Are you tired of drinking boring water? Are you looking for some extra flavor in your water to liven it up? Then you definitely need to start making infused water.
It will completely switch up your water routine. It will make a daily, necessary drink into something exciting and mouthwatering. There are also so many different ways to make delicious water that you are sure to find one that suits your personal tastes perfectly.
So let’s dive into the world of infused waters and start crafting some delicious, easy drinks!
What is Infused Water? It is simply water with fruit or herbs added to it. Rather than blend ingredients into the water, they are left to just sit and marinate in the water, adding flavor slowly but surely. This adds great, subtle flavor to water that makes it interesting and exciting.
How to infuse water?
Infused water is incredibly easy to make. All you really need to do is add your favorite fruits and herbs to a large pitcher and then add water. You can stir a little or muddle a bit to get the fruit juices flowing. After that, all you need to do is wait!
Infused water does need time to, well, infuse. The flavors of the fruit and herbs really need to get into the water so you will need to let the water sit for a little bit. We like to let our water sit for about 2-3 hours in the fridge.
This is plenty of time to make the water flavored but not too long where you need to make the recipe days in advance.
Sure, you can drink infused water right after mixing the fruit and water together. It will immediately have flavor! But take our advice and let the water sit at least for a little bit. You will notice the difference!
The bottom line is if you know how to cut fruit, measure herbs and pour water, then you can make tasty water. Anyone can do it!
💭 Tips and Tricks
We have some tips and tricks to help you make perfect water. These are just little ways that we have found to make infused water better and easier.
Give our tips a quick glance before you start making one of our delicious recipes.
- Remove the fruit from the water after 24 hours and discard. Letting the fruit sit too long can make the water bitter. This is especially true with citrus fruits as the pith of the fruit has a strong, bitter taste that will permeate into the water.
- Use fruits that are ripe and sweet. The flavor of the fruit will go directly into the water so the sweeter the fruit, the naturally sweeter the water will be!
- Be sure to wash your fruit. Even though you won’t be eating the fruit itself, you will be drinking the water it soaks in. You want to have clean fruit and clean water!
- Let the water sit at room temperature for about an hour before moving it to the fridge. The fruit will add more flavor to the water when it is warm.
- After your water is infused, use the leftover fruit to make smoothies. It will still have a great flavor!
- When using herbs, be sure to just use the leaves and discard the stems. Herbal stems are often bitter which is not a flavor you want in your infused water. The leaves are the most flavorful part!
If you are an infused water pro, maybe you have a few tips to share with us as well. Leave them in the comments below!
Making infused water is super simple but you do want to have the right balance of ingredients. Here is the basic recipe that we have found to work really well:
- 4 cups of cold water
- About 1 cup of chopped fruit and/or herbs
Use this basic ratio to create any kind of infused water you’d like! We have a few suggestions below with our favorite fruit and herb combinations. You should definitely try them all. Keep your water interesting and exciting.
Try a new one every day! Here are our favorite infused water mixes.
🍓 Basil Lime
This bright, potent water is the first one we think of when we start planning our infused waters. It is especially great in the beginning of summer when strawberries and basil are both in season.
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 lemon, sliced
Add the basil leaves to the bottom of a pitcher and smash slightly. Add the sliced strawberries, lemon slices and 4 cups of cold water. Let sit for several hours then enjoy!
Blackberries and oranges are an incredible combination. This infused water is also super pretty. The dark berries and bright oranges look incredible in a big pitcher.
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 orange, sliced thinly
Add the whole blackberries and orange slices to a pitcher. Add 4 cups of cold water and let the mix sit. You can smash the berries to extract more juice but we like the look of the whole berries in the glass.
If you are looking for a very refreshing drink, this blueberry mint water is it. The subtle fruity taste of the blueberries is amazing when paired with the bright taste of the mint. It is, once again, very easy to make this water. All you need to do is stir!
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
Add the berries and mint to a pitcher with 4 cups of cold water. Stir and let sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Enjoy on a hot day!
Grapefruit Pomegranate Rosemary
This infused water recipe is bold and herby. The rosemary adds an interesting taste to the water that is delicious with the bright taste of grapefruit. Look for pomegranate seeds that are already out of the fruit. They are much easier to use!
🥒 and Raspberry
Cucumbers are actually made mostly of water. They add a mild, melon flavor that is a little earthy and a little bit sweet. This pairs really well with the bold taste of raspberries. This infused water is definitely unique and exciting.
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cucumber, sliced
Add the veggie and fruit to a pitcher along with 4 cups of cold water. Stir, cover and let the water sit!
📖 Easy Ways to Make Water Better
All of our infused water recipe ideas will make your water more exciting and flavorful. With our simple recipe in hand, you will never need to drink basic water ever again.
Let us know if you come up with any amazing infused water combinations. We would love to give them a try! The possibilities are endless, after all! Enjoy.
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