This refreshing beverage is full of flavor and sparkle for minimal calories. For other flavor combinations try cucumber/mint, strawberry/cucumber, lemon/basil, raspberry/mint, strawberry/basil, or cucumber/lemon.
Makes: 2 Quarts
6 sprigs of mint
10 slices of fresh ginger (peeled and sliced thinly)
4 cups thinly sliced fresh pineapple (about ½ of a large pineapple)
2 quarts seltzer water (plain or citrus-flavored)
Lightly crush the fresh ginger with the handle of a wooden spoon in a glass pitcher or bowl. Add the fresh mint and lightly mash the mint with the ginger. Add the fresh pineapple slices. Pour 1 quart of seltzer over the fruit mixture. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours (or overnight) to allow the flavors to infuse into the water.
Stir well and pour through a strainer. Discard the fruit, mint, ginger mix OR toss them in a closed container to add to your next smoothie.
When it’s time to serve, pour the second quart of seltzer water into the flavored fruit water. For a nice visual effect, serve from a clear glass pitcher and add more fresh pineapple and mint for garnish. Store in the refrigerator; will keep up to 3 days (although you will lose the fizz).
Note: Still water may be used in place of seltzer water, in which case, add the 2 quarts of still water to the fruit in the beginning and strain before serving.
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