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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Foody Friday - Drinkables

Summer makes me thirsty. Just writing about beverages and looking out my bedroom window, feeling the breeze on my arms makes me thirsty.

What's the best drink to drink when you're thirsty? If you listen to the doctors or mothers of the world, the overwhelming answer would be... water. Of course.

Houston, we have a problem.

I detest water. Sipping is as much as I can do. I just can't drink the stuff.

I come by this disease honestly. My brother is a doctor, and I once heard this conversation between my dad and him:

Dr Jeff: You don't drink hardly any water at all, Dad! It's so important that you get enough water!
Dad: I drink water.
Dr Jeff: I've never seen you drink water. When do you drink water?
Dad: I get lots of water. In my coffee.

SEE??!! It's in my genes.

But, I do believe in good health, and drinking water is part of that, so I've come up with some cheaty ways to like water. I know most people like water. I'm weird.

But for the 3 of you reading this who share my pain, I have a few tips for you. And, please, oh please, raise your hand and be counted in the comments? Just so I feel better? Please?

1)My favorite way to drink water is 7:1 ratio of water to Welch's white grape juice (that brand is 400 times better than any other; and I've tried them all). I can actually get almost my daily allotment of water in if I do this.

2)Of course, there's lemon or lime. (Although lime in my water just makes me wish that it was Coke in my glass with lime wedges in it... mmmm)
*Note- This may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you wash the outside of your lemons if you are putting them in your water...

3)One of the yummiest, weirdest tricks I've ever done to make water yummy (and beautiful!!) is to peel and slice a cucumber, and slice a lemon into rounds. Put one slice each of cucumber and lemon in a glass and fill with cold water. I could drink water like this all day! Yum!

This is a great way to serve water to guests when you have company. It's elegant and beautiful.

Since Mexican food is the best food there is, of course my drink recipe to share is from South America. It is best enjoyed while eating chips and guacamole. And carne asada in corn tortillas. With pico de gallo, onions, and cilantro. With just a bit of lime juice squeezed on top...

Aaaah, sorry. Where was I? Oh, my recipe. Excuse me while I wipe away my drool.

You can find it here, but I will also write it out since it's pretty simple.

It's called lemonade, but it uses limes. Go figure.

Brazilian Lemonade

2 limes
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
3 cups water

Wash limes thoroughly. Cut off the ends and slice into eight wedges. Place limes in a blender with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice.
Blend in an electric blender, pulsing 5 times. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove rinds. Serve over ice.

note: original recipe uses 1/2 cup sugar, I decrease that as it is soooooooo sweet.

**IMPORTANT NOTE** Please make sure that when you strain through a fine mesh strainer, that you put the strainer over your pitcher, not over the sink as if you were draining pasta, so that all of the lemonade goes down the drain, and you are left holding a strainer full of lime peels.

If you do this, you will be horrified, as well as humiliated, especially if Uncle Lee is watching over your shoulder and laughing at you without ceasing.

This is a hypothetical, scenario, of course. Nobody I know has EVER done that.


J mom said...

Oh these will be tried in our home. Jason gets so sick of drinking water all day long and loves to come home to something special and different!

Annika said...

I'm with you! I like water much better if it has fresh lemon or lime juice in it. I squeeze mine every morning and then chill in the cold section of the fridge :) Your recipe looks great. We'll be trying it soon. Annika

Allison said...

I don't like water either. I think that's more common than you think! I do the lemon/lime/ice thing to make it tolerable.

Dailey4 said...

Thanks, Jenny. I'm excited to join Foody Friday. LOVE it. Can't WAIT to try your Brazilian Lemonade. We LOVE limes in the summer...

Jennifer said...

So NOT a water fan either. Blah. Boring.

Yvette said...

That's so interesting because I LOVE plain old cold water. And I'm sorry to say that I can't stand it when my water's lightly flavored with lemon, lime, or whatever. If there's a lemon in my water at a restaurant, I pull out the lemon and give it to my husband since he likes it in his water.

The lemonade sounds refreshing and easy to make. And I've made the mistake of straining all the good stuff out before when making things too. Not that you've ever done such a thing. ;)

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Thanks for the water, lemon, cucumber combo idea. I can't wait to try it.

Thanks for the great tip on that and the nail polish!

Have a great weekend!

Tiffany said...

Oops, I forgot to leave a message. I'm glad to get back in to this! I've missed the past couple of weeks. Great ideas everyone!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I'm with Yvette...I LOVE fresh cold water, and I always take the lemon out at restaurants, too. I know, I'm weird like that. We LOVE Brazilian lemonade here at our house, although I've never tried it with the condensed milk...sounds delish.

I have to tell you...I saw your comment over at Lysa Terkeurst's, and you cracked me up! I was thinking, ooh, cool, she's a rebel and likes that black polish. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Great ideas for making water taste better. Some days I just can't get enough and then there are days when ALL I want is more Diet DP! :)

Thanks for the great post. I really enjoy your blog. I'll be chiming in on Foody Fridays soon!

Carolina Mama said...

Welcome to Southern Sweet Tea ya'll! It's really good. Drink one gallon of water per glass of sweet tea for good measure. ;) (kidding)