Water, Water, Infused Water Everywhere!
I love to drink water, but I am not a fan of the taste of plain water. It’s boring. I like variety and I like changing things up every few days with homemade infused water, because after all, variety is the spice of life. What I have to share today is an easy RESET anyone can do in their own home right away.
Sure, I could purchase flavored bottled water, or one of those individual flavor infusing water bottles, but overall, they are expensive and wasteful, so I like making my own flavor infused water, 1 gallon at a time. Then there is always water in the fridge and when I am on the go, all I need to do is fill my portable water bottle and wave goodbye as I walk out the door.
Infused Water Recipes
Here are a few of my favorite water infused recipes for your thirst-quenching enjoyment:
- Lemon Lime – 1 of each, thinly sliced – This is a fantastic one, any time of year.
- Cucumber Mint – 10, ¼” slices, 15-20 mint leaves – This has a remarkable cooling effect on a hot day!
- Berry Lemon Medley – Mix and match 1 cup of your favorite berries and 1 lemon sliced to release the juices – Packed full of nutrients.
- Apple Cinnamon – ½ apple thinly sliced with 1 cinnamon stick – This is a great detoxifier if you are looking for one.
- Chocolate Mint – 1 cup torn chocolate mint leaves – I grow chocolate mint, so it’s an easy go-to for me.
- Watermelon Lime – 2 cups cubed watermelon; 1 lime, thinly sliced – Can you say Summer?
- Strawberry Basil – 1 cup sliced strawberries, 10 torn basil leaves – Packed full of antioxidants.
- Pineapple Lime – 1 cup cubed pineapple, 1 lime thinly sliced- Absolutely refreshing!
As mentioned, I make 1 gallon at a time. You can leave your fruits, veggies, and herbs in the water for up to 24 hours. After that, they have expelled all their flavor, so there isn’t much reason for leaving it in the water, plus they can start to discolor, and no one wants to see that.
BONUS TIP #1: If hosting a party, BBQ, or other get-together, be sure to make your water ahead of time to ensure it has time to chill and gain the most flavor.
BONUS TIP #2: Don’t want to water down your flavor with ice cubes? Make ice cubes ahead of time using your favorite infused water flavor, then add it, as needed.
Here’s to resetting your recipes, your water flavors, and your life!
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” – Benjamin Franklin
P.S. Please be sure to let me know if you have a favorite infused water flavor! I’d love to hear what it is, so I can give it a try.
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