Fruit Infused Water {my favorite combinations}

Flavor Your Water with Fruit

Today I wanted to share with you something I have been doing a lot lately – flavoring my water with fruit! Not sure if its the gorgeous spring weather and summer fast approaching on the horizon or what, but fruit in my water makes me happy. I like to flavor my water a few different ways – sometimes with regular {filtered} water, and sometimes sparking water {which I make with my Sodastram, which I am obsessed with}. So once I decide if I am going the regular or bubbly route, its then time to decide on what to add into the mix. A lot of the time I just add one or two fruits, but you can get crazy and seriously go all out.

floating lemons

A few of my favorites to be used alone or combined include:

Lemon • Watermelon • Cucumber • Orange • Lime • Grapefruit • Blood Orange • Mango • Grapes • Cherries • Strawberries • Blackberries • Raspberries • Blueberries • Kiwi • Pineapple

swirl straw

I also enjoy adding fresh herbs into the mix sometimes too. Favorites include:

Mint • Basil • Rosemary • Lavender •  Thyme

mint water

For the herbs I crush them up inside the mason jar {which is a necessary accessory for flavored water making, if you ask me}, or I use a muddler if I want to get fancy, which I usually do {also great to use when making fun cocktails!}.

Aside from the mason jars & the muddler, another MUST HAVE is fun straws. My favorite are the Starbucks Venti Holiday straws, which I picked up at the store over the Holidays but you can still find them online. They are very large and I needed to have the red & white swirl and the red sparkly straw in my life, obviously. They come in tall & grande sizes too, which is fun.

A fruit infusion pitcher is also great to have when entertaining. We got one as part of a wedding gift and I love it so much, I use it all the time.

orange water

A few other of my favorite flavor combinations include:

• Watermelon and mint • Strawberry and Basil • Cucumber, Lemon and Mint • Orange, Lemon and Lime • Lemon and Cucumber • Strawberry and Mint • Watermelon and Cucumber • Cucumber and Mint • Lemon and Lime • Lemon and Blueberry • Lime and Mint • Lemon and Mint • Strawberry and Lime •

grapefruit water

Aside from fruit infused water tasting good and looking pretty it’s good for you too! Nutrients leak out of the fruit directly into the water. Some nutritionists estimate that you get as much as 20% of the vitamin content of freshly squeezed fruit juice, all without the extra calories or fructose. In addition, fruits are naturally rich in antioxidants, so you’ll also be consuming a variety of naturally occurring antioxidants when you drink infused water. Basically, it’s like making your own “vitamin water” but without the cost or hidden ingredients.

Plus, you already know about my obsession with lemons {and how amazing they are for our bodies} – the variety of other fruits you can use to infuse your H20 can give various health benefits too. And let’s be honest, sometimes it’s just more fun to drink fruit flavored water!

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lemon water

Sometimes I also add a tea bag into the fruit infused water + ice mix. It’s nice to get the extra flavors and herbs. But I always make my flavored water mix and drink it the same day, if it sits too long or overnight the flavors can turn a bit sour. Just a heads up!

cucumber and lemon

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What’s your Favorite Fruit Flavored Water Combination?

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fruit flavored h20

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2 Comments

  • Reply Patty O May 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Alot more cost effective when you make your own infused water! I spend a fortune buying the flavored fruit waters – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Olivia Ryan September 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Can i use the picture you used at the top of this blog as long as it still has the link to your blog on it?! It’s for the Quad City mom’s blog, I’m posting on a relaxing themed girls night!

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