Where have I been? Well it definitely hasn't been any place exciting or interesting. The truth?!? I got a library card! I haven't had one since I was like 10 years old. Yes, I did have one when I was UCSB, but with all the studying and homework, I think I used it once to check out a couple books about the Los Angeles Lakers because I somehow convinced my History TA to let me write about different eras of the Lakers. Which I got an A on :) But that was about it because everything I needed was found online through scholarly articles. Since I got my card, I've been checking out books and getting lost in them. I'm in the middle of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and I have 2 other books following it.
With all the reading, I want something nice to drink. Having a coffee, tea or something nice and light just completes that picture-perfect idea of reading a book. Since it isn't really fall here (it's still in the mid 70's-80's), during the day I like drinking Strawberry Mint Water, it's kind of like a faux-jito :). I've been trying to kick the soda habit for a while (Especially Dr. Pepper, I swear there used to be a time where I couldn't function without having one) and although not completely successful, I'm hoping this drink can replace soda.
This water is light, crisp and refreshing. Not to mention it does have flavor, which is always better than just iced water. What's best about this is it doesn't have any additives like those other flavored waters and you can play with the combination using different types of fruits and adjust it to your liking. Try raspberries, melons, lemon and basil with strawberries, cucumbers, oranges, even ginger!
Here's the Recipe:
Lime, sliced or wedges
Ice, if desired
1. Place half of the strawberries and mint leaves in a pitcher or glass. Juice lime into pitcher or cup and toss the wedge into the pitcher or cup, if desired. Use a wooden spoon or muddler to muddle (smash) the strawberries, mint and lime.
2. Pour water into pitcher or cup. Add rest of strawberries, mint and lime. Let sit in fridge to chill or add ice.
*Note: If you don't want little pieces of mint stuck to your teeth, don't over muddle and keep the remaining leaves whole.
What's Your Favorite Drink That's Not Soda???