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Photo by David Kiang

I get a hammer and a screwdriver and put the disk part on top of the ring. I pound a hole into the disk with the screwdriver, being careful not to drive it so hard that I damage the table beneath.water lid Then I flip the lid and whack it with a hammer to seal the scratchy edges.  I usually have to wiggle in a bigger hole with the screwdriver,  because I like fat straws.

Do this. Don’t buy water in plastic bottles. Just don’t.watermelon 1

And drink this all day – (from my book of course).

Homemade Watermelon Ginger Elixir 

3 quarts lemonade
2 cups watermelon juice (puree watermelon in a blender to make juice)
2 cups or more ginger juice
Ice
Sprigs of fresh mint, rosemary, or lavender

Mix everything together in a beautiful pitcher. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Excellent wth a shot of vodka.

Lemonade

2 cups sugar – –  2 cups fresh lemon juice – – 3 quarts water

Melt sugar and lemon juice together in a small pan over medium-high heat just until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, combine them in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is melted, also about 10 minutes.) Remove from heat and mix in enough water to make 1 gallon.The concentrate keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. Mix with water before serving.

Ginger Juice

1 pound fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced or chopped in a food processor – –  4 quarts of water

Place ginger and water in a stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook at a high simmer until reduced to a quart, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, strain ginger pieces from the liquid, and store in a clean quart container.

(To make a cup of healing tisane, mix 1/4 cup Ginger Concentrate with 3/4 cup hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon and sweeten to taste.)

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