Flavored Water and Tea (Thirtsy Thursday)

Here are 3 recipes from eMeals.com that are great alternatives to cocktails or just have in your fridge at home.

Strawberry-Basil Water:

  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 quarts water

Combine strawberries and basil in a large pitcher. Add 2 quarts water. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

Fresh Mint Iced Tea:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 8 green tea bags
  • 1/3 cup sugar (you can also omit this if, like me, you prefer unsweetened tea; you can also substitute another sweetener)
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let steep 2 to 3 minutes. Remove tea bags, and pour tea into a large pitcher. Add sugar; stir until dissolved. Add mint and lemon. Refrigerate until chilled.

Agua Fresca:

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon (from 5 lb melon)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (can omit or sub other sweetener)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Frozen raspberries to use as ice cubes (optional)

Place watermelon in a blender. Cover and process until smooth. Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher. Add water, sugar and lime juice; stir until well blended. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.