Tasty Water Alternatives

July 9, 2010 | By | Comments (2)


Summer is in full swing, and here in Birmingham, that means high humidity and even
higher temperatures. Naturally, I find myself to be thirstier than usual, but
some days I’m just tired of plain water.

After doing a little research on MyRecipes and asking my coworkers
for their favorite hydrating beverages, I decided to try a few for myself. I
bought a watermelon last week for the Fourth of July, so you can imagine that I
had a lot left over, and I used that to inspire two of my beverages.


For the first two drinks, I added watermelon-peach cubes to iced tea
and water. I blended about two cups of watermelon with two medium peaches,
poured the puree through a sieve and then into one of my ice cube trays. I let
the puree freeze for a day before adding some of the cubes to fresh iced tea
and ice water. I liked the tea better because the flavor was richer, but I may
try the cubes again in some sparkling water. I also would separate the fruits
into different cubes, or add more peach because the watermelon nearly
overpowered it.

The third beverage I tried was a variation on lemonade. I dove back
into my watermelon and peaches and added some slices to a glass of lemonade. I
let it sit in the fridge for over an hour to let the fruit soak up the lemonade
and their flavors infuse into the ‘ade. I have to say, for such a simple
recipe, this drink had a lot of flavor! The fruit flavors had infused enough to
balance the lemon, and I have to admit that I slurped it down in record time.

I got the recipe for the fourth drink from a friend. At her Fourth of
July party, she’d made up a pitcher of cucumber water. She slices half a cuke
and adds them to the water along with a handful of ice cubes. It doesn’t take
long for the cukes to infuse the water with their flavor; I tried this in just
a glass of ice water and after ten minutes the water was cold and tasted
distinctly of cucumber. I drank this almost as fast as the lemonade!

I loved the drinks I tried, but I want to hear from y’all – what
refreshing drinks do you like in the summer, or any time of the year?

And for more ideas, check out our collection of drink recipes 
and how to drink to your health.


  1. Susan Baylis

    Add some lemon and mint to the cucumber-infused water…even MORE delicious!! Enjoy!!

    July 9, 2010 at 11:45 am
  2. Brianne Britzius

    Susan, that sounds great; thanks for the recommendation!

    July 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

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