An easy way to drink more H2013

Posted on March 20, 2008 by ChristieDrinks, Gluten Free

Pink Grapefruit Drink

Pink Grapefruit
[Pink grapefruit and sparkling mineral water drink]

Some people find it really hard to drink the necessary 8 glasses of water a day. Personally, I love water and can’t get enough of the stuff, but sometimes I do feel like a fizzy drink. I’m hesitant to buy the commercial ones available because they’re full of sugar and nasty additives which can make you fat and hyperactive. Not a good combo.

There’s lots of flavoured waters on the market, but I find them far too sweet and they’re always a ‘fake’ version of the fruit flavour. (What did I expect?)

So when I feel like something bubbly, what I like to do is squeeze some citrus fruit into a half mix of sparkling mineral water or soda water with fresh cold water. I especially love pink grapefruit, but lime, lemon, mandarin and blood orange also work really well. Add a few ice cubes and maybe some mint and you’ll never think water is boring again!*

If you don’t feel like a fizzy drink you can replace the sparkling water with still bottled water – it will be just as refreshing.

Happy drinking, Christie


Pink Grapefruit Drink
makes approx 1.25 litres

4 pink grapefruits
750ml sparkling mineral water or soda water
250ml cold water
Ice cubes, sugar, mint leaves (optional)

Slice the grapefruits in half. Squeeze the juice from each half by hand into a large jug (you could use a juicer if you prefer). Top with the mineral water and cold water and stir to combine. Add ice cubes, sugar and mint if using, stir again and serve.

*Just a little note, I’m not suggesting you never drink plain water again. This type of drink could be included into your daily liquid count as a treat; you obviously can’t drink sparkling mineral water all the time, you’d have some serious gas problems!


Definitely Chocolate

  • What a great, simple idea! I am trying to remember to drink more water but this will definitely help.

  • Love the photos!

  • Ken

    Yes I agree. Nice photos! seeing them makes me. Time for more drink. =D~

  • Hi Tangobaby,

    Let me know how you go! Grapefruit, lime, orange – your favourite?

    Hi Ju’eta,

    Thank you! I love the colour, it really brightens my day.

    Hi Ken,

    Cheers! Drink up. ;)

  • Kim

    Looks refreshing. I am going to make this my new cocktail. Your photography is really very nice. Besides your natural talent, what kind of camera do you use?

  • Hi Kim,
    Thanks very much. This would be perfect as a cocktail – a big splash of vodka or gin would really take it to the next level.

    I don’t use professional equipment. I’ve just bought a Sony Cybershot DSC-H3, it’s a digital with manual settings, but not a true D-SLR (check my About page for a link to a picture). As you can see, it works really well, especially in natural light. I never use flash when photographing food. I’m hoping to get a fancy lens for my camera later this year.

    As you mentioned, practice and a creative eye are the best tools you can ever have. Styling and lighting has a lot to do with a great food shot. ‘Lighting’ can often just mean a large piece of white cardboard positioned to the side of the shot (I do that a lot).
    There’s some great websites out there with tips, my favourite is: http://stilllifewith.com/

    Best of luck!

  • mmm, fizzy water with fruit. i probably drink about 2 liters a day (we make our own fizzy water). my fav is a splash of pure cranberry (no sugar, no other kinds of juice as fillers), but i can totally get behind some grapefruit and mint. yum!

  • That sounds delicious!

  • Ken

    Thanks for sharing stilllifewith.com I will check it out right away!

  • Hi Michelle,

    I love cranberry too – you’re right, it must be sugar free.
    ps. I love your blog!

    Hi Jessica,

    Don’t take my word for it – give it a go ;)

    Hi Ken,

    You’re welcome!

  • I make this “spa water” quite frequently, and I reserve it for a lovely glass pitcher, a stemmed glass, and a little tray. If we present something to ourselves as if we’re worth it, and it’s visually appealing, we’ll drink it all day, with more fervor.

    One extra tip which will work beautifully in your grapefruit spa water — freeze a batch of whole cranberries, blueberries, kumquats or even grapes. When you serve your grapefruit water, just add ONE blueberry and grape, one kumquat, etc. They are delicate and small, act as fruit ice cubes, melt slowly, and look so beautiful.

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  • Mark

    Here’s my favorite spa water combo:
    To a pitcher of spring water I add 1 lemon thinly sliced, a handful of sliced cucumber rounds, and a some roughly chopped fresh basil leaves. This is extremely refreshing in the summer.

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