You should be drinking water, all day, all the time, but if you’ve tried that then you’re probably bored. It helps to give it a little flavor, without adding a bunch of sweetener or caffeine. We’ll learn some tricks and talk about the possibilities.
Have you ever stayed at one of those fancy hotels that surprises you with different fruit in the water each morning? Isn’t that s0 much better than dumb water?
Plain water isn’t the worst drink there is—not after you’ve tried cold chicken broth or that green smoothie thing they sell by the orange juice (because it tastes like cold chicken broth)—but it is probably the most boring, second maybe to your own spit. (Ew.) Especially when you’re trying to behave yourself and drink your half-gallon of H2O a day. Without introducing sugar, caffeine or alcohol, water just tastes like…dumb water.
But! Infused water doesn’t add much sugar, because it leeches flavor from fruit without actually mixing in much juice. It’s refreshing and just different enough from water to be a treat, especially at breakfast, but it’s OK to keep sipping as much as you like throughout the day because it’s nearly water. And it’s the simplest recipe there is.
- Choose an infusion and prepare it by slicing it up.
- Place the ingredients into a pitcher and cover with drinking water.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before sampling, or if you can bear the wait and want ideal results, four hours to overnight.
Also, you can infuse so many things! And you don’t have to use just one at a time—mix and match to keep life interesting. Here’s a list of items that work well, but this is just a start. If you can dream it, you can stick it in water, probably.
More things to infuse
Grapes, cut in half