Functional drinks, both hot and cold.
That’s something I have been tinkering with all my life
I started long before they – and all detox talk – became fashionable. My father Z’L, who knew every herb and plant and their many benefits, helped heal many booboos with some potion or other. You might say he gave me the functional drinks bug. Bad Cold? He poured boiling water over oregano, strained the infused mixture and added honey. Upset stomach (I remember we kids used to balk at this one but still drank it)? Seltzer with lemon juice, ground cumin and bicarbonate of soda, better know as baking soda. Every herb, every plant was turned into a drink, hot or cold, in the time it took for water to boil: Mint, basil, verveine, rosemary, sage, ginger, lavender, rose hips, hibiscus, fenugreek, turmeric, you name it, it landed in our cups.
Good chip off the old block that I am, I keep up the making of functional drinks, and expand my collection constantly. I serve them to my guests all the time; not a peep about the total absence of soda, which I never buy and never serve. Making your own drinks richly rewards your little investment of patience and advance planning .
Homemade Functional Drinks are a snap to make
They are well worth making at home at great savings. Once you have a few non-BPA pitchers, and strainers, you are on your way. I love the disposable tea bags as much as the larger reusable fabric bags, all inexpensive and all available online. Take a look at the reusable strainer, pictured, which reaches all the way to the bottom of the pitcher. This is where I love to make my cold brew. Just lift the strainer out of the pitcher, and you’re done: No hassle whatsoever.
There is no limit to how many wonderful functional drinks you can make at home, in minutes and with pennies.
Here are just a few examples: All my pitchers are 2 liters: a little over 2 quarts.
Lemonade gets a whole chapter all its own
Wait till you see how many lemonade variations are listed. This includes the big Limonana star!