Category: Infused Water

Lemon Water Hacks

Lemon Water Hacks

Keep Lemon Slices in the freezer for immediate Lemon Water

Kitchen Hacks – I’ll be publishing a series of tips & tricks in the kitchen. Some may be super basic and you may know them already but maybe you’ll find something that will make your life a little easier!

I’ve often had problems with lemons going bad because I didn’t use them all up in time. But not anymore!

Did you know that you can keep Lemon Slices in the freezer for immediate Lemon Water? It’s so easy and you won’t have any excuses not to drink Lemon Water! Lemon Water is super healthy for you and you should drink lemon water every morning 🙂 Plus the frozen lemon slices also cool down your water a bit (which is great for the summer!). You can use them for cocktails too!

Use organic produce! You don’t want lemon peel with pesticides swimming in your [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”purified water”].frozen-lemon-slices-water-1

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Make Jumbo Sized Lemon Ice Cubes

This is a fabulous idea for a water or sangria pitcher! A muffin pan gives you much larger cubes, making the ice last much longer. This also looks beautiful with the whole lemon slices in there. You could also do this with oranges; maybe even throw in some mint or sliced strawberries!

Pure Lemon Juice Ice Cubes

I filled an ice tray with straight lemon juice and set it in the freezer. Now rather than adding lemon slices to a pitcher of water I can drop a lemon cube into a large glass of [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”filtered water”].

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Roll Your Lemons for Maximum Juice

Rolling your lemons bursts the capillaries in the flesh of the lemon allowing you to extract more lemony goodness!

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Coconut Water Lemonade

Coconut Water Lemonade

In the past few years, I’ve been so happy to see that coconut water has become a mainstream drink in the United States. Everything tastes so much better with coconut water, including this lemonade, an all-American favorite. Trust me on this, once you try my coconut water lemonade, you will never, EVER go back to regular lemonade.

You can get canned coconut water easily from any store now. I used some fresh and homegrown lemons and calamansi limes (or calamondin), given to me by my friend, and mixed it with the coconut water. All you need is a little bit of sugar and ice, and you will have the most amazing lemonade; everyone will be begging you for more!

Coconut Water Lemonade – amazing and refreshing lemonade made with coconut water and fresh lemon juice. The best lemonade recipe ever!

Total Time: 10 Minutes

4 cups canned coconut water
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 calamansi lime, extract the juice, optional
3 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar
2 lemons, sliced
2 cups ice
Mint leaves, for garnishing

In a pitcher, combine the coconut water, lemon juice, calamansi lime juice and sugar together. Stir to mix well. Add the sliced lemons and ice into the pitcher. Pour the lemonade into glasses and garnish with mint leaves.

Slice the lemon into pieces, set aside.

I used Kimbo Young Coconut Juice with pulp and strained out the pulp.

You may skip the calamansi lime if you don’t have it. They are the fruits from the calamondin tree. They are available in Southeast Asian stores or Filipino food stores.

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Citrus Fruity Chia Seed Water

Citrus Fruity Chia Seed Water

Ingredients
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 quart of water

2 tbsp chia seeds
a couple drops of liquid Stevia (optional)

Directions
1. Add your lemon slices, orange slices, and water into a pitcher. Let that puppy chill in the fridge over night.
2. Remove fruit slices and add your chia seeds (and Stevia drops if you want it sweetened). Let them chill for at least ten minutes so they puff up from the water. Chia seeds absorb water and grow to ten times their original size! Be sure to stir every couple of minute so they dont clump up.
3. DRINK! Drink when you wake up, drink at work, drink at the gym, drink before bed….just drink it. Your body will love you, and you will love you.

Fruit Infused Water is a Delicious Holiday Tradition!

Fruit Infused Water is a Delicious Holiday Tradition!

I love fruit infused water. It makes it so much easier to drink water throughout the day. One of the best tricks to drink more water is to keep a few different flavors of water in the fridge. If you don’t feel like a glass of citrus water then maybe strawberry and blueberry water will hit the spot. If you’re in more of a herb mood then maybe watermelon and rosemary. Spa water isn’t just for the spa anymore! 🙂

I love water, but I do get kind of bored with it. My water boredom motivated me to start keeping a variety of infused waters in the fridge. Water with subtle flavors infused into it. Water with a little something extra. A touch of flavor–not an explosion of flavor–with little or no sweetness. Many spas serve fancy waters like these, and it turns out that they couldn’t be simpler to make. And, they are so refreshing.

How to make Fruit Infused Water

What you’ll need:

  • fruit — I like to use all kinds of citrus and berries. I also found pineapple and watermelon to work well for flavoring water. Make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor. If you don’t want to buy whole fruit, many grocery stores sell pre-cut fruit.
  • herbs — many herbs complement fruit flavors well.
  • jars or pitchers — I use 2 quart mason jars primarily, but any 2 quart pitcher will do.
    fruit infusion pitcher–I have a couple of these–it’s another option if you think you’ll be making infused waters regularly; a very easy, tidy way to strain the fruit from the water.
    fruit infusion water bottle–I love using this for a portable, on-the-go option.
  • muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit and herbs
  • filtered water — Don’t use dirty tap water. Filtered water makes all the difference in the world.

Fresh vs. frozen fruit. When in season, I prefer to use fresh fruit. However, when fruit is out of season, the fresh version can be tart or flavorless. Because fruit that is to be frozen is picked at the peak of ripeness, it is often the better option for the best flavor, sweetness, and nutrients. I find this to especially to be the case with berries and peaches.

A variety of fresh herbs. Use whatever herbs you like or happen to have on hand. It’s surprising how well herbs blend with most fruit flavors. Mint is the most obvious herb choice. I have also used basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, and tarragon. All of which are delicious and complement the fruit well.

Quantities: The quantities in my flavored water recipes are all for 2 quart jars or pitchers.

Make sure you thoroughly wash your fruit. Citrus fruits and berries need to be really, really clean to keep contaminants and bacteria out of your flavored water. I recommend organic fruit, if it isn’t going to be peeled.

Watermelon Rosemary Flavored Water. Add a sprig of rosemary to a pitcher and muddle gently (rosemary releases a strong flavor without much muddling). Add watermelon cubes; twist and press gently to release juices. Fill pitcher with ice cubes, add filtered water to the top, stir, cover and refrigerate.

Cranberry Lime Infused Water for Thanksgiving

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Cranberry and Lime Flavored Water (beautiful color and mildly tart) — Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add 1 cup of cranberries. Press and twist with a muddler to release some of the juices (don’t pulverize the fruit). Fill the jar with ice, then add filtered water to the top. Stir, cover, and refrigerate. If the water is too tart add a little bit of agave or stevia to sweeten the water a little.