If you’re anything like us, then the new year is finally becoming a reality. Yes, we are well aware that it’s mid-February! But our January was full of so many extraordinary events, including a lovely trip to Paris and a brief stop in Dallas, where Laura won the prestigious ARTS Award. Not to mention, a day trip to North Carolina to prepare for Laura’s Rowe Showcase. It was a go-go-go month! But now we are ready to settle down and re-commit to the new year with fresh eyes and fresh hearts.

Meet Kelli Bunch

Our good friend Kelli Bunch knows just what to do if you’re thinking about restarting the year right. Kelli is the brilliantly talented entrepreneur behind KB Table, a full-service catering and events company here in Houston. Today, Kelli is sharing with us her favorite way to recharge in the new year: more water. Drinking more water is one of Kelli’s resolutions in 2020, and we thought it would be wonderful for her to share her favorite infusion recipes on our blog.

 

Kelli Bunch strikes a pose in the kitchen of interior designer, Laura Umansky

Kelli strikes a pose in Laura”s kitchen

Thank you so much, Laura and team! The holidays are one of my busiest times of the year, so it seems like I’m only now recovering from it all. I’m focusing now on enjoying life and starting fresh. Drinking more water is one of my resolutions this year, and I’m sharing a few recipes that helps me do that.

Kelli’s Ginger Lemon Tea

I make this all year long, but especially in the colder months to help keep me warm or fight off any viruses or the common cold. I love the way this tea makes my kitchen smell and it livens your body within the first few sips. Not only is this homemade concoction delicious, there are so many benefits to drinking this tea!

BENEFITS:

  • Aids in digestion
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Strengthens immunity
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort
  • Detox
  • Helps fight off common cold

An assortment of berries and citrus fruits

Ginger Lemon Tea Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into 1’4” slices

Juice of 2 Lemons, (Save the squeezed lemons to put in the sauce pan)

2 Tablespoons fresh honey (use local honey if you can get your hands on it!)

5 cups water

Directions:

In a saucepan, add fresh ginger, lemon juice + squeezed lemons and 5 cups of water and bring mixture to boil.

Let mixture boil for about 2 minutes, then reduce heat to low and cover with a lid and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Discard lemon pieces. Stir in honey.

Pour into your favorite coffee mug and enjoy!

Note: The longer the tea steeps, the more flavorful it becomes!

I have this tea all the time throughout the colder months. But it’s great any time of the year! Ginger is great for digestion, and this tea is wonderful after a large meal.

Pomegranate beverages next to a vintage vase

Holiday indulgence (easy to do with these beautiful pomegranate cocktails from Kelli!) begs for a reset. Kelli prepares an assortment of anti-oxidant-rich waters to recharge in the new year.

Infused Waters:

For me, drinking more water is one of my New Year’s resolutions. Infusing water with fresh fruit and herbs is fun way to trick yourself into drinking more water! I find that making a big pitcher of them at the beginning of the week is the easiest! Also, the water becomes more flavorful the longer it sits, I recommend letting the infused water sit overnight in order to achieve the full “infused” effect. Keeps in fridge for 3-4 days.

Tip: Refill the pitcher with water between each use so you aren’t constantly making a new batch every day

Directions:

Once you wash your fruit, cut and slice fruit accordingly. Add fruit into a pitcher of your choice. Fill with water all the way up and cover with a lid. Let sit overnight in the fridge for best results.

Lemon, Mint & Cucumber – Helps flatter belly

Ginger, Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar – Boosts metabolism, aids in digestion

Strawberry & Mint – I love swapping out the mint for basil in the summertime!

Blueberry, Orange, Mint – Blueberries are an antioxidant 

Orange, Lemon & Basil – Such a refreshing combination that is full of Vitamin C

Thank you, Kelli, for the great tips!

We find that a resolution becomes less of a chore when it is wrapped in a beautiful package. These beautiful infusers (found at Frontgate) look fabulous on the counter! They are designed by Martin Kastner, a trained blacksmith, artist, and founder of Crucial Detail, a shop dedicated to the fusion of food and design. He is recognized for his serviceware concepts at the famed Chicago restaurant Alinea, widely considered one of the best in the world. He created the porthole infuser for The Aviary, a cocktail bar in the West Loop of Chicago, also belonging to the Alinea Group. It is stunning!

The Porthole Infuser by Martin Kastner