We had a crazy heat wave here in So Cal last month. It was 100+ degrees and miserable. Scrolling through Instagram, I came across a tall drink of water. Literally. My friend Alex had posted a gorgeous glass of water infused with mint, orange, lemon and lime. And this is when my total obsession with fruit infused water began.
Kind of perfect for summer, right?
I’m sure there are a billion fruit infused water recipes all over the internet and Pinterest. The following combinations were created simply from what organic fruit was available when I was at the market and what flavors I found most appealing. A note about organic fruit. I typically buy organic fruit especially those on the dirty dozen list. There definitely are non-organic fruit options available that can be used to make fruit water. Check out the clean 15 list for what those are.
This is the combination that kicked off the obsession. One cucumber, one orange, one lemon and a small bunch of mint (12-15 leaves). I like to make this in the morning and drink it at lunch and throughout the rest of the day.
Quite possibly my favorite of them all – blueberries and mint! This one is just so delicious and I’ve made it several times over. I like to let this one come together for about six hours before drinking. Love making it at night and by morning it’s ready to go. The flavor reminds of blueberry pancake syrup! 1/2 cup of blueberries and a small bunch of mint.
I wanted to try something a little more tropical with this orange, lime and mango combination. I learned with this combo that the mango breaks down very quickly in the water. I also learned that I really love the flavor of lime and just started adding a squeeze of lime to my seltzer water. Limes are pretty pricy right now because of the lime shortage in California. So, don’t let those limes go to waste. One orange, one lime, one small mango.
Strawberries are tricky because they can get super funky (no, not a technical term!) if in water for too long. I found that the lime really over powered the strawberries in this combination. My biggest mistake was making this the night before and drinking it the following day. I think you’d be better off making it in the morning and drinking it at lunch time — and then be done with it. Maybe omit the lime, too.
I was standing in line at Starbucks when I saw a can of their Refresher drinks in the cold case. Raspberries and pomegranate! No, I did not peel and seed a pomegranate for this combination. I bought a package of pom seeds from Trader Joe’s. I really liked this combo because it was sort of tart. 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds. This one is OK to make the night before and drink at lunch the following day.
I love apricots. My grandmother had an apricot tree in her backyard when I was growing up and I would eat tons of them in an afternoon. Not the best idea, yo. Apricots really get things moving. You live and learn, friends. Six small apricots halved and seeded, one bunch of mint. I drank a couple hours after I made it. I didn’t drink this one entirely and after a few days of it being in the refrigerator my husband asked if I was making hooch.
Another absolute favorite of mine – blackberry and mint! My grandmother also had a blackberry bush and I have so many wonderful memories of picking blackberries in the afternoon. Adding mint just takes it to another refreshing level. If you haven’t noticed, I love using mint in this recipes! 1/2 cup blackberries, 1 small bunch of mint. Make the night before and drink the following day.
I’ve been thinking of a few other combinations. What do you think of these: fresh coconut and lime? apricot and blackberry? blueberries and acai berries? strawberry and basil?