It’s finally summer!! Seriously, I have been off work for almost 2 weeks and we have had approximately 1/2 a nice sunny day in that time. But finally the sun is out, it’s starting to warm up and it’s kind of feeling like summer. About time…back to work in 4 days and I can bet the weather will only get better from then!
One of the most important things in summer, and I’ll be the first to admit, it’s something I am terrible at, is staying hydrated. It’s something that especially now with a baby on board and the weather warming up I really need to be doing a better job at. So to combat the boring old water situation, let’s make it interesting with 3 fruit flavoured water recipes!The best thing about fruit flavoured water is that it’s actually good for you. The only ingredients are water (still or sparkling), fruit and herbs, so if you are looking for a sweet, more juice type drink, these are not going to cut it. The fruit and herbs only flavour the water enough to make it a little bit interesting without going overboard. Because the whole point in this exercise is to hyrdate, hydrate, hydrate.
The other thing is that with fruit and herb flavours, the sky is the limit! You can use whatever fruits and herbs you have around or whatever you think will be a good combination. Here are my favourite 3 fruit flavoured water recipes!
- Strawberry, cucumber, lime & basil
This one is super summery! Fresh strawberries and basil out of the garden along with cucumber and lime which make it super refreshing and so pretty!
- Citrus & rosemary
Orange, lemon and lime make this one quite tangy and the rosemary adds something extra
- Pineapple and mint
Another classic combo, the pineapple makes it quite sweet while the mint keeps it refreshing.
I like to add the fruit and herbs to the jar and muddle them around a little bit in the bottom before I add the ice and water – just enough to release some of the juices but not so much that the fruit gets too smooshy <– that’s a word right? 🙂
You can make and drink the water immediately, but I like to make it in jars a couple of hours in advance, or even the night before to get maximum flavour out of the fruit. Making them in preserving jars is the best way, as you can make it, put the lid on and throw it in a picnic basket to take out with you! You could even make them in a big drink bottle if the neck is big enough to fit the fruit through for a perfect on the go drink.
Look at us go! We will be drinking so much water this summer!
- 1/2 cup strawberries hulled and quartered
- 1/2 cup cucumber slices
- 1 lime sliced
- Handful of basil
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 lime sliced
- Sprig of rosemary
- 1 cup pineapple sliced
- Handful of mint
Add fruit and herbs to a jar or jug (about 1L) and muddle slightly using the handle of a wooden spoon - you want to release some of the juices in the fruit but not squish them.
Add ice and top up with water.
Store in the fridge for a couple of hours or until ready to drink.
Keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours after making