September 13, 2012

How to make your own MetroMint Water

I have always loved MetroMint and when I first started drinking it the company only put out Peppermint Water and Spearmint Water.  Now there is all sorts of other flavors like, CherryMint, and LemonMint, and even GooseberryMint.  But the price of each bottle soon adds up, so I went on a hunt to find out how to make my own in a pinch and here is what I discovered.

I used the peppermint herb for my water, but spearmint or even peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) could be used.

What I found with the essential oil though, it wouldn't dissolve.  You know, because water doesn't mix with oil.  But if you were in a hurry just to get the mint flavor, I could see dropping a few drops in the water and making a dash to the gym or work in the morning with it.  No harm there.  

Here's what I did with my mint-water:   I took a few snips of leaves from my peppermint herb.  

Washed them thoroughly and cut them into smaller pieces.  I then boiled them for about 30 minutes over high heat.

Then strained out the leaves from the water.  


I smashed them a bit with the backside of a spoon just to make sure all the oils from the leaves were extracted.

I allowed it to cool to room temperature and then placed it in my fridge.

I poured 1/2 cup of peppermint water to 32 oz. of water in my water bottle.  It works best when the water is ice cold.  It has a slight tint to it from the leaves, but it taste the same.  You can even add this to some lemon water and get the same flavor as LemonMint.  Be sure when you use any type of essential oils (especially citrus) that you store those in glass containers.  The oils will eat through and break down plastic containers.

Enjoy your homemade MetroMin water! :-)

(Metromint water is a registered trademark of Soma Beverage Company, LLC.)


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