After being in the 90’s for the last couple of weeks here in central Florida, I officially declared it was summer back on the 4th of June. Today I’m writing this post about infused waters to sip on hot days. We all know we should drink plenty of water. It’s like gas for our cars. Our bodies need it to function, and if we don’t drink enough we can suffer from the symptoms of dehydration. Dehydration can be a major contributing factor to illnesses, causing headaches, digestive problems, obesity and joint pains. By drinking water, you can support your body in improving your complexion, helping your kidneys to function properly, aiding weight loss and maintaining high energy levels. I know that being dehydrated can make me tired. I can be in the middle of a busy day, and I suddenly my energy drops. Since I have learned that drinking water can keep your energy level up, I now ask myself, “how much water have I had today?” Quite often I realize I haven’t had any water since breakfast. Time to take a break and have a large glass of water.
Drinking plain water can be boring. There I’ve said it. I have bought quite a few fruit flavored waters. I always check to see that it’s just a natural flavor and prefer purified or spring water. Unfortunately most of the bottles on the market contain things I don’t want. No artificial flavors or colors for me. I don’t want a big sugar jolt with the sweetened variety. In the above photo I added blackberries and orange to my glass of water and let it sit for 3 hours. Wonderful flavor and no sugar!
Basic Recipe for Infused Water
I’ve been adding lemon to water for years. I just didn’t let it sit for hours to infuse. Flavorful water makes it easier to keep hydrated, and adding the fruit or vegetables adds vitamins. Definitely a win-win. All that is required for infused water, is a pitcher (jug, Mason jar) of water, herbs, chopped or sliced veggies and/or fruit . Cover and let it sit in the refrigerator for 3 to eight hours depending on the elements used and the strength you want. Lemon infused water is the easiest one to make. Lemons release their flavor easily.
The basic recipe for infused water:
Fill a pitcher or jar with water, mix in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs and let it sit in the fridge for 3 to eight hours (depending on how strong you want the flavor to be). I often make it and let it sit overnight. Add additional fruit or herbs to garnish, if desired. Remove any fruit, vegetables, or herbs after 24 hours. The infused water can be refrigerated for up to 3 more days (4 days total). Depending on the size of your pitcher, you should have about four 10 oz servings in a 40 oz pitcher, six servings in a 60 oz pitcher, etc.
I read many recipes. Above Culinary Hill has a great post on infusing water and included 8 recipes to inspire your creativity. They suggest making ice cubes with infused water or juice. Then when serving infused water, add the infused ice cubes that do not dilute the flavor. Great idea!
Taste of Home has a good article on infused waters with 23 recipes. All types of combinations including one with apples, carrots, and lemon. If you prefer fruit combinations, I love their mix of apricot and berries with mint.
Use organic when available. Serves 6 ten oz glasses if pitcher holds 60 oz.
My “Citrus Melody” recipe is similar to many others. My pitcher is pretty standard holding 60 oz. Many pitchers hold 80 or 90 oz. Add more or less fruit/vegetables depending on the amount of water. I always used filtered water but if you normally use tap water, fill free to use it. Next I make sure to wash all the ingredients thoroughly, to remove any dirt or wax or anything that can be on the skin of the lemon, lime or cucumber. Now also taste the cucumber before adding it to the water. Some skins might be bitter so if you feel like yours is, just remove it.
- a sliced lemon
- a sliced lime
- 4 slices of fresh ginger
- half of a cucumber sliced
- 10 to 12 fresh mint or basil leaves
Mix all together in jug or pitcher, cover and let it sit 3 to 8 hours. I’ve read that cucumbers and lemons are supposed to help with bloating, but I just love the flavor. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to 3 more days after infusion and removal of fruit.
This summer when fresh fruit is easy to obtain, get creative. If you don’t like the idea of vegetables or herbs, take the fruit of your choice and make a water infusion of your fruit, like strawberry or blueberry water. You don’t have to slice berries but I might use a spoon to “muddle” them a little. Keep hydrated and have fun with your infusions. Offer a bowl of fruit and veggies one evening to your family and let them make new combinations. Let them infuse over night and enjoy all the new mixed infusions.
I encourage you to give it a try. If you’re not a “cook”, slice whatever you like and drop it in water. Leave it overnight and drink the next day. No matter what you fruit you like, it’s good for you.
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14 thoughts to “Fruit and Herb Infused Water To Refresh”
I try to drink a lot of water each day but your idea is so smart. Let’s drink tasty water. Thanks Carol. I’ll be able to drink a lot more water now.
I always drink plain water, and it gets to be a chore, sometimes. These recipes look and sound refreshing and delicious! I will definitely try some. Thanks, Carol.
You have some very inviting and refreshing recipes here. Lucky for me, I enjoy plain water. It must have ice in it but I like it plain or infused. Thanks for sharing at #aclwcc. These are perfect for summer.
thanks for sharing Clearissa
This is just what I need. It’s been lovely and warm here over the past week. I am rubbish at drinking plain water, I need some flavour in it and these ideas sound great. I love the sound of pineapple, coconut and lime.
sounds like a tropical holiday doesn’t it?
I always take water with me to work to drink. I used to have a water bottle with an infuser insert with which I could fill with fruit… I should try that again.
I love doing this and I don’t do it nearly often enough. Thanks for the reminder and some good new combinations, too!
sometimes we all need reminders – Have a great week!
I love adding lemons and lime and a sprig of mint and/or thyme to the water jug. It does make it more enjoyable and healthier than the canned sparkling flavored waters. I will try some more combinations as you suggest–they sound good!
thanks Pat – Happy Monday!
These are all great ideas. I was once given water infused with cucumber and sliced lemons, and it was so refreshing and delicious!
I am a fan of my plain old boring water. But my son who hates water might like this. Thanks for sharing.
This is great! I always need to remind myself to drink more and not wait until I feel a headache coming on because I’m dehydrated. I’m going to try these infused water ideas because they sound so much more appealing than plain water. It will also stop me from filling my water with sugary cordial which I always feel guilty about!