Looking for a healthy way to stay hydrated? Take out the sugars, syrups, or artificial flavors and naturally flavor your water instead! You can add fruits, veggies, and herbs you’re already growing in your AeroGarden to make basic H20 more exciting. Here are a few ideas for some delicious flavors…
Strawberry-Cucumber: This is quite a refreshing infusion. Use strawberries grown in an AeroGarden Grow Bowl for that fresh taste.
Tomato-Basil Water: Veggie infusions are the perfect way to achieve healthy hydration. Plus you can use garden-fresh tomatoes and basil from your AeroGarden.
Pineapple-Mint Water: Looking for a tropical flavor? Pineapple and mint are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Watermelon-Rosemary: This sweet combo will add plenty of color to your drink. And you can take rosemary from your AeroGarden!
Blackberry-Sage: This sage infusion has a perfect subtle, refreshing flavor.
Infusion Tips: There is no single “correct” way of infusing fruits, veggies and herbs into your water. Just fill a pitcher or large glass with your favorite ingredients and let it sit for a few hours. You can muddle your ingredients for a stronger flavor. Infused water stays good for about two to three days and you can always top off your water. After a few days, start again with fresh ingredients!
This Cuban drink is one of the top refreshing cocktails you can enjoy, especially during warm days. Lime + mint + bubbles (and let’s not forget, Rum) = Perfection! Great for a summer happy hour using mint from your AeroGarden.
Get started –
Cut a lime into wedges
Add a lime wedge and 10 mint leaves into the bottom of a glass
Use muddler or handle of wooden spoon to crush mint and lime to release mint oils and lime juice
Add 2 more lime wedges and 2 tablespoons of white sugar and muddle again
Fill the glass up to the top with ice
Pour 1.5 fluid ounces of white rum over the ice
Fill the rest of the glass with carbonated water
Taste – Add more sugar if you want
Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig
Avoid over-muddling the mint, it will give the mojito a grassy taste. Over crushed mint breaks the chlorophyll filled veins in the leaf which gives a bitter grass taste.
You want to lightly press down on the leaves with the muddler or wooden spoon and gently twist.
1 cup matchstick-size strips seeded peeled cucumber
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
2 tablespoons finely shredded carrot
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup Thai fish sauce (nam pla)*
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced serrano chili
1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce*
1 pound sea scallops
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass*
1 large garlic clove, chopped
Pull noodles apart; place in large bowl. Pour enough boiling water over to cover generously. Soak noodles until tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Drain; return to same bowl. Cut noodles in half (or in thirds if very long).
Add snow peas, bean sprouts, cucumber, herbs, peanuts, and carrot to noodles and toss to blend. Combine 1/3 cup water and all remaining ingredients in small bowl; whisk to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Stir dressing into noodle mixture. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Sprinkle scallops with sugar, salt, and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, lemongrass, and garlic; stir 1 minute. Add scallops; sauté until just opaque in center, about 3 minutes.
Divide salad among 4 plates; top with scallops and serve.
Available at Asian markets and in the produce section and/or Asian foods section of some supermarkets.
Matcha in the morning, matcha at night, matcha all through the day! This lime-mint-matcha combo is a great morning or afternoon pick-me-up, or add a splash of rum for a bright and refreshing cocktail.
Makes 2 servings
2 limes, divided
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons mint leaves, divided
2 teaspoons matcha (green tea powder)
Slice 1 lime in half, then slice 2 wedges from 1 half and reserve for garnish. Juice remaining 1 1/2 limes to yield 2 Tbsp. juice. Combine lime juice, sugar, and 2 Tbsp. mint leaves in a measuring cup or cocktail shaker. Muddle mint with the back of a spoon. Let sit 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour 1/2 cup water into a small bowl. Sift matcha through a fine-mesh sieve into water and whisk until smooth. Whisk matcha into mint mixture, then divide between 2 glasses filled with ice. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with lime wedges and remaining 1 Tbsp. mint.
Matcha is available at Japanese markets and online.