“To know and not do is not yet to know.” Zen Proverb
Well this quote sort of blew my mind yesterday with its pithy truthiness. Let’s all just speak and live in the sweet truth. Doesn’t that just feel so good? Ugh. Yes, yes it does. This is exactly how it goes with me and my water consumption. I know I ought to drink more. I even feel dehydrated. But do I go and get a glass of water? No. I’m literally a walking cliche of my own definition of a frustrating client, one who doesn’t comply with suggestions made. Yup. That’s me.
While you can only lead a horse to water (you could sort of feel that one coming, couldn’t you?) making the water taste and smell delightful is a very sly trick that I’ve been using to get the job done (and help make it feel not so much like a chore).
Here are three recipes that are great spring boards to your own creations.
Cucumber Plum: I sliced my cucumber thin and put in several slices of plum. I like the play of the cooling cucumber and the tart plum skin together. This was absolutely delightful. You really need to allow it to sit overnight for the plum’s skins to infuse into the water, though, so don’t rush this. Alternatively, you could use one or two calyxes of hibiscus for a more immediate tart flavor. However, it will turn your water red, which could be stunning or annoying depending on your level of go-with-it in the moment.
Celery Leaf and Lemongrass: This one is definitely the most subtle of the three, but I have to say, that after an overnight steeping, it was just so refreshing. Slightly vegetal, mostly fresh and clean tasting, and a perfect sipper throughout the day. Steeping overnight is a must, though, so plan ahead. You might substitute the celery itself or celeriac root for the leaves, in which case I’m tempted to say you’d be able to drink it a bit faster. Say, after a few hours perhaps?. Celeriac root is the rather bulbous looking root that hardly anyone can identify at the market, but is definitely worth investigating!
Apple Turmeric: The addition of turmeric here is to take these better water recipes where the weather will eventually be going. Soon it will indeed be fall. But it isn’t quite there yet, and it is a mistake to leap into the fall spice cabinet too soon. Our bodies are still negotiating residual heat from an entire summer, and its best to wait for those warming spices, like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Turmeric, however, is a mildly warming rhizome. Perfect, in my opinion, for entering fall, as it won’t aggravate pitta. Together the sweetness of the apple and the earthiness of the turmeric is the perfect play. Ginger seems like the obvious sub here, just keep in mind that ginger will be more overtly warming. I added a few different varietals of apple here: McIntosh, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp. Only a couple slices of turmeric are needed though.
This particular water can be enjoy almost immediately, but overnight steeping allows a much richer infusion. Enjoy!