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In the winter I live on a variety of warm teas but with spring in the air I crave lighter, fruity beverages that sing the songs of the season.  To be sure I am hydrated I always drink plenty of water, but sometimes water could use a boost.  Naturally infused waters are a perfect solution for these fruity cravings — they hydrate, taste great, and offer added health benefits to boot!

So, what better way to ring in spring then to experiment with flavor combinations and fill my fridge with delicious, fruit (and herb!) infusions.

To begin, here are some tips I learned along the way:

  • Remove the rind from citrus as it produces bitter flavors.
  • Take cues from combinations in the store.  Look at all the seltzer options in the aisles at your local grocery store and test out those flavor combinations at home with fresh fruit and herbs.
  • For herb infusions you want to tear apart the leaves, to release oils.
  • Let flavors infuse about 2 hours at room temperature or 3-4 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Store infused water in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Practice with proportions and be sure to go light-handed with strong herbs like rosemary so they don’t overpower.
  • And remember it is really about personal taste, so experiment and see what tickles your infusion fancy!

Here are a few flavor combinations to get you started:

  • Pineapple and Cinnamon
  • Raspberry and Lime
  • Cucumber and Mint
  • Strawberry, Lemon and Basil
  • Watermelon and Cilantro
  • Orange and Ginger

So tell us, are you into infusing your water?  Any favorite flavor combinations?

-Rachel


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