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Give Your Water A Boost of Natural Flavor

Infused Water

“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
quart jar

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?

 

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29 Comments

  1. Yum! I have had cucumber water and love lemon water, but haven’t tried any of the others. The strawberry basil does sound delicious !

  2. I love the strawberry basil idea – especially since my basil plant is getting out of control. I sometimes do a jalapeno/cilantro/mint infusion that it really spicy and refreshing. Thanks for reminding me to get back to infusing!

  3. I love it when hotels have fruit infused water in the lobby. The raspberry lime infusion sounds wonderful and will have to try blueberries when they come into season. Thanks for recipes and beautiful pics!

  4. I love infused water but I never make it myself! It reminds me of spas, so I think I like to just let the spas perfect it, so I can fall into my world of bliss when I am at the spa! – My apartment is not a spa. lol

  5. For whatever reason, I prefer my water plain. Perhaps I haven’t “infused” it properly in the past. It just never seems to have enough flavor and I’d rather have plain if it’s not overly flavorful. The raspberry lime smells great!

    1. Hi Carli. The flavor is mild and minimally sweet but that’s the way I like it. The strawberry basil is amazing and one of the most flavorful. The strawberries infuse well 🙂

  6. Very cool!! I stayed at a Four Seasons in Maui last year and they different fruit infused waters out by the pool every day and I got hooked! This post is making me want to make some at home for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    1. Hi Gina. Same here! We travel frequently and I started drinking the infused waters at hotels and was hooked.

  7. I have seen this all bout to & just need to do it – looks amazing!!!! Love the options too! 🙂

  8. Thanks Jill for the ideas!
    I like lemon in my water and sometimes I’d freeze ice cubes with lemon in it.

  9. SUCH a great idea!!! Drinks are what summer is all about, and there are so many unhealthy options, but this looks light, refreshing and delicious!

  10. I drink a lot of lemon, cucumber, orange water… but that raspberry lime looks delicious!! To keep the chunky bits out, my sister actually puts the fruits/herbs in a cheese cloth, then lets it steep in a pitcher of water. Works amazingly well! These are some great ideas, thanks!

    1. The chunks don’t bother me but I often read that people don’t like the infused water because of the chunks. The cheese cloth is a great idea! Thanks Tiffany!

    1. I haven’t tried frozen blueberries but that’s an awesome idea and makes total sense! Thanks Angela.

  11. i’m super picky about my water— as in i don’t like ice bc it gets in the way of drinking haha. I think I could do the fruit if I wasn’t really thirsty, otherwise I might get mad at the fruit getting in my way like I do at the ice haha.

  12. seriously this NEEEEDS to be the summer I finally actually try this :0)

  13. Great post! All three recipes sound incredible. Thanks for sharing, Jill!

  14. I’ve only tried infused water at the spa and I’m not sure why I haven’t tried making my own – its so easy!

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