Spa water. You know and love it. It’s that refreshing, delicious water infused with fruits, veggies and herbs commonly found at—you guessed it—spas! This doesn’t have to be the norm. Why not treat yourself to spa water every day? It’s a much more fun and inspiring way to drink water. There are so many health and beauty benefits to drinking water: losing weight faster, fewer headaches and a smoother, brighter complexion.
We all know that it’s recommended to drink eight glasses of water a day, but there’s actually a simple equation to help you calculate your daily water needs. Divide your weight by two and you have the amount of ounces you should be drinking every day! So if you weigh 130 pounds, you’ll want to drink around 65 ounces of water per day.
Now that we’ve harped on the importance of water, we can get back to this spa water recipe. There is no wrong way to make spa water: It is one of the hardest things to mess up, so don’t worry about not getting the measurements exactly right. Have fun with it! Try different flavor combinations in individual Mason jars if you aren’t sure about it. One tip: Don’t go overboard on the ingredients—stick with no more than four so the flavors aren’t competing. Aim for ingredients that are local and in season at your grocery store, that way your spa water can change with the time of year.
For our summer spa water, we wanted to stick to seasonal fruits. That’s why we chose strawberries and peaches with a touch of mint. To make enough for a two-gallon container, you’ll want:
3 cups of strawberries, halved
2 peaches (about 1.5 cups), cubed
½ bunch of mint
24 cups of water
6 cups of ice (add just before you serve)
This is such a nice addition to any summer barbecue or baby or bridal shower. It not only tastes delicious, but it looks beautiful too. Another tip: Keep a ladle in the container and allow your guests to scoop out the fruit
READERS—What are your favorite flavor combinations for spa water? Leave a comment below and let us know.