Sparkling Mint Water

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An herb garden, overflowing with mint, just screams for the healthy summertime sip of sparkling mint water!

Sparkling Mint Water
Sparkling Mint Water

Health Benefits Of Mint

The herb we know as mint, has long been known for its multiple health benefits. 

  • Digestive aid – while food is often the culprit to digestive problems, particularly foods that do not pass through the stomach easily, mint has proven an aid in moving the food along quicker.
  • Mental clarity – inhaling the essence of mint provides a sudden cleansing through the nasal passages that the brain registers as well. 
  • Hydration – mint, in and of itself, does not aid in hydrating the body but when infused into water, the refreshing flavor makes drinking larger amounts of water, then we may like to drink, easier. 

Mint Garden

You do not need a large garden or yard to grow mint! In fact, since mint grows so aggressively, it is actually better to contain its growth in a pot. 

From small window pots to deck and patio pots, mint grows vigorously in these conditions. 

If you plant mint in your garden, alongside of other herbs or veggies, you will need to keep an eye on it, pulling up the mint that decides to spread, otherwise it can take over the garden.  

Mint Garden
Mint Garden

What Type Of Mint?

There are so many varieties of mint to choose from. Peppermint is very strong in the menthol flavor.

Spearmint is a little sweeter in mint flavor. For this reason, many chewing gums are made with spearmint. 

But by all means, experiment with the many varieties of mint, such as chocolate mint, which doesn’t taste like chocolate but the leaves look as thought they were dipped in chocolate, or even apple mint. 

Mint Insect Repellant

While spearmint and peppermint are known to repel mosquitos many other types of mint will even repel flies and ants. 

If you live in an area that has ‘stink bugs’, mint water sprayed inside the window frames may help repel them from entering the house. 

Healthy Mint Water

Healthy sips are really all about the water. How many ounces of water do you drink per day? Let’s face it, we never drink as much as our body needs.

Often we find ourselves drinking some type of water with sweeteners in them; like tea, coffee or sodas. 

Usually the reason we don’t drink more water is simply because of the taste. Our tastebuds tell us we want flavor. 

With mint water, we will get the flavor we want without the unhealthy calories. With sparkling mint water, we will trick our brain into thinking it’s a soda or special drink, when it’s really just water. 

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water makes a simple glass of water feel and taste special. Why? The bubbles, the carbonation. 

It is believed that carbonated water may even enhance digestion. Sparkling water will also help curb an appetite. 

We do, however, want to choose a sparkling water that is low in sodium or none. Simply check the can or bottle and it will indicate the sodium content. 

Several sparkling water brands are naturally sparkling mineral waters, so check for those too if you want to avoided the added carbonation. 

How To Make Mint Water

When making mint tea, the leaves are boiled, then left to steep, to intensify the flavor. The color is distinctly altered, which may not be as appealing in a cold drink. 

Mint water is made simply by finely chopping or crushing the fresh mint leaves and left to steep in a cold cup of water. 

Once the leaves have remained in a cup of cold water for about half-an-hour, the leaves are removed, adding the mint flavor without changing the color of the water to the deep brown or green that mint tea has. 

Pour this mint extract water over ice, add sparkling water, a few fresh mint leaves and you’ve got a delicious, refreshing healthy summertime drink!

Ingredients Needed

  • Fresh mint
  • Tap water
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice
Mint Water Ingredients
Mint Water Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Small bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Small spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Tall glasses or wine glasses

Sparkling Mint Water

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: Drinks, Health HacksCuisine: HealthDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings

An herb garden, overflowing with mint, just screams for the healthy summertime sip of sparkling mint water!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Mint – 1/2 cup

  • Tap Water – 1/4 cup

  • Sparkling water – 2-16 oz bottles, chilled

  • Ice – 1 cup

Directions

  • In a small bowl, macerate (soak), finely chopped mint (saving a few sprigs for garnish), in the tap water for 30 minutes; pressing the mint with the back of a spoon to release its oils and flavor into the water. Strain.
  • Into two tall glasses, divide the strained mint water. Divide the ice into both glasses. Pour the chilled sparkling water into both glasses and top with fresh sprigs of mint. Enjoy the refreshing sips!

Recipe Video

Sparkling Mint Water
Sparkling Mint Water
 

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In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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