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Fruit Infused H2O

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jun 06, 2016
Fruit Infused H2O

Say goodbye to Gatorade, soda, and boring old bottled water! A healthy (and fun) way to consume water and stay hydrated this summer is to infuse it with your favorite fruit and herbs.

Here are a few guidelines:

Choose Your Fruit
Use whatever kind you like (except no bananas). Make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor.  Be sure to wash and rinse thoroughly. Fresh fruit is preferred over frozen fruit.

Herbs
These are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit flavors; almost any herb will work depending on your personal preference.

Water
Use filtered water, but regular tap water is fine if yours tastes good to you.

Jars or Pitchers
Use 2-quart mason jars or any 2-quart pitcher will do.

Extra Tools

  1. Fruit infusion pitcher: if you think you’ll be making infused waters regularly this is a great investment; a very easy, tidy way to strain fruit from water (I bought mine from Target for $20).
  2. Muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit and herbs

Here are a few of my favorite fruit infused water combinations:

Watermelon – Rosemary
Blackberry – Sage
Pineapple – Mint
Raspberry – Lime
Cucumber – Mint
Lemon – Strawberry – Raspberry – Blueberry

Ingredients:

2 cups fruit
1 sprig of mint (basil, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, or lavender)
Water (tap or filtered)
Ice

Directions:

  1. Place fruit at bottom of pitcher and mash (just a enough to release some of the juices, try not to completely crush the fruit).
  2. Fill the pitcher with ice, then add water to the top; add herb. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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