For Mother’s Day, Mouse’s pre-school staff “interviewed” all the children about their mummies. The transcript of which was then edited for highlights and sharpie-markered into a card, with a lovely, indiscernible drawing on the front. Mouse’s card included these greats:
Q: Mummy’s real name? A: Mummy.
Q: Mummy’s job? A: Being a mummy.
Q: Mummy’s favourite food? A: Peas and sweetcorn. (Well, she’s not wrong, I do LIKE a good serving of P&S but if pressed my favourite food is probably bread. All the bread.)
Q: Mummy’s favourite drink? (Oh Christ…) A: Water.
I lol’d heartily at this and made a few badly received jokes about sticking to clear spirits before 5pm, but actually she’s not far off. I’ve always got a bottle of water on the go and I have a little rotation system in my fridge of a day bottle, a night bottle and a gym bottle. I do enjoy a system. Plus bottles mean I know how much I’ve drunk, rather than trying to remember how many half glasses I’ve downed standing at the kitchen sink.
When we’re out, Mouse and I usually share a bottle, but to be honest I’m getting a tad fed up with her simultaneously monopolising it, and contaminating the contents with her backwash. So, our new bottles sent to us from Infruition are perfecto. They’re the ones with a plastic chamber suspended inside, which you can fill with fruit, veg, herbs etc to infuse the water with loveliness. Mouse has the Kids version, and I have the Mini version so I can shove them both in the changing bag. Both have a capacity of 450ml, and Mouse’s bottle has a really sweet design that made her feel very esteemed because “your bottle is all plain, mummy. Mine has sunglasses on!”
Admittedly, when I first thought about infusing water, lemon was pretty much as imaginative as I got. Perhaps a slice of cucumber at a push. But each bottle comes with a code so that you can access a 28-day recipe plan online. Recipes? For water? Surely not. Dear reader, there are sodding loads of them. Each one details out a rough cost per bottle and gives you some nice wellbeing stats on the ingredients. Basically anything that resembles an alcoholic beverage and is potent enough to hide the lack of booze is good with me – so I went for a Mousejito (yes. I’m totally calling it that) for my first infruiton, slightly modified from a Mojito recipe up on the site.
½ lime cut into small wedges
Juice of 1 whole lime
10 mint leaves, crushed (well, rubbed about and ripped a bit)
Drizzle of honey (healthier than brown sugar….ahem…)
Ice cubes (if you’re lucky enough to have an ice crushing machine on your freezer then I WANT TO LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE!)
You could actually make this alcoholic, if you wanted to, by adding some rum and tonic water rather than straight “normal” water. But, as my outing was pre-watershed, I stuck to the virgin version.
Mouse, bless her, is suffering this week with that most god-awful affliction, the summer cold. Not only is she sweating profusely about the gills because it’s 30 degrees, but her eyes are red-rimmed and she’s up half the night sneezing and coughing. She’s been a bit miserable, which in turn makes me miserable because I have to put up with her. So, for her infruition, I suggested that we whip up a magic medicine to make her feel a bit more zingy, also helpfully making use of what I had in the fridge.
6 Blackberries, slightly ‘bruised’ from enthusiastic toddler fingers
A small thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (mummy sized thumb)
5 mint leaves, again a little worse for wear from exuberant picking
Ice cubes (to turn this into a “frozen drink” which Mouse thinks is the don of the drink world)
A small tip for you, don’t goad your child into eating raw ginger because you think it might be funny. We had to halt proceedings for a while until the burning sensation stopped.
Et voila – two very healthy drinks bottles, ready to go. Generally, anything with a citrus infusion can be topped up with water and last pretty much all day. Berries tend to have a shorter infruition-y shelf life and need to be refreshed every 3-4 refills. Don’t waste the fruit though – eat it!
I love these bottles. They don’t leak, the colours are snazzy and they’re made from BPA-free triton plastic. They do a larger version of my mini, as well as a sports version with a grippy handle. Fancy one for yourself before the heatwave dissipates? I’ve managed to bag my readers 15% off by quoting MOUSE15 when ordering from Infruition. I’m good to you like that.
– SJW July 2016