Infused Water

Let’s face it. Water is boring. 64 ounces of it a day can get old quickly, so why not mix it up, change it up every now and then? I mean, you wouldn’t wear the same black pencil skirt and white blouse all day every day, would you? No. You add pizazz, sparkle, and fun to your wardrobe – and probably to your desk, your home, and your food. So, let’s give boring water a face lift. You could go out and buy lots of different fancy waters from specialty grocery stores, but that might end up costing you just as much as an actual face lift. For the cost your morning latte and in the amount of time it takes you to shave, you can make a gallon of water a day for a week. Yes, you heard me right; $5 and 5 minutes are all you need. I’m talking about infused water. I have long made lemon water (I think most of us have). But why stop there? Again with the boring and monotonous. Pick up your favorite produce item, slice it up, drop it in water, let it sit for a few hours to overnight. Presto – delicious, fun, refreshing water that just might have you craving it in the afternoon instead of that 8th cup of joe. Oh, and when you've finished the water and are ready to move on, toss those citrus slices down the drain (except the limes, they're too tough), turn on the water and the garbage disposal, and let it run for about 30 seconds. Take a deep breath: your sink and drain now smell fantastic! Some of my favorite infused waters (all quantities assume 1 gallon of water):
  • Strawberry (about 10 – 12 strawberries sliced vertically)
  • Lemon Lime (½ of a lemon sliced, 1 lime sliced)
  • Cucumber (1 cucumber sliced)
  • Cucumber Lemon Lime (½ of a lemon sliced, 1 lime sliced, ½ of a cucumber sliced)
  • Cucumber Mint Lemon (½ of a cucumber sliced, 8 – 10 mint leaves, ½ of a lemon sliced)
  • Berry (about 5 – 8 strawberries sliced vertically, about 10 blackberries halved)
  • Orange (1 orange sliced)
What are you favorite infused water combinations? Strawberry Water 2

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