Great Drinks that will Grow on You

Spring showers are a great reminder how important water is to health and growth. Your drinking water is no different. Embrace the change of the seasons with healthier drinking options. Say “good bye” to expensive flavored waters and juices that are more flavored fructose than fruit. Say “hello” to healthier great-tasting drinks you make yourself – with some ingredients you can grow in the backyard.

New Water Bottles
Plant some mint, lavender and cucumbers this growing season and harvest these refreshing garden-to-water bottle drinks for a picnic, workout or bike ride.

Lavender Lemonade
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups cold water
Ice

In medium-sized bowl, blend the dried flowers and sugar together.
Add 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Cover and let infuse for at least 30 minutes.
Strain mixture into a pitcher.
Add lemon juice and cold water. Taste. Adjust tartness/sweetness as needed.
Add ice and garnish with lemon slices. Serve in our great new water bottles.

Cucumber Mint Water
8 cups water
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 handful of fresh mint
Ice, for serving
Place cucumber and mint in pitcher.
Add ice.
Cover with water.
Let sit for a while to infuse flavor.

Serve in our great new water bottles.

You should be able to get another batch or two from the same cucumber and mint.

PJ Butland