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Drink Up!

Staying hydrated is always key, especially when summertime heats up. If you’re physically active, you have even more reason to drink lots and lots of water. But let’s be honest: Water, though refreshing, can also be boring. Yet the more appealing juices, sodas, energy drinks and teas can be frighteningly high in sugar. A better bet is to infuse your own fruit-flavored water.

  • The longer your water infuses, the stronger the flavor. Refrigerate your fruit/water combo anywhere from 15 minutes to up to about a day. Any longer and the water may taste bitter and the fruit and/or herbs start looking limp.
  • Refill the pitcher with water as you drink it down. Though each batch will be milder in taste, the ingredients will continue to infuse.
  • Tap water works well, but you can brighten things up by using sparkling water instead.
  • If you’re entertaining, fill a beverage tub with ice to chill your infused waters. Make multiple flavors for variety and use glass carafes to show off the ingredients.
  • You can also use mason jars for smaller individual batches, whether for a DIY drink station at a party or when you’re at home drinking solo.
  • Wash fruit and herbs well, then chop or slice fruit and remove any seeds before using.

Ready to infuse your flavored water? Any of the following combinations are guaranteed to please; you can also create your own. Place fruit, herbs and ice in a glass carafe, then fill with water and refrigerate.

  • Orange + blueberries
  • Apple + blackberries
  • Kiwi + strawberries
  • Watermelon + fresh mint
  • Cucumber + lime + fresh mint
  • Pineapple + coconut
  • Berry Blast (blueberries + raspberries + strawberries + blackberries or any combination)
  • Citrus Crush (orange + grapefruit + lemon + lime)
  • Lime + gingerroot (peeled)
  • Honeydew + fresh basil
  • Lemon + fresh thyme
  • Cantaloupe + fresh mint + blueberries
  • Mango + blackberries
  • Blackberries + fresh rosemary
  • Grapefruit + blackberries
  • Pineapple + fresh mint

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