Detox and Chill with easy homemade naturally flavoured water. Fruit and herbs in various combinations that make drinking water a real pleasure.
Author: Sujata Shukla
1cupSliced FruitAs in flavour combination in write up above
a fewHerbsAs in flavour combinations in write up above
Wash the fruit and herbs thoroughly. Organic is best for making naturally flavoured water.
Slice the fruit according to the neck of the bottle or jar being used.
Watermelon: Dice into small cubes, about 1" square, or into long narrow wedges
Orange: Slice into thin rounds, keeping the peel on. Some may be again sliced into two. Or remove some of the peel to add to the water. Take the slices and make a thin cut on each, to allow the flavour to readily go into the water. Some people have intolerance to orange or lemon peel so, be cautious.
Lemon, Lime: Slice into quarters or eights.
Strawberries: Hull (remove the top with the sepals and leaves). Slice into 2 or 4
Cucumber: Slice of each end and rub the piece hard against the cut end, so that the bitterness comes out. Slice into thin rounds (1/2 cm thick)
Pomegranate: Cut and remove the aerils. Remove any white pith that you find among the aerils.
Mint and Rosemary - keep as sprigs ( a small length, about 2", with the stems and leaves intact)
Basil - Pluck the leaves alone and discard stems.
Place the sliced fruit of your choice in the bottle. When using lemon slices, squeeze a few drops of the juice into the bottle and then add the slices in.
Pour water till the jar is full.
Crush the herbs gently (don't squeeze them, just scrunch them a little) and add.
Using a wooden spoon or muddler, gently press the fruit or cucumber so that it releases flavour into the water.
Close the bottle and chill for at least 2 hours. The longer you let it sit, the more the flavours that get infused into the water.
One other way to fill up the bottle is by adding the fruit and herbs, then filling the bottle with ice cubes and pouring water over the ice until full.