Fruit water is a great alternative to sodas and juices, and it is so simple to make your own. Use regular tap water, or filtered water if you prefer. The following recipe shows you how to add a subtle, natural flavor to your water. A touch of fruit flavor is a great way to make water more interesting, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to flavor combinations. You can either stick to fruit or add some herbs to the mix too. Orange and fresh mint is especially good, or you might like to try using melon or pear.
Keep it Nice and Simple
You do not need to over-complicate the recipe. Using just one ingredient is enough to give the water a lovely taste, and everyone know what water tastes like when a slice of lemon or lime has been added. Pretty much any kind of fruit works in flavored water, apart from bananas which will disintegrate. You can get pre-cut fruit in packages in the grocery store, so if you want to add a little fresh pineapple to your water, for example, you do not have to buy an entire pineapple. Frozen fruit is something you can use, and the end flavor is nearly the same as using fresh.
Herbs are also nice, and although mint is the most used one, you can also try basil, sage, lavender or other ones. Herbs are a surprising way to add extra flavor and herbs go well with fruit. Cucumber also goes nicely in this beverage. You can use a fruit infusion pitcher to make this drink, or else just a regular pitcher. The size depends how many people you are serving, but considering you can simply top it up with more water and/or ice to make more of the beverage, you can see how you are not going to run out of this. The drink will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Water is the Ultimate Refreshment
Based on water, this drink is good for you as well as flavorful, and nothing hydrates the body as well as water, which is great on a hot summer’s day when your throat is parched and crying out for something to cool you down and refresh you. Many of us do not drink enough water so having a jug of this on your desk or in the refrigerator serves as a good reminder to drink more. Even if you are making other beverages for your cookout, this one is well worth making, and everyone will love it, from the very young to the more senior members of the group.
The longer you leave the fruit and herbs in the water the stronger the flavor will become. If you want to serve this immediately you might like to ‘muddle’ the fruit, which means pressing it against the glass with a wooden spoon. For presentation reasons, you might want to do this with some fruit, then remove it from the pitcher and add other pieces of fruit, so you do not have mushy pieces floating around. This is one of the cheapest beverages you can make, since all you need is the fruit and the water.
- Water (tap, filtered or bottled), as needed
- Ice cubes, as needed
- ½ sliced fresh orange
- Few sprigs fresh mint
- Half-fill a pitcher with ice cubes.
- Add the orange and mint.
- Pour in water until the pitcher is full.
- Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving, so the flavors can infuse the water.
- Top the pitcher up with more water to when the beverage is running low.
This has to be one of the most refreshing, delicious beverages every, and not only is it tasty but it is wonderfully simple to prepare. Combine water, ice and slices or chunks of fruit, add some herbs if you want, and just wait until the subtle flavors infuse the water. This is so easy to do and the sky is the limit with all the different kinds of fruit and herbs you can experiment with. Try berries or citrus. See what adding herbs does to the mixture, and add some cucumber slices if you want. Orange and fresh mint flavored water is pictured here, and you can see it makes a very attractive and colorful beverage.
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