Hi. Happy Summer. It’s been a minute since I’ve posted here. Between family events and the general busyness of summer, the blog and podcast got pushed to the back burner for a little bit. But I’m back, and today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to stay hydrated in the hot summer weather: infused fruit water.
Fruit water is the perfect drink to cool down with on a hot summer day.
I got on the sparkling water train late last year (how basic of me, I know). It’s bubbly and fun and makes drinking water not so boring. But I can only take so much carbonation before I feel too bloated. I’m getting to a point with coke and beer that I can hardly even finish one because of the carbonation and feeling heavy afterward (so this is what getting older is like).
Speaking of sparkling water, my new favorite is the PurAqua Belle Vie brand at Aldi. It’s under $3 for a six-pack. If you have a Lidl near you, their Adirondack sparkling water is also delicious and around $1.49 for a sixer.
Anyway, back to my point. While I love a good LaCroix, sweet tea, lemonade, cold beer, or fun cocktail when it’s hot, sometimes all I need and want is something simple, cold, and tasty.
Let’s face it, sometimes drinking regular ol’ water is just kinda boring. Adding fruit to water kicks it up a notch, gives it some flavor, and actually makes me want to drink it more. And I stay hydrated and energetic, to boot. My FitBit water tracker sees a serious uptick when I drink something other than plain water.
Another perk of drinking fruit water is some additional health benefits of the added fruits and herbs. Many fruits add vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients to your water. Obviously it won’t be the same amount of vitamins and such as if you were eating the fruit itself, but adding it to your water does help. Many fruits I like to use—lemon, lime, cucumber, and berries—have anti-inflammatory properties and help with digestion, meaning I don’t feel bloated after I drink it. Take that, beer!
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There really is no limit for the flavor combinations you can create. (Insert Mean Girls joke here.) Adding herbs is a really nice way to give extra flavor or sweetness, especially with mint. And I loooooove adding mint to my fruit water. You can basically mix and match your favorite fruits and herbs to create a fruit water recipe you’ll sip on all summer long.
Here are 5 fun, easy fruit water recipes for hot summer days.
These are my favorite flavor combinations, but feel free to get creative with your own!
- Strawberry + lemon (+ mint, optional)
- Lemon + cucumber (+ mint, optional)
- Strawberry + lime
- Orange + blueberry
- Strawberry + blueberry
The best thing about fruit water is how easy it is to make. All you need is:
- 1-2 cups of your favorite fruit(s), sliced or diced
- A handful of your preferred herb, if using
- A pitcher, carafe, or giant mason jar
To make a batch:
- Slice or dice your favorite fruits, and add to your jar, carafe, or pitcher.
- Add herbs on top of fruit (if using).
- Add 1 cup ice cubes.
- Fill remainder of vessel with water.
- Chill until ready to drink or serve.
See? How easy is that? Each batch lasts about 1-2 days before the fruit gets too bitter. Here are some other tasty flavor combinations you might try:
- Watermelon + mint or basil
- Pineapple + basil or mint or sage
- Lime + mint
- Cucumber + mint
- Strawberry + orange
- Lemon + raspberry
- Blackberry + mint
- Peach + blueberry
What’s your favorite fruit water flavor combination?