Infused Water Recipes to Get You Enthused About H2O!

Infused Water Recipes to Get You Enthused About H2O!

As the summer heats up it’s easy to reach for a carbonated or sugary beverage to chill the parch, but there’s a much healthier option that’s just as tasty. Infused water. So what exactly is infused water? It’s water that’s had fruits, vegetables, extracts and/or spices soaked in it for a long period of time to infuse it with the flavors they provide. The resulting drink is a beverage that will make your tastebuds do cartwheels without all the sugar and chemicals of store bought beverages. And before you ask, no you don’t need a Magic-Ninja-Keurig 5.0 to make it. All you need is fresh ingredients, a pitcher (or some other water holder device type thing), and the patience to let the infusing happen.

robeAs someone who “aliens from Signs level” hates plain water, I can understand why you might be skeptical of that tastebud cartwheeling comment, but it’s true. I was skeptical of it too when I first came across it in spa waiting room hell. My mother had convinced me to do a spa day with her, and after the required stripping down of clothing to don a ridiculously oversized robe, she was ushered away for her “treatments” while I was left in an overly warm, dimly lit room to contemplate what the point of scheduling an appointment is if you’re left waiting for half an hour. After trying to read the magazines by the light of my phone and getting frustrated (seriously, why keep the lights that low AND provide reading material?), and requisite silly selfie taken (see right), I started to get really bored and really thirsty. Lucky for me there was dispenser of what looked like a cucumber science experiment on a table under the only bright light in the room.

After trying to decide if I’d rather die of thirst in spa hell, or try the cucumber concoction, I decided I would try a sip and if I didn’t like it I could always spit it out in a corner somewhere. It would evaporate from the heat before anyone was the wiser anyway. Side note – this is why I can’t do nice things. So I tried the cucumber infused water and low and behold it was delicious. Another half an hour later and the dispenser was half empty. And that’s exactly when a small, angry lady came to get me for my massage. Needless to say, I felt like I had to use the facilities ten minutes into the massage, but I also wanted to learn how to make that cucumber stuff as soon as I got home.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite infused water recipes, including the cucumber one!

Cucumber Lemon and Mint Infused Water

  • One Cucumber (cleaned and thinly sliced)
  • 8 Fresh Mint Leaves (muddled)
  • 1 Lemon (cleaned and sliced)
  • ½ Gallon of Water

Muddle 8 mint leaves. Clean and thinly slice one cucumber. Clean and slice one lemon. Add cucumber, lemon and a ½ gallon of water to the muddled mint leaves. Stir. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Apple Cinnamon Infused Water

  • .One apple (cleaned and thinly sliced)
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • ½ Gallon of Water

Clean apple and slice into thin portions. Add apple and cinnamon sticks to ½ gallon water. Stir. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Watermelon Basil Infused Water

  • 1 cup Watermelon (cubed without rind)
  • 8 Fresh Basil Leaves (muddled)
  • ½ Gallon of Water

Muddle basil leaves and then add watermelon and water. Stir. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Blueberry Orange Infused Water

  • 2 Oranges (1 peeled and portioned; 1 squeezed for juice)
  • 1 cup Blueberries (muddled)
  • ½ Gallon of Water

Muddle the blueberries. Squeeze the juice of one orange into the blueberries. Peel one orange and portion it. Add the portioned orange and ½ gallon of water to the muddled blueberry and orange juice mixture. Stir. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.


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