When the summer temperatures go up, so do your chances of dehydration. This summer we decided to get creative with our water consumption recommendations. This list of delicious flavored water recipes helps you reach the recommended daily consumption of water without settling for drinking plain boring water.
You can easily make these flavored water recipes by adding the ingredients to a pitcher of water and letting it infuse into the water overnight. If you prefer a fancy water bottle, you can purchase one that allows you to put the ingredients into a filter in the middle of the bottle. This allows the herbs to infuse the water while staying in place.
Some people prefer to add more flavor to the water by mashing the fruits and herbs with a spoon or muddler. Another great method is placing the ingredients into a blender and use a sieve to drain the juices out of it. You can experiment and find which method works best for you. If you want to keep it simple, use the traditional way and just let the ingredients soak in your water pitcher for a few hours. Each recipe will make 2 quarts of water.
Cucumber Melon and Rosemary Water
This recipe is reminiscent of the drinks that they serve at the spa with an added zing! To make this drink, take your pitcher and drop in one sprig of fresh rosemary. To release the oils into the water, you need to bruise the rosemary, either by using a muddler or simply by crushing it with your hands. Next, add ½ cup of sliced cucumbers and a cup and a half of melon cubes. You can use watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, or any mixture of the three. Then, cover the ingredients with three cups of ice cubes and fill with water. Taste the water after a few hours and see if it’s flavorful enough. Depending on your taste preferences, you can let the ingredients marinate for up to 12 hours.
Minty Lime Berry Water
To maximize the flavor potential of the water, make sure you use in-season or frozen berries. When choosing limes, pick the ones with the thinnest skin that bounce back after you squeeze them. These limes have the most juice and are the freshest. Again, start by bruising about 8 leaves of mint in the pitcher. Add 2 cups of frozen or fresh berries of your choice. Then, squeeze the juice of three limes into the pitcher. Pro tip: lime skins leave a bitter taste if left in the water for a while. However, if drinking this water within the day, throw in the limes sliced for a prettier look. Cover with ice and water and let sit for 2 to 12 hours!
Apple Cinnamon Water
If you’re dreaming of granny’s apple pie but don’t want all the calories, try this infused water to squash your sweet tooth. To make this recipe, add four fresh cinnamon sticks and two sliced apples into the pitcher. Cover with ice and water and let the flavors infuse overnight or 4 hours.
Strawberry Basil Water
To make this water, simply smoosh 6 basil leaves and 2 cups of sliced strawberries into the bottom of the pitcher. Add ice and water and wait 4-6 hours. Enjoy!
Ginger, Lemon and Pear Water
For this water you’ll want to use fresh ginger. Powdered ginger won’t deliver the same refreshing zing. Place 6 thin slices of fresh ginger, two lemons and a pear into the bottom of the jar or pitcher. Smash with a spoon and cover with ice and water. With this mix, we recommend letting the flavors steep overnight for the best flavor.
As a final tip, remember to add the ice last, because it acts as a coolant and a strainer to keep out the solid ingredients from pouring into your glass. If bit of herbs or fruit are still making it into your glass, simply use a small wire mesh strainer when pouring. You can also use a large mason jar and pour your infused water through a spout strainer lid. Enjoy these fun and tasty recipes to stay hydrated this summer!
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