One of my favorite things to drink is veggie or fruit infused water. I don’t believe that drinking many sweetened beverages are good for you (at least how they are sold in-store), so for me, the healthiest and most refreshing flavored beverage is infused water!
You’ll often find infused water at spas and other “healthy” resorts. One hotel I visited had fruit-infused water. Cucumbers are a popular vegetable choice, but I find their flavor too mild for my taste. Recently, I made strawberry lemon-infused water for a tea party I hosted, and it was quite delicious!
It doesn’t really matter what kind of fruit or vegetables you add to your water, but there are a few general rules.
- Make sure the produce is fully ripe (or even a little over-ripe).
- Choose fruits and vegetables with strong flavors for the biggest impact.
- Choose produce that does not brown easily (avoid bananas, apples, avocado, etc).
- Organic produce (or produce from your own garden) will provide maximum flavor. Frozen foods provide just as much flavor as fresh.
- Bruising or smashing the produce gently before cutting it up and placing it into the pitcher will help release the flavors.
- The longer you let the water sit, the stronger the flavor will be. As long as there is no mold, the mixture is still safe to drink!
My Favorite Summertime Infused Water Recipes
- Frozen blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries
- Use a ratio of about 2 cups of equally-mized berries per gallon of water. Use more berries for a stronger flavor.
- Wash your berries thoroughly under running water.
- Crush some of the berries gently to release the juice and flavor.
- Add 1 gallon of filtered water over the berries.
- Place a lid over the top of the pitcher and let the mixture sit for several hours or overnight. You can also use the refrigerator, if you are afraid of mold developing.
- Serve the water with or without pieces of berries. I love my water paired with crushed ice.
- Fresh mint leaves
- Cut about 2 cups of watermelon into small cubes.
- Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves (use leaves from your garden, if you have them- the flavor will be stronger) and wash it thoroughly.
- Place the watermelon and the mint into a pitcher. Pour 1 gallon of water over the ingredients.
- Let the pitcher sit in the refrigerator overnight before drinking.
- Serve with crushed ice and a mint leaf garnish!
What are your favorite infused water recipes? Did you know you could by Infuser Pitchers on Amazon?
Tasty Tuesday 08-06-13