Savoring Summer

Somehow it’s already September and Labor Day weekend is in full swing, marking the unofficial end of summer. But before you order a pumpkin-flavored drink and start searching for plaid shirts in your closet, take the time to enjoy your three-day weekend with a drink that encompasses the colors and tastes of summer—fruit infused water.

This naturally gluten-free beverage is perfect for staying hydrated this weekend and is even great for any outdoor event from a casual backyard BBQ to a fancy rooftop gathering to an afternoon bridal/baby shower. Plus, this colorful concoction is a natural and flavorful way to incorporate a variety of antioxidant-rich fruits and fresh herbs into your basic H2O.  And the best part is that you can eat the fruit once you finish drinking your beverage!  Just be mindful of where you are—it may not be polite to repeatedly poke the fruit to get it up with your straw, and when that doesn’t work, dig your hand into your glass to scoop it out (totally guilty of doing this in public places while drinking sangria btw).

There are so many fun fruit combinations you can try, so be creative!  Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Lemon, raspberry, mint
  • Orange, blackberry
  • Cucumber, lime, blueberry
  • Strawberry, kiwi, mint

Don’t forget to thoroughly wash the fruit and herbs before adding to water.  You may want to squeeze some of the juices from the fruit directly into the water for an added flavor boost; this obviously works best with squeezable fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges.

Note: it may take several hours of infusion to create the flavor you desire.

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For #instaworthy photos, serve in mason jars with colorful paper straws. Savor the last days of summer and enjoy the weekend!  Which combination will you try first?  Comment below!

~Lauren~

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