Monday, June 20, 2011
Fancy Water - a refreshing drink
Still hot. A heat index of 111 degrees with the humidity. So while staying in the air conditioning reading The Quarter-Acre Farm I was reminded of this refreshing easy to make drink: I filled a pitcher with water, then went out to the garden and cut a handful of mint sprigs, lemon balm and lemon verbena, which I put in the pitcher along with a slice of ginger. I mooshed the herbs a bit in the water with a wooden spoon and then chilled the whole mess in the fridge. After an hour or so, pour over ice into a beautiful glass (through a strainer), garnish if desired with a fresh sprig of mint. So refreshing. Carrying a chilled glass of Fancy Water, I could thus venture out into the muggy oven of the outdoors and even sit in the shade a bit and watch the dragonflies on my little frog pond.