H2Ohhhh Yes: Our Favorite Fruit-Infused Water Recipes
July 17, 2013
If you’ve been following along with us, you know we are no strangers to beer and cocktails– in fact, we’re all chums– but we bet you didn’t know about another drink we love… Water! We’re not talking water fountain water (yuck!): fruit-infused water is the way to go! Flavored water is the latest trend, not coincidentally right at the beginning of the summer season. With the shift away from sugary drinks like sodas and even juices, and a general consensus that “water doesn’t taste like anything”, fruit infused water is a great compromise for those trying to drink more water but still needing a little something to stimulate taste buds.
Fruit Infused Water Basics
So what exactly is fruit infused water? It’s super simple, our H2-oblivious reader. Water mingles with various fruits and/or herbs in your fridge for a number of hours, yielding a light, refreshing, and calorie- and sugar-free concoction. Think of going to a restaurant and being served a glass of ice water with a lemon wedge. That one wedge alone adds a very light crisp to what is probably just tap water; think of what a combination of complementary edibles could do for that glass! If your mind is going blank like, well, a plain glass of water, try gathering some infused water basics like the ones by McKel Hill, MS/RD/LDN from Nutrition Stripped:
- Citruses: oranges, tangerines, limes, lemons, grapefruits
- Berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries
- Melons: watermelon, Tuscan melon, honeydew
- Other fruits: kiwis, apples, pineapples, mangoes
- Vegetables: cucumber, celery
- Herbs: basil, rosemary, mint
Even honey can be added should you desire a more potent sweetener! Spices like a cinnamon stick and cayenne pepper can also make an appearance for a little more depth. Sparkling water can be substituted for filtered water for a little more oomph as well. The idea behind infused water is enhance (or provide, depending on your opinion) the flavor to water to make it more appealing, palatable, and of course, fun to drink.
Not sure what to try? Take a look at some inspiring water infusion photos below and click to follow to the recipes!
Fruit Infused Water Inspirations
Fruit Infusions Made Easy
As if making fruit infused water wasn’t easy enough, water bottles are now being designed specifically with fruit infusion in mind. Perhaps the most obvious new feature is the glass construction. Using a glass bottle over a plastic one is not only more eco-friendly but it also prevents any funky aftertaste from the plastic bottle. Most infused water bottles also make use of a strainer that lets fruit and herb flavors into the water without letting them float around randomly. Here’s a few of our favorites:
- Define Bottle: the Define Bottle is a two-chamber glass water bottle with a strainer connecting both pieces. This allows the fruit and its sweet nectar to mix fluently with the water while preventing you from sipping any off-putting pulp in your flavored water. The Define Bottle uses glass and bamboo pieces to be super eco-conscious, and because the whole thing dismantles easily, it’s also easy to clean. Bonus: its creator is 14 years old! (Support young minds!)
- Aqua Zinger: similar to the Define Bottle, the Aqua Zinger allows fruits to swim around in a water bottle, but with one specific difference: a pronged chamber at the bottom of the bottle grinds up fruit. When the top water-holding chamber is twisted onto the bottom portion, it also simultaneously crushes everything up. Give it a few shakes and your water’s “zinged” and the crushed fruit is contained. An aluminum construction also prevents weird tastes from invading infused water, and it also looks mighty modern!
- Citrus Zinger: a close relative of the Aqua Zinger, the Citrus Zinger is designed for those who find fruits to be a bit cloying. Can you believe some people don’t like strawberries? Yea, hard to comprehend. Like the other infused water bottles here, the Citrus Zinger has a citrus juicer with open slots on its bottom that allow extracted juices to flow directly into the bottle. Leave the piece of citrus on the juicer, twist on a cover, and turn the bottle right side up. Fill with water, give it a shake, and you’re ready to go with lemon flavored water, lime tinged water, or even water with hints of orange!
So you see, just because something doesn’t have alcohol doesn’t mean it ain’t worth drinking (yes, we ARE turning over a new leaf, thanks for noticing!); summer booze might be all fun in the sun, but when you’re later suffering with a bad case of dragon mouth, orange pee, and a general achiness, you’ll be wondering all along why you didn’t just listen to our raves over fruit infused water and how awesome it is. It’s not too late; grab one of the infused water bottles from above and a recipe to go with, and let a very hydrated summer begin with an “H2Ohhhh yes”! (And yes, you have to say that when you sip it!)
Sources: Simply Infused Water,