As the weather heats up, you’ll need to increase your water intake. If you’re looking to add some variety to your liquid selection, consider infused water. It’s a great way to cut out the added sugar of soda and juice. There are loads of different flavors you can create to change the flavor of your water. Try some of these refreshing combinations.
You’ll need a couple oranges and a cup of blueberries to make this variation. Thinly slice two oranges. Add them and the berries into a gallon of filtered water. Store overnight and enjoy!
Take one grapefruit and slice it into thin pieces. Leave the rind on! Add half a cup of raspberries that have been muddled just a little bit. You want to make sure the flavor of the juice is mixing into the water. Add it to a gallon of filtered water and drink up!
This might sound like an unappetizing combination but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! You’ll need two cups of finely crushed watermelon (rind off for this particular fruit). Muddle about fifteen basil leaves and add them to about a gallon of unfiltered water. Store in your fridge overnight and enjoy this unexpected combo!
Chery lime is a delicious combination you will easily get hooked on. Add two cups of cherries (halved and pitted) and one lime cut into thin slices. Dump them into a gallon sized pitcher and fill it with water. Refrigerate for a few hours before you drink it.
This recipe was created for a half-gallon pitcher of water. All you have to do is slice up about 15 strawberries into thin pieces, and thinly slice one lemon. Fill your pitcher with the desired amount of water and refrigerate for 4-24 hours before enjoying.
If you’re looking to become more of a serious infuser, it’s important to have the right tools. Many websites recommend a glass pitcher. It is said to improve the overall flavor of the water if prepared in a glass container. You don’t need one meant for infusing in order to create the above mentioned recipes; however, there are cheap options available should you want to purchase one. You can find them on amazon for under $20 like this one here. Also, another tip from professional infusers is to let the fruit sit in the water for at least four hours prior to drinking. It’s important to give the fruit ample opportunity to flavor the water and make it delicious. If you have the time, leaving it overnight is preferred. Lastly, when you’re dealing with citrus, always leave the rind on. The rinds of fruits like lemon, grapefruit and oranges are going to help add a little extra flavor to your water. It also means less prep work for you. Win-win!
Say goodbye to unhealthy, over-sugared drinks. Get creative with your flavor combinations and enjoy the refreshing taste of infused water.