Kumquat, Pineapple & Lemon Balm Water
Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014
This healthy, herbal water celebrates the end of winter, and welcomes spring. Kumquats are fun citrus fruits to feature as a flavorful garnish. I cheated and used frozen pineapple. My lemon balm plant is sending up its’ new growth, and won’t suffer an early harvest. To say the least, it is a robust plant. A four inch pot at the beginning of the growing season will be a beast by the end of the summer. Besides lemon balm’s lively lemon flavor, it is a trouble-free plant to grow, and has numerous medicinal qualities. Lemon balm has calming, antiviral, and antiseptic benefits. It is deserving of the garden space it claims.
Whenever I have a gathering, I like to have a big pitcher of an herbal water to serve as a non-alcoholic choice. About an hour before your gathering, put the kumquats, pineapple pieces, and lemon balm leaves in your pitcher of water. Give them a swirl every now and then. When it’s party time, add your ice. For this photo, I decided to put some of my ingredients on a bamboo skewer. Besides showing off the ingredients, it also doubled as a giant swizzle stick.
And of course, this doesn’t need to be strictly a non-alcoholic beverage. White wine with sparkling water, Prosecco or your favorite bubbly would easily join forces with the kumquats, pineapple and lemon balm.