Fresh Daffodil Spice Water for My Water Vape!
Vape is all the rage, but what do you do if the electricity goes out? And what do you do with all of that fine glassware you’ve collected over the years? Smoking is out, but is a glass water pipe a real threat to your health if used moderately? Our personal research tells us no, but no matter what you read or hear, you should consult with your doctor. That being said, there are some really fantastic ways to turn your glassware into a gourmet experience!
Our favorite kind of glassware is the kind that incorporates both an ice chamber and 1 or more water chambers. The options for flavoring these chambers are endless; but we’re going to let you in on some of our favorites!
First of all, always start with fresh and clean glassware. Getting your glassware sparkling clean and smelling fresh is not hard nor should it involve hours of scrubbing. You don’t need harsh chemicals and you don’t need commercial cleaners. 70-90% rubbing alcohol + plain table salt and then deodorizing with vinegar + water + lemon juice — yes, that’s really all there is to it!
1. Place stemware in a cup for separate swishing. Pour alcohol and salt into the pipe and block exits with hands or tape, then shake, shake, shake the salt and rubbing alcohol until the residue is off. This procedure can get a crusty piece of glassware clean fairly quickly. After the residue has melted off of the glass and into the solution, rinse with hot water.
2. Pour alcohol and salt into the bowl with your stems and swish vigorously. Allow this to sit until clean.
3. Fill your glassware with lots of clean water, a few tablespoons of vinegar and lemon juice. Allow this to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water and allow your glassware to dry.
And now for the glassware recipes that you are going to love:
For simple, small bubblers that only have one water chamber:
Recipe #1 : Use a teaspoon of pure rose or orange blossom flower waters + 1/2 tsp lemon juice and fill with water. These culinary flower waters are available at ethnic and middle-eastern grocers.
Recipe #2 : Commercial essence water. You’ve seen this stuff before; the flavored waters that contain essences but no juice or syrups. They come in flavors like “Metro Mint.” These are really great in a bubbler when they are ice cold out of the fridge. YUM!
Recipe #3 : Green Tea and Lemon. Just what it says. Brew green tea, chill and add a little lemon juice. Fill water chamber.
For larger glassware pieces that have at least one ice chamber and one water chamber:
Recipe #1 : Now the fun starts. You are going to need an ice tray, water and some fresh herbs & flowers. Our favorites are: lemon thyme, lavender, rose buds, lemongrass, orange and lemon zest, bee balm. Select your herbs and flowers and cut into small pieces. Combine with warm, but not hot, water and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Pour mixture into ice trays to form into ice cubes. Freeze. Fill your ice chamber. Use water with a squirt of lemon juice in the water chamber(s), no flavorings! You want to taste the herbal ice cubes! Oh Delish!!!!!! Also, this looks absolutely lovely with the herbs and flowers inside the glassware.
Recipe #2 Make flower scented ice cubes in a snap with a tablespoon of rose or orange flower (or any culinary flower water) and water. Use cold green tea in the water chambers. Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
So is there anything you can’t put in your glassware? We advise that you avoid alcohol. It’s just not that good of a flavoring compared to fresh herbs, flowers, teas and waters.