Flavored Water for a Heat Wave


Preparation info

  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in

One Good Dish

By David Tanis

Published 2013

  • About

Even though commercially prepared flavored waters abound, I never buy them, since they always taste artificial. The lemon doesn’t taste like real lemon, nor does the lime. Just because a label says “natural flavors” doesn’t mean it wasn’t produced in a laboratory. And even so-called spa water, the sort that you see at saunas and in hotel lobbies, can be too complicated. For sweltering summer days, I prefer to infuse a pitcher of cold water with just a few aromatics.


  • 1 small lemon, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint
  • A 2-inch piece of ginger, smashed
  • 7 cups cold filtered water
  • Ice cubes


    Put the lemon, cucumber, mint, and ginger in a 2-quart pitcher. Add the water, then top off the pitcher with ice cubes, and stir. Wait at least 20 minutes before serving, to let the flavors infuse.