Before adding herbs to the water, crush them slightly in your hand to release the aromatic oils. Let the flavor infuse for 15 minutes or more. The longer you infuse, the more flavor is extracted.
Spices For Flavoring
You can also start with spices, such as:
Then, try combinations such as ginger-cardamom and mint-clove—and whatever sounds good to you. One of our favorite combinations is cucumber-dill.
FOOD TRIVIA: LAVENDER
Lavender derives from the Latin word lavare, to wash. The Romans used it to scent their bathwater.
The Roman Legion brought the plant to Britain, where it later became popular in homeopathy: to ease stiff joints, battle infections, provide a calming influence and other remedies. Lavender was used for repelling insects, masking odors (potpourri) and was carried in nosegays to try to ward off the plague and pestilence.
Today, we know that a far better purpose is in baking, condiments, ice cream, iced tea and other recipes—like flavored water.