Summer is finally here!
Its actually feeling like summer in here as the rain has pushed out of the picture this weekend and we were in the low 30s Celsius. I finally wore my shorts, tank top and flip flops and did a ton of garden work and started working on harvesting stuff. I’ll give a garden update very soon with My Weekly Adventures. However, my basil has grown a lot while being indoors and it was time to do a harvest for it. Then our little visit to Costco reaped a big package of strawberries. Then I found my pitcher for infused water so everything worked out perfectly great to make another infused water to help with a little refreshing detox.
STRAWBERRY-BASIL INFUSED WATER
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
Depending on how your pitcher is or whether you use it in those infusion bottles, the quantity will vary. It’ll also depend whether your ingredients will float all together. My pitcher here is pretty cool because it has a tube to put ice, another netted layer where I put my herbs and then directly in the pitcher (as you see) are the sliced strawberries.
I kept it in the fridge to infuse for more than 4 hours before I tasted it at night. The strawberry and basil both came out very well. And the mix was rather delicious. What I worried about initially was that the basil was such a strong herb that it would mask the taste of the strawberries but I was wrong. While you could taste the basil, it balanced really well with the strawberries. What’s nice is that you can adjust the amount of each ingredient to your liking. If you like basil more, then go for it. You can add more to make it taste more of basil than strawberries.
I’m pretty happy that this time’s infused water was a lot more successful than last year’s try at blueberry and lemon mix. I think a huge part is in choosing the right combo and also slicing the fruits so that it infuses better. Now, onwards to try out a few more blends over the summer. I’ve been thinking of putting more drinks (cocktails included) section. It sounds like a fun idea, don’t you think?
Here you go! A nice simple summer drink to help refresh and stay healthy! 🙂