When the sun finally comes out, there is nothing quite like an English summer. Full, leafy trees, green lawns, freshly-cut grass, roses, lavender, strawberries, tennis, picnics, Pimms, long, light evenings and blackberries in hedgerows.

The problem is that when warm weather finally does arrive, we’re so unused to it — and excited about it — that we struggle to cope. Heatwaves always lead to a rise in A+E admissions, cases of dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Sadly, there are almost always fatalities too.

Moral of the story: stay safe in the sun (read the NHS guidelines here!) and drink plenty of water. If you’re not someone who really likes water or you tend not to drink enough of it, this is a nice little recipe to make it more flavoursome and super refreshing. It’s perfect for serving on a hot day, giving you hydration and vitamins in one hit.

Measurements are pretty rough, because it really depends on how much you’re making/which flavours you want to stand out. Feel free to play around with it!

For one jug


  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Handful of thinly sliced cucumber
  • Half a lime, thinly sliced
  • Half a lemon, thinly sliced
  • Two handfuls of fresh berries (I used blueberries and sliced strawberries)
  • Lots of ice!
  • Water (obviously)

If you have a bit of time before serving, add everything to the jug EXCEPT the ice and leave it in the fridge for the flavours to infuse for 20 minutes or so. Then just add the ice immediately before serving. If you don’t have time for that, just add everything immediately.


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