Do you struggle to get through 6 – 8 glasses of water per day? I know I certainly do.
As our bodies are made up of 60% water, it’s so important to keep hydrated especially on those scorching hot days. We all know water is the best drink to keep our bodies running properly. It replaces whatever we sweat out, regulates our body temperature and helps your good ol’ brain function…but sometimes water just seems so plain.
It just needs a little something to perk it up! Whether it’s fruits, herbs or spices, the world is your oyster when it comes to infusion combinations. Plus drinking infused water is so much healthier and cheaper than buying coffee!
Read the tips below and create your own infusions or scroll down for some delicious recipes. So get ready to give your daily dose of water that extra zing!
Which flavours can I use to infuse my water?
- The great thing about water infusion is that pretty much anything goes. You can use a combination of ingredients; think fresh fruits, fresh herbs, spices or even vegetables.
- Cucumber, citrus fruits, and mint will flavour the water almost immediately.
- Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger root, and rosemary will need an overnight soak in the fridge to give maximum flavour to your water.
- Ginger should be crushed to release more flavour.
- Tear up any fresh herbs before adding them to your water.
- Melons and sliced strawberries will start to look a little soggy after a few hours so don’t leave them sitting for too long, or replace them with fresh pieces when you’re ready to serve.
- Whole berries will keep their shape and colour for a while after infusion.
- Wash all of your ingredients thoroughly before use to get rid of any dirt or residue
- Slice hard fruits like apples thinly as they take longer to release their flavour.
- Use cold or room temperature water, not hot water otherwise your ingredients may start to cook and turn mushy from the heat.
- Infuse water at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. Any longer than that, make sure that you put it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.
- After 4 hours, citrus rinds can make water taste bitter.
- If you’re making a jug of infused water for a party, peel the citrus before soaking and add fresh slices just before serving.
- With a good glass pitcher, infusions should last for 3 days in the fridge.
- Use a strainer if you’re serving it out of a basic jug and don’t want any lumps.
How to store your delicious infused water
- I love these handy infused bottles here, great for when you’re out and about. Storing your water in a pretty bottle will also encourage you to drink more.
- Having a party? Or a bbq? Make up a large jug of infused water to keep your guests hydrated and it will look pretty too. Use a glass pitcher similar to this one here.
- Why not pour the water into an ice cube tray and freeze to make fruit flavoured ice cubes!
How to infuse?
- Tear up herbs, put them into the bottle, jar or pitcher and lightly press with wooden spoon to release the flavours.
- Add in your fruits.
- Add a good scoop or handful of ice.
- Top up with water until almost full.
- Stir well.
- Place in the fridge.
- Keep taste testing until the flavour is as you like it. (This could be a few hours or overnight for a stronger taste.)
- These recipes are all vegan, keto and gluten free.
- Once the water is infused, you can eat the fruit but bear in mind that after a while it will lose flavour.
- For that extra bit of excitement, substitute the still water for sparkling water.
So if you’re looking to jazz up your water then try out some of these infused water recipes.
8 glasses of water a day – easy peasy!!
Strawberry, lime, cucumber and mint
Looking for a summery refresher? I can picture it now – a hot summers day, a large delicious jug of this drink, a comfy chair and a good book…take me there now!
Try out this recipe from Wholefully for a minty, tangy drink that looks beautiful and will quench your thirst.
Watermelon and rosemary
Or how about trying this sweet and herby combination from The Yummy Life? Who said herbs were only for bread or garnishes?!
Orange, blueberry and basil
Doesn’t this image make your mouth water? This recipe from Living Fresh Daily will boost your hydration and your vitamin C levels.
Apple and cinnamon
Want something cheeky but without the guilt? Then this apple and cinnamon water is sure to brighten up your day.
Try this from Daily Yum (was The Big Apple Mama). With both cooking and infusion recipes available, you can see which works best for you.
Rosemary and ginger
Looking for a winter warmer? Try this recipe from Taste of Home which combines rosemary and ginger.
Ginger Peach Water
Try out this ginger and peach flavoured water recipe from A Pretty Life. With the addition of mint and a dash of lemon, it’s sure to make your tastebuds tingle!
The Ultimate Melon Ball Infused Water
How fun and summery does this melon infused water from Juice Sage look? The colours of the melon really pop and if this doesn’t have you running for the water jug, then I don’t know what will!
So go ahead and try out some of these delicious recipes and feel free to let me know if you discover any great combinations of your own!