Muddling is a technique bartenders use to help release the flavor of drink components, usually fruits, herbs and spices. Muddling is similar to using a mortar and pestle in cooking. It's great for bringing out the flavor in something without the use of heat.
For a fun spin on your water, try Muddled Mojito Water.
Muddled Mojito Water In bottom of pitcher, place lime pieces and 1 sprig mint.
1/2 lime (cut into 2 pieces)
2 sprigs of mint (to your taste), reserve one for garnish
2-4 cups unsweetened black cherry sparkling water, or unflavored, if preferred
• Using a muddler or back of any spoon, smash the lime and mint together to release the lime juice and oils from the mint.
•Add 2-4 cups sparkling water (amount depends on how strong you want the flavor to be) and stir.
• Pour flavored water over ice, garnish with a mint sprig and serve.
Watermelon Ginger Spritzer
Sparkling water is the perfect solution if you don’t like water and prefer the carbonation of soda. There are many varieties and flavors, and it's still zero calories. Just be sure to pay attention when choosing. Some sparkling water beverages contain sugar – not necessary if you’re creating your own flavors.
Instead of greeting your guests with alcohol at your next dinner party, start with a sparkling water spritzer. You could even set out ingredients for your guests to create their own.
4 cubes (1 1/2-inches) of watermelon In large glass place watermelon and ginger slices.
1 piece ginger (1/2-inch), peeled and sliced
1-2 cups sparkling water
•Add sparkling water.
Drink immediately or let sit for a few minutes to overnight to allow flavors to intensify.