Infused water is elegant and refreshing and good for you! We all know we need to drink more water so let’s infuse our water with beautiful herbs and scrumptious fruits! Here are tips and recipes for the best tasting water!
Herbal Waters have a hint of flavor that lingers as you drink it down. Dazzling!
WHAT IS HERBAL INFUSED WATER
When fruits and herbs are added to drinking water and they are left in the water to impart their flavors and health benefits a beautiful thing happens! The water becomes a light and refreshing drink with delicious complexity of flavor!
WHY DRINK HERBAL INFUSED WATER
Here are a few reasons you should be drinking herbal infused water…
Infused water is a welcomed alternative to regular water and much more economical than those expensive flavored water.
It is perfect for hydrating with style during the warm months or after exercising! Really, we should be drinking it all year long!
These delicious waters are low in sugar and have health benefits!
And studies show that drinking water is good for our bodies and helps to maintain a healthy weight.
There are so many benefits to getting enough water everyday. By adding a few herbs and some fruit (or vegetables) we are more apt to drink it!
These tasty waters are easy to make! Here’s how…
- Wash and slice the fruit or vegetables.
- Wash the herbs.
- Fill a pitcher with tap or filtered water.
- Add the fruit and herbs. For a more intense herbal flavor bruise the leaves a bit so they will release their essential oils.
- Put the herbal water in the refrigerator and let the flavors of the fruit and herbs infuse the water.
Every day make a new and different flavored water in a big pitcher and put it in the refrigerator. You will want to sip on it all day long!
The longer the herbs and fruit stay in the water the more intense the flavor.
Start with just a sprig of herbs and a handful of fruit and see how the infused water tastes throughout the day. You will learn quickly what level of infusion tastes best to you!
Infused water should have a hint of the flavors you have put in the water.
Only keep the herbs and fruit in the water for less than 10-12 hours. Discard the herbs and fruit after they have been in the water.
Some recipes call for steeping herbs or fruit in boiling water and then letting the water cool. I think the herbs and fruit loose their just picked taste.
All herbs should be pesticide free! And fruit should be washed.
Only infuse culinary herbs.
Citrus fruit will give up its oils and fruit flavor when sliced into thin rounds. That also works for cucumber too!
Add more fruit and herbs to individual glasses of water!
Add a bit of sparking water to your glass of infused water for a bit of fizz!
Serve water and herb inspired water in a large drink dispenser at get togethers!
Use this delicious water in a adult cocktail!
If you don’t have room in your frig for a bottle or pitcher, fill a glass or mason jar with fruit and herbs plus ice and add water. Keep filling the glass with water throughout the day.
Use the flowers of edible herbs in water as well. They can infuse a different flavor. Just check to see if flowers are safe to eat.
Remember to make sure you are not sensitive to any herbs or the pollen of that herb. Use common sense! I know you will!
INFUSED WATER RECIPES
At first, add a sprig of an herb and a handful of fruit to a big pitcher of water and test the taste. And as you experiment you will know what tastes best for you!
Here are some beautifully delicious herb and fruit combinations…
- apple mint and strawberries
- lavender and lemons
- lemon verbena, lemon peel, and thyme
- cherries, limes, and spearmint
- citrus and pineapple mint
- strawberry and basil
- parsley and lemon
- cucumber and thyme
- cucumber and lemon
- oranges and sage
- peaches and coconut
- grapefruit and rosemary
- melon and mint
- watermelon, strawberry, and thyme
- kiwi, pineapple and mint
- citrus and lemon verbena
I have a couple signature infusions! My favorite are strawberry, lemon and spearmint and lemon (or any citrus), watermelon and rosemary.
Why not find your signature flavor too?
Isn’t is wonderful we can drink something incredibly delicious and so good for us too? I hope you will make a pitcher of herb and fruit infused water for your and your family!
I’d love you to share your favorite infused combination!
If you are interested in growing herbs please read the post below. It is filled with everything you will need to know! The best plants, how to plant them and care for them and more…
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