Sometimes I get on a kick and I infused water like crazy! My husband loves it. Thus begins my water infusing tips and tricks.
- Softer fruits like citrus and strawberries can be sliced thick, thin, halved, or quartered. Harder fruits like apples should be sliced very thinly because they take longer to release flavors.
- Crush leafy herbs like mint, basil, and cilantro to release their oils.
Soak Time and Temp:
- Infuse water at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. After that, put it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.
- Cucumbers, citrus fruits, melons, and mint flavor water almost immediately. Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger root, and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
- Melons and sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours; citrus, and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
- After 4 hours, unpeeled citrus can make water taste bitter
- If you don’t drink the water within 24 hours, strain out the solids and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- To keep sipping all day long, refill your infused water container when it’s half full. It will be weaker than your first drink, but still flavorful.
Refreshing infused water with Orange and Lemon. I wasn’t feeling 100% and needed an extra kick of Vitamin C. Orange’s aide in healthy blood circulation and Lemons help with digestion (not to mention fresh breath!)
Blueberries attack cancer-causing free radicals. Also ideal for urinary tract problems. Oranges add an extra boost of Vitamin C.
Not only is Cucumber Lemon Water refreshing, it’s loaded with plenty of vitamins and nutrients. The cucumber acts as an anti-inflammatory and the lemons boost immunity. Cucumbers and lemons are both packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and caffeic acid.
Drinking infused water with strawberry in it helps improve your mood and it promotes weight loss by boosting your metabolism.