|You can buy a bottle of water flavored with extracts, or you can extract the flavor of fresh fruit by yourself.
Whether we’re home alone or expecting guests, we usually flavor a pitcher of water with fresh fruits (or add your own mint or lemon extract into tap water). The subtle infusion from the fresh fruit, in our humble opinion, is more delicious than any bottled water flavored with fruit extracts.
Plus, there’s lots of eye appeal.
There are natural extracts, artificial extracts and essential oils.
RECIPE: HOMEMADE FLAVORED WATER INFUSED WITH FRUIT
At a minimum, use two items from the fruits and herbs lists, i.e., two fruits or one fruit and one herb. You can combine as many as you like: The basic recipe in our home includes cucumber, citrus, strawberries and an herb.
Ingredients Per Pitcher (64 Ounces)
1. SLICE the fruits into wheels, retaining the peels (berries don’t need to be sliced).
2. PLACE all ingredients in a 64-ounce jug or pitcher. Chill for at least one hour or overnight (much longer and the fruit will begin to break down).
3. SERVE. If guests are pouring their own, i.e. when grilling outdoors,
Top: Cucumber, peaches and basil leaves, served at Olio | NYC. Center: Oranges and mint, at Bonnie Plants. Bottom: As a treat for kids, you can add use carbonated water and apple juice with fresh fruit (photo Pisco Porton).
|In the winter, cucumber, mint and citrus slices (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange/clementine (seed free?)/tangerine slices are good.You can also vary the herbs. Fresh herbs, grown in greenhouses, are available year-round.
Avoid fruits that will cloud the water, e.g. bananas and figs.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE NO FRESH FRUITS AT HAND?
While there’s no visual impact, you can use extracts to flavor water. Experiment with a dropper and juice glass of water to see what you like.
MORE INFUSED WATER IDEAS
*Raspberries and strawberries are available year-round.
The difference between mandarins and oranges: https://blog.thenibble.com/2015/12/22/tip-of-the-day-seasonal-fruit/.
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