infused waterInfused Water, sounds fancy right?  I know it sounds like some expensive water found only at spas and trendy cafés.  But seriously it’s not!

Infused water is simply put plain old water flavored with fruit, veggies, herbs, or a combination of the three.  It’s also so easy to make at home, all you need is water, your flavoring, and a container.

We’ve been making and serving infused water at many of our events for years.  They’re so pretty to look at and adds a flavor twist to water.  Now when I say flavor I don’t mean your water will taste like the fruit or veggie you infused it with, it’s more of a hint of flavor, just enough to give it that special refreshing yum!

Recently I had a condition called Rhabdomyolysis, a rare syndrome that basically causes muscles to breakdown and release their contents into the blood stream.  Though rare it can be very serious and in my case required a four day hospital stay.

There are several things which can cause Rhabdomyolysis, in my case it was the statin medication I was prescribed for my cholesterol.  There are also several signs that cause doctors to suspect the syndrome.  In my case my muscles were weak, I was dehydrated, and I had a potassium deficiency.  Blood tests confirmed that I did indeed have Rhabdomyolysis.

Although there are a variety of causes and symptoms there is one general treatment for the syndrome and that’s hydration to flush the myglobin (chemical released when muscles breakdown) out of the blood stream and kidneys.  Of course more severe cases may need other treatment measures.  But in my case IV fluids for 4 days and a few potassium pills were all I needed to flush my system and get my blood tests back to normal.  I was sent home with strict instructions to stay hydrated, meaning drink lots and lots of liquid, specially water.

infused waterThis is where infused water comes in.  Don’t get me wrong I drink lots of water, in fact I fill up my 40 oz. hydroflask with ice water 3-4 times a day.  But sometimes I’m looking for a bit of a change and infused water really hits the spot.

I’ve made cantalope, watermelon, and pineapple infused water, as well as citrus infused water.  I also like to use mint, it’s very refreshing.  I’ve been toying with different possible combinations, they do seem endless.  But here’s the basics for making your own infused water.

Ingredients:

1 cup of sliced fruit, vegetables, or fresh herbs

1 quart water – you can use tap or bottled water.  I prefer Aqua Panna or San Pellegrino Sparkling water if I want a bit of fizz.

Proceedure:

Place cut fruit in a pitcher or drink dispenser

Add one quart of water

Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours

Strain fruit out of water

Serve infused water garnished with fresh fruit, vegetables, or herbs if desired

Infused water will be drinkable for 2 days if stored in the fridge.  Toss out any left overs after 2 days.

infused waterWhen we serve infused water at an event or party I usually strain the old fruit out then place the water in a pretty glass drink dispenser.  I garnish it by floating fresh fruit in the water.  This adds flavor and makes it look pretty too!

Here are more suggestions for homemade infused water:

Cucumber

Citrus – Lemon, Lime, Orange

Lemon Mint

Cucumber Mint

Camomille

Lavendar

Berries – Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries

Pineapple Orange

Do you have a favorite infused water recipe?  Please share it with us!