Dreaming of spring weather? I know I am! Why not trick your senses and try this delicious, fruity treat until the sun comes out? Lemon water can get boring after a while, so here you have a healthy, but prettier, treat that you can look forward to and that won’t set you behind on your goals. There’s literally no added sugar — just good old mint, tangy lime, tart lemon and some natural sweetness from a Pink Lady Apple. For an added kick of sweetness, you can add a dash of the secret ingredient — Cipriani Bellini Peach Soda if you’re in dire straits — I won’t tell anyone. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does! Here’s what you’ll need:

Nutrishus Fruity Iced Water

  • 8 cups water

  • 4 cups ice

  • 1 handful of fresh mint

  • 5 lemons

  • 5 limes

  • 1-2 Pink Lady Apples

Fill a large measuring pitcher or metal bowl halfway with ice. Add water. Slice 4 lemons and 4 limes in thin 1/4 inch slices. Juice the other lime and lemon the traditional way and add to iced water. Cut Pink Lady Apple in quarters, core middle and slice in thin 1/4 inch slices. Plop fruit in with the iced water. Take a handful of mint – add more or less to your liking – and rip into tiny pieces.

Plop mint in with fruity iced water and stir. Serve in cute glasses and don’t be afraid to decorate with a colorful straw or an extra peel on the side!

Now, wait just a minute. Upperclassmen: Here’s the twisted version!

The best part is if you already have your Fruity Iced Water in the fridge, the hard part is over. Just fish some of that fruit out of your water and you’re halfway finished with the weekend-friendly version … The Nutrishus Bellini!

Nutrishus Bellini

You’ll need:

  • 1 bottle chilled champagne (don’t worry about getting too fancy here, Barefoot will do!)

  • 3 tbs-1/4 cup Cipriani Bellini Peach Juice Soda per glass

  • Fruit – lemons, limes, Pink Lady Apples and blueberries for color

  • Fresh mint

  • Ice (optional)

Take the delicious, tangy fruit from the pitcher you made earlier (which by now has added flavor since it’s been marinating in a pitcher of citrus all day) and add it to your glass. Add about 3 tablespoons of Cipriani Bellini Peach Juice Soda and top it off with champagne. Add some blueberries for added color. Watch it bubble to the top and jump for joy knowing you created this monster. Take a Pink Lady Apple and lemon slice, tack it to the side of the glass, et voilà. Happy spring! It’ll be a hit, so make sure you make extras!

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Bon appétit et bonne santé,

Trish

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