How to Infuse Water

The last time i got my driver's license renewed, the man behind the photo desk had a multi-gallon jug of water back there with him, filled with slices of lemons and cucumbers. He told me he recently had some unfavorable blood work and he was trying to replace soda with water.

The thing was, he couldn't stand the taste of plain water so he did some research on the internet and learned how to infused water. "Ever heard of it?" he asked. "It's actually not that hard to make," he told me. 

And that, my friends, is when I realized I should include a how to infuse water section on this website. If you don't know how to infuse water, there is no shame in that. At the same time, infused water is practically a recipe unto itself. Here it is:

Infused water

Makes 1 quart

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sliced/crushed stuff you like the taste of

Add stuff to water, transfer to the refrigerator, and let stand for 24 hours. Strain and enjoy. 

OK, OK, you want more details. Here are some categories of things that I like in infused water: 

Fruit

This list could go on all day but some of my favorites are:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Cucumber
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Apple
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple

Always sliced very thin. The thinner your slices, the better the flavor will infuse. 

Spices

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Vanilla bean

Herbs

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Tarragon
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Fresh herbs infuse best when they are slightly bruised. 

For my own tastes, the queen of infused water involves grapefruit, rosemary, and cucumber. But experiment and you will find your own private spa water blend that will relax and refresh you. 

 

joy manning