Rita’s Herb Water
The only two things you really need are fresh mint and fresh lemons. The limes are optional but very nice. If you don’t use limes, use about four lemons. The rest of ingredients are optional. If all you have is spearmint, use that. Spearmint is a bit sweeter in taste and milder in flavor.
1 cup loosely packed fresh peppermint leaves
2 lemons, thinly sliced
Every time I serve this, the recipe is requested. I had a lovely time at the Florence Branch of the Boone County Library system talking to a sellout crowd about herbs. I served this vitamin water as folks walked in.
2 limes, thinly sliced (optional)
1⁄2 to 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries and/or edible flowers (optional)
Place mint leaves in a 2-quart pitcher, gently bruising the leaves with a wooden spoon to release volatile oils. Add lemon and lime slices. Bruise a bit to release flavor. Add water; stir. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the berries and/or edible flowers. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.
To serve, strain herb water into a pitcher; discard fruit. If desired, add additional fresh fruit, mint leaves and edible flowers to the pitcher. Serve over ice if desired.
Why This Recipe Is Good For You
- The lemons help you burn carbs more slowly and help your body utilize the iron that you get from foods. Lemons are also a gentle liver cleanser, plus lemon juice helps form and repair the collagen in your body. Lemons contain good amounts of iron, copper, potassium and calcium. The vitamin C in the lemon helps with stress and is good for your immune system, as well.
- Peppermint contains vitamin C and A and is great for the digestion.
- Stevia is a non-caloric, diabetic safe, sweetener, 30 to hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.