Water infusions are so easy to prepare it’s hard to believe how special they make a gathering feel. Infusions have been used for thousands of years in virtually every culture to treat ailments, lose weight, and add a punch of vibrant color and flavor to a pitcher of everyday water.
The options are endless when it comes to infused water recipes. Herbs and citrus are always a good choice, but thinking outside the box is also a fun and excellent way to use up ingredients in your refrigerator that haven’t yet found a home.
A chilled pitcher of infused water is so simple to prepare but virtually always elicits delight when it’s served because of its elegance and its flavor. Here are eight recipes to get you started. Once you’ve infused a few pitchers you’ll realize the options are only limited to your imagination.
This recipe is as gorgeous as it is flavorful. Lavender perks up the senses and adds elegance to this easy infusion containing only dried lavender, lemon, and water. But lavender’s virtues don’t stop at its beauty. It also decreases nervous anxiety, improves blood circulation, is a powerful disinfectant, and is a pain reliever. Get the recipe.
Basil is an unexpected ingredient for infused water that pairs perfectly with virtually any meal. Serve it at your next pizza party, with roasted chicken, or alongside a bowl of pasta. Basil is thought to help fight depression, improves cardiovascular health, is an anti-inflammatory, and contains high levels of antioxidants. The addition of lemon to this easy recipe detoxifies and amps up its flavor virtues. Get the recipe.
Cinnamon has been used for centuries to improve alertness and help with concentration. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties, improves heart health, increases metabolism, and even acts as a breath freshener. This recipe also contains star anise and apples which makes it perfect for colder months. It’s considered a detoxifying combination that’s both healthful and flavorful. Get the recipe.
Grapefruit and rosemary might not seem like infused water dancing partners but they pair surprisingly well together. The combination in a pitcher of water is also beautiful to serve at your next winter gathering. Grapefruit has long been appreciated for its detoxifying properties. When it’s combined with the antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary, it makes this infused water recipe as nutritious as it is flavorful and eye-catching. Get the recipe.
Even the name of this water infusion is energetic and the good news is that it tastes as lively as it sounds. Cucumber and lemon are powerful detoxifiers that pair so well together. Their contrasting vibrant colors are also aesthetically pleasing in a large pitcher of water, especially when combined with a medley of herbs including rosemary, mint, and thyme. Get the recipe.
The combination of strawberry and mint have long been appreciated in countless dessert recipes but they also pair well together in a pitcher of infused water. The lively color combination entices the eyes and the invigorating flavor enlivens the palate. Make a double batch for your next gathering because it’s sure to go fast. Get the recipe.
If the word beguiling was ever going to be used to describe an infused water recipe, this is the one it would be attributed to. The unexpected combination of sage, juniper, and figs make this recipe as flavorful as it is extraordinarily beautiful. It’s a festive way to serve water at your next dinner party but also a way to treat yourself on a quiet winter day at home when you need to perk yourself up and lift your spirits. Get the recipe.
This recipe really will transport you to summer in the middle of a bitter cold winter. It’s also the perfect place to use the pomegranate seeds from the fruit you used to decorate your holiday table. It’s festive enough for a winter party but also a lovely everyday go-to when you need a pick-me-up. Get the recipe.
Looking to enhance your water without all the hassle? Check out The Guide’s infuser bottle and pitcher recommendations.