Refreshing Flavored Water

June 2, 2013 § 7 Comments

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No need to say too much on the subject of water here. We all know we need it, and we will actually DIE if we don’t get it. We can go without food for several weeks, but in hot conditions dehydration can start in an hour. Ok.

It’s been particularly hot and humid here the past few days and I find myself consuming LOTS of it. But water can be rather boring don’t you think? So I started by adding some lemon slices to a jar of water and refrigerated it. One thing led to another and I was thinking up all these juicy ideas on how to kick water up a notch.

No recipe required, just add whatever you have or buy some organic fruit with the water jug in mind. Fill the jar right up with the fruit and refrigerate several hours until cold and infused. No need to strain, and you can fill up the jar with more water a few times to get all the essence out. Here are some of the waters in my fridge:

Lemon slices and a sprig of mint. Give them a good squeeze and drop them in.

Orange and grapefruit. I use the peel on the orange (organic of course) but not the grapefruit. A bit tart.

Watermelon, my favorite so far.

Raspberries, a second favorite. Mush a few up, the water will turn nice and red.

Pineapple. The water is really flavored with this one.

Kiwi, use a lot.

Peaches, make sure they’re on the soft side.

Strawberries and some sprigs of basil.

Or add several different fruits together, strawberries and lemons for instance.

You get the idea!

Don’t keep them in the fridge for too long, especially if you’re adding leaves like mint or basil. On a hot day I’m know you’ll be refilling them often!

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For easy, healthy mint ice tea, totally cram a jar with mint and put it out in the sun for 1 or 2 days, turning it upside down every so often to keep the top leaves wet. Strain and add fresh lemons and honey to taste. You could add a few of your favorite tea bags to it also.

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