Monday, April 13, 2015

Alternatives to soda: infused fruit water

Makes a great refreshing summer drink.
Trying to drop the habit of fizzy pop, but don't quite like the taste of water? Try infusing water with fruit. Simply slice a few slices of your favorite fruits, pop it in a bottle or jar, add some (optionally) Splenda (or sugar, or honey), and let it sit for a bit. What you end up with is rather healthy, but good alternative to soda. It tastes great, it's refreshing, and it looks pretty.

Better yet, infused water is low in sugar (unlike juice), and it contains minerals and vitamins. I won't lie to you, it's not a Coke, but its way better than a bottled water, and is quite a conversation piece in the boardroom.

A few tips.
  • The sweeter the fruit, the sweeter the drink. 
  • Wash the fruit well to rid of chemicals on the peel.
  • Some people prefer to squeeze the juice of each piece of fruit to extract all its goodness before placing it in the cup.
  • Use the rule of three, choosing three fruits to balance out the flavours. Ideally, something with zest (like lemon), something sweet (like a tangerine), and something with a good flavour that you like (like an orange).
  • Buy a bottle with a filter tray (like shown) at the top to separate the fruit while drinking.
  • Some individuals may enjoy a hint of mint leaf or other herbs in the mix too.
  • Want to get a little crazy? Add some vodka into a glass, and mix up a cocktail.

Infused water how to (recipe):

  1. Slice several slices of orange, lemon, and tangerine.
  2. Place in pitcher or water bottle with ice-water.
  3. Add one teaspoon of artificial sweetener or your choice of honey or sugar (optional).
  4. Stir.
  5. Allow water to sit for 2-4 hours, stir again, and serve.