Fun Flavored Waters

  • This lesson teaches the importance of staying hydrated and satisfying your thirst with refreshing water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Items needed for this lesson: apron (optional), one pitcher for each recipe, dry measuring cup set, large spoon or spatula for stirring, cutting board, chef knife, paring knife or a kids knife (available on Amazon, see example), cup or glasses for serving the flavored water. Infused water should be stored in refrigerator and consumed within 24 hours.

Cucumber Mint

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 half gallon of water

Directions

  1. Wash cucumber and fresh mint
  2. Thinly slice cucumbers
  3. Place ½ cup cucumber slices and 1-2 sprigs of fresh mint in a large pitcher and add water;stir gently
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours to let flavors develop
  5. Serve in glasses over ice
  6. Optional: garnish with a sprig of mint or a cucumber slice

Citrus Cilantro

Ingredients

  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 large orange
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 half gallon of water

Directions

  1. Wash fruit and cilantro
  2. Slice fruit
  3. Place fruit slices and cilantro leaves in a large pitcher and add water; stir gently
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours to let flavors develop
  5. Serve in glasses over ice
  6. Optional: garnish with an orange slice and sprig of cilantro

Watermelon Basil

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10-12 basil leaves
  • 1 half gallon of water

Directions

  1. Wash watermelon and basil leaves
  2. Carefully cut watermelon into cubes to make 2 cups
  3. Place fruit and basil in a large pitcher and add water; stir gently
  4. Refrigerate at least two hours to let flavors develop
  5. Serve in glasses over ice
  6. Optional: garnish with a sprig of basil and a small wedge of watermelon
Buffington, A. 2020, Kids Cook - Lesson 01 - Fun Flavored Waters, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

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