You know when you pay what feels like an obscene amount of money for fresh herbs to then only use a few pieces, let the remaining amount sit in your fridge, to then have it go bad and have to throw it away? We’ve all been there and it’s so frustrating. For this holiday season, we wanted to pass along a tried and true tip for your extra rosemary that doesn’t make it into your turkey brine or stuffing. Add it to your ice water! Seriously. This is our favorite way to drink water any time of year. Not only is it calorie and sugar-free, it is bursting with flavor and pairs well with a hearty meal.
Rosemary, a fresh herb that is a member of the mint family, is a favorite in my Mom’s household. I wouldn’t be surprised if she put it in her breakfast cereal… She uses the stuff in EVERYTHING. For the rest of us in the general population, though, we usually only use rosemary in recipes that specifically call for it, which is often in holiday recipes. That’s why we wanted to pass this recipe (it’s only two ingredients so maybe it’s not technically a recipe) along to you all as the holidays are right around the corner and you may be looking for drink options that aren’t loaded with added sugar like traditional cocktails, sodas, and dessert drinks.
Aside from the fact that rosemary provides a delicious flavor to many dishes, it is also known for its nutritional benefits. This fresh herb has been used throughout history for digestion problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas, liver and gallbladder problems, loss of appetite, gout, coughs and colds, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss. Additionally, when rosemary is extracted into an oil, it can be used to treat skin irritations such as eczema, for joint problems such as arthritis, and aiding in the healing of skin bruising.
So, when you’re sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner this year, take a few extra sprigs of fresh rosemary, throw them into a pitcher of ice water, and wow your guests with this simple and delicious way to stay hydrated! Cheers!
Total time: 30 seconds
5 sprigs fresh rosemary
Pitcher ice water
- Add rosemary to ice water.
- Drink up!