Drink this herbal tonic half an hour before exercising, or have a glass with a light lunch. The green herbs are packed full of nutrients such as beta carotene, chlorophyll, and B vitamins. I find this to be a soothing, almost addictive tonic. See more advice on how to make infused water, and check out some stylish water bottles so you can take it with you.

  • Yield: 4 drinks
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 5 mins, plus 1 hr chilling time 
  • Active: 5 mins 

Ingredients (6)

  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 4 cups still water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
  • 4 to 6 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 5 mustard seeds


  1. Add the lime juice and 3 cups of water to a large pitcher.
  2. Place the parsley, peppermint, basil, and mustard seeds in a blender with the remaining 1 cup water. Purée until smooth, for about 1 minute.
  3. Strain the puréed mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Excerpted from Cool Waters, by Brian Preston-Campbell © 2009, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press. Photo © 2009, by Jerry Errico from the book Cool Waters.