I love summer! I love the sun, the heat and even the bugs. I love to run or bike in the heat of the day with the sun blazing down (I know weird, right?). I love to go out and watch the clouds and use my imagination to see the cute bunnies or dragons flying overhead. The get togethers and grilling out, just brings back happy memories and I enjoy creating new memories. As an added bonus, I don’t remember being sick during the summers – maybe I really was sick of school!
Growing up in South Florida, I got a little spoiled with the afternoon thunderstorms and the mild temperatures as there was always a breeze, but it not the same living inland in Alabama. Surprisingly, the heat this year is a little mild compared to some summers. We have had heat indexes push us into the lower to mid 100’s, but not the streak of over 100 degrees before the heat index like we did a few years ago. I think it is still safe to say that it is HOT and hydration is key, especially when the temperatures climb.
The most tried and true beverage to stay hydrated is definitely water. Water is known for its many benefits, from helping flush out toxins, improves skin complexion, helps combat fatigue and increases energy and has no calories, which means, it helps maintain your weight and possibly could help you lose weight too.
which brings me to a small confession, lean in a little and I will whisper it in your ear, that’s right, just a little farther, ok – ready?? Sometimes when I am really hot, I can not just drink plain water! Crazy I know, right?
Luckily, I do really enjoy infused water and below are 5 infused water recipes to help you stay hydrated, add a little “flava” in your day and to help celebrate this summer. Plus as an added bonus, we get to take advantage of all the yummy fruits that are in season this time of year. And I don’t know about you, but I love to eat the fruit out of my glass.
1. Cherry Limeade Infused Water
Cherry + Lime = Bliss. This water is reminiscent to the famous cherry limeade, but without the sugar coma and is one of the Ginger’s favorite.
Combine 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fresh pitted sliced in half cherries plus 1 lime cut into 6 pieces into your pitcher. Top with ice and fill with filtered water. Place in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse. You can squeeze in the juice of 1 or 2 lime pieces and muddle the cherries to intensify the flavor a bit. Serve and Enjoy.
2. Watermelon Basil
Combine 1/2 cup to 1 cup of diced watermelon, rind optional, to a small handful of basil torn into pieces into your pitcher. Top with ice and fill with filtered water.Place in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse. Serve and Enjoy. *note, don’t have watermelon, sub strawberries
3. Orange Grape
This one is reminiscent of the Kool-aid I drank as a kid, but without the added sugar, is all natural and is simply delicious. Cut or peel one medium orange into 6 slices or two clementines. Cut 1/2 cup of grapes in half, preferably organic. Combine the oranges and grapes into your pitcher. Top with ice and fill with filtered water.Place in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse. Serve and Enjoy.
4. Blueberry Ginger Mint
Blueberry, ginger and mint. This combination satisfies those looking for an adult beverage, but without the alcohol. Combine 1 cup of blueberries, a small handful of torn mint leaves and 1-2 slices of ginger to your pitcher. Top with ice and filtered water. Put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse. You muddle the blueberries, mint and ginger to intensify the flavor. Serve and Enjoy.
5. Lemon Lime Cucumber
Lemon Lime Cucumber, it is a classic that you just can not go wrong with. It is very refreshing, detoxing and delish. Cut 1 lemon and 1 lime into 6 wedges. Cut 1/2 cucumber into thin slices, peeling if using non-organic. Combine all the ingredients into your pitcher, squeezing the juice of 2 of the lemon and lime wedges before placing them into the container. Top with ice and filtered water. Put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse. Serve and Enjoy.
Hopefully these 5 infused water recipes will help you beat the summer heat. Let me know your favorite infused water combinations.
Until next time,
may blessings abound,