One of the most important things to do for your body is to stay hydrated – especially during the hot summer months. Infusing your water with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs is an elevated way to stay hydrated. It’s simple to do, and will have you feeling like you’re lounging at a spa. It’s a great thing to do when you have guests over, too. It’s unexpected and just so refreshing. Who could say no to a cool glass of water with a twist? Here are three of my favorite infused water recipes.
Watermelon is my favorite summer fruit. It’s light and juicy and the color just fits in with the season so well. I’ve always felt that cilantro has the ability to make any food or drink taste fresh, so the combination of these two ingredients is just magical. Fill a glass jar halfway with cut up watermelon. Add a few leaves of cilantro (split in half for maximum flavor) and fill to the top with cold water. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking.
Aside from tasting delicious, my favorite part about this drink is the way it looks. The blackberries sit at the bottom and the mint leaves at the top, with an ombre effect of color in between. Muddle a small handful of blackberries (I just used a bowl and a spoon to do this) and add them to a glass jar. Top with a few leaves of mint (split in half for maximum flavor), and fill to the brim with cold water. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking.
This recipe is my favorite of all. These three greens come together in perfect harmony in this light, crisp, refreshing summer beverage. I’m going to keep a large jar of this drink in my refrigerator all summer long. Add a few slices of cucumber (peeled, if you so desire) to a glass jar and top with a few leaves of fresh cilantro (split in half for maximum flavor) and a tiny bit of fresh dill. Dill is very flavorful, so start with a very small amount and add more if necessary. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking.
What’s your favorite infused water recipe? We’d love to hear some more!
Photos by Brigette.
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