A red, white, and blue drink for the 4th of July that's simply berry and herb-infused water!
Looking forward to getting together with friends and family this Fourth of July? Me too! At ours, everyone brings food to share, and this year I'm keeping it simple yet festive: a beautiful yet simple salad with herbs and edible flowers from my garden, cut veggies with my family's favorite hummus, and a big dispenser of this red, white, and blue drink - it's like a pitcher filled with beautiful fireworks, yet it's so easy to do!
What makes this a red, white, and blue drink
White: chamomile flowers (or coconut chips)
Blue: blueberries and lavender (optional)
Tips for making Star Spangled Water
• Keep it simple. If you don't have access to chamomile flowers, no sweat! Try coconut flakes or chips. It's beautiful and festive with just strawberries and blueberries, too.
• Have extra water available to refill the pitcher. The flavors will be milder but still there and pleasant when refilled. You can always add more ingredients for more flavor.
• Have extra strawberries on-hand to refresh, especially for a long gathering. The strawberries tend to fade over time. If you prefer to remove the old strawberries, bring along a spider strainer, skimmer, or tongs to remove them.
• To bring out the most star-spangled goodness, slice blueberries in half to reveal the starburst pattern inside. The chamomile flowers also read as little stars. Feel free to add any other edible red, white, and/or blue flowers that resemble stars, too.
Serve the whole crowd
If you have a large group (more than the recipe's 8), use a big water dispenser and double or triple the recipe to suit your needs!
Star Spangled Water
- A large pitcher/water dispenser (2 - 3 quarts)
- 5 strawberries organic/pesticide-free if possible
- ½ cup blueberries organic/pesticide-free if possible
- 10 chamomile flowers optional - or use a few tablespoons of coconut chips
- 5 lavender flowers optional
- 2 ½ quarts filtered water or up to 3 quarts per recipe
- For each strawberry, pull the stem off, then carefully cut out the bit of stem remaining so that it indents like the top of a heart. Holding the strawberry upright, slice the strawberry top to bottom so that the slices resemble hearts. You should have 3-4 slices per strawberry.
- Slice each blueberry in half horizontally.
- Place all the washed, prepared ingredients into the pitcher, then fill with water. (If traveling, wait to do this at your location so that it doesn't spill!)
- The strawberries can fade over time, so having extra to replenish can be helpful. If you'd like, remove the original strawberries with tongs or strainer when adding the new.