First came bottled water, then designer water, then flavored and electrolyte-enhanced designer water. Then came the backlash: bottled water is not only harmful to the environment for its unnecessary packaging but also for the cost of transporting it to the consumer. But how can we go back to plain, boring tap after becoming accustomed to cracking open a bottle of our favorite artisanal H2O? The new book, Cool Waters by New York food stylist Brian Preston-Campbell, celebrates what can be done with plain, boring tap water — from mineral-packed post-workout drinks to sophisticated pairing ideas. How refreshing.
Excerpted from Cool Waters, The Green Herb Infusion:
juice of 1/2 lime
4 cups still water
1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves
4-6 fresh peppermint leaves
2 fresh basil leaves
5 mustard seeds
Add the lime juice and 3 cups of water to a large pitcher. Place the parsley, peppermint, basil, and mustard seeds in a blender with the remaining 1 cup water. Purée until smooth, for about 1 minute. Strain the puréed mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.