It's important to stay properly hydrated, but sometimes plain water can get a little boring. One of the best ways to add a little excitement to your filtered water is to infuse It with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Using fresh, filtered water from your Pentair Rocean Reservoir can kick these infused water recipes up a notch and help you hydrate and feel great.
From fresh, crisp cucumber, to sweet-tart strawberry lemon, these vegetable and fruit infused waters are particularly refreshing during the warm summer months, but can be enjoyed any time of year.
Tips For Preparing Fruit Infused Water Recipes
The best fruit infused water recipes don't include any added sweeteners, and are a healthy way to spruce up plain filtered water. Infused waters will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Some tips for preparation include:
1. Clean everything – Whether you use a glass or plastic pitcher, carafe, or jar, it's important to make sure it's clean and free of any soap residue. This goes for the produce you're using as well – clean fruits and vegetables well to ensure there isn't any dirt left behind.
2. Use filtered water – Tap water that hasn't been filtered often has a chlorinated taste and can harbor other impurities that affect flavor and odor. To ensure your infused water tastes cleaner and fresher, use filtered water.
3. Muddle and strain – Muddling or crushing herbs and fruit can help release their natural flavors. However, if you muddle fruits like raspberries or blackberries, strain your water after it's infused to get rid of seeds.
4. Peel citrus fruits – Lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits can make infused water taste bitter if you leave the peel on. Remove peels before infusing or make sure to take citrus slices out of the water after four hours.
It's a good idea to try your water after a few hours to see if it's infused to your taste, but you'll want to remove any fruits, vegetables, and herbs after 24 hours. This keeps flavored water from becoming bitter. For clearer water, you may want to strain it.
How To Make Tap Water Taste Better
One of the easiest things to do to make tap water taste better is to filter it using the Reservoir. Having a one-touch water filtration system on your countertop makes it easy to stay hydrated, saves you money, and helps you use less energy and generate less waste from single-use plastic water bottles.
You can make infused water with almost any type of fruit. Mint or basil adds a nice fresh flavor. Citrus fruits have quite a strong flavor, so it's best not to overdo them. Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with combinations until you find something you like.
Infused Water Recipes
We've compiled some of the best fruit and vegetable infused water recipes that are easy to prepare and sure to please the whole family. Although they're simple, putting them in a fancy glass with a garnish like mint and a lemon wedge can make you feel like you're treating yourself. All of these recipes use filtered water from the Pentair Rocean Reservoir.
Lemon & Lavender Water
Lemon is chock full of Vitamin C, aids digestion, and contains powerful antioxidants. A flowering plant that belongs to the mint family, fragrant, floral lavender adds a bit of sweetness. Studies show that lavender has calming, anti-inflammatory effects that can have a positive impact on your body.
Use 2 thinly sliced lemons for every 1 quart of water – you can also squeeze one and cut the other one into slices for a beautiful, appealing beverage. Add 1 tbsp. of dried lavender and stir. Can be served cold or at room temperature. Strain before serving.
Cucumber, Basil & Lemon Water
Cucumbers are rich in fiber and vitamins A and K, they also promote hydration, weight loss, and lower blood sugar. Basil offers macronutrients, such as calcium and vitamin K, and contains a range of antioxidants. While providing an earthy flavor to this hydrating cucumber infused water recipe. As mentioned above, lemons provide all kinds of benefits that are good for your body.
Add one sliced cucumber, 2 lemons, and ¼ cup fresh basil, torn or muddled, per quart of water. Let sit for 2-4 hours in the refrigerator. Serve cold.
Mixed Berry Infused Water
Berries are loaded with flavonoids that can help fight inflammation and cell damage, and add a sweet taste to any infused water. Use strawberries and blueberries OR blackberries and raspberries for two delicious recipes, or create your own combinations.
Add ½ cup of each berry per quart of water and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve cold or with ice.
Cucumber & Mint
This simple, refreshing infused water recipe is great for hot summer days. Mint also contains antioxidants and can help indigestion.
Add 1 cucumber and ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn or muddled. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve chilled.
Strawberry, Lemon & Basil
The sweet-tart combo flavor of this strawberry and lemon infused water recipe is perfect for satisfying your taste buds and keeping you hydrated. Not only that, the power trio of strawberry, lemon, and basil provides plenty of essential vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial micronutrients.
Add 2 sliced lemons, 1 cup of sliced strawberries and ¼ cup of fresh basil, torn or muddled. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve cold.
Celery, Cucumber & Herbs
Celery contains vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids. At least 12 additional types of antioxidants and nutrients are found in a single stalk. Parsley is an excellent source of folate, antioxidants, and vitamins K, A and C.
Use 4 celery stalks per 1 quart water, 1 sliced cucumber, ¼ cup of fresh mint, and ¼ fresh parsley. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve this refreshing infused water cold.
Orange & Vanilla
With an abundance of Vitamin C and citric acid to support a healthy immune system, oranges may just be the perfect fruit. The combo of vanilla and orange in this dreamy concoction provides the flavor of a decadent Creamiscle without the fat or sugar.
Use 1 sliced orange and 1 tsp. vanilla extract for every quart of water. Let steep in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours. Serve cold with or without ice.
Watermelon & Jalapeño
Watermelon contains a variety of nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and C. It's also rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that supports body function. This delicious infused water recipe is a great way to spice up your day. A great source of fiber vitamin C and b12, the jalapeños in this infused water recipe will add a little spice to your day.
Remove seeds from jalapeño and slice thin. Remove seeds. Use 1 jalapeño and 1 cup cubed watermelon for every quart of water. Chill for 2-4 hours and serve cold.
Make Tasty, Healthy Infused Water with The Reservoir
The Reservoir water filtration system makes it easy to create delicious, affordable, infused water recipes in just a few minutes. To learn more about the Pentair Rocean Reservoir, visit our website today.
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