Now that we’re done and dusted with the festive season, its time to detox! After the binging and extra servings, you need to go a little easy on yourself and your body too. One of the best ways to detox and flush out toxins is by drinking water. And when you infuse it, you are opting for flavoured water which promises the nutrition of the fruits along with the promise of hydration.
9 Recipes for Infused Water
Infused waters are healthy in comparison to the aerated drinks or the flavoured drinks that are available in the market. Infused waters are healthier because they are naturally sweet and have no excess calories. What you get is hydration in every refreshing sip.
Here are some easy recipes for infused water that you can include in your daily life.
1. Ginger Lemon Cooler
This one needs to steep for a minimum of two hours before you consume it. Take a glass of water. Squeeze the juice of half a lime and add roughly half an inch of grated ginger to it. Mix well. Let the ginger settle down and then drink it in small sips. Most people like to kickstart the day with this drink and when you do, it sure does rev up the metabolism!
2. Watermelon & Mint
Take a big jug that can hold about 1.5 litres of water. Add about 200 gms of cubed watermelon. Add a handful of mint leaves. Let it steep for at least 3 hours before you consume it.
3. Strawberry Lemon & Mint
Slice in a few strawberries and add a few sprigs of mint leaves in a pitcher. Let it steep for at least 6 hours for the flavours to blend with the water. If you tear the mint leaves when you add them, you’ll have an extra minty flavour.
4. Just Cucumbers
Take a couple of cucumbers, slice them and add them to a pitcher of water. Do not peel the skin of the cucumber when you soak it in water but ensure that you have washed it thoroughly.
5. Rasberry, Cherry, Ginger and Lemons
Slice in a few rasberries, grate some ginger, dice some lemons and and add a few springs of mint leaves to a pitcher of water. Let it steep for at least 12 hours before you consume it.
6. Apple, Lemon & Cinnamon
This actually makes a pretty flavourful drink! In a jug of water, add slices of apple and 2 inches of cinnamon bark. Let it steep for at least 12 hours before you consume. This is a perfect after meal drink because cinnamon is an excellent aid in digestion.
7. Pomegranate Drink
Peel a pomegranate and add the seeds in the water with a few mint leaves. If you want a variation, add some slices of oranges to the water. Let it steep overnight and have it first thing in the morning to give your metabolism some boost.
8. Flavourful fruits in water
There are so many varities you can make with infused water. Add some kiwis, melons, grapes and oranges in a jug of water and let it steep for 6 hours. You can drink this with meals for easy digestion.
9. Pineapple & Mint
One of my favorites Peel and slice about 100 gms of pineapple. Tear a few mint leaves and add to a jug of water. Stir well and let it steep for a few hours.
Some questions on Recipes for Infused Water
How long can you keep fruit in water?
You need to infuse the fruits for at least four hours before you consume the water. The best option is to let it infuse overnight. The length of time the flavour lasts depends on the type of fruit and herbs you have used to infuse the water. Basil, for example, only lasts for three days while cucumbers and lemon lasts up to one day.
How do you make the infused water?
- Drop ingredients in the bottom of a glass jug/pitcher or a bottle.
- Cover with ice about 1/2 way through.
- Fill till top of the jug with the water.
- You can refill the pitcher at least twice or before the water begins to lose flavor.
Water & Vessels
Use cold water to retain the nutrition of the ingredients you will use. And use only glass jugs and pitchers. Avoid using plastic.
What are some of your favourite fruit or veggie infused drinks? Share it with me in the comments!