Triple Citrus Cooler

MAKES 2 SERVINGS • PREP TIME: 5 minutes • COOK TIME: 25 minutes


When I want to go from “wow” to “YOWZA!” with a drink, I boil it down into a syrup. This one’s made with grapefruit, lemon, and orange. And sometimes inspiration will strike, and I will add fresh herbs, in this case thyme. Then I boil, watch, wait, and strain. Surprise–I have a syrup of epic proportions that is bracingly refreshing.

1 grapefruit
1 Meyer lemon
1 orange
1 cup filtered water
8 sprigs fresh thyme or lemon thyme
1 tablespoon honey or coconut
palm sugar (optional)
Frozen berries (optional)
2 cups seltzer water
Lemon or other citrus slices, for garnish

Juice the citrus into a saucepan; you should have about 1 cup of juice total. Add the water and thyme. Over medium heat, bring the liquid to a strong simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until it is reduced by half. Do not stir.

Fill 2 glasses with ice or frozen berries, add 1/4 cup of syrup to each and top off with seltzer water. Garnish with a slice of lemon or other citrus.

Reprinted with permission from The Healthy Mind Cookbook Copyright © 2015 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.

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