Welcoming the Summer Solstice with Lime, Ginger and Mint

One whole sliced lime in a crystal water pitcher. What this image doesn't allow to the viewer to see is the ginger root and fresh mint leaves hidden underneath the slices of delicious citrus.
One whole sliced lime in a crystal water pitcher. What this image doesn’t allow to the viewer to see is the ginger root and fresh mint leaves hidden underneath the slices of delicious citrus.

Yesterday was the first day of summer. Naturally, in Toronto, it was humid, sunny and according to the thermometer in the vehicle I was driving, it was 31 degrees. After a morning at the gym and running errands, I wanted to come home to a crisp drink that had more flavour than water but less oh-my-goodness-my-cheeks-hurt-because-of-how-sweet-this-is than Crystal Light.

At the grocery store earlier in the day, I had purchased limes. I had ginger root tea already at home and fresh mint growing in the backyard. If the title of this post and the photo above haven’t given it away, this is what I did to quench my thirst and craving.

What you need:

  • One whole lime
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped ginger root or loose leaf ginger tea
  • Your desired amount of fresh mint leaves
Water with sliced lime, mint leaves and ginger root.
Water with sliced lime, mint leaves and ginger root.

What you do:

  • Find a glass pitcher
  • Wash and chop the fresh mint leaves, then place them in the pitcher
  • Add the 1/4 cup of chopped ginger root or loose leaf ginger tea
  • Wash and slice one lime and squeeze each piece into the pitcher, allowing some juice to drip to the bottom, then place the slices on top of the mint leaves and ginger
  • Add water
  • Let the mixture sit for about 15-20 minutes
  • If you don’t want the mint, ginger and lime to get into your glass, use a tea infuser! Put the tea infuser in your drinking glass and pour the mixture in. After you’re done pouring, put the strained ingredients back into the pitcher
  • If you want to save the pitcher for drinking at a later time, cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge
  • Enjoy

xo

P.S. For the record, I never enjoyed Crystal Light. I think I drank it once in my life and immediately disliked it.

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