Cool off this summer with a batch of all-natural, homemade fruit and herb infused water. There’s no need for pricey equipment or shopping lists, only your favorite produce, water and a container. A reusable water bottle, Mason jar or pitcher will work just fine!
Since over half of your body is made up of water and fruits and herbs are filled with essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, you’ll be getting a double bonus as you combine some of Nature’s most versatile ingredients into one refreshing drink. Your body will thank you from the inside out with glowing, radiant skin, more energy and endless other health benefits. Say goodbye to artificial sweeteners and sugary mixes and try some fruit and herb infused water today!
Five Easy Steps to Preparing Naturally Flavored Water
- Fill Your Container with Water: Many of us are fortunate to have access to clean drinking water from our tap, so there’s no need to buy bottled water and further contribute to the ever growing landfills and rising amounts of oil used for production and transportation.
- Add Rinsed and Chopped Produce and Herbs: Rinse off any leftover dirt or residue from your fruit and herbs, then slice and/or chop the produce before adding it to your water. Fresh or frozen ingredients will flavor your water, but try to use fresh and organic whenever you can.
- Don’t be afraid to try different flavor combinations. Some of my favorite drinks have been discovered through a process of trial and error. For instance, mix an assortment of berries for a naturally sweet drink or pair oranges and cilantro, also known as coriander, together for a tangy twist. Keep reading for more tips and flavor suggestions to find the perfect blend just for you!
- Leave it Alone: It’s very important to leave your container sealed and in a place where it won’t be bothered for at least 2 to 3 hours. The longer your produce stays in the water, the more flavoring will be infused into it. It’s your choice to have your drink chilled or at room temperature, but I haven’t noticed a difference in the infusions when leaving my water in either place.
- Drink up: Liven up your plain ole tap water with subtle hints of flavor from this season’s tastiest fruits and herbs, and you’re sure to save money and stay hydrated all Summer long.
Tips and Flavor Suggestions:
- Reuse your produce whenever you can, but use your own discretion to decide when your fruit is showing signs of spoiling. Oftentimes it becomes extremely mushy and breaks into pieces when it’s time to disregard. If you think your fruit is good to go for another drink, refill your container for another tasty concoction.
- Try straining your water with a cheese cloth or a coffee filter before consuming it if you’d prefer not having excess seeds, pulp and/or herbs in your drinks.
- Replace tap water with sparkling water or club soda to make a fruit spritzer as a great complement to your picnics and cookouts.
- Those over the legal drinking age may consider swapping water for their favorite adult spirits to make grown-up cocktails.
- Some common recipes pair strawberries and mint together for a daiquiri-inspired drink, and lemon, cucumber and basil combos are more refreshing and lavender and orange is more calming.
What are your favorite flavor combinations? Do you have any tips for preparing infused water at home? Leave me a note in the comment section. Happy Summer!