Fruit Water - the simplest way to make water more delicious and more appealing. Great for kids. Clean and cut up a small amount of fruit, ideas below. It is fine to use the skins but make sure that you clean them thoroughly with a vegetable cleaner or even dish soap – making sure to rinse it well before dropping it in the water. For better or for worse, water will pick up even the smallest amount of a flavor.

In one pitcher of water, try:

4 strawberries

1 peach

1/3 cucumber thinly sliced

one ring of pineapple

a handful of ripe raspberries

1/2 of any citrus fruit

Get creative and make combinations. The trick is not to use too much fruit as it will end up more like fruit juice and therefore, less refreshing.

Pomegranate Martini

Citron vodka


Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate seeds

Fill a martini shaker with ice.  Pour vodka until there is about 2 inches left in the shaker.  Pour about 1/2 inch of Cointreau and fill to the top with Pomegranate juice.  In the meantime, chill 2 martini glasses, place a few (8-10) seeds at the bottom.  Shake the shaker — for at least a minute.  Pour, serve and imbibe.

Classic Bellini

champagne (click here for some champagne suggestions)

peach puree or peach juice (to make peach puree, combine 1 tablespoon of sugar and two peeled, diced peaches in a food processor)

Put about 2 tablespoons of peach juice or 1 tablespoon of puree in each glass and top with some bubbly.

For a different (I think better) twist on the classic Bellini, make raspberry puree instead.  Same as above but with frozen raspberries and sugar.  Drop two fresh raspberries into each glass and serve.

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