12 Ways to Flavour your Water – Naturally!

As the temperature heats up, many people resort to soft drinks, artificially flavoured water varieties, and other high sugar/calorie drinks to keep fluid intake up while getting flavour in what they chug down. Few realise that there are many other ways to get your water intake up while adding taste to it at the same time. Below are 10 simple and natural ways to flavour your water that will have a better affect on your health and your waistline while still providing the great taste many people desire:

 

Lemon, Mint, Blueberry, & Nectarine/Peach Infused Water

Lemon, mint, blueberry, nectarine

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large pitcher of water (2L)
  • 10-12 chopped mint leaves
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 sliced lemons
  • 1 sliced peach or nectarine

 

Directions:

Simply combine the mint leaves, blueberries, lemons, and peach or nectarine in a large pitcher of water. Mix well and allow to infuse in the fridge for at least an hour. Keep chilled in the fridge for a refreshing beverage anytime you like!

 

 

Raspberry & Pineapple Ice Cubes Infusion

Raspberry & Pineapple frozen chunks

 

Ingredients:

  • Raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • Pineapple chunks

 

Directions:

  1. Find as many ice cube trays as you desire and can freeze.
  2. Place raspberries into one side of the tray and pineapple chunks into the other side of the tray (don’t overfill)
  3. Add water to the tray/s until it is flush with cubes
  4. Freeze for minimum of 4 hours
  5. After frozen, carefully break cubes from tray and add desired amount to water glass or pitcher (3 of each flavoured cube is ample for taste), the more cubes added, the richer the flavour.
  6. Let the cubes dissolve for a few minutes then enjoy the drink ice cold

 

 

Orange & Vanilla Infused Water

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Ingredients:

  • 2L litres of water
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, or a scraped vanilla bean

 

Directions:

Simply combine the orange slices, vanilla and water in a large pitcher), and mix well. Allow to infuse in the fridge for at least an hour, then keep chilled in the fridge for a refreshing beverage anytime you like.

Note: This recipe can easily be tweaked to suit your tastes. Use more or less orange and vanilla, as you desire.

 

 

Blackberry Lemon Ginger Water

Blackberry Lemon Ginger Water

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pint blackberries, washed
  • 1 knob of ginger
  • 1 small lemon
  • 4 cups of water
  • Ice

 

Directions:

  1. Pour the blackberries into a pitcher.
  2. Wash the knob of ginger, and then slice into thin slices, leaving the peel on.
  3. Slice the lemon into thin slices.   Put the ginger and lemon into the pitcher of blackberries.   Fill with water.
  4. Using the back of a wooden spoon gently smash some of the blackberries while stirring the water.
  5. Let sit in the fridge at least an hour.
  6. Fill with some ice, stir and enjoy.

 

Note: you can omit blackberries for a more sour taste

 

Cucumber Lemongrass Water

Cucumber Lemongrass Water

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 4 cups of water
  • Ice

 

 

Directions:

  1. Wash the cucumber.  Using a vegetable peeler remove some of the waxy peel from the cucumber.   Proceed to peel the cucumber into ribbons using the vegetable peeler.   Put the ribbons into the pitcher.
  2. Using your hands, peel away the rough outer edge of the lemongrass.   Cut the lemongrass in half, lengthwise. Place the lemongrass onto a cutting board. Using a rolling pin, gently smash the lemongrass. Add to the pitcher of ice and cucumber ribbons.
  3. Fill with water, stir, and let chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
  4. Fill about 1/4 of the pitcher with ice, stir, and enjoy.

 

Apples and Cinnamon Infused Water

Often called the “Skinny spice” cinnamon helps lower blood sugar concentration and improves insulin sensitivity, while apples have been shown in studies to help a wide spectrum of ailments from staving off Alzheimer’s to protecting against colon cancer. This infusion capitalises on the benefits of each:

Apple Cinnamon Refreshing Flavor Tap

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large pitcher of water (2L)
  • 1 apple (thinly sliced)
  • ½ to 1 stick of cinnamon (depending on your desired strength)cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

 

Directions:

  1. Fill a 2L pitcher with water
  2. Grind the cinnamon and then combine with the sliced apple pieces in the pitcher of water.
  3. Using the back of a wooden spoon gently smash the apples in the pitcher whilst stirring the water.
  4. Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour then serve

 

 

Strawberries and Basil Infusion

This combo provides iron from the herb and vitamin C from the berries. Enjoy!

Strawberries & Basil

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 punnet of strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 10-12 chopped basil leaves
  • 2L pitcher of water

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into pitcher.
  2. Using the back of a wooden spoon gently smash the strawberries in the pitcher whilst stirring the water.
  3. Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour then serve with ice

 

 

 

Lime & Basil Infusion

Lime Basil Refreshing Flavor Tap

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 10-12 chopped basil leaves
  • 2L pitcher of water

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into pitcher and stir.
  2. Leave chill in the fridge for at least an hour then serve.

 

 

 

Orange or Grapefruit with Thyme Infusion

Grapefruit

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres of water
  • 1 orange or grapefruit, sliced
  • 1 handful of thyme, chopped

 

Directions:

Simply combine the orange slices, vanilla and water in a large pitcher), and mix well. Allow to infuse in the fridge for at least an hour, and then keep chilled in the fridge for a refreshing beverage anytime you like.

 

 

Mint and Cucumber Infused Water

Mint Stirred With Cucumber

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large pitcher of water (2L)
  • 10-12 chopped mint leaves
  • 1 long cucumber, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 cup of Ice

 

Directions:

Put the mint leaves into a large pitcher of water. Mix well using a cucumber slice. Ensure part of the cucumber slices are sticking out of the pitcher then chill and allow to infuse in the fridge for at least an hour. When ready to serve, add ice and stir with cucumber

 

 

Blackberry and Sage Infused Water

Blackberries Sage Refreshing Flavor Tap

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres of water
  • 1 cup of blackberries (fresh)
  • 1 handful of sage, chopped

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into pitcher.
  2. Using the back of a wooden spoon gently smash the blackberries in the pitcher whilst stirring the water.
  3. Leave to chill in the fridge for at least an hour then serve with ice

 

 

Lemon Peppermint Iced Tea

Lemon Peppermint Iced Tea

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 peppermint tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice
  • Lemon slice + a few mint leaves (optional garnish)
  • Ice

 

Directions:

  1. In a 2L pitcher or saucepan, pour 2 Cups of boiling water over the tea bags
  2. Steep the tea bags for 6 mins and then remove them
  3. Stir the lemon juice into the hot tea then add 2 Cups of cold water
  4. Chill for 1 hour then serve over ice with or without lemon slice + mint garnish

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