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Vernal Pool for Tadpoles

Vernal Pool for Tadpoles Related:   drinks, gluten-free, July 4th, low-fat, North America, pareve, Purim, Shabbat, Shavuot, Sukkot, vegan, vegetarian

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: None

Yield: 4 servings

Dry chia seeds look like poppy seeds, but when you soak them in water they develop a gelatinous coating. The first thing my soon-to-be seven year old said when he saw chia soaking in water was, “They look exactly like frog eggs.” As soon as he said it, I thought it would be fun to try a spring drink that looks like a vernal pool complete with a sprinkling of chia as faux frog eggs. This drink might be popular with my son’s seven-year-old crowd and with anyone else with a sense of adventure. For a Mama Frog version, spike with vodka to taste.


  • 4 cups of water or seltzer
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons honey or sugar 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Herb sprigs or edible wild plant for garnish (chickweed is pictured)
  • Vodka to taste (optional)


  • Mix first three ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Stir in vodka, if using. Divide into 4 glasses. Sprinkle chia seeds on top of each. Garnish with fresh spring herb or edible wild plant to complete the frog pond feel.

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