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Refreshing Spa Water for Summer Guests

It’s summer time and the living is easy, but if you’re like me, this heat wave may be putting you in a funk. With all of the fun activities to enjoy this season, it is incredibly important that you keep yourself as hydrated as possible.

While they may taste good, sugary sodas and juices can actually dehydrate your body, and add unnecessary calories to your diet. But I know: plain water can be a little boring. Why not try beating the heat this season with an ice cold pitcher of homemade spa water? It’s thirst quenching, refreshing, and even healthy. Whip up a batch of this for your fridge and you will have a deliciously refreshing beverage that you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking! It’s also great to serve at summer barbecues. 

You can even add a little frozen fruit for some added flavor and extra nutrition, but here’s my go-to recipe:

- 1 pitcher with a slotted lid to pour through

- 1 large cucumber, sliced

- 1 1/2 lemons, cut into slices or quarters

- 1 handful of fresh mint leaves

Begin by thoroughly rinsing the outside of each ingredient. Slice up the lemon and the cucumber and pick the mint leaves off of their stems. Add all ingredients to the pitcher you would like to use. Fill the pitcher with fresh water and place in the refrigerator. For best flavor and satisfaction, let the ingredients soak in the water for 6 to 8 hours before serving.

This is my recipe, but I’ve seen this done with blood oranges, grapefruit, fresh ginger, mango, papaya, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. What you use is limited only by your imagination and preferences.