Infused Lemon Water Recipes
Infused Lemon Water Recipes
If you want to add to your warm lemon water, you can enjoy it cold. This is where infused lemon water comes in.
Many people find this to be a new concept, but you might have already made infused lemon water and not realized it.
If you have ever filled a pitcher with water and added lemon slices to it overnight, then you have made infused water.
The trick here is to slice the lemons just right. You don’t want to use lemon wedges, because so much of it is covered in the rind, where not much of the actual lemon juice is released into the pitcher of water.
This won’t taste as concentrated as when you use lemon slices. These thin slices allow more of the lemon juice to hit the water, giving you all those nutrients.
How to Make Infused Water
Before getting into some recipe combinations, let’s discuss the basic steps to making infused water.
It is really easy to make, and when you start finding your own flavor combinations, it can be a lot of fun too! Here are the basic steps to making infused water:
Use a Glass Cup or Pitcher – While you can put your infused water in a plastic container, glass is highly recommended.
This makes it taste fresher for longer, and plastic has some health disadvantages. However, it is more important to make sure whatever container you use, is food-safe. Mason jars are great for smaller amounts of water, as well as tall glass pitchers.
Gather Your Ingredients – When choosing the ingredients for the infused lemon water, try to use fresh produce that isn’t visibly bruised.
Also avoid produce that is a little older. You should try to get produce close to being ripe, then make the water quickly. Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic if possible, are good for infused water. The same goes for herbs; try to find them fresh.
Prepare the Produce and Herbs – For infused water, you want to get as much of the nutrients from your fruits and veggies as you can, which usually means the juice and zest.
As you know with lemons, you want to slice them but also use as much juice as you can. For these, the recommendation is to first cut the lemon in half, then add as much lemon juice to the container as possible.
Then slice each half thinly, and add those to the pitcher. Don’t forget the zest!
With most other produce, you just want to remove the skin and slice it up so you get as much of the juice or inside of the produce as possible.
Muddling herbs can be good in order to release the vitamins and minerals. Add all the prepared ingredients to the pitcher or cup, then cover with water.
Leave the Water Overnight – After everything is added to the pitcher, you want to leave it overnight.
The infusing process doesn’t happen quickly. If you can, leave it out on the counter for an hour or so, then place it in the refrigerator overnight. Remember also that you can use the same pitcher or cup multiple times.
Keep the fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the container, and when the water is empty, refill it a few times to keep getting those nutrients and the yummy flavor.
Lemon Infused Water Recipes
These are all some fun combinations that allow you to make infused lemon water with ingredients that complement it well. But don’t be afraid to try your own concoctions as well!
Strawberry, Lemon, Mint – This is a really fun and sweet lemon water to try.
You will make the lemon infused water as you normally would, also adding in some fresh mint (no muddling needed), and some sliced strawberries. Slicing them helps to release the nutrients into the cup or pitcher.
Lemon and Lime – This pretty and citrus infused water combines lemons and limes, both sliced thinly with the juice and zest added to the water.
You can also add in any other citrus fruits you think would work well with it. This is a really refreshing infused water.
Lemon and Blackberries – A lemon and blackberry infused water combines the health benefits of these fruits, with the beauty of combining lemon with a dark blue-purple color.
Lemon, Cucumber, Cilantro – Don’t forget veggies can also be used in infused water! When using lemons, you can’t go wrong with cucumber.
It really is the perfect combination, plus slicing cucumbers is easy to do and provides all the flavor you need from the green vegetable. A little cilantro also works great in this water.
Lemon, Thyme, Rosemary – If you want to try more herbs, give this combination a try. It uses lemons, along with both rosemary and thyme.
It is pretty to look at, so pour it into a clear container like a mason jar!
Tips For Drinking Lemon Water Daily
Before finishing up, there are just a few more things to know about lemon water and adding it to your daily healthy habits. Here are some additional lemon water tips to keep in mind.
Drink Lemon Water in the Morning
As we mentioned, you really want to have a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning.
This should be an hour before brushing your teeth, or at least 30-60 minutes after brushing your teeth. Soon you will create a routine where you do certain steps at the same time each morning. This helps you to remember to drink it every day.
Try it Between Meals to Fill You Up
Another way to drink more lemon water is to enjoy it between meals. When you are hungry for a snack, drink a full glass of lemon water first, then decide if you are still hungry.
You may find that it is enough to keep you full until your next healthy meal, helping you to lose weight and get all those nutrients at the same time.
Make Infused Water the Night Before
Infused lemon water is good for getting a lot of concentration from the lemons and other ingredients.
Making it the night before lets the fruits, veggies and herbs release their nutrients, but it also makes it convenient for you to pour a glass when you wake up the next morning.
Pay Attention to Oral Health
One important thing to remember is that you don’t want the lemon water to do damage to your teeth. You can avoid this by drinking it with a straw as much as possible.
This helps the acid to bypass the front of your teeth, saving the enamel. You should also not brush close to when you drink it, and rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking it.
Remember that lemon water poses dozens of health benefits and is easy to make. Try different ways to make it and give infused water a try as well![