If there is anything I’ve learned from living in Florida these past three years, it is how important it is to stay hydrated! The high temperatures and humidity of the southeast can be oppressive, especially during the summer months. So, one of my favorite ways to stay cool and hydrated is by drinking fruit infused water!
Adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to your water is a relatively inexpensive way to make plain water more interesting, and trying different combinations is an easy way to have fun in the kitchen! Using citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges, and herbs like basil and rosemary are easy ways to get started with infusing your water. From there, you can get more adventurous.
Here are a few of my favorite flavor combinations:
- Lemon + Cucumber
- Raspberry + Lemon + Rosemary
- Lime + Basil
- Watermelon + Basil
- Cucumber + Jalapeno + Mint
- Lemon + Lavender
I’ve also learned a few tips and tricks as I’ve tried different combinations. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing fruit infusions:
- Choose organic fruits, vegetables and herbs when you can. Be sure to wash everything thoroughly to remove any residues before using!
- You can use any temperature of water, but know that fruit will break down at different rates depending on how warm the water is. For example, one of my favorite ways to begin a day is with a mug of warm lemon water. The lemon breaks down quickly and the bright flavor helps to wake me up for the day. Adding lemon slices to cold water allows them to stay intact longer, giving a slightly milder flavor to the drink.
Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Prep Tips
- If you’re adding herbs, crush them a bit first to help them in releasing their oils. This will make their flavor appear faster than if you left them alone.
- Size can matter when infusing your water. Fruits and vegetables with softer flesh – like strawberries, citrus fruits, and cucumbers – can be cut into any size because they take very little time to release their flavors. However, fruits and vegetables that are a bit more firm – like apples or jalapeños – should be sliced thinly to help their flavor appear faster.
Infusion Time and Methods
- Consider using a tea infuser or cheesecloth pouch when using loose herbs to keep them from floating throughout your drink.
- Some ingredients – like cucumbers and mint – will flavor water almost immediately, while others – like apples and rosemary – may take a bit longer for the flavors to develop. As a result, it’s often a good idea to let everything soak together for a couple of hours before enjoying.
- If left for too long, unpeeled citrus fruits can start to make your water taste bitter. If you’re planning to make a big pitcher of fruit infused water using citrus fruits and know it won’t be consumed within a short period of time, consider peeling them first to avoid this happening!
- I have an infuser water bottle that I love to use for taking infused water with me on the go, but you can just as easily add your ingredients straight to your glass. What makes fruit infusions fun is that there isn’t really a right or wrong way to make them, you can try different methods to see which you enjoy best!
I hope you have fun trying fruit infusions this summer as a delicious way to stay cool and hydrated! I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite fruit infusion combinations? How else do you stay hydrated in the warm summer months? Happy hydrating!