Cucumber, lemon and mint are classic water flavorings, but don’t limit yourself to those. Any green herbs, citrus slices and seasonal berries and melon are delicious here. Bottoms up!
Yields 8 glasses
1 bunch of fresh green herbs (I like anise hyssop, fennel, lovage and mint from the garden)
1/3 cup frozen Maine blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 lemon or lime, thinly sliced and rounds cut in half
2 quarts cold water, preferably filtered
Rub the herb leaves together to bruise, releasing their aromatic oils. Add to a pitcher or half-gallon jar with the berries and citrus slices. Pour the water over them and stir to combine, muddling a bit, to release some juices from the fruit and herbs without pulverizing them. Let the water infuse at least 10 minutes before serving, over ice if desired. The flavor intensifies if made at least an hour before serving, or even stored in the fridge overnight.