In continuation of all-things natural, how about a refreshing natural drink? And what can be more refreshing and good for you, too? Water! Simply water, with a touch of fruity goodness is sure to quench your thirst in a most satisfying and guilt-free way…
- Fruits — whatever kind you like (except bananas); make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor. Citrus, berries, pineapple and watermelon work well for flavoring water. Many grocery stores sell small containers of pre-cut fruit if you do not want to buy whole fruits. Frozen ones are okay, especially if you are wanting a fruit that may be out of season.
- Herbs — these are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit flavors; almost any herb will work depending on your personal preference. Mint is the most obvious herb choice. I have fresh basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, and tarragon from my garden which I found to be all good.
- Jars or pitchers — I used my favourite milk and juice glass bottle (as pictured) but 2 quart mason jars and/or any 2 quart pitcher will do.
- Fruit infusion pitcher–This is optional if you think you’ll be making infused waters regularly; a very easy, tidy way to strain fruit from water
- Muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit and herbs
- Water — I personally prefer filtered water, but regular tap water is fine, too!
WASH FRUIT THOROUGHLY! The citrus and berries need to be really, really clean to keep contaminants and bacteria out of your flavored water. I recommend organic fruit, if it isn’t going to be peeled.
Supplies needed: 2 quart pitcher or jar with lid; muddler or wooden spoon
General formula for whatever fruit/herb combo you desire.
1. If using herbs, add a sprig of fresh herbs to jar/pitcher; press and twist with muddler or handle of wooden spoon to bruise leaves and release flavor; don’t pulverize the herbs into bits.
2. Add approx. 2 cups of fruit to jar/pitcher; press and twist with muddler or handle of wooden spoon, just enough to release some of the juices
3. Fill jar/pitcher with ice cubes.
4. Add water to top of jar/pitcher.
5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Suggested flavor combinations**
ALL CITRUS (no herbs) — Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar and proceed with muddling, add ice & water.
RASPBERRY LIME (no herbs) — Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add 2 cups raspberries. Muddle, add ice & water.
PINEAPPLE MINT — Add a sprig of mint to the jar (you can throw in the whole sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig, if you prefer to have the mint swimming around and distributing in the jar). Muddle the mint. Add 2 cups pineapple pieces, muddle, add ice & water.
BLACKBERRY SAGE — Add sage sprig to jar and muddle. Add 2 cups blackberries; muddle, add ice & water.
WATERMELON ROSEMARY — Add rosemary sprig to jar & muddle. Add 2 cups watermelon cubes; muddle, add ice and water.
As pictured above, the combinations that I made are:
STRAWBERRIES, LEMONS & MINT — 1 small basket of thoroughly washed, stems removed strawberries, 1 lemon into rounds & wedges, 1 sprig of mint. Add to jar and proceed with muddling, add ice & water.
BLACKBERRY, RASPBERRY, LIME & SAGE — 1 small basket of thoroughly washed blackberries and raspberries, 2 limes, quartered (with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters). Add sage sprig to jar and muddle. Add the blackberries; muddle, add ice & water.