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Summer Spritzer Water

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Whenever we host a gathering in our home, I sit down and quickly sketch out a menu plan… drinks are always the last thing I think of.  Mainly because I want the drinks to complement the dinner, not compete with it.  Just like when we buy shoes to match our outfits… well, unless they are killer shoes, then they become the main attraction and we build the outfit from there. hehe

It use to be a day when soda pop was the main beverage served at our family gatherings. We usually had 6-packs of just about every flavor of soda that was created stacked high in the fridge.  Over the years, as I started to become more health conscious, I started to skip the sugar-laden sodas and turned to iced teas. But this time around, I decided on this refreshing drink that perfectly quenches the thirst… you know, it wets thee ole‘ whistle.

I was so excited to make this drink for our guests and I just knew that it was going to make the table look so fresh and inviting.  I spent the afternoon setting the table, preparing the food, and making everything perfect.  Our guests arrived and a flurry of conversation carried us all into the evening.  We sat back in our chairs and patted our bellies… the food was great but the time spent together was greater.

As the night was coming to a close, I got up to prepare “treat bags” so everyone could take home some left-overs.  I opened the fridge to grab something and guess what… there sat four of my half-gallon jars… staring at me ever so beautifully!  Oy-vey!  I forgot the Summer Spritzer Water!  One just has to laugh.  So, I sent everyone home with a hug and a jar of this refreshing water.  :)
Inspired by: Back to Her Roots

Ingredients: 1/2 gallon

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Cold carbonated(soda) water or regular water

Preparation:

  1. In a half-gallon jar or pitcher, layer the strawberries, cucumbers, lemon slices, and mint leaves with the ice cubes.
  2. Fill jar or pitcher with water and stir all the ingredients up.
  3. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes or longer to chill.   The longer it sits, the stronger the flavors get.
  4. Note ~ if you use carbonated water, drink within a few hours so you don’t lose the fizz.

 

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8 thoughts on “Summer Spritzer Water

  1. Gayle says:

    Just did this the other day with raspberries, lemon slices, and cuke slices. close.Love the idea of the mint leaves too. Your things always look (and taste!) so beautiful.

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh that sounds good too Gayle… I bet melons and even citrus would be great too! The possibilities. :) Well, off to run some errands. I hope you are having a happy day. amie sue

  2. Imogen says:

    This look really, really good (but no surprise there!). You should think about posting pictures of how you decorate the table, and your no doubt delicious meal plan ideas..I think it would be fascinating, and really inspiring :)

    • amie-sue says:

      I will keep that in mind Imogen… I am often so busy getting things together that I forget to take pictures. hehe I appreciate your sweet words. Have a great weekend, amie sue

  3. Amyah says:

    Hello Amy… these drinks are sooooo delicious… I do them often but I make them in Mason jars so I have a bundle of them ready at any moment during the day. So there I have the choice between fresh green juices or refreshing bubly water with full of natural flavor :)

    Thank you for sharing… your photo is wonderful and could make anybody thirsty… :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Great idea Amyah… always nice to have such refreshing drinks on hand. :) Thank you for your sweet words, blessings amie sue

  4. aliyah says:

    HI Amie Sue,
    When I got this email I immediately started gathering the ingredients.My plan was to make it for 2 of my friends.We all work and or volunteer at a martial arts summer camp.As im in the kitchen cutting up the fruits the other volunteers and workers are of course curious as to what im making and when I told them they all wanted one so I wind up making 12 using the quart sized jars and cutting the recipe in half to account for the smaller jars.In conclusion everyone loved it and now we have a large beverage dispenser in the office where every morning I will bring different fruits to restock. Me and my two friends have started a lifestyle change.Our first step was to drink more water,eliminate soda and coffee,and exercise regularly.Your spritzer water was a perfect inspiration to begin our journey. Thank you

    • amie-sue says:

      I am sooo proud of you aliyah, it sounds like you are on the right path and I am so thrilled that you have a friend to support you through it all. It really helps, doesn’t it?! And this is so wonderful that you are providing a healthier alternative for your co-workers. :) I really loved that you shared this. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

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