It took me a while, but I eventually caught on.
Do you know how many delicious beverages are naturally fitting for our 'free diet?
Yep. A whole lot of them.
I finally caught on to the fact that in order to get snazz and pizazz flavors, I no longer had to look at craftily concocted casseroles. It was really much simpler than that. The most basic of ingredients come together to make a glassful of something refreshing, comforting, and satisfying to our taste buds. It takes little to no culinary expertise to fill a mug with deliciousness.
The variations of teas, lemonades, coffees, hot chocolates, and juices are practically endless. Such a basic concept staring me right in the face the whole time.
I get it now: It's all in the cup.
Here's one to try:
Perfectly lemony with subtle refreshing mint. This is proof the most simple ingredients come together to become the most elegant of flavors. The flavor, oh! I kid you not: it's like lazily basking in a shaded hammock on a carefree summer day while feeling like you're decked out in the finest of jewels at a red carpet event. Best of all worlds. Make your average day memorable with this treat.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup spearmint leaves
1 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 cups water
Stir sugar and 1 cup of water together in a saucepan. While stirring, heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour simple syrup into a bowl with a lid (for refrigeration).
Give mint leaves a quick tear and add to simple syrup. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.
Remove mint leaves from syrup and stir syrup, lemon juice, and 6 cups of water together. Serve over ice.