Baked on the Bright Side

Our Favorite Infused Water

June 8, 2015

It’s always good practice to drink more water, and water infused with herbs and fruit is a tasty, refreshing way to stay hydrated. It’s so easy to make these infusions yourself, and you can experiment with tons of different ingredients that have numerous benefits.

To get started, fill a glass jar or pitcher with desired amount of water. Make sure to leave a few inches at the top for your add-ins. Wash and chop or slice your desired ingredients to fit in the jar easily. Let the mixture infuse overnight in the refrigerator. You can put ice in the pitcher if you like your water to be a little colder.

Infusing the water is easy, choosing ingredients is the hard part! Lemon slices are a great place to start. Not only do they infuse the water almost immediately, but they also have tons of health benefits! Lemons are high in potassium and vitamin C, and have been known to aid in digestion and flush toxins out of your body. Note: Too much lemon can be hard on your tooth enamel. One lemon’s worth of slices for a full pitcher of water should do the trick!

Cucumbers are another common ingredient in infused water, and for good reason. Adding cucumbers to water boosts your drink with extra nutrients like vitamin A, calcium, iron and antioxidants. Cucumbers also contain silica, which is good for both your skin and muscle health. Try adding a little mint to your infused water for taste and some extra antioxidants. Mint also contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant and can help soothe a sore throat.  Grapefruits are another popular add-in, because they are full of fiber and electrolytes. Basil is also a great addition, both for its light taste and its anti-inflammatory properties.

Some of our favorite infusions are:

  1. Watermelon + mint
  2. Lemon + cucumber + mint
  3. Strawberry + lemon + basil
  4. Rosemary + grapefruit
  5. Kiwi + strawberry + cucumber
  6. Raspberry + lime + basil

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