For all following recipes, you can make a small amount right in a glass or water bottle to drink immediately, but for more flavor I recommend making a larger amount in a glass pitcher or large mason jar and refrigerating overnight. The below recipes are for about a 1/2 gallon of water and I recommend letting them sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours before drinking. *In none of these recipes do you HAVE to strain ingredients out first, it just makes it look much nicer and presentable without mangled pieces of fruit and herbs floating around.
Muddle 20-25 freshly washed sweet basil leaves with 1 C seedless watermelon. Add to 1/2 gallon of water with a few fresh sprigs of basil and 1 C seedless watermelon cubes. You could also try substituting the original 20-25 basil leaves with 2 drops doTERRA Basil Essential Oil.
Cucumber Lime Mint
Muddle 20-25 freshly washed mint leaves with 1 whole lime (quartered) and 1/2 a cucumber. Add to 1/2 gallon of water and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Strain water (toss remnants of lime, mint, cucumber) and add 2 sprigs of fresh mint, 1/2 a cucumber sliced, and squeeze a little more lime juice in or add 2-4 drops of doTERRA Lime Essential Oil.
Muddle 1/2 C fresh blueberries into 1/2 gallon of water. Then add another 1/2 C fresh blueberries and 2 C pineapple chunks (fresh or canned). This is the sweetest of them all because of the pineapple and muddled blueberries. If you don’t muddle any blueberries, it will be less sweet.
Easy Essential Oil Version – Add 1 drop Ginger and 3 drops Grapefruit to 1/2 gallon of water.
Whole Fruit Version – Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a grapefruit into 1/2 gallon of water. Add 1.5 Grapefruit worth of sliced and peeled grapefruit chunks + about 1″ of peeled ginger root. Let sit in fridge for at least 4 hours.
Strawberry or Raspberry Lemon
Muddle 1 C berries into 1/2 gallon of water and let sit in fridge for at least 2 hours. Strain fruit out and add 2 C fresh berries + 1 whole lemon, squeezing the juice out first, to the water. Pour some in a glass and put the rest back in the fridge for later!
Watermelon Cucumber Juice
This is not an infused water, but a delicious way to stay hydrated on a long hot day in the sun or for a quick pick-me-up after a WOD.
I used the leftover “cucumber juice” from making cucumber noodles to blend with 1 C watermelon chunks, a pinch of sea salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. So simple, and so refreshing! Go make yourself some Cucumber Noodles so you can enjoy this cold, electrolyte and vitamin filled all natural beverage ASAP! (Or you could just peel and toss some cucumbers in the blender with the watermelon.)
Want more tips on staying hydrated all year long? Check out my blog post Hydration Station!