Infused Water Drinks - Creative Pairings of Fruits, Herbs, Spices and Vegetables

Infused Water Drinks - Creative Pairings of Fruits, Herbs, Spices and Vegetables

What is the purpose of fruit infused water?

Whether it's Summer or not, it's always a best practice to drink plenty of water. At the same time, we have to avoid the downside effects of calories, sugar and artificial flavors through artificial drinks. You cannot skip the benefits of infused water because of its natural ways to keep us hydrated with its abundant nutrients and flavors. 

Infused water is simply the best alternative for fizzy drinks. Say no to the sugary carbonated drinks. Start including all your fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices in the form form of drinks instead of eating them.

Every sip tastes great, smells good and loaded with nutrients of all these natural ingredients.

Here is the list of options to keep your infused water ever interesting. You have unlimited options as long as you mix and match the natural ingredients. Drinking this makes you feel fresh and energetic all day long.

Fruits and Vegetables

apples • grape • bell peppers • blackberries • blueberries • cantaloupe • carrots • celery • cherries • cucumbers • fennel • grapefruit • grapes • honeydew • jalapenos • kiwi • lemons • limes • mangoes •  oranges • peaches • pears • pineapples • plums • raspberries • strawberries •  watermelon • Pomegranate

Herbs, Spices, and Florals

thulsi • basil • cardamom • cilantro • cinnamon • cloves • ginger root • lavender • lemongrass • mint • rosemary • thyme • parsley • rose petals • star anise • dill

Tea Bags (Black / Green)

Favorite Pairings

Keep it simple. Think of flavor combos you like in other recipes and build from there. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Cucumber + Lime + Mint
  • Orange + Gooseberry + Mint / Thulsi
  • Lemon + Ginger root + Basil / Mint /Thulsi
  • Grape + Orange
  • Grape + Strawberry + Lemon
  • Watermelon + Honeydew + Mint
  • Cucumber + Mint + Gooseberry
  • Grape + Pineapple
  • Pineapple + Mint
  • Cucumber + Mint + Dill
  • Lemon + Pomegranate + Gingergs
  • Orange + Hibiscus + Star anise
  • Orange + Cinnamon + Cardamom + Cloves
  • Mixed Herbs

Tips for best results:

  • Softer fruits like citrus and strawberries can be sliced thick / thin / halved / quartered.
  • Harder fruits like apples should be sliced very thinly because they take longer to release flavors.
  • Crush fibrous ginger roots, rosemary and lemongrass with a muddler or wooden spoon
  • Tear or crush leafy herbs like mint, basil and cilantro to release their oils
  • Loose herbs and flowers—lavender, rose petals, dried hibiscus—can be corralled in a tea infuser or cheese cloth.
  • You can use the fruits for maxium two servings to max 2 days when refrigerated. Beyond this, the fruits will loose its juice and become soggy.

 

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