how to make flavored water

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Staying hydrated isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be boring either! Rather than chugging down a store-bought beverage that’s filled with fructose and preservatives, try flavoring your water with these delicious recipes that take advantage of each ingredient’s unique nutritional values.

1. Cucumber Lemongrass Water

This twist on cucumber water will leave you feeling like you just left the spa! It’s also a sure way to keep you hydrated all day long.

You’ll Need

  • 4 cups water

  • ½ cucumber

  • 1 stalk lemongrass

Directions

  1. Using a veggie peeler, peel the cucumber into ribbons. Place cucumber ribbon into pitcher.

  2. Peel away the rough outer edge of lemongrass with your hands. Cut in half, lengthwise. Add to pitcher.

  3. Fill pitcher with water and give it a little stir. Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve and enjoy!

2. Very Berry Lemon Water

This is just like a Starbucks drink, but so much healthier and cheaper to boot!

You’ll Need

  • Pitcher of filtered water

  • 3 sliced lemons

  • 1lb bag frozen berry medley

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients

  2. Steep overnight, wake up, and enjoy!

3. Lemon Mint Water

The mint adds some natural sweetness – so no sugar required!

You’ll Need

  • 4 sliced lemons

  • 1 ½ packed fresh mint

  • 6 cups water

  • 6 cups ice cubes

  • Fresh mint for garnish

Directions

  1. Place lemon slices in a large pitcher.

  2. Bruise the mint leaves slightly by rubbing between the palms of your hands and add to the pitcher.

  3. Pour in water.

  4. Cover and chill for 1-8 hours.

  5. Strain the mixture (Hint: keep the lemon slices as garnish!).

  6. Pour, add garnish, and enjoy.

4. Cucumber Herbal Water

Some rosemary adds a touch of sophistication to this water.

You’ll Need

  • 5 cups water

  • 10 thin slices of cucumber

  • 2 lemon slices

  • 3 sprigs rosemary

  • 2 sprigs fresh mint

Directions

  1. Mix together water, lemon slices, and cucumber slices.

  2. Crush rosemary and mint to release flavor and add to the water mixture.

  3. Chill for a few hours. Serve with a lemon wedge garnish.

5. Watermelon Basil Water

Basil is surprisingly fresh when paired with delicious watermelon.

You’ll Need

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 slices watermelon

  • Handful of basil

Directions

  1. Mix together water, watermelon, and basil, scrunched to release flavor.

  2. Chill and serve!

6. Pineapple Peach Mango Water

pineapple-peach-mango

Frozen fruits help when fresh isn’t available or out of season. And it’s super easy (like just-add-water easy).

You’ll Need

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 peaches, sliced

  • Frozen fruit mix of your choice

Directions

  1. Mix together water, peaches, frozen fruit.

  2. Chill overnight and wake up to fruity infused water!

7. Strawberry Mango Water

strawberry mango water

This tastes just as good as it smells! And since mangoes and strawberries promote healthy eyes, you’ll be giving your eyesight some much needed nutrients while sitting in front of a screen all day.

You’ll Need

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 fresh mango, cubed

  • ½ cup strawberries

Directions

  1. Mix together water, mango, and strawberries.

  2. Steep in fridge for 4 hours and serve cold.

8. Pineapple Mint Water

pineapple mint water

Because it’s a superfood!

You’ll Need

  • Water

  • 1 cup pineapple, sliced

  • 1 sprig of mint

Directions

  1. Mix pineapple and water.

  2. Gently bruise mint leaves in the palms of your hands and add whole sprig or just the leaves et voila!

9. Grapefruit Water

Not only is grapefruit amazing for your metabolism, but it also leaves your skin glowing.

You’ll Need

  • 4-6 cups water

  • 1 red grapefruit, sliced

Directions

  1. Mix together water and grapefruit.

  2. Leave in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning.

10. Blueberry Lemon Water

blueberry water

Blueberries are high in antioxidants and turn this drink a pretty purple hue.

You’ll Need

  • Water

  • 1 cup blueberries

  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • Lavender

Directions

Mix together water, blueberries, lemon, and lavender to garnish. Chill and enjoy!

11. Blackberry Sage Water

A savory herb is a great compliment to the sweetness of the fruit.

You’ll Need

  • Water

  • 1 cup blackberries

  • Handful of sage leaves

Directions

  1. Mix together water, blackberries, and sage leaves.

  2. Stir it up, cover, chill, and serve with ice.

12. Ginger Lemon Thyme Water

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, so this drink is awesome after a workout instead of a sugary energy drink.

You’ll Need

  • Water

  • 4 lemon wedges

  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

Directions

  1. Bruise the ingredients by pressing gently with a spoon to release the flavor.

  2. Add it all to a pitcher, chill, and enjoy.

13. Rosemary Orange Water

rosemary orange

This is great for when you’re sick! The vitamin C boosts your immune system and rosemary is the leading herb in fighting off infections.

You’ll Need

  • Water

  • 8 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 3 slices of fresh orange

Directions

  1. Mix together water, rosemary and orange.

  2. Serve chilled and kick that cold to the curb!

14. Pomegranate Rosemary Water

pomegranate rosemary

The benefits and taste of this water is well worth the picking of pomegranate seeds!

You’ll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

  • 1 teaspoon 100% pomegranate juice

  • 2 rosemary leaves

Directions

  1. Mix together water, pomegranate seeds, pomegranate juice, rosemary leaves.

  2. Chill and enjoy!

15. Pineapple Ginger Orange Water

pineapple orange water

Ginger cures nausea, so this is great for morning sickness and hangovers!

You’ll Need

  • Water

  • ½ cup pineapple, cubed

  • ½ orange, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Directions

  1. Mix together water, pineapple, orange, and ginger.

  2. Chill and enjoy!

Water Recipe Photos: www.brit.co/flavored-water/

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