Fancy, summer water.

[15 May 2011 | By | 10 Comments]

cucumber water

In my mind I hear the comedian, Jim Gaffigan (our family favorite) joking about ‘bottled’ water: ‘It’s more watery than regular water’ he remarks, as he forks over well-earned money for this bottled novelty. We mention him often in our day-to-day conversations, whether it is because we are eating bacon (yet again), cracking up about hot pockets or camping.

Comedy is always welcome; we are big believers in laughter… and fancy beverages.

I like cocktails, wine, coffee. I sip fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and the occasional Grappa. Scotch… with cigars…. I am taking a deliberate hiatus. Don’t ask.

I am trying to decrease my coffee consumption, sometimes instead heating up water and adding a touch of lemon and local (two-doors-away – how local is that??) honey. And my latest liquid novelty is ‘fancy water.’ And I don’t mean bubbles.

A great way to fancy up your water: fill a pitcher with water and add seasonal goodies. Think: mint and everything citrus from kumquats to lemons to grapefruit. Or add chunks of watermelon, slices of cucumber or starfruit. Celery? Shaved fennel? Maybe lemongrass, fresh ginger or just-picked berries. Why not? My current favorite is lots of mint with sliced oranges.

If you are like me, and “drink more water” is a revolving item on your resolution list… then having a fancy pitcher of ice cold water—topped with pansies—is simply brilliant. I recently pulled out an old, antique tray I found at an estate sale (OMG I love estate sales, and wandering through basements and kitchens to find well-loved bikes and forgotten boxes of canning jars) and put a “fancy, summer water” pitcher on it, with a handful of glasses. If I am working at home, it is as easy on the eyes as any centerpiece, and a reminder to keep good health top of mind.

Oh, and while browsing Martha Stewart recently while in some Dr. office, I ran across an article for make-your-own flavored vodkas. Which is fantastic fun—and all the flavor profiles work just as well for ‘fancy water.’ Here are a few to get you started: fennel fronds and lemon slices, grapefruit and coriander seeds and/or celery and bay leaves.

What’s in your water?

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  • Seb@Palm Tree Decor said (15 May 2011 at 7:11 pm):

    A great idea for mint. Mine is like a weed, it’s taking over the garden!! There is only so much mint tea one can drink. I never thought of mint water. Sort of like tea I quess but cold. We just need the warm weather to enjoy it in. Thanks Janelle.

  • Stacie Scattergood said (15 May 2011 at 10:11 pm):

    If you haven’t baked with mint, there’s two delicious herbal baking books.
    Morning Glories and Desserts from a Garden by Sharon Kebschull Barrett.
    I keep my mint as confined as possible, it definitely grows like a weed!

  • Elizabeth said (16 May 2011 at 6:52 am):

    Now this is coming from some one who never flavors her water: This looks absolutely delicious. And we just bought some mint plants for the garden this year! Perfect timing.

  • Karen @ Forty Cloves said (16 May 2011 at 8:05 am):

    I also love to make fancy water (or spa water, as we call it). It’s like sangria without the wine!

  • Karen Nolan said (17 May 2011 at 3:52 pm):

    Caliente pocket!

  • Krista said (17 May 2011 at 4:55 pm):

    Oh you made me smile today! I love fancy water too! Mmm, oranges and fresh mint sound like a little bit of heaven. :-)

  • Dominique St-Amand said (19 May 2011 at 9:25 am):

    What a lovely idea! I like using natural ingredients instead of going for the factory made junk.

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  • Donna Vander Griend said (21 May 2011 at 12:02 pm):

    You are sooooo inspiring! Now in warm, warm Florida, my fancy water today was espresso coffee, melted dark chocolate bar, and some half-n-half cream. Does that count or am I disqualified?

  • janelle (author) said (18 June 2011 at 7:01 pm):

    Donna: well if it’s warm, I am hoping your espresso water has ice!

    Dominique: my new favorite is strawberries and tarragon!

    Karen: LOL. I so need to go to a Gaffigan show!

    Karen: Spa water. Nice!