Infused water is a super fresh alternative to sugar-laden juices and soda. What a great way to up your H2O intake! Add fresh herbs and citrus to your water bottle and enjoy throughout the day. An Infused Water Bar is a great way to create a memorable experience at your next backyard soiree or reception. Combine fruits, vegetables and herbs with fresh filtered water and enjoy immediately or let sit for a stronger flavor.
My first experience with infused water happily occurred at the Southwestern spa, Ten Thousand Waves. After a dip in the local spring, I enjoyed cucumber water and fell IN LOVE. Since then, I have found some wonderful flavor combinations and I keep track of them on my Pinterest board. I prefer to use clear glass pitchers, enjoying the beauty of the ingredients is half the fun.
Mint & Lemon Water
This is a classic combination and for good reason, so refreshing, light and perfect any time. This is a great way to use all that extra mint from the garden!
1 organic lemon, 4 large organic mint sprigs
Fill a glass pitcher with cool, filtered water. Thinly slice lemon into wheels. Gently bruise the mint leaves and place in the pitcher, add lemon wheels. Enjoy over ice, if desired. Refill pitcher with water throughout the day
Basil & Cucumber Water
The herbaceous flavor of the basil leaves is subtle allowing the flavor of the cucumber to shine through.
1/2 organic english cucumber, 5 large organic basil leaves
Fill glass pitcher with cool filtered water. Thinly slice cucumber. Gently bruise basil leaves and place in pitcher, add cucumber slices. Enjoy over ice, if desired. Refill pitcher with water throughout the day.
Here are a few of my other favorite ingredients :
- Berries (of any kind)
- Fresh herbs (lavender, rosemary, chocolate mint, lemon verbena)
- Edible flowers (nasturtiums are my favorite, a bit peppery)
Come up with your own Infused Water combinations using your favorite flavors! Please share with me in the comments.