I’ve had an issue with drinking enough water since I was a kid. It’s not that I don’t like water, I just never seem to be very thirsty. But because I know I need to be drinking a certain amount each day for my health, I pretty much force myself to drink it. And I’ve found that having a little bit of flavor in my water always makes me want to drink more than I normally would.
I’m not one to buy pre-flavored water from the store, as they always have an artificial taste to me (and sometimes that’s exactly what the flavoring is). Instead, I prefer to infuse my own water. I bought a water infuser pitcher on amazon about a year ago and it has become one of my favorite kitchen items. It’s so much cheaper in the long run than buying infused water and it’s fun trying different flavors that you can make yourself. I’ve tried tons of different combinations, but one of my favorites that I keep going back to is cucumber, lemon and green tea. I make a big pitcher early in the week and it’ll last me the whole week (since I’m only home mornings and evenings to enjoy it).
If you don’t yet have an infuser pitcher, I highly recommend this one. The infuser basket is super easy to remove and clean, and it holds a lot more water than some other pitchers on the market. The recipe below can be used with any infuser pitcher though. Or you can half/quarter it if you have one of the smaller infuser water bottles to take on the go.
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 lemon, cut into 4 slices
- 1 green tea bag
- Filtered water
- Add all of the chopped cucumber to the infuser basket first. Then add the tea bag.
- Squeeze each lemon slice into the pitcher itself, then add the lemon slice into the infuser basket. This way you get more of a lemon flavor in your water.
- Fill your pitcher with filtered water.
- Assemble your pitcher and let the water infuse overnight, or for about 8 hours.
*Another way to easily flavor your water on the go is to buy True Lemon packets. This is the only store-bought water flavoring I’ve found to actually be healthy and not full of artificial stuff. It’s just crystallized lemon with no preservatives or sugar. I use these in my water while I’m at work, and a little bit goes a very long way to add a nice tangy lemon flavor.
What are your favorite ways to infuse your water? I’d love to hear some of your flavor combinations!