We all know how beneficial it is to stay hydrated. And although a glass of ice cold water, especially in the summer, can taste extremely delicious, I can admit that it can get a bit boring at times. My favorite way to spice things up without grabbing a sugary drink is to infuse my water.
Infused water is easy to make, tastes delicious and looks very pretty. It is also a great way for anyone who is trying to quit sugary drinks but doesn’t like the plain taste of water.
This recipe is more of a template to give you an idea of two different types of infused water that I like a lot. It will give you two half gallon pitchers or jars of infused water with two different flavors. Obviously, feel free to simply make one pitcher of your choice. Since it is strawberry season right now I used them to add a fruity flavor.
Two examples of infused water
- Strawberry Lime Mint (fruity)
- Cucumber Lemon Mint (refreshing)
Use only organic ingredients
One very important aspect to consider is to only use organic ingredients for infusing your water. Since the peel of citrus fruits or cucumbers is in the water as well you don’t want to create a pesticide concoction. An alternative would be to peel them. Strawberries are on the dirty dozen list, meaning they rank very high when it comes to pesticide contamination. I, therefore, recommend to only consume organic strawberries in general.
How to get creative with infused water
You can get as creative as you want to when infusing your water. Use your favorite ingredients to make it taste exactly the way you like it the most. Here are a few examples:
- Adjust the intensity of the flavor by adding more or fewer fruits, herbs or veggies or letting it infuse for a longer period of time.
- Use your favorite combination of fruits, veggies, and herbs that are in season. Cucumber and mint are very refreshing and fruits add sweetness to the water. Additionally, mint leaves are a great breath refresher to chew on when you are out and about.
- Add ice cubes to the mix and or chill the infused water in the fridge for a couple of hours to make it really cold.
- Use sparkling water instead of regular water to add some fizz.
Get creative with your choices and let me know in the comment section below how you like to infuse your water.