As I was cruising the internet a few days ago I came across a post on Food 52 that piqued my interest. The author of the post used strawberry trimmings (tops, leaves, stems) to make a subtle, strawberry infused water. Intriguing. I’ve always liked to drink infused waters, but using the leaves in the water? The next day my daughter picked a huge bowl of berries from our garden and I divided the tops between two Mason jars. One was just the tops and to the other jar I added a couple sprigs of orange mint. I strained the water a few hours later and it was fabulous!
The water was tinted a very light pink. It smelled of strawberries and tasted like them, too. Not like strawberry juice, but just a nice hint to make the water much more appealing than normal. I especially loved the one with added mint. My daughter trimmed today’s batch of berries and put about twice as many trimmings in a jar. That water turned a vivid pink after a few hours soaking and, of course, had a more pronounced strawberry taste.
I have to say this is one of those brilliant, “a ha” things for me. While I will certainly drink plain water, this is such a nice, refreshing way to make it more palatable. Plus, it makes use of something I would normally throw away. Do you make infused water? If you do, what flavors do you make?