I have never been a fan of drinking plain water, I find it boring and so so bland. Meh! The much of plain water I can drink in a day is a glass or two, this is despite living in an extremely hot town where temperatures range between 20°C and 31°C. “How do you survive?” You would ask. I’ve always binge indulged in juices and iced coffee that ended up leaving my tummy too full and in the long run disoriented my diet as I would skip dinner often after a whole day of filling my stomach with these liquids. The agony of skipping meals and channeling more money on coffee and juices led me to exploring flavored water but since I only enjoyed lemon flavor bit of the several I would buy, I gave up on this journey barely a month into it.
Fast forward to January this year, while on my solo dates rendezvous, I came across infused water as the place I was sampling that day didn’t have mojitos on their menu. The only available options were rum, infused water and sangria. I opted for infused water as I had never tried it before and that worked magic. Needless to say, my water intake has gone up to 3litres a day, thanks to this infusion idea. I came up with about eight infused water recipe ideas that last me a week with each day having its special serving and have eventually seen me say bye to boring plain water.
The trick lies in making them on Saturday/Sunday, let them infuse at room temperature for two hours then chill them in the fridge so they don’t go bad. If you don’t have a fridge, you can make them daily in the morning as you prepare for work/school and by the time you’re leaving the house for your errands it’ll be ready.
Aside from the burst of flavors infused water has, it’s also healthy (because you use organic products in making them) and also a cheaper option to help you drink more water.
Ion: the quantities used in my recipes below serve six people (3litres) but I drink all of that alone for my hydration needs throughout the day.
Mint ginger limeade
This is my absolute favorite because I really love the flavors in the ingredients. Kwanza lime rind has this out of the world aroma with a dash of tanginess that I totally enjoy.
- 10 pieces of lime
- 1 whole ginger (those ones that go for sh 20 ($0.20) a piece at city market)
- A bunch of mint leaves (you can adjust this according to your preference)
- Wash, and cut the lime into circular pieces and put them in your jar/mason jar/glass
- Wash, peel and slightly crush the ginger with a wooden spoon to release the flavours and add it to the lime in your jar/mason jar/glass
- Wash, and then slap the mint leaves between your palms once then add them to the mixture in your jar/mason jar/glass. (Slapping helps trigger release of flavors)
- Add 3 litres water to all the ingredients in your jar. Give them a good shake then let it sit for two hours for the flavors to infuse.
- Once this is done, proceed to put it in the fridge to cool then serve.
NB: this mint ginger limeade has a tendency of making one lack sleep (at least it does this to me) and as a result I’ll advice you don’t drink much of it at night.
Honey rosemary lemonade
First of all I hate honey, I know I know, don’t give that look. And that’s why I add rosemary to this lemonade because its aroma has a way of fading the honey taste for me perfectly. Aside from that though this honey rosemary lemonade is excellent for curbing dry throat and coughs, So yaay! It’s been my holy grail this past week as I nursed terrible flu and throat infections.
- 5 tablespoonfuls honey.
- 1 teaspoonful dried rosemary (you could use fresh rosemary leaves ).
- 10 medium sized lemons.
To make this lemonade, you’ll basically just repeat the steps you followed in method (1) above and when done sieve off the dried Rosemary.
It’s as easy as it appears.
Cucumber basil water
I can’t begin talking about how much of a lazy day Wednesdays normally are for me. And as you can tell, that’s clearly evident in my choice of infused water because what is so tasking in chopping cucumbers and putting them in water? Anyway, this cucumber basil water is so refreshing and something you wouldn’t want to stop drinking once start. There are people, like my mom, who find this a little boring and as a result add a tad bit pineapple cuts to it. You too can.
- 5 large cucumbers
- 1 bunch basil leaves
- 1/4 pineapple (optional)
- Wash and Thinly slice your cucumbers and put them in a jar.
- Wash and slap the basil leaves between your palms and add them to the cucumber slices in the jar.
- Add water, shake and let the flavors infuse for two hours.
- Chill in the fridge and serve once cool.
Peppermint tea honey limeade
Aside from hoarding foreign currencies and books, guess who loves impulse buying tea bags? Haha, you got me at that. And thank God for Kericho Gold range of flavored tea bags because now my options are limitless. Of all the flavors Kericho Gold has, Jasmine and Peppermint tea bags remain my favorite. This particular infused water also doubles as a beverage which is a plus for me because now I don’t have to worry about what to accompany my bitings when I go to school or once a while in the office. Such a catch this one. I don’t know why it’s still not my favorite yet.
- 2 Kericho Gold peppermint tea bags
- 5 tablespoonfuls organic honey
- 10 medium sized limes
- Put warm water in a jug.
- Wash and slice the limes in circles and add to the warm water.
- Add tea bags to the lime and water mixture.
- Pour honey on top of all the mixture and mix it till all the honey dissolves in water.
- Put to rest for 2 hours so that all the flavors infuse in water.
- Chill in the fridge and serve when cool.
Orange lemongrass water
Behold the queen of flavors meets a fruit I detest and birth an extraordinary burst of flavors! Don’t we all love the aroma of lemongrass? My love for lemongrass has seen me incorporate it in my breakfast tea/coffee every single day of the week. It’s never a dull drink with lemongrass and that’s why I decided to add it to the orange water as I quite dont enjoy oranges. Folks here in Kisumu call lemongrass majand lum which loosely translates to grass tea.
- 2 leaves lemongrass
- 3 large oranges
- Wash and slice your oranges and set them aside in a jug.
- Carefully wash, cut, tie together and slightly beat the lemongrass with a wooden spoon to trigger release of flavors and add them to the orange slices in the hug.
- Add watm water to the mix, stir and let it sit for two hours.
- Chill in the fridge till cool and serve.
Forget that Wednesday lazy day vibe, nothing matches the level of lazy I normally get on Saturdays. This glucose water is a creation of my mom that I’ve come to love over the years. There was this one time I was really hungry but because it was on a Saturday and no one wants to get up first so I decided to ignore the hunger until I couldn’t take it anymore. I started shaking, my whole body was in tremors, I couldn’t move or hold anything. I thought I was going to die. I called my mom and when she saw me, she quickly fixed glucose water and fed me that till I was stable. And from then on, I’ve always slept with a box of glucose or a bottle of glucose water by my bedside. This glucose water is also excellent for children.
- A box of glucose
- Pour water in a jug.
- Add the whole satchet of glucose to it and shake.
Rose petals pineapple water
Earlier in the year, there’s an anonymous person that would leave roses on my desk in the morning and evenings. When the trend continued for a fortnight and he couldn’t show up while this girl really loves Roses and everything that come out of them, I sought help from uncle Google on what I could make out of the roses apart from Rose water. That’s how I landed the rose petals pineapple water that I really love. My absolute best remains yellow rose petals pineapple water. Yum!!!
- Rose petals
- 1/2 peeled pineapple
- Carefully dice the pineapples and put them in a jug.
- Add rose petals to the diced pineapples
- Pour water over the mixture and let it sit for two hours.
- Chill in the fridge till cool and serve.
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