A Festive, Garden-Fresh Treat for Holiday Parties

It’s time for holiday get-togethers with family and friends! Every year, during the holiday party season, I try to bring something new to potlucks, and if the party is at my house, I try to add some special holiday touches to the food and drinks I offer.

Here’s this year’s new (and EASY!) idea I’ve stumbled upon… Cucumber-Rosemary Infused Water. The BEANS teen peer educators inspired this one!

Here’s the background… One of our most popular BEANS lessons is the “Rethink Your Drink” lesson. During the lesson, the teen peer educators present interactive lessons showing how much sugar is in a sodas and fruity flavored “juice” boxes. The teens also lead a discussion about the impact all these sugary drinks have on our bodies. The kids ask… then, what DO you drink? Of course, we’ve got a smart bunch of kids here in Mendocino County… they know about choosing water and low-fat milk! This is when the BEANS teen peer educators reveal the “recipe” for the day – something that makes water even more appealing – Infused waters! Students then make and try (depending on what fruits are in season) “citrus water,” “cucumber-rosemary water,” “watermelon water,” “strawberry water,” and more.

This season’s favorite was the Cucumber-Rosemary Infused Water. Here’s how to make it… Simply fill a pitcher full of fresh water, add 10-20 slices of cucumber and a sprig of rosemary, and let it infuse in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, for a festive, holiday flair, add a few tablespoons of fresh pomegranate seeds and serve with ice in a glass pitcher or punch bowl. So tasty, refreshing, and healthy! Your family and guests will certainly be impressed.

Out with the cooler full of sodas and bottled water… In with the fancy (but SUPER easy) infused water!