Homemade Vitamin Water- Easy Recipes to Keep you Hydrated

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When I saw this on Facebook today, I knew I had to share it with you all.   I am a big fan of water; I drink it all day every day, to the exclusion of almost any other type of drink (except for coffee- gotta have one vice). But my husband, like so many others, really doesn't care for water.  So whenever I see a neat new way to *disguise* water, I'm on it.   These look pretty yummy to me, and most look pretty simple.  




Here are 8 homemade vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing!


1) The classic : Lemon/Cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) The granite : Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries or raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) The digestive : Fennel/Citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.  Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that apart from berries, sage leaves have the highest antioxidant content.  Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) WATERmelon : Watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) The traditional : Apple/Cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8) The zingibir : Ginger/Tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.  Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

STAY HYDRATED! ENJOY!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing! How long does this stay fresh?

Donna Walkush said...

Hi Anonymous, I have recently started trying these waters. Because they have fresh fruit in them, I have made a conscious decision to toss any leftovers after one week. That way, you can make sure that you aren't accidentally drinking fruit water that's gone bad.

Of course, as you drink the water out of the pitcher throughout the week, refill your container with water. The fruit will will continue to flavor the water.

Just remember to pitch water and fruit at the end of the week and start a new batch. (I usually just dump the whole thing in the compost bin.) Hope this helps!

Yvonne Rodriguez said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

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the most refreshing drink by far!

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