Spa Water Deliciousness

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Seth Nickinson

We all know we ought to be drinking plenty of water throughout the day (and less soda, coffee, and sweetened beverages).  Our bodies are 60% water, and water-based fluids are responsible for digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Plus, water, helps keep our skin looking good!

One great way to inspire water-drinking at your workplace is to have a shared canister full of “Spa Water.” Here are some photos and recipes from real workplaces! 

Tips:

  1. Your team can rotate who brings the fruits, veggies, and herbs to add to the water. 
  2. Ice is nice – it makes the beverage tastier
  3. Remove or switch the flavor items after a few hours, or it will get real strong

 

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Recipes

*you can find 30 more here , and a nice collection for personal-size portions here

Orange-Ginger Fizz

Directions:

  • Add fresh cut oranges to pitcher
  • Add half a lime sliced
  • Thinly slice about 1/2 an inch of fresh ginger root
  • If you want to add bubbles you can add a dash of club soda.
  • Add water and ice and let sit in refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

 

Melon Delight

Directions:

  • Add slices or cubes of fresh pineapple to pitcher
  • Watermelon -cubes, balls or a cutout shape (cookie cutters work great)
  • One lime thinly sliced.  (Not too much as lime is strong)
  • Fill your pitcher with water and allow to refrigerate for a couple hours.
  • Add Ice and Serve

 

Cucumber-Spearmint-Ginger

Ingredients:

  • 8 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 medium cucumber , sliced thin
  • 1 medium lemon , sliced thin
  • 12 leaves spearmint

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Strain water.
  4. Drink all 8 1/2 cups during the day.
  5.  Really good!

 

Strawberry-Mint

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart ice water
  • 16 strawberries (medium size)
  • 6-8 sprigs of mint

Directions:

Slice strawberries thin. Combine water, mint, and strawberries in a large pitcher.  Let steep for 30 minutes before serving over ice.

 

Grape-Lime Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups grapes
  • 2 limes thinly sliced
  • Honey or Agave Necter
  • Sparkling water for a liitle fizz

Directions:

 Add all ingredients to a pitcher of cool water and allow to chill fir atleast 2 hours.  Add Ice and enjoy!

 

Lemon-Herb

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups chilled still spring or mineral water
  • 12 thin slices cucumber
  • 4 thin slices lemon
  • 4 sprigs (each 2 in. long) fresh mint, slightly crushed
  • 2 sprigs (each 2 in. long) fresh rosemary, slightly crushed

 

Preparation:

In a 2- to 2 1/2-quart pitcher, combine water, cucumber, lemon, mint, and rosemary. Serve, or cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. Add ice cubes just before serving.

 

Pomegranate-Blueberry

Ingredients:

  • 1 small box of plump blueberries
  • 1 to 2 cups of fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Wood skewers for decoration
  • Water
  • Ice

 

Directions:

  1. Gently pierce blueberries so the juices can flow
  2. Add all ingredients to a pitcher of cool water and allow to chill for atleast 2 hours.  Add Ice and enjoy!  Happy 4th!  For an added touch place bluberries on Skewers and add to each glass.

 

Watermelon-cucumber Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 of a lime, cut into two wedges
  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
  • club soda – optional
  • cucumber slices and lime rounds, for garnish

 

Tangerine-Thyme-Fennel

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart ice water
  • 3 tangerines
  • 2-3 sprigs of fennel
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme

Directions:

Slice tangerine. Combine water, herbs, and tangerines in a large pitcher.  Let steep for at least 60 minutes before serving over ice.

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