Cool Sips and Sodas

Our Teaching Kitchen Assistant Myv held a patio class on cooling infused waters and soda syrups. Perfect for the Davis summer heat! If you missed it check out the video here and try the recipes at home!

Hibiscus Cooler

½ cup dried hibiscus flowers (available in bulk)

Add to a 2 qt jar and fill with water.

Add several sprigs of fresh mint or several tablespoons of dried mint.

Steep 8-12 hours on the counter or in the fridge.

Strain and add the juice of 3-4 limes and sweetener of your choice…

Sweetness is really a matter of personal preference, but some suggestions:

½ -1c agave syrup, honey, sugar, or simple syrup

Or blend and strain 1 small or ½ large watermelon and add the juice (you will need a bigger pitcher, or split it into two batches and try different sweeteners.

Fruit Water

Steep your favorite fruits and herbs in water overnight and drink throughout the day.

Use a quart-size mason jar with ¼ cup, or a small handful, of fruit and several sprigs of herbs.

Be sure to slice the fruit to increase the surface area that is exposed to the water, and crush the herbs slightly to release their aroma, before adding to the jar. Fill the jar with water, put the lid on tightly and give it a good shake before placing in the fridge overnight.

It is not necessary to strain before drinking, and you can refill the bottle again and put it back in the fridge for later that day.

Some fruit and herb suggestions:

Strawberries and mint, lemon basil, or lemon verbena

Cucumber, ginger, and mint

Peach, nectarine, or apricot and basil or lemon thyme

Simple Syrup

Make syrup with any fruit, add to bubble water with a citrus wedge or use as a sweetener in other drinks.

1:1:1 ratio of sugar to water to fruit

Example:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup sliced strawberries

Place in a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Let simmer for a minute, turn off the heat, cover and let sit on the stove to cool and steep overnight.

Optional: Once the syrup has cooled for an hour, add several sprigs of an herb of your choice for the rest of the steeping time. If adding melon, it would also be crushed and added slightly after the cooking portion.

Some delicious combos:

Orange and Vanilla

Cherry and Vanilla

Strawberry and Grapefruit