At the beginning of May, I shared that I’m trying to cut out pop! Aside from two instances where it served as mix for drinks, I’ve been doing really well. (And I don’t count those as a hit, because quite frankly, it was less than four cups total.) If you know someone who is looking to get into cooking but doesn’t know where to start, this is the easiest place to start; it’s also great if you are trying to cut down on your sugar or caffeine!
When I went looking for combos and recipes, I wasn’t looking for anything in particular- some infused waters help with detox, some help with weight loss, and some just taste delicious. I wanted to make sure that the ingredients would keep for a while. I don’t necessarily want to drink the same infused water day after day, so I need it to stay usable in the fridge for 3-5 days! I always wanted something that would be easy to make at home or at work.
Citrus Infused Water
-3 orange slices
-3 lemon slices
-2 lime slices
1. Cut fruit and put in pitcher.
2. Add 1.5 to 2 litres of water to pitcher.
3. Allow 2-6 hours of infusing in the fridge.
This is a pretty fool-proof recipe- just cut the fruit, add water, and wait! I recommend going slightly lighter on the lime as I find it can be overpowering, but you can change up the ratio if another flavour is your boat. This is the easiest recipe I’ve found to make at work- you can either bring the fruit and cut it at work, or just toss the pre-cut slices in a sandwich bag and go. My only recommendation is to not let it over-infuse- it can get bitter if you leave the fruit in for more than 12 hours! (Google tells me it is the rinds….)
Watermelon Cucumber Mint Infused Water
-6 inch cubes of watermelon (seeds removed)
-2 slices of cucumber
-4 mint leaves
The cucumber is necessary in this recipe to cut the sweetness of the watermelon but it can also be overwhelming very quickly- most recipes will recommend more cucumber but in the first few pitchers, that was all I could taste. This is a great balance between cucumber and watermelon! The mint is a fantastic touch, it leaves you feeling refreshed without the feeling of eating a pack of gum that often accompanies mint. If you are going to take this to work, I would recommend freezing the watermelon and cucumber, and wrapping the mint leave in a damp paper towel for transport. This combo can take longer steeping; at 26 hours, it was still delicious!
What are your favourite infused water recipes?