5 naturally infused waters that will surely keep you hydrated this summer season.
Time to say goodbye to sugar filled, artificially flavored, empty calorie drinks most commonly referred to as soda, fruit juice, and nutritional water. If you’re tired of drinking the same ole boring water every day, it’s time to make your water sparkle! Infusing it with fruits and herbs not only add nutrients, but also helps to get your daily intake.
Don’t be afraid to try any fruit and herb combination, until you find the ones that you like. I will list my top favorites, but first a few notes about infused water…
- Longer infusion = Better flavor. The longer the infusion time, the better the flavor is. At 20 mins you will get a nice, mild flavor. Letting it sit overnight will produce maximum flavor that will sure to make your taste buds dance.
- Using citrus. I absolutely love using citrus when infusing. It’s one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the longer citrus infuses the more bitter the water becomes. So if using any citrus either drink it within 4-5 hours or squeeze the juice and infuse normally.
- Reuse your fruit. I can get around 3 uses out of my fruit and herbs. The more you use, the more the flavor fades. Just keep refilling with water and you’re good for infusing at least 3 times.
- Water types. Sparkling or regular is ok. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be delicious! Ice is optional. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don’t. Being that it’s summer, the extra coolness will for sure make it even more refreshing.
- Shelf life. Water should last for a maximum of 3 days. Remember if using sliced citrus, consume the same day.
- Fruit and herbs. Whatever kind you want (no bananas). If you don’t feel like buying whole fruit, be sure to check the produce section of your local grocery store. They might have pre-cut fruit to cut the time down even more. You do not have to add herbs if you don’t want. The ones that I always go for are basil, rosemary, and mint.
- Pitchers, carafes, or jars. I normally fill 2- 1 quart mason jars. Any pitcher will do just fine.
- Fork, spoon, or muddler. This is mainly for mashing the fruit and herbs.
- Sparkling. Regular. Tonic. Whatever works for you.
My Favorite Infusions
Citrus Lover: Slice ½ lemon, ½ lime and ½ orange into wedges. Add to jar and press with muddler/fork/spoon. Add ice. Fill to the top with water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate. Consume within 4 hrs.
Strawberry & Lime: 4 strawberries (hulled and sliced) and juice from ½ lime. Add to jar and cover with ice. Fill to the top with water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.
Cucumber Zinger: ½ sliced cucumber, ½ sliced lime, 3 teaspoons grated ginger, 1 sprig fresh mint leaves. Add lime, ginger and mint. Press with muddler/spoon/fork just enough to release juices. Add cucumber slices and ice. Fill to the top with water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.
Watermelon & Basil: 1 cup watermelon (slices or chunks) and 4 fresh basil leaves. Add to jar and press with muddler/fork/spoon. Add ice. Fill to the top with water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.
Faux Mojito: ½ sliced lime and 10 sprigs fresh mint. Add to jar and muddle until all juice from lime and oil from mint have been released. Add ice. Fill to the top with water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.
I try to keep a minimum of 2 infused waters in rotation. These have helped me to be able to increase my water intake to almost 1 gallon a day. They are refreshing, healthy, and delicious.
Do you have issues with consuming water on a daily basis? Try one of these or make your own combination. Whichever you choose, I would love to hear your feedback on these homemade infused waters!
Have a happy hydrated summer!
Written By: Chef Teefah
CEO of Frosted Beauty