Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months, and year-round. I stay away from sugary drinks, but I still find it hard to drink a lot of plain water, and I know a lot of people who feel the same. It is much easier and enjoyable to drink infused water.
Adding flavorful elements to your water makes it more appetizing! This is a great alternative to drinks like soda, juice, and tea. And it is so easy to do. If you have ever purchased flavored water, the cost adds up quickly, you will find yourself going through lots of plastic bottles, and often these products have artificial ingredients.
And adding slices of various fruits, etc. makes it more visually appealing and attractive! This is a nice way to serve water in the summer when you are entertaining. As a water drinker myself, I sometimes find it difficult to find something healthy and non-sugary to drink when I go to events like a BBQ.
Mint is an easy herb to grow, and is a versatile herb to go along with so many different fruits and vegetables. Some ideas include lemon mint, cucumber mint, and raspberry mint.
Another fresh herb you may want to try is thyme. Thyme is also very easy to grow, and goes nicely with things like lemon.
Infusing water is very simple:
- Select a fruit, vegetable, herb, or combination that you think sounds good!
- Ideally, you should use organic produce, but regardless, be sure to wash carefully to remove any dirt, residues, and so on.
- Fruits and vegetables can be cut up – e.g. slice lemons, strawberries, cantaloupe, cucumbers. These can also be “muddled”, or slightly mashed to allow the flavor to be released.
- Herbs should also be “bruised” to help release flavor. I usually do this with a spoon, after I have added the water.
- After placing fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs in water, allow to sit for several hours to allow the flavor to fully infuse.