Several years ago I planted a small mint plant which has resulted in a large patch of spreading mint. It is beautiful and I don’t mind the space it takes up, however, I feel I really need to be taking advantage of having it! I love water but flavoring water helps some people drink more water each day. I wanted to show my child care children how we could use and enjoy the mint leaves. There’s no sugar but most of my kids enjoyed it and want me to make it again. How great is that? Read on to learn how to make refreshing citrus mint water and for more ways to use fresh mint from your garden.
Refreshing Citrus Mint Water
It’s so rewarding to pick something from your garden and use it! It’s a pleasant experience too because it’s so fragrant.
Simply pick a bunch and rinse. Pull the leaves off the stems.
Slice a lemon and a lime. Remove the seeds. Reserve some lemon pieces for garnish if desired.
Put them all together in a pitcher.
Fill to the top with water. We have wonderful filtered water from our refrigerator so I used that.
Stir together the lemon slices, limes, and mint leaves.
Put the pitcher into the refrigerator a few hours.
Quarter your lemon slices for garnishing.
When you’re ready to serve your water, pour over ice. We prefer crushed ice.
Garnish the edge of your cup or float it in the water.
I served it to my preschoolers after playing outside. Add a straw for children – they can’t resist trying! They loved the lemon pieces! All of them enjoyed it except the youngest (2-year-olds).
Refill your pitcher and enjoy it again! Your mint leaves may turn a little brown from the stirring and cold but they should hold up to steep two times.
Ahhh! So refreshing and healthy! Happy Summer!