Since we’ll be spending the next few weeks doting on the new baby, I’ve scheduled daily regular posts and guest posts, which I hope you enjoy. Of course, I’d love to pop in now and again to share family photos and our birth story, as well!

First up: Do you ever make flavored water? It’s easy and refreshing, and it’s beautiful to serve when entertaining friends (or just reading a book outside). Plus, regular water gets boring! Below are three great variations we tried out…

Blackberry Sage. This was the crowd favorite. Tip: Massage or crush the herbs before putting them in the water to help release the full flavor.

Mixed Citrus. We used oranges, lemons and grapefruit; and blood orange would be beautiful, too. Tip: We actually added sparkling water to this one, which was delicious.

Ginger Mint. This had a great kick. Tip: The longer the ingredients steep, the stronger the flavor will be, so consider mixing this up a few hours ahead of time, depending on how strong you’d like the flavors to be.

Thoughts? Any other flavors you’d recommend?

P.S. How to make the perfect cheese plate.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling by Kalen Kaminski)