One of the things our family has been doing to be healthier is to drink more water. But I admit that it’s a little difficult since we don’t really like the taste of just plain water. We were spending lots of money on bottled water and then we added and mixed flavored carbonated waters with the bottled water. Not only were we spending a lot of money, but we were also recycling a whole lot of plastic bottles. Then a closer look at the flavored carbonated waters got us to thinking, maybe we could make our fruit infused water drinks. We can and we found out that they taste great and are a whole lot healthier for us. My kids are even drinking more water and even taking it to school in their water bottles!
Fruit Infused Water Ingredients
- Mason Jars with Lids
- Assortment of fresh fruits (see below also consider what is in season and on sale at the store)
- Filtered Water
Our favorite fruit infused water combinations
Grapefruit and Rosemary: Half a large grapefruit, sprig of rosemary
Blue Lemon Berry: Small handful of Blueberries, sliced lemon (one small)
Tropical Fruit: Mango, Pineapple, Orange and Fresh Ginger
Strawberry Lemonade: Strawberries, Lemon and Fresh Basil or Mint (I prefer mint, my oldest daughter likes the basil and thinks it more “refreshing”)
OrangeGo: Orange, Mango and Fresh Ginger
OrangeApple: Sliced Oranges, Pineapple and Fresh Ginger
Cucumber Limeade: Sliced Cucumber, Limes and Fresh Mint
Pomamate: Pomegranate and sliced Cucumber
Lemon Berry Punch: Mango, Sliced Lemon, Raspberry, Strawberry and Fresh Basil
Mango Mint: Mango, Pineapple and Fresh Mint
Lemonade: Fresh sliced Lemons, 1 packet Stevia
Lemon Lime: Sliced Lemons and Limes. My daughter likes to add a sprig of fresh basil. I like it just the way it is.
Ginger Pear: Slice Pears and Fresh Ginger
Orange Berry: Sliced Oranges and Blueberries
Raspberry Mango: Raspberries, Mango slices and one quarter slice of lime
Top each mason jar with filtered water. I used the water from my Brita.
Chill for at least one hour in the fridge before using. Give a little shake before serving.
I know you would like to have amounts, but that all depends on how fruit flavored you want your water to be. I can frequently get two “fill ups” with the amount of fruit we use, but we also drink it very quickly. Last night I made two mason jars and they were both gone by the end of the evening. Basic sizes are small lemons, handful of berries and half of grapefruit, quarter to half of a mango depending on size.
Take it easy on basil, rosemary and mint. The longer it is in the mason jar the more it infuses the water. You may want to remove it after chilling.
With fruit infused waters I’m getting the whole family to drink more water. I’m and able to introduce some more fruits to the younger girls (mango, pomegranate for example) and get them to try new flavor combinations. I admit we bring all the fruit and herbs to the island, and revisit favorites as well as try new ideas – especially when we hit the grocery store and find sales on certain fruits. Take advantage of those opportunities and try some of your own combinations!