Heighten hydration with flavor-infused water

Flavored Waters

Lemon-lavender, strawberry-mint, and cucumber-thyme flavored waters, May 2013

Do you succeed in getting your recommended 8 glasses of liquids daily? If so, good for you! I don’t—for some reason it’s a continual struggle. During cold months, herbal tea is a hydration helper. With warmer weather, I’ve started to drink flavor-infused water. It goes down easy, helping me to happily meet my quota.

These three recipes are for flavors I like. For other flavors, experiment with your favorite ingredients. A formula to start with, per quart of filtered water, is a few slices of fruit or vegetable and a sprig or two of fresh herbs. If you don’t have fresh herbs, place about 1 tablespoon dried herbs in a mesh tea ball. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Replenish mixture by adding water to the ingredients for 3 to 4 days.

Strawberry-Mint Infused Water
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  • 1 cup washed, trimmed and sliced strawberries
  • 1 sprig fresh mint, rinsed
  • Filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place berries and mint in a 1-quart container.
  2. Fill with filtered water, and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  3. Strain into a drinking glass or water bottle.

 
Cucumber-Rosemary Infused Water
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  • 1/2 washed and thinly sliced cucumber (no need to peel)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, rinsed, or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary in a mesh tea ball
  • Filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place cucumber slices and fresh or dried rosemary in a 1-quart container.
  2. Fill with filtered water and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  3. Strain into a drinking glass or water bottle.

 
Lemon-Lavender Infused Water
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Serves: 4
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  • 1/2 washed and thinly sliced lemon, remove seeds after slicing
  • 1 sprig fresh lavender, rinsed, or 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers in a mesh tea ball
  • Filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place lemon slices and fresh or dried lavender in a 1-quart container.
  2. Fill with filtered water, and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  3. Strain into a drinking glass or water bottle.

 

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6 Responses to “Heighten hydration with flavor-infused water”

  1. Malinda says:

    2 limes
    handful of cilantro
    1 jalapeno pepper sliced (seeds removed).

    ZESTY!

    Not spicy, but you get the pepper taste.

    Enjoy.

  2. Jennifer says:

    LOVE these infused waters! I did a blueberry one last week and blogged about it 🙂

    • Eileen Beran says:

      Jennifer,

      Yes, aren’t flavored waters great? And so many variations are possible. Blueberry sounds wonderful. I’m so into blueberries lately.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your blog!

  3. These sound wonderful! I usually carry a bottle of water around with me all day, so that definitely helps me get my daily water intake 🙂 Sometimes I squeeze some lemon in there, but I will definitely give these a try.

    Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Eileen, I’ve pinned it 🙂


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