Fruit Water

August 7, 2015

We all know how important it is that we stay hydrated, especially in the middle of summer, but sometimes you want a little more flavor than just plain water. Rather than reaching for sodas or sports drinks, try these fruit-infused waters to help keep your body happy.

There are no right or wrong measurements, it’s all based on taste and what you have on hand.

Generally, though, you want to add all of the ingredients to a pitcher, slightly mashing up the fruit to release some of the juices.
Bruise the leaves of any herbs with your fingers to release the natural extracts and oils.
Top with some filtered water and let sit in the fridge for an hour before drinking. The longer it sits the better and stronger the flavor will be.

Peel citrus before infusing to avoid excess bitterness.
For smaller herbs and botanicals like dried lavender, use a tea infuser to avoid the need for straining every glass of water.
As you drink and add more water to the pitcher, adding more fruit or herbs as necessary, until it just no longer has a pronounced flavor.

Here’s some flavor combinations to get you started:
cucumber/strawberry/thyme- or try mint or basil
pear/cinnamon/vanilla bean- or try it with apple
grapefruit/rosemary- or try it with blood oranges