Fruit Infused Water

Say goodbye to soda, juice and bottled water with these refreshing flavored waters! This is an easy formula for making a variety of fruit and herb infused waters.

I’m hosting a bridal shower this weekend. My niece, Christy, requested Fruit Infused Water for the shower. I purchased a large 3-gallon beverage decanter from Costco, but any water picture will suffice. I’m infusing 2 cups of fruit until Sunday morning, then I will add the water to the large decanter and more freshly sliced fruit for added flavor and eye appeal.

See “Suggested Flavor Combinations” Below

Fruit — 2 cups berries, citrus, melons, pineapple, etc.

Herbs –– a sprig of mint, basil, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, or lavender

You’ll need:
2 quart pitcher or jar with lid
Wooden spoon

By pressing the fruit and herbs with a wooden spoon, you will release the flavors.

General Formula
for fruit/herb combo:

1. If using herbs, add a sprig of fresh herbs to jar/pitcher; press and twist with handle of wooden spoon to bruise leaves and release flavor; don’t pulverize the herbs into bits.
2. Add approximately 2 cups of washed and sliced fruit to jar/pitcher; press and twist with handle of wooden spoon, just enough to release some of the juices.
3. Add water to top of jar/pitcher.
4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Suggested Flavor Combinations:
ALL CITRUS (no herbs) —  Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar and water.

RASPBERRY LIME (no herbs)  — Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add 2 cups raspberries. Press down with a wooden spoon; add water.

PINEAPPLE MINT — Add a sprig of mint to the jar (you can throw in the whole sprig; or remove the leaves from the sprig). Press the mint down with a wooden spoon (you want to bruise the leaves, so the flavor will escape). Add 2 cups pineapple pieces, Press together with a wooden spoon add water.

BLACKBERRY SAGE — Add sage sprig to jar and press with a wooden spoon. Add 2 cups blackberries; press, add water.

WATERMELON ROSEMARY —  Add rosemary sprig to jar and press with a wooden spoon. Add 2 cups watermelon cubes; press with a wooden spoon and add water.

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