sometimes, a love affair with water could do with a bit of spice. A little excitement. The frisson of surprise.
How do we achieve that? We get fruity!
Berries are one of the healthiest foods around. Packed with vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants, fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blackcurrants are credited with a long list of health benefits, including a considerable slowing down of cognitive decline. Blessed also with good looks and great taste, these juicy jewels enjoy dizzy heights of popularity.
Blueberries – the Johnny-come-lately of UK berries – are tremendously popular. With their long shelf life and gorgeous colour, blueberries are ideal as a flavouring for water – especially when partnered with a stronger-tasting fruit. Pop some muddled blueberries into a pitcher of chilled water and add a few slices of orange; or create a berry bonanza with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
The sweet, delicate taste of strawberries works very well with the fresh, cleansing properties of cucumber. Icy water infused with cucumber and strawberry is a refreshing drink for a summer’s day. Consider adding a few mint leaves or a piece of peeled ginger for a bit of a kick.
How about tangy raspberries paired with the sweet, exotic flavour of peach or apricot … an autumnal trio of blackberries, elderberries, and apple … or strawberries, mango, and pineapple.
Picture a meeting room. On the table, there are three glass bottles of chilled water.
One bottle of water is flavoured with slices of lemon; another with lime. The third bottle contains ice-cold sparkling water, flavoured with orange pieces.
A touch of luxury. So easy to prepare.
Citrus fruits and honey are a perfect partnership when it comes to hot drinks. Pour boiling water onto the squeezed juice of one lemon or orange, add a teaspoon of honey, and stir. Wonderful!
How could we not include that good old-fashioned staple: fruit squash.
Inexpensive, convenient, and tasty, fruit squash (also known as cordial, dilute, or diluting juice, according to where in Britain you are) is in no way connected to the fruit of plants from the genus Cucurbita, known as squashes.
Squash plays its part in sponsored walks, marathon runs, school sports days, and the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament. It keeps vigil by thousands of bedsides and occupies a permanent place in most kitchens. Squash is practically a British institution!
Here’s another but …
But isn’t squash just a little mundane? Not if you jazz it up!