As you may already know, one of the things that I gave up for Lent is soda. Although I don’t really drink very much soda anymore, in the last couple months I have been reaching for a can of soda more than I have been for the glass of water. Of course, I am trying to nip that habit in the bud as quick as possible. That’s why I have decided to use this recipe to flavor my water. I believe the reason I have been resorting to the sugary drink is because of stress. My first two years of college will be done by the end of the Spring semester, and I have yet to decide on exactly what to major in. I know it is going to be some sort of marketing related degree.. however I cannot figure out if I want to do marketing with a minor in public relations, or public relations with a minor in marketing, or graphic design with a minor in public relations/marketing. On top of that, I would also like to be fluent in a few different languages in order to become flexible on travelling with my job; so a degree in the romance languages would be ideal for me. Anyways, that’s what I am stressing about now. So I guess that’s what drives me to drink.. soda that is. I am only 19 after all. However, I am hoping to stop drinking soda completely by this time next year, or hopefully even quicker.
I decided instead of kicking out every flavor of drinks and only sticking to water, I would start infusing my water instead of drinking it straight (although I love ice water from the tap). Infusing your water with fruit not only can make it taste better, but it can also give you key nutrients that your body needs anyways. So basically, it’s a win-win situation! Lemon juice is a natural detox and practically every healthy person I know has a lemon in their water, and I put the cucumbers in there to try and even out the sour taste. Cucumber tastes just like it smells, it is very neutral and the combination of the two fruits tastes perfect together.
Keep in mind that my personal ‘recipe’ can be shifted in order to your liking. I primarily drink this concoction out of a 20 ounce Tervis water bottle. Please adjust your own recipe in order to fit in your cup or bottle.
Lemon and Cucumber Infused Water
You will need:
+ 1 small lemon
+ 1 cucumber
+ cubed ice
Thinly slice half of the lemon, and only 5 slices off of the cucumber. Remember to throw away the ends of both fruits, they are not needed for this recipe. Place the fruits at random inside your water bottle.
Pour a thick layer of ice over top of the fruit. Using cubed ice is important because it takes more time to melt, which is perfect for this drink. Make the ice go halfway up the cup.
Run cold water to a safe distance away from the top of the cup. Get it as full as possible. If possible, refrigerate for 30 minutes and then drink. It will steepen during that time and make the flavor more intense. You can also drink it right away if you please.
*For a stronger taste, you can juice the unused half of the lemon into your drink. Be sure you also add up to 4 more cucumbers into your drink as well or you may have a sour surprise.