Infusing fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc... in water has its roots in Spanish cuisine and is commonly referred to as aguas frescas. The flavor is light and fresh, but not quite as heavy as a juice, and not as plain as water, either.
A single fruit flavor or complementary fruit flavors can be refreshing, but if you want to be more adventurous with your flavors, try adding in an herb such as mint. There are no rules against sweetening your water with sugar, honey or agave nectar, if you so desire.
Likewise, when using the Salad Zinger to make dressings, flavored oils, vinegars and syrups, you may choose from a wide variety of options, brands and types of base liquids to infuse. Begin with light, mild oil like safflower or canola, or try olive oil and grape seed oil, which work well too.
You can use your Zinged oils for dipping, as a base for sautéing or even as added flavor to plain pastas.
Let your imagination be your guide. Enjoy!
Below are samples of ingredients that can be used to formulate your next Zing creation!
|Berries||Cucumber||Mint||Cocoa powder||Agave nectar|
|Peach||Mango||Tomatoes||Lavender||Cinnamon sticks||Raw sugar|
|Watermelon||Pineapple||Hot chili peppers||Cilantro||Ginger||Syrup cherries|
|Garlic||Mandarin oranges in syrup|