The Wife bought a beverage dispenser, which holds about 3 liters of liquid. On a weekend morning, I will cut a lemon thin, put it in the bottom of the dispenser, then pile ice on top of that, and fill it up with water. It then goes outside with us and when we’ve drunk most of the water, and the summer temperature gets really hot, then it’s time to head back in to the great indoors where we have air conditioning.
Well, it turns out that if you put lemon and something else in that ice water, it gets even better. Four strawberries, a few strands of verbena, a sprig of rosemary, or this weekend’s triumph of non-alcoholic refreshment, an unpeeled, mandolined cucumber have all lent a tremendous taste to the ice water. The flavor adds a perk of energy and happiness.
I’d try melon rinds, but I save those for liquor infusions.