479. Summer Fruit Punch (Jamie's Drinks Tube)
Jamie's Drinks Tube Video
I just happened to have a few fresh strawberries left from the weekend, along with half a lemon. My herb garden is so overgrown it's not even funny. So I sliced up some berries, zested the lemon, picked some thyme tips and mint leaves, and threw everything into a glass pitcher.
The one thing I never really got about infused water was how it really got much flavour. I figured the fruit was just being wasted, really. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention, but Jamie hammered the point home when he said to boil the kettle, and think of it like a tea. You need to let it steep for 15 minutes or so, before adding the ice.
You can see everything floating around in there, right after the boiling water was added. It's still looks like water.
But look at the difference a few minutes makes! I added the juice of half a lemon, a tray of ice cubes and stirred. I couldn't believe my eyes. It actually looks like fruit punch! And flavour............mega flavour. I was tempted to add a pinch of sugar or honey but stopped myself. That would be missing the point. It's very refreshing and sugar-free. :)