<b>PHOTO</b> TED CAVANAUGH
<b>FOOD STYLING</b> JAMIE KIMM
<b>PROP STYLING</b> CHLOE DALEY
Plain H2O isn’t so boring anymore. In fact, you could say that water is trending – and the flavoured, sugar-free, sparkling kind is in the dominant spot. Dozens of exotic, zero-calorie flavours make bubblies perfect homemade refreshments. Besides keeping you happy and hydrated, the fizz is a whiz in so many other ways – think cocktails, icy treats, and even fancy ice cubes. Sam Talbot, chef of Brooklyn’s Pretty Southern and author of 100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh, shares cool ways to put your water to work.
FREEZE FAB ICE CUBES
As these begin to melt, they give your drink effervescence and a fresh, herbal ﬂavour.
Lime-Herb Ice Cubes
Pluck leaves from thyme sprigs, Thai basil, lemon verbena, or cilantro. Drop them into ice cube trays and pour in sparkling lime water.
GO BOOZY- BUBBLY
Make your standard margarita livelier by adding these sweet and spicy hits.
Put thin slices of serrano chilli and ice cubes of sparkling lime water and cilantro in a chilli salt-rimmed glass. Fill halfway with a classic margarita, and top with sparkling lime water.
MAKE ICE POPS
Try the ﬂavour combo below or experiment on your own. Be creative – you truly can’t go wrong.
Tropical Citrus Pops
Blend fresh pineapple or mango (or both) with fresh lemon or lime juice, stir in grapefruit sparkling water and freeze into pops.
TRY A FIZZY- FRUITY DRINK
This is a twist on that good, old-fashioned lemonade/iced tea combo, but it’s much tastier and healthier.
Strawberry Arnold Palmer
Blend fresh strawberries with fresh lemon juice and lemon tea, strain into a glass, and top with pineapple- strawberry sparkling water.