Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, May 2021, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology

by Amer A. Vargas


We are now well into Spring, and life around us is blossoming with fragrances and colors… Why not match this with a colorful cocktail for-all-ages?

Cocktails don’t necessarily have to be overworked or complicated, nor contain alcohol if you are not in the mood for it.

So, on this occasion we will be brewing a very simple aromatized water, for all ages as I said above, and it’s very easy to personalize too. I will make a suggestion for a specific combination of fruits in this article, but anyone can tailor-make this to their personal taste by adding their own favorite items, or a fruit that is abundantly available in your area at this time of the year, or by removing any items you don’t like.

These are the ingredients for this suggested version of our Spring water.

  • 0.5 liter/0.4 gal of water (either flat or fizzy, to taste)
  • 1 lemon, cut in slices
  • 10-15 raspberries
  • 15-20 fresh peppermint leaves
  • Ice
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of honey

If you would like to sweeten the water with honey, start by mixing the water and the honey, stirring well. Then add the peppermint and fruits and gently stir for a few more seconds. Let the mix infuse for 10-15 minutes, so the ingredients can release all their flavor, and then top up with ice cubes and stir again gently before serving.

For an improved, more colorful presentation, serve in high capacity glasses and make sure to include a lemon slice, a couple of mint leaves an a raspberry or two.

After drinking the water, don’t throw away the fruit; most of it has been flavored by the other ingredients and is still delicious to eat.

So there you go: healthy, refreshing, for all ages, and for any time of the day.

Happy May and cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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