25 Delicious Infused Water Combos to Try This Summer
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Summer is almost here and you know what that means - hot weather and thirsty people!
When you're dying for a cool refreshing drink, the temptation is to reach for something that's sugary and not so good for you. Here in the South that means a big glass of sweet - and I mean sweet - iced tea. You know you should be drinking a lot of water, but it's just so boring.
Fortunately, summer also means an abundance of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Why not use some of them to make your own delicious homemade infused water? It quenches your thirst and gives you an extra boost of vitamins and antioxidants that your body will thank you for. And it looks beautiful, too. Bonus!
How Do I Make Infused Water?
Making infused water is simple. You can use any kind of fruit you like except for bananas. They'll just turn to mush. Cut the fruit up into chunks, slices, wedges, or use whole berries - it doesn't really matter. Add an herb or spice for a more complex and interesting flavor and maybe even a vegetable or two.
You'll want about 1 cup of fruit for each quart of water. Put the fruit in some kind of container like a jar or pitcher. If you want, you can mash it a little with a long spoon to release more of the juices.
Fill the container with water, put it in the fridge and let the flavors blend for a couple of hours. You can drink it right away, but it won't be as flavorful. Pour over ice and enjoy!
A word to the wise: don't leave the fruit in the water for more than about 4 hours or it will start to break down. After you take the fruit out, you can keep your infused water in the fridge for up to three days.
What Combinations Should I Use?
In case you need a little inspiration, here are 25 luscious combinations you might want to try:
- watermelon chunks and spearmint
- cantaloupe chunks, halved grapes and ginger
- cubed honeydew and watermelon with mint
- watermelon chunks with basil
- lemon slices with a sprig of fresh rosemary
- pitted sweet cherries and slices of lime
- seedless grape halves and orange slices
- sliced oranges with cilantro
- cucumber slices, whole strawberries and sliced lime
- mint with cucumber and lime slices
- sliced cucumber and lemon with fresh ginger and mint
- cucumber slices and mint
- cucumber and orange slices
- kiwi fruit and cucumber slices
- pineapple chunks, thinly sliced fresh ginger and mint
- orange slices with pineapple chunks and fresh ginger
- pineapple chunks with fresh mint leaves
- sliced mango and pineapple chunks
- pineapple chunks with mint
- whole strawberries, sliced lemon and fresh basil leaves
- whole raspberries and orange slices
- lemon slices and whole raspberries
- whole blueberries and orange slices
- sliced lemons and whole strawberries
- whole blueberries, sliced lemon and mint
Can I Invent My Own Combo?
Of course you can! The possibilities are endless. Go ahead and experiment to find your favorite combinations. You really can't go wrong. And if you're not feeling so adventurous, it's okay. Any of the ingredients can go solo to make you a refreshing and healthy summer cooler.
To make your infused water extra good for you, use organically grown fruits and herbs and filter your water first to remove any impurities.
Do you have a favorite combo for infused water? Tell us about it in the comments.
Last Updated on January 8, 2019