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Citrus Pitcher


Citrus Pitcher

This makes enough light and refreshing citrus-scented water for everyone at the table. Plus, you can eat the fruit afterward, if you like!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Cups

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Pitcher
  • Large spoon


  • 1 lemon, scrubbed
  • 1 lime, scrubbed
  • 1 orange, scrubbed
  • water
  • ice cubes


  • Slice the stem end off the lemon and then slice the rest of the lemon as thin as you can. Throw away the seeds. Repeat with the orange and lime.
  • Put one quarter of the fruit in the pitcher and use the spoon to mash it up just a little — enough to release the aroma from the peel, but not so much that the fruit looks ragged.
  • Add the rest of the fruit and as much ice as you want, and then fill the pitcher three-quarters full with water. Serve right away.


Before you throw away the ends of the citrus fruit, stop to smell and taste them. You might notice that the juicy part of the citrus is where the tartness and sweetness are, but the strong flavor that you associate with the fruit is actually in the peel. Squeeze the peel a little bit to release the fragrant oils. If you close your eyes, can you tell which fruit is which just by smelling them?
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