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Fruit Infused Water Recipe

apple-infused-water.jpgIf you are looking for a healthy alternative to artificially flavored drinks that are high in sugar, try naturally sweetening your drinks with fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.  Fruit infused water gives your water a crisp and refreshing flavor without all the added calories. It tastes delicious and looks inviting when made in large quantities and displayed in a clear glass pitcher or drink dispenser at a backyard BBQ. The best part about this beverage is that you can experiment with pairings to create a unique drink that suites your taste. However, there are some popular fresh fruit and herb combinations that we highly recommend.

Fresh Fruit Ingredients

Citrus:
Pair different types of citrus fruits together to create a sweet and tangy drink. Especially if you love orange juice or lemonade, this will probably be the best choice for you. Fruit such as lemons, limes and oranges also pair great with different types of fresh herbs. Try combining orange slices with rosemary or all three citrus fruits with cilantro.

Apples:
Apple infused water is lightly reminiscent of classic apple juice. Pair it with cinnamon sticks to create a delicious apple pie drink that is scrumptious and refreshing.

Mixed Berries:
Mixed berries are some of the most popular ingredients for fruit infused water. They look beautiful and add a lot of flavor. Berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries all taste spectacular when combined together or on their own.

Melon:
Watermelon might not have a ton of flavor of its own, but add in some fresh basil leaves and you will have yourself a light and refreshing fruit infused beverage. Other types of melon like cantaloupe or honeydew taste great when combined with slices of cucumber. Melon and cucumber have complimentary flavors that really work well together.

Directions:

To make any or all of the above fruit infused water combinations, simply slice your fruit into thin slices and leave your herb leaves whole. Berries you can leave whole or simply slice in half.  Add to a drink container or dispenser and fill with water. Let chill for 2-3 hours or even overnight. Remember, the longer it sits, the more time the fruit has to become infused and add more flavor. Serve over ice, drink and enjoy!