Shake things up a bit. Get out of your normal routine and try something new. I get easily bored of drinking regular water all day every day, so sometimes I turn the tables by making up new combinations of flavored water. Since I like lemon tea, I decided to attempt making an energizing drink that is also good for you. Lemon and ginger, which help your body to naturally detox, are combined with basil in this recipe to form a cleansing and refreshing iced tea.
Eight glasses of water a day is the recommended amount. Some might strive to reach that goal but the fact is that most people aren’t drinking enough water in a day. If I have a pitcher of healthy flavored water on hand, it is proven that I am more likely to reach that 8 glass requirement. My boyfriend calls it the ‘spa water.’ I wasn’t sure whether to label this recipe as flavored water, so I settled on iced tea since the ingredients are left to steep, allowing the flavors to meld together.
When I feel stuck in a rut about drinking the same thing day in and day out, I try to put together new flavors to make things more interesting. Usually I use cucumbers and mint, but wanted to try basil in a drink. I wasn’t disappointed. And the ginger isn’t overpowering; rather it is a subtle flavor. Honey lends a natural sweetness, and can be adjusted to your taste preferences. The iced tea keeps well in the refrigerator, but any batches that I make don’t last more than two days.
This tea would also be suitable for when you are entertaining guests. Instead of having regular water around, this iced tea offers a fancier option that doesn’t take long to prepare. It adds something special without a lot of extra work. You can easily impress your guests, and yourself, with this flavorful and refreshing drink.
- 2 lemons
- 5 ginger coins
- 3/4 cup basil leaves, loosely packed
- 3 tbsp honey
- 9 cups boiling water
- Cut the lemons in half and juice the lemons into a large pitcher, catching any seeds. Add the lemon halves into the pitcher, along with the ginger coins and basil. Pour boiling water into the pitcher and stir in the honey. Allow to steep until cool, and then remove the ginger, basil, and lemon halves. Serve with ice.
- Servings: 8-9
- Difficulty: Easy
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