Water infusions are the new rage. They are refreshing, a great way to get you to drink more water, and there is evidence that some nutrients may leech into the water during seeping. Although this sounds like a great idea, I don’t like having to buy a special infuser bottle and I always see these beautiful fruits and veggies in infused water recipes, which I’d rather eat than put in my water. This is why I love my easy, lazy mom’s, mint-infused water.
I discovered how great mint water is by accident. I literally have a mint problem in my garden. It grows everywhere and it is completely out of control. My son loves the mint and enjoys grabbing a handful of leaves and chomping on them while he’s playing outside. I put a sprig into his water bottle for fun because I thought he’d like to see it while he drank. To my surprise it was delicious.
The mint gives a very subtle flavor that is slightly sweet and especially refreshing. What’s even better is you can leave it seeping in water over a few days in the refrigerator and it never gets bitter or gives an overpowering taste. Mint is also great for digestion and to settle a stomach. If you don’t have a mint infestation like I do, it is usually available at any supermarket, or even better, visit your local farmer’s market for some fresh mint.
Making mint water couldn’t be easier. I bought a cheap pitcher with a small opening so the mint won’t come out when I pour. I cut 4 sprigs of mint right out of the garden, rinse the dirt off, and throw it in the pitcher. I then fill with spring water and enjoy. When the pitcher is empty, I just refill and leave it in the fridge. I have used the same 4 sprigs over 3 days and constant refilling with fantastic results.
The mint water in a pitcher is also great for entertaining, because it looks beautiful and mint is a flavor most people can enjoy. I also like throwing a sprig of mint into my Camelback water bottle that I use throughout the day. I hope you enjoy a little mint essence in your water this summer too!