If you are like, me, you enjoy something nice and cold to drink on a warm summer day. And while I love a cold glass of iced tea or lemonade, sometimes it is nice to switch things up a bit. Sparkling water gives you that nice fizz you love about soda, but without all the sugar. To add a little flavor, add some fruit to your glass. Manuela Davis came up with great idea for enjoying a simple tonic (or sparkling water) with fresh fruit that has been frozen. On a hot day the frozen fruit serves as ice cubes. You can keep your drink cold but it won’t get watered down. Instead, you just get some great additional flavor infused into your tonic. If you pick red, white and blue fruits, it is a great way to show off some patriotic pride as well. You can easily make just what you need for this Patriotic Tonic recipe.
tonic water (or sparkling water)
fruit: watermelon, strawberries, apples, blueberries
Ball watermelon and apples with melon baller. (For one serving, use about 1/4 of an apple and 3 watermelon balls.) Once you ball the apple, squeeze some lemon juice over it before you put it in the fridge to avoid browning.
On a dish freeze all the fruits you intend to use in the pitcher/cup.
Right before serving add all the the frozen fruits to the pitcher or cup and then add your beverage.
It works great with sparkling water. But you can use a lemon lime soda or lemonade for this too. If you intend to serve adults you can use your favorite white wine instead!
Enjoy this patriotic sparkling water at your next celebration! It makes a great alternative to traditional sodas or alcoholic drinks and will certainly impress guests!