Ok… this isn’t really a recipe.
And it’s not really a Totoro tradition.
But… I have never been fond of water. I know the health benefits of drinking water; I know the need to keep hydrated. But I just don’t like the taste.
Pinterest is filled with infused water recipes that pair fruits with herbs for detoxing our bodies. My body can use a bit of cleansing, and I love the beautiful colors of these bountiful pitchers, but the herbs were too strong for my enjoyment.
As a last ditch effort I tried an experiment – and it worked!
I cut up some fresh strawberries, but found the taste of the water weak. So I wondered if I could enhance the flavor with a bit of Strawberry balsamic vinegar.
OH. MY. It is delicious! Not too sweet, not too tart, simply perfect.
I use about one tablespoon (more or less) to 32 ounces. Typically I prepare the pitcher with fruit and vinegar at night to allow the flavors to meld.
I have yet to drink 32 ounces in a single day, but that is the goal. And with summer weather coming, I don’t think that will be a problem.
I plan to return to the Tasteful Olive soon and try other fruit/vinegar pairings. For example, I think Blueberries with Blackberry vinegar; Navel Orange with Blood Orange vinegar; Limes with Sicilian Lemon Vinegar; or Lemons with Pineapple Vinegar.
The possibilities are nearly limitless!
And as an added benefit, these vinegars could be paired with a good olive oil for a fruity salad dressing – perfect for summer!
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