I’ve never had an issue with drinking too little water – if anything, I tend to over-hydrate at times (and consequently spend a lot of time looking for public restrooms) – but as the weather starts to heat up, it’s always a good reminder to stay hydrated! For those that don’t love drinking water as much as I do, infused water can be a great way to keep you on track.
When we first started infusing water often, we were a bit concerned about the food waste factor, but we’ve come up with a few ways to get around that. First: after refilling the pitcher several times, we drain the fruit and throw it in a smoothie. It’s a bit less flavorful since it’s been sitting in water for so long, but it’s never negatively affected the quality of our smoothies!
Second: If you have some produce that’s on the verge of spoiling that you know you won’t use otherwise, throwing it into your water is a great way to extend its life. Because we spend our entire day styling & cooking with fruits and veggies, we often end up with a surplus and either juice it or infuse our water.
These are a few of our favorite combinations we’ve tried over the years. We hope you enjoy!
1. Rainbow Citrus Infused Water
This was one of our most-liked photos of all time on Instagram…we’re really taking #EatTheRainbow to the next level! We simply sliced up citrus in descending size order – grapefruit, cara cara oranges, blood oranges, limes and lemons. You can obviously leave a bit more room for water when you make this at home 😉
2. Mango + Strawberry + Pineapple + Lime Infused Water
This tropical-inspired combination is a winner! Our only suggestion would be to go light on the pineapple – too much will make your water taste a bit tart.
3. Strawberry + Cucumber + Lime + Mint Infused Water
My personal favorite. We almost always have all of these items in the house, so it’s definitely a go-to. Strawberries add just enough sweetness, limes add a bit of zing, and cucumbers and mint really enhance the freshness.
4. Peach + Basil + Blueberry Infused Water
Peaches (or nectarines) + blueberries + basil = summer in a pitcher! Peaches and basil are truly a phenomenal flavor pairing. Even our youngest family member loved this!
5. Lemon + Fig + Rosemary
Come late summer/early fall, we love adding fresh figs to this sophisticated combo. It’s refreshing, herbal and slightly sweet!
Do you make infused water at home? What’s your favorite combination?