In a previous post I confessed that I hadn't been on the water bandwagon as I had hoped because it was cold. Deniz suggested warm water with lemon, or even tart cherry juice with warm water. That triggered a memory for me. My mother used to drink 8 oz of warm water with lemon every morning. I don't remember the health benefit, but that doesn't matter. I knew it wouldn't hurt.
So, this morning I diluted 1 ounce of tart cherry juice in 7 ounces of water and then added another 1/2 ounce of lemon juice. I heated that and had a sip. I fully expected to have to sweeten it some way because the cherry juice is indeed tart and the extra lemon just might pucker my cheeks for life.
I had a sip first because I wanted to have it as pure as possible. I didn't want to add honey because that would add another layer of flavor and I wasn't sure what other sweeteners were in the house besides sugar. I forged ahead with a sip.
Much to my surprise it was not too sour at all. (Of course I am a person that eats dill pickles and mustard!) In fact, it was quite enjoyable. I liked the warmth of it as well. It heated me from the inside. This is something that I definitely want to keep. It would be nice if a health benefit pops up, but just getting an extra 8 ounces of water down, is a good thing.