Infused water. It sounds slightly glamorous and expensive – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, it’s basically flavoured water – but we love it! It’s easy and cheap to make, yet transforms our plain Cinderella tap water into a dazzling bottled princess! With summer upon us it’s the perfect time to catch some rays over a sociable picnic. And what better way to wow your family and friends than with a cold, refreshing, homemade beverage.
All you need is filtered tap water, fruit and herbs, and a few mason jars or similar.
The Instructions are simple:
Add your chosen fruits and herbs to the filtered water and let it infuse for at least three to four hours for optimum flavor. Or even better let it infuse in the fridge overnight.
After the ingredients have been working their magic for 12 hours or more then remove them from the water (you can reuse them but the flavor will be lessened each time).
Store your new beverage in the fridge for up to three days, it will only last about 12 hours if left out at room temperature, so stick it in an esky when picnicking or keep in a water cooling bottle when taking it out and about.
If you already have a complete home filtration system, then you’re one step ahead in the game, as filtered water is the essential base of all recipes. Unfiltered tap water can be used, but you’ll be sacrificing the taste. And if you want to go all out, why not add a little fizz and used filtered sparkling water? The old Soda Stream has never gone out of fashion and should be a permanent fixture in every Australian kitchen!
INFUSED WATER RECIPES
Here’s our top ten infused water recipes for summer:
Apple, Orange, Cinnamon, Clove
A spicy little mix and a healthier non-alcoholic alternative to cider, this could be the one for you.
Cucumber, Thyme, Lime
A refreshing cooler that’ll make you feel like you’re kicking back at the spa.
The champions of vitamin C will be sure to deliver an energising pick-me-up.
For a more savoury option, the classic tomato basil combo works brilliantly as a drink too.
Pineapple, Coconut, Lime
The mocktail version of the much-loved Pina Colada. Put your feet up in the hammock and dream away the afternoon with this tropical twister.
Guaranteed to cool you down on those hot summer evenings.
This unexpected flavour sensation will have your taste buds tingling with its woody tartness.
Lemon is an immune booster that helps with digestion. Commonly paired with ginger for a hot toddy when illness strikes, but in health it works perfectly as a vibrant and zesty thirst-quencher.
An antioxidant teamed up with a breath freshener that also aids digestion and aids circulation. What a superhero combination – a sure winner at any time.
Lemon, Rosemary, Grapes
An interesting mix that comes with the option of using frozen grapes as an ice cube alternative – no one says fancy like a frozen grape ice cube!
Whether you’re a still or sparkly kinda person, sweet or savoury, we all need to keep up our water intake. Particularly during summer – infused water is certainly a tasty way of doing that. And if you fancy yourself as a bit of an athlete, you actually need to drink at least half of your bodyweight in water daily! Ensure you stay hydrated, and you’ll see the benefits include healthier skin, improved mood and energy, increased metabolism and the removal of harmful toxins from the body.
So, it’s time to get fruity and reap the benefits of delicious filtered water, let’s make this summer the season of infusion! For more information on how to get filtered water straight from your tap, contact us now! Or reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram or phone.