Drinking plain water sure can get boring, making it harder to keep up your water intake. The day you discover fruit-infused water, is when staying hydrated becomes a breeze!
Here are ten simple, refreshing recipes to try if you’re new to infusing, as well as some information on the health benefits they bring. I use these in my regular water bottle for an everyday boost, or in sparkling water (I use a Sodastream and then pour over ice) to treat myself at the end of a big day.
To infuse water simply start with chilled water, add your flavours (take a look at the list below), and let it infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours to achieve the strongest flavour and water color. Then, start sipping!
Libby’s Top 10 Infusions
Skin Boosting Red Berry & Basil
A few raspberries, sliced strawberries and a couple of sprigs of basil in your H2O is the perfect potion to brighten and protect your skin.
Immunity Saving Orange & Blueberry
Sliced orange and a handful of blueberries will give your immunity a handy lift and fire up your brain cells too. This is totally divine in still water and completely indulgent in sparkling!
Digestion Starting Grapefruit, Rosemary & Mint
Sip this before a meal to stimulate digestion and minimise bloating. The rosemary may also give you a little mood boost.
Refreshing Sliced Apple & Cucumber
The perfect healthy swap when you feel like juice or another sweet drink but don’t want the calories and sugar that come with them! This is a seriously refreshing combination that will leave you feeling naughty but nice.
Anti-Ageing Blackberry & Purple Grape Sparkle
Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C for fresh skin, these dark fruits also help to improve circulation and memory, while being great for your heart, so they have triple anti-ageing properties. I love them in sparkling water for a bit of a treat.
Calming Cherry & Watermelon
Sliced and pitted cherries, plus a few chunky-cut squares of watermelon in your water bottle may help calm the nervous system and reduce inflammation – they also also taste super yummy, like you’re on a tropical holiday!
Tummy Loving Pineapple & Lemon
Sip on this infusion before breakfast to stimulate appetite and the enzymes that help break down your food.
Cleansing Lemon, Ginger & Mint
This is a favourite among detoxers – the lemon and mint help keep your metabolism cranking (and freshen your breath!) while the ginger is anti-inflammatory and helps digestion.
Uplifting Lime & Strawberry Sparkle
This is just plain old delicious and a great way to lift your mood. Add sliced strawberries and lime to still or even better, sparkling water for the perfect way to wrap up your day – or as an excellent alcohol substitute!
Energising Peach Slices & Cayenne Pepper
This combination will give you a cheeky lift with a spicy hit to boost metabolism and get you all revved up for your afternoon tasks. I like to add a few drops of liquid stevia for a sweet hit. It’s the perfect 3pm pick-me-up!