Padma Lakshmi’s Fairy Water

Here's my version of Padma Lakshmi's Fairy Water. This one has green tea, apple and cinnamon. |

A few weeks ago Padma Lakshmi was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Padma is one of my favourite TV personalities and her segment on the show was a lot of fun. She cooked a lentil salad from her cookbook, Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet, and made Fairy Water.

I was eager to try making my own Fairy Water because I’ve been trying to consume green tea daily, but I don’t particularly enjoy the taste of it. Here is my own version (which was really nice) if you want to give it a try.

How to make Fairy Water (a healthy drink) |

Start with a pitcher of fresh water. I used about 3 cups.

Adding the green tea to my version of Fairy Water |

Pour in steeped green tea. I used about 3 cups of organic green tea.

My version of Fairy Water combines green tea, fresh apple slices and cinnamon |

Add your flavourings. I used a quarter of an apple cut into thin slices and two cinnamon sticks. Top off with extra water.

My version of Padma Lakshmi's Fairy Water combines green tea, fresh apple slices and cinnamon |


I opted to make a big batch and it kept well in my fridge for a few days. If you want to, you can adjust the quantities to make a smaller (or bigger) batch. You can also feel free to play with the flavouring! Cucumbers would give you a spa-like drink, while adding citrus would make this more summery. Get creative!

I do have to point out though that this isn’t some kind of miracle weight-loss beverage. I can’t tell you how many people have stolen my photographs from this post and used it on their own websites, under captions like “New Weight-loss Drink.” This is just flavoured water (and these photos are protected by copyright. so pleases don’t use them without permission).

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  1. Lorraine Baksh says

    I usually just slice a lemon into the water jug but now I’m going to try this instead. Thanks so much for the idea.

    • says

      If you let the mixture chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes, you should be able to taste the cinnamon and apple flavours. Generally speaking, the longer the mixture sits, the stronger the flavours become.