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Recipe: rehydrate with a jalapeño seltzer

recipe jalapeno-seltzer

I’m on a jalapeño kick. I want it in everything from salads to guacamole to stir fry. I love the heat and the little kick in the pants its flavor gives meals. That’s why when thinking about a refreshing yet unique after workout drink; I was drawn to adding a bit of jalapeño to the mix.

The weather here in Boston is finally starting to warm up after what seems like an eternity of cold months. The other day, I got out for my first afternoon run in 75 plus degree weather. It felt amazing to be out without the layers but it also reminded me of one of the downfalls of summer running: dehydration.

Sure we can replenish with the usual water or sports drink, but after my run I had something better in mind. A jalapeño seltzer! It’s refreshing and slightly sweet with a hint of heat at the very end. It also only has about 45 calories per drink, give or take a few if you use less simple syrup. It’s so addicting that I keep stealing sips while I type of this post. I see it quickly becoming a favorite post-workout drink in my house.

(I’m sure it would also be amazing with a splash of vodka, but that wouldn’t exactly be re-hydrating now would it.)

Jalapeño seltzer

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 1 slice of jalapeño, seeds included
  • 1.5 cups of seltzer water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Juice of half a lime, optional
  • 2 additional slices of jalapeño for garnish, optional
  1. First you need to make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan add sugar, water and jalapeño slice. Warm mixture over medium-high heat until it just begins to boil and sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a glass, add ice, seltzer and lime juice. Next pour in 2-3 tablespoons of the simple syrup, depending on how sweet you want your drink.
  4. Garnish with remaining jalapeño slices.

If you aren’t a jalapeño fan, you can infuse your simple syrup with plenty of other fun flavorings. Try a piece of fresh ginger root, a sprig of rosemary or even some basil leaves for a unique, fun and rehydrating after-run beverage.

Photo and article by Lisa Horvath.

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