Decked-Out Water

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.


Makes 12 cups

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours


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


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.