There’s so many fad diets out there you can try that they’re all starting to look the same. Yet, one thing keeps popping up in every healthy recommendation, and that’s fruit. Fruit-infused waters have become all the rage, and they’re one of the easiest ways to get the benefits of fruits without having to eat them every day. Here are a few recipes that will have you begging for more.
Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil
Strawberries can have a sort of acidic taste to them if they’re frozen first, but even fresh strawberries can be a bit tart. This is where basil can help things. This Amazon fruit infused water bottle will allow you to stuff strawberries and basil into the same bottle, extract the goodness, and eliminate the tartness.
Basil cuts through it, and lemon adds sourness if you want a little “kick.” The drink is super-high in antioxidants like vitamin C. It’s also very tasty.
Oranges and Blueberry
Oranges and blueberries seem like an odd couple, but they go great together. The citrus flavor of the orange is strong, but blueberries have a calming effect in the water. You can crush them first, if you really want to extract the most from them. Don’t worry too much about citrus fruits.
In fact, if you squeeze, dice, or otherwise mangle them before they go into the water, it can overpower the drink. Keep it simple and, if you’re not just scratching that itch, add a teeny-tiny bit of sugar or sweetener.
Watermelon and Mint
Mint is very refreshing, especially fresh mint. Never use dried herbs in infusions. Watermelon is mellow. Together, it’s a refreshing blast that will keep you going when you’re feeling a little weary at the end of the day. This is also an excellent summer drink.
Citrus and Cucumber
Citrus and cucumber – an unlikely mix, but it works. The citrus is always the aggressor in these types of drinks, but cucumber is surprisingly refreshing and calming, and can take the “bite” out of an otherwise sour drink.
This is the kind of infusion that you could drink every single day. It’s affordable, tastes amazing, and will have you wondering why you ever drank straight from the tap. Plus, it’s loaded in vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Strawberry, Lime, and Cucumber
Back for more strawberry? Yes sir. This time we pair it with lime and cucumber. The mix is decidedly complex and yet refreshing.
Both lime and strawberry are powerful flavors. Cucumber is a dark horse, though, so you end up with a calm-excited feel for the drink. Some people like to add sweetener to this as strawberry can feel a little boring without sugar, even though the fruit can already be naturally sweet if you pick during the height of the growing season.
Limes that are fresh are best. A lot of people try to substitute real limes with the concentrate. It kind of works, but not as well as if you have fresh limes. Get them on sale and stock up. They’ll stay good in a hanging basket for at least a week.
Cilantro and Oranges
Cilantro is something you either love or hate. Some people only taste dish soap when they put it in their mouth. And, you’ll know immediately if this herb isn’t for you. On the other hand, people who love it tend to really love it.
Oranges really make this drink pop. And, with this infusion, you’re going for a kiss of orange, but not so much that it becomes overbearing. The citrus needs to compliment, not overwhelm, the freshness, which is easy to do with cilantro.
Apples and Cinnamon
This is a classic and almost a no-brainer. During the holidays, or on a cold winter’s night, this is the go-to infusion that can actually be served as tea.
But, most people forget about cinnamon in the summer, unless they’re baking an apple pie. And, here’s where this drink shines. As a cold beverage, you can get your apple pie fix without the calories.
Cinnamon is really strong, and we recommend going with true cinnamon, called “Ceylon,” which is very different from the cinnamon you typically find in grocery stores. Ceylon will mix well with water (unlike powdered cinnamon) and notes of vanilla and a natural sweetness accompany the bark of the Ceylon, while the apple imparts the traditional taste of grandma’s apple pie.
If you want a true apple pie experience, use Granny Smiths and add a touch of sugar.
MaryAnne Graham lives in beautiful Destin, Florida with her two children and husband. She is the owner of the InfusionH2O company. She started this business in 2014 as a way to provide for her growing family. Since starting out in a spare bedroom of her home and doing everything from cold calls to summer promo booths, her company has grown to include a production team, office manager, and sales manager since her products continued to be purchased everyday through Amazon. MaryAnne loves giving back to her community and you can see her sponsorship signs across many of the Destin-Niceville area sports team fields.