It is summer and I like to have lots of healthy beverages on hand. I have been intending to start my water kefir but have not found the time to do so yet! In the mean time I started these two flavored waters to have concentrated healthy beverages on hand. We have a Soda Stream at home that we LOVE. We do not buy any commercial flavoring and do not consume sodas but we love carbonated filtered water. Often we add bitters or a squeeze of lemon to our carbonated water but since the temperatures are rising I want to stay hydrated and need to add a few flavors with health to my rotation.
Today I steeped Yerba Mate in hot water. Two tablespoons in a quart mason jar. I also steeped two lemons ( one Meyer and one Eureka) and a large nub of ginger that was peeled and sliced. I used one Meyer for its sweetness and one Eureka for sourness and bright lemon flavor. I used a quart mason jar for this one as well. When the water reached room temperature I took the Yerba Mate tea out and stored in the fridge. In the other jar I kept the ginger and lemons in while I store in the fridge. They are concentrated and should be added to water, tea, carbonated water etc.
These also make great bases for summer spritzers or cocktails!