The Judges Rated 'em.. Now It's Time to Taste 'em

Infused Water... tasty, beautiful, easy, and creative! Five local judges spent their Saturday morning sipping infused water blends from over 17 entrants. A special thank you to our judges, Anne Molgaard of FIRST5 Mendocino, Chris Dewey of the Ukiah Police Department, Jill Santos -- Miss Mendocino County, Katrina Frey -- Winery and Caterer, Doug Crane -- Ukiah's Mayor (not pictured). And, a key part of the event was a "people's choice" award determined by farmers' market folks who took the time to sip and choose their favorites.

Anne Molgaard as "Potter the Otter"... she LOVES to drink water!
Chris Dewey rates the flavor of infused water provided by vendor Petit Teton
Jill Santos tastes Inland Ranch Organics raspberry-mint infused water
Katrina Frey sips a citrus blend from Uncorked Wine Bistro
Crowds gather around the tasting table to get a drink and experience the flavor blends
Did you miss the taste-off? Want to offer a tasty infused water at your next family gathering? How about volunteering to bring one of the winning recipe blends to your child's classroom? These recipes can be in your fridge every day, or pulled out for special occasions.
Savings Bank of Mendocino County's winning recipe for "Tropical Infusion"
  • Fresh Pineapple, sliced
  • Coconut, chunked
  • Orange, sliced
  • Lime, sliced
  • Basil, a few leaves
Uncorked Wine Bistro's winning recipe for "Jamaican Me Refreshed"
  • 1 Fresh Coconut (peeled with the water reserved and meat cut into slices and lightly pounded)
  • 1 Whole Pineapple (peeled and cut)
  • Fresh Ginger (4" piece)
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers (seeds and ribs removed)
Add coconut, coconut water, pineapple, ginger, and jalapeno peppers to a gallon pitcher filled with water and ice. Refrigerate overnight. Replenish ice if necessary when serving.
Taste Buds Restaurant's winning recipe for "Early Summer Days"
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Strawberries
  • Mint
Ukiah Boys and Girls Club's winning recipe for "Pi-Wa-Mi"
  • One Gallon Water
  • 1/2 Fresh Pineapple
  • 1/2 Small Watermelon
  • 10 Mint Leaves
NCO's Hands On Volunteer Network's winning recipe for "Peachy Keen"
  • 2 Sliced Fresh Peaches
  • 1 Whole Vanilla Bean
CHEERS! Drink water for the health of it.

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