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Decked-Out Water

Prep time 5 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield Makes 12 cups
This is a standard at Assistant Test Kitchens Director James Schend's dinner parties. "It's flavored water that's more refreshing than plain tap or bottled water," he says.


  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 12 cups water
  • 3 thin orange slices
  • 3 thin lemon slices
  • 3 fresh, thin ginger slices
  • 3 fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro sprigs
  • 6 fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • Garnish: fresh parsley or cilantro sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Cut 2 thin lengthwise slices from cucumber. Reserve remaining for another use.

  2. Stir together cucumber slices, 12 cups water, and next 5 ingredients in a pitcher; cover and chill 1 hour. Pour over ice in glasses before serving. Garnish, if desired.