There is something about warmer weather that makes me want to drink all the flavored beverages ever. Somehow, it seems like plain ole water just doesn’t do the trick when it’s 75 degrees like it did when it was blizzarding back in January. If I’m being totally honest, what I really want is a really cold gin and tonic, heavy on the lime, that I sip on while swinging on our front porch swing as the sun goes down, but I’ll have to wait for that kind of beverage until June.
For now, I’m getting my fill of fun, flavorful drinks by consuming a ton of naturally-flavored infused water. I know, I know. You can buy flavored waters (both regular and sparkling) at the grocery store for almost nothing, and it’s so much easier than making your own. You’re right, it is so much more convenient to just snag a bottle or two off the shelf, but I love being able to customize my own combinations. I love knowing exactly what I’m drinking. And I love seeing this beautiful jar of deliciousness sitting in the fridge. It’s like a work of art!
Even though I was a water-drinking expert pre-pregnancy, I’ve struggled a lot with staying hydrated throughout my pregnancy because the taste of water (even filtered water) really didn’t agree with my pregnancy tastebuds. Flavored waters have been a lifesaver over the past eight months.
Water is important all the time. And it’s important throughout an entire pregnancy. But it’s especially important in the third trimester, when dehydration has been shown to trigger preterm labor. If I can keep Baby J growing inside for a bit longer just by getting my fill of water each day, I’m going to do it! Plus, staying property hydrated during the third trimester helps keep me from retaining water—no swollen feet or ankles for me (yet).
What I’ve been doing is filling up a half-gallon Mason jar (we inherited ours, but I’ve seen these at craft stores—check Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) with my water flavorings, ice and water in the morning, with a goal of getting through it twice in a day. That’s roughly 120 ounces of water, or 15 glasses, a day. The flavoring fruits, veggies and herbs will easily get me through two jar fill-ups and still keep their flavor. And in fact, I usually use them for two or more days. Basically, when they lose their flavor, I toss them in the compost and start over with a new combo. But until then, I just keep on filling it up!
In this jar, I used cucumbers, lime, strawberries and fresh mint. The cucumber, mint and lime make the water taste so refreshing and bright! And the strawberries just add a tiny touch of natural sweetness. If you wanted even stronger flavor, you could also muddle the mix-ins (mush them up) before pouring in your water. If you do that, I recommend straining the infused water before drinking—unless you like to chew chunks of cucumber and pick out lime seeds from your water.
This combination is one of my favorites, not only because it tastes yummy, but also because it just looks so darn pretty! I’m (obviously) a visual person, and I really think there is something in my noggin that says, “Hey, that’s pretty, I want to drink that!” and makes it more appealing to me than just regular ole water.
this drink looks so refreshing that I am putting it on my to-do list this weekend. can someone also tell me a good subsitute for sugar. I am currently using ORGANIC BLUE AGAVE.
This would be great with cleaner/clear ice cubes. Perhaps the water would taste a lot better and not make people “hurl” as “Brittany” exclaimed in her post. I recall trying home made ice cubes that were clouded years ago and they totally distort the flavor of whatever you are drinking. Those cubes tend to draw out all the funk & weird stuff n the freezer, then you put them in your lovely water?? No wonder you have trouble drinking water.
Hi just a quick question – how long will it stay good for in the fridge? I usually take a thermos filled with chilled green tea or similar to drink at work instead of hitting the vending machines – how long do i have if i make the full 1/2 gallon?
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Days! We usually will keep refilling the jar for 2-3 days.
I am looking forward to making this today, looks like a great complement to a raw food feast I am having with friends!
So beautiful. I’m going to try this. Question: after you’ve finished the flavored water, can you use the fruit/cucumbers in any way (like a smoothie), or is it best to dispose of them?
I suppose you could, but almost all of the flavor has been absorbed into the water, so there isn’t much left to them!
As a Chef, when I have cooked in peoples homes, I understand that folks want to use things that I would not serve that were used to create flavor, but were now left over at the end of the process. Once they provided their essence to the dish, it seemed a waste to get rid of them, but they are not quality food.
I recommend composting for this kind of thing…
Hi Cassie. I found this photo and blog post pinned to a science Pinterest board recently. I love this idea and want to try out your recipe! I just finished writing about some of my favorite pins from this week and I gave you a quick shout out. Here’s the link if you want to see it. Have a great rest of your week! http://kellysclassroomonline.weebly.com/blog/my-5-favorite-pins-of-the-week
Has anyone tried this with sparkling water? I wonder how well the fruit, veggies and herbs hold up…
Delicious. I’m using sparkling water. I haven’t had soda in a long time as it is so bad for you, but I like soda,so this is how I get the sparkle without drinking soda.
I love Cel-ray celery soda; and Mr Q Cumber cucumber soda. And I don’t drink sodas otherwise. So I am definitely going to try this.
This is absolutely stunning!
Whath a lovely idea. I made it following the recipe and the result was completely refreshing. Beautiful images.