1) How is it the week of July 4th already?
2) Why is it so hot?
While I don't have the answers to these great cosmic questions, I do have something to help temper the heat and provide inspiration for your 4th of July picnics and BBQs this Thursday. Spa water. Ok, stop right there. See, that's why I didn't label this post "spa water." It kind of sounds like I'm advocating drinking water out of a spa which is totally gross.
One of the best (and I mean THE BEST) parts of fancy hotels/gyms/spas is their water. And I am referring to drinking water. There's something about the chilled water with this faint tinge of cucumber and mint that is oh so refreshing. Let's make this cooling beverage in the comfort of our own homes, in our tank tops and mismatched pj shorts if we want to. No worrying about how to turn on the sauna situation (is it totally normal to sweat that much in a sauna? I highly doubt it) or commit some kind of spa/gym social faux pas.
Faux pas (dictionary definition): a social blunder. Originally, French, literally "a false step." Rhymes with "no thaw." In modern day vernacular: I committed a faux pas at the spa by throwing my dirty towels in the clean hamper, etc., etc.
The ingredients are very simple and inexpensive. Why not keep a pitcher in the fridge and take a trip to the spa (figuratively speaking) when we feel like it?
Cucumber and lemon slices are paired up with fresh mint leaves in a pitcher of water. They are not worried about committing a faux pas. Done.
Refreshing Cucumber, Lemon & Mint Water
*Serves as many as you like (depending on how many pitchers you want to make!)
*Prep time: 5 minutes (allow enough time to let the concoction sit in the fridge at least 4 hours)
*Kitchen gear required: Knife, cutting board, pitcher
1-2 lemons, washed and sliced
1/2 large cucumber, sliced (I recommend organic since non-organic cucumbers are so dog-gone waxy)
1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves, washed (about 10 mint leave)
Pitcher of filtered water
Ready, set go!
1. Fill pitcher with water
2. Add sliced lemons, cucumbers and mint leaves
3. Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours
4. Serve in glasses with ice and straws.
5. Put your feet up and relax (preferably with a large fan blowing on you)