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Celebrate Spring with Infused Water

Celebrate spring with these tasty infused water recipes and check out WTNH News 8, where we shared a few of our favorite recipes.

We know sugary drinks aren’t good for us because they are high in calories, and they don’t really hydrate us all that well. Caffeinated beverages like soda and coffee can actually leave us more dehydrated.

You can infuse water easily with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. This goes beyond the classic ubiquitous lemon slice in water. It’s one of those things where you can get super creative and think outside the bottle. The possibilities are endless!

How to Make Infused Water

You can infuse water with any number of herbs, spices, edible flowers, fruit and even vegetables! Here are some ideas:

Gather ingredients

Use large glass bottles or jars with lids. Give the add-ins a good wash or rinse. You can leave the fruits or veggies peeled or unpeeled. That’s up to you. Avoid any fruit that’s bruised or overly ripe, or herbs that don’t look fresh. Add the fruit, herbs, spices or whatever you want to use into a bottle of cool water. Or you could add it to the bottle and then fill it up with water. Use thin slices or small cubes because the flavor will infuse more quickly.

Be patient

Let the water sit for a few hours to allow the flavors to infuse. The longer it sits, the more flavorful the water will be. Some fruits or herbs will infuse more quickly than others. Citrus is pretty instant. Herbs take a little longer. Berries take a few hours and will also release color into the water. Put the infused water in the fridge immediately after you make it or let it sit at room temperature for a little while. You should keep it in the  refrigerator or put ice in it if you aren’t planning on using it right away.

Drink + refill

Pour a glass and enjoy! You can refill the water a few times and let it infuse again, but the flavors won’t be as
pronounced.

Tasty infused water ideas

  1. Rosemary Lemon Lime: three springs of fresh rosemary infused alongside slices from one lemon and two limes
  2. Orange Blueberry: approximately one and a half oranges, sliced horizontally, infused alongside a cup of blueberries
  3. Mint Berry Mix: a half cup each of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, stirred in with fresh mint leaves. Slightly muddle the mint leaves for additional flavor.
  4. Jalapeño Strawberry Cucumber: one or more jalapeno peppers, depending on how spicy you want your water. Add cucumber slices and sliced strawberries.
  5. Orange Chai Spice: sliced oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, allspice
  6. Vanilla Basil Strawberry: vanilla bean (remove seeds first), handful fresh basil, 1 cup sliced strawberries
  7. Fennel Pear: thinly sliced fennel bulb plus a few green fronds, thin slices ripe, but firm pear
  8. Basil Melon: sliced or cubed melon, handful basil leaves
  9. Ginger Lime: sliced fresh ginger, sliced limes
  10. Blueberry Cucumber Basil: handful fresh blueberries, sliced cucumber, handful basil
  11. Lemon Lavender: slices of lemon, a few teaspoons lavender (tie in cheesecloth)
  12. Raspberry Rose: handful of raspberries, organic fresh rose petals
  13. Mango Pineapple Mint: sliced of firm-ripe mango, slices of pineapple, handful fresh mint
  14. Apple Cinnamon: slices green or red apple, a few cinnamon sticks

 

 

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