“Water with extra lemon” is typically my beverage of choice when we eat out. Why not take that same concept to the next level? Instead of just lemons try adding other fruits, herbs and even cucumbers to your water and you have a healthy refreshing option to plain water!
Using citrus fruits and berries, herbs, and the nutrient enriched cucumber will add a fresh twist to your water glass. You will notice that these refreshing vitamin water variations will increase your water intake, in turn boosting your health and overall wellness. Not only will your body benefit from extra water intake, but the fruits and herbs infused will provide immunity, detoxification, healing, and hydration.
To get started, you need a glass pitcher or jar (I use 1 quart jars so they’re easily taken to work), water, ice and your choice of assorted fruits and herbs. Gently muddle your ingredients to be infused, add ice and top off with water. The longer the water is infused, the more intense the flavor. In only just a couple of hours you will have a refreshing, flavorful, and healthful drink to keep you cool and refreshed in the upcoming summer months.
The water retains it’s flavor for no more than 3 refills and no longer than 3 days. I’ve started making 3 varieties to have on hand and to take to work.
I don’t mind the small pieces of fruit bits and pulp but if you prefer water without use a small wire strainer when you pour the water into a glass. Also, I prefer unsweetened but if you have a sweet tooth and find these flavored waters undrinkable without some sweetener, go ahead and stir in some honey, agave syrup, or whatever sweetener you prefer.
1/2 orange, sliced thin, slices quatered
1/2 lime, sliced thin
1/2 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half
Add the orange, lime and lemon to the jar, press and twist with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Press enough to release some of the juices, but don’t pulverize the fruit into pieces. Fill the jar with ice. Add water to the top. Stir. Put a lid on it, put it in the fridge, and chill at least 2 hours.
1 lime, sliced thin
raspberries (approx. less than 1/2 of a pint)
1 quart jar
Add lime to the jar. Press and twist with a muddler to release some of the juices (don’t pulverize the fruit). Add raspberries. Slightly muddle being careful to not make the raspberries mushy. Fill the jar with ice, then add water to the top. Stir, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
And last but not least my favorite of all the fruit-herb combinations I’ve tried so far, Strawberry-Basil:
3-5 strawberries (number of strawberries depends on size and flavor preference)
3 basil leaves, quartered
1 quart jar
Slice strawberries into very thin slices and add them to the jar. Tear the basil leaves into quarters and muddle them to get the flavor to come out. Then add to the jar with the strawberries. Fill the jar with ice, and add water to the top. Stir, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Experiment. Try different combinations and amounts. The beauty of infused water is that the variety of fruit-herb combinations are endless and you can put as much or as little fruit & herbs in the water according to preference.
Have you tried infused water? Do you have a favorite flavor combination?