Mint Water Is the Most Refreshing Summer Drink

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Earlier today I shared the first installment of my visit with Sandrine Follère, a French artist living in Toulouse. When I arrived at Sandrine's door, slightly late and a bit overheated from the warmth of southern, sunny Toulouse, she handed me a cold glass of the most refreshing water — and it's all I want to drink now.

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It was utterly simple: a pitcher of water with a large bunch of fresh mint inside, chilled and cold from the fridge. The water had a faint sweetness from the mint; it tasted like how a garden smells.

I gulped it down (did I mention that Toulouse gets really hot?) and it was truly the most refreshing thing I've had all summer. Now I can hardly wait to go home and designate a pitcher to hold this refreshing concoction back home.

Have you ever tried this? I often put fruit like lemons or grapefruit in water, and we've all seen the cucumbers bobbing in the water at fancy hotels, but mint was new to me, and exactly the right thing for a hot day.

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