It's a pretty easy formula, just add fruit and herbs to a jug or bottle of water and you're good to go. You can muddle them slightly with a muddler for a stronger taste. You can add almost any fruit, though I find some grapes don't add much flavor and bananas just get gross.
Here are the combinations I've been using lately:
Green apple, nectarine
Fruits that work well on their own:
Herbs I like to add:
Ginger (fresh of course)
Lavender (I use it fresh, still on the sprig)
Spices I've tried and liked:
Vanilla bean (remove seeds first)
Cucumber, fennel and celery are the only vegetables I've tried so far, but anything your particularly fond of is worth a try. Same goes with herbs, if you're like it then give it a go!
You can also add edible flowers like rose or hibiscus if you enjoy those flavors.
A few more points about creating infused water concoctions:
- Kiwi, while very pretty in my water bottle, does not add much flavor at all. So while I like to use it a lot, I don't expect a blast of flavor from it.
- Citrus: If lime infused water is a little bitter, you can cut the rinds off to take the tart taste away. I find by changing lemons every few hours it also avoids a bitter taste.
- I bruise herbs slightly or tear larger leaves into smaller pieces before placing them in the water to release the flavor and healing qualities.
- Don't be afraid to experiment! Some flavors are stronger then others so you may only need 1 piece of pineapple, but twice as much strawberry. Experiment to find what suits your taste the best.
You can also infuse your waters in a pitcher and keep them in the refrigerator. The longer you infuse them the stronger they taste. 24 hours is the longest I've infused waters. Much longer and the fruit starts to get mushy and taste suffers. I prefer to carry mine with me in a bottle though. When looking for an infusion water bottle I think 3 things are important:
- Infusion basket on the bottom. I don't like the basket on top bottles at all. Halfway through the bottle the basket is above the water and not infusing at all. A basket on the bottom keep the fruit & herbs under water until the last drop.
- Complete disassemble. I like to be able to take the top and bottom off of my bottle so I can clean it completely. I'm using it daily and need to make sure there are no areas I can't reach to clean well. Dishwasher safe is even better.
- BPA free. I'm trying to drink clean here....no need for chemical additives in my bottle!
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