I don’t like summer. The hot weather makes me exhausted and irritable. One lovely thing I’ve discovered for summer, though, is fruit infused water. So easy to make, so healthy and very refreshing. You just slice up some fruit or some herbs, add it to a pitcher of water and put it in the fridge while the flavours infuse. You then end up with a beautifully cold drink with a fruity taste ranging from subtle to bold depending on how long you let it infuse. I’ve been having fun experimenting with different flavour combinations. Here are a few of my favourites.
Strawberry, cucumber and mint
Lavender and coconut
You could use dried coconut for this one or you could use coconut. The lavender I used comes from the T2 lavender tea, it’s basically just dried lavender petals. Don’t put too many in or it could be overpowering.
Watermelon and rosemary
I wasn’t sure about this flavour combination but it surprisingly works!
Blueberry and lemon
Inspired by the flavours of a cheesecake, but much healthier. If you’re using lemon with rind on, don’t leave it in too long or the water can go bitter.
Honeydew and cucumber
This one is amazingly refreshing, ‘wetter than water’, my husband said.
Orange and cinnamon
Strawberry, mango and cherry
Inspired by the flavours of an Australian Christmas, I used the same fruits we had for our Christmas dinner fruit salad.
There are countless other combinations to try. If I can have a glass of fruit infused water while sitting in a perfectly air conditioned room, than maybe summer isn’t so bad.