We’re supposed to drink a ton of it. Every day. Soooo much water.
I try to get enough but I know I don’t always. I usually have a cup of water with me when I work and I carry one in the car, but simply having water doesn’t mean I actually drink it. And, sometimes trying to take in all that water just gets boring, doesn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong–I LIKE water (even without ice, please) but it’s time to shake things up, so how about some infused water?
I use 12 oz jelly jars as my everyday drinking glasses so I figured if I could fill them with water and get through six of them in one day, I’d be in good shape. Since you can infuse water with fruits, veggies, or herbs. I thought I would put one fruit, veggie or herb in each glass. I wanted pure, isolated flavors.
What was I thinking? As soon as I sliced my berries and pinched off the mint and basil leaves I got so excited about mixing the COLORS that I had to combine them. This infused water thing was going to be great! I could have filled a dozen glasses!
Wow–these are great! I loved every combination with mint in the water but I loved the Basil, Lemon, and Raspberry combination. I didn’t drink all of them because the guys liked them too and I couldn’t keep them all to myself. I like the idea of making a big pitcher of one flavor.
I still probably didn’t get all my required intake for the day, but when I did drink, I felt kind of fancy and the flavored water was a nice change!
OK, here’s the sad part. Even though everything you put into the water can be super pretty, you can’t leave it all in the water for too long. The soft fruits (like the berries) will decompose and citrus rinds might taste bitter. The fruits won’t go bad if you refrigerate the water, but they’ll get soft and lose their color. This means you’ve got to remove the ingredients after several hours of infusing. You can keep the infused water sealed in the fridge for a few days.
Practice with different flavors, ingredients, and storage times to figure out what works best for you.
Do you make and drink infused waters? Let us know about it!