Infused water is the perfect summer drink – super hydrating and with the addition of fruit and herbs can be extremely delightful, flavourful and refreshing.
How to make it?
Well, it couldn’t be easier.
All you need is a jug of water and some fruit and/or herbs. Simply pop your herbs and fruit into the water (you might want to slice the big fruits like apples, lemons or grapefruits so the final flavour of the water is more intense) and then you just wait… Ideally you want to leave it to infuse overnight, up to 12 hours for best results but with a minimum infusing time of just 4 hours. When ready remove the fruit and herbs from the water, discard them and store the infused water in the fridge (for up to 3 days) ready to use.
For most people plain water can get a little boring especially if consumed regularly, but with the endless possibilities for infused water, everyone will find something they like and will enjoy.
I personally like the simple combo of lemon and mint – a few thick slices of lemon and a small handful of fresh mint left in the fridge overnight gives me an extremely refreshing drink in the morning.
With so many different fruits in season right now, I wanted to share with you some infused water ideas from other bloggers in the hope that they will inspire you to create your own infused water combos.
Blackberry Mint Infused Water
Cantaloupe Blueberry Infused Water
Dill, Melon, Lemon and Apple Detox Water
Fresh Mint Infused Water
Grapefruit Rosemary Water
Kiwi and Mint Infused Water
Lemon Ginger Water
Mojito Infused Detox Water
Orange Basil Infused Water
Pomegranate Lime Infused Water
Rose, Lemon & Strawberry Infused Water
Strawberry Lemon Infused Water
Which of those takes your fancy?
Which combo is your favourite?
When it’s hot and sunny, there is nothing better than a glass of a cold, refreshing drink.
I love mint, I always have and I hope I always will. I remember one time whilst I was still at university my friends and I took a trip to Bulgaria during our summer break. It was unbelievably hot and stuffy despite the gentle breeze coming off from the sea. I spent the entire two weeks drinking frozen water with an added mint liqueur (honestly not due to the alcohol content but because of the taste); there was no such thing as a mint flavouring anywhere around at the time and the idea of making a fresh mint tea each and every morning wasn’t really an option either… I have a ton of great memorises connected to the mint flavour… anyways… instead of infusing just pure water, I decided to infuse a fresh brewed mint tea.
- 1 large bunch of fresh mint
- 1l water
- ½ lemon (un-waxed)
- ½ orange (un-waxed)
- 2 slices of pineapple
- Crushed ice (optional)
Carefully wash your lemon and orange; cut them in half and put one half aside for a moment, then slice the other half of each fruit. Peal your pineapple and cut out two thick slices.
Wash and roughly tear the mint and place it in a large pitcher.
Boil a litre of water and pour over mint.
Allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes, then add the sliced fruits (being lemon, orange and pineapple).
Put aside (or pop into the fridge) and allow to infuse for a few hours.
Serve over crushed ice with slice of lemon and orange on the side.
Depending on the type of mint you have used you will get a different colour in your final drink. Peppermint will produce a light green colour, whilst use of lemon mint (which I used here) will resolve in more yellow one.
I’ve never use chocolate mint before but I hope to find it in a store one day. I don’t suppose it will give me a chocolate coloured drink but I would hope for a slight hint of chocolate at least.
I hope you will like my creation it as much as I do.
Enjoy, if you decide to try it.
Lately there has been a huge increase in the number of people talking about, making and of course drinking infused water. They are quick to make, tasty and much better for you than pure juices (at least calories wise). So today I would like to share with you my little twist on infused water… infused fresh mint.
- Large bunch of fresh mint
- 1l water
- 1 juicy lemon
- 1tbsp pure honey
- Crushed ice (optional)
Wash and roughly tear your mint. Place it in a pitcher jug.
Boil 1 litre of water and pour over your mint – just like you would to make a mint tea.
Allow it to cool a bit.
After 15 minutes or so, add one full table spoon of runny honey (and stir well) and the juice from half the lemon.
Slice the remaining half of the lemon into thick slices and pop into your jug (make sure that your lemon is un-waxed and well washed).
Put it aside and let it cool completely.
Serve once cold, ideally over crushed ice.
This is the perfect morning drink – very refreshing due to the mint and energising due to the honey and light on the pallet due to the lemon.
You can prepare it fresh on the day or prepare it in the evening to be ready for the next morning. If you decide to make it the night before there is few things to remember: once cold/-er pop it into the fridge, so it doesn’t spend the entire night at room temperature. In the morning, after retrieving it from the fridge, remove mint and sliced lemon from the jug – you can infuse your waters up to 12h but you shouldn’t leave any fruit / herbs in it for any longer. Once all the bits are removed you can enjoy your infused water for up to 3 days (if you keep it in the fridge).
Have you ever tried an infused water?
If you have, I would love to know what your favourite flavour combinations are.