Colour Your Water – Infused Recipes

It is said that you can go 100 hours without drinking water at an average temperature outdoors, according to Professor Claude Piantadosi of Duke University. That is approximately 3 days.  We therefore have 3 days before severe dehydration sets in and if not reversed, death can kick in.


Okay so enough with the dramatics (although it is all true). We all know water consumption is really important and yet we struggle to drink enough of it.  The Institute of Medicine recommends an average intake of 13 cups (3L) for men, and 9 cups (2.2L) for women a day. As one’s body weight would alter that approximation, the recommended way to calculate water intake is to divide your body weight in half. That number is the amount of ounces of water you should consume a day. For example, if you weight 200 pounds, you should be consuming 100 ounces of water per day.

For many of us, it’s difficult to drink that much water. If it was a glass of wine or a chocolate milkshake then no problem, but water for some reason is difficult for many to drink the required amount. To help with that issue, one can add a variety of fruits and herbs to bring flavour to the water. Water infusion bottles are also quite popular now (they are the water bottles that have an inner container which holds the fruit, preventing them from going to the bottom of the bottle). Places such as David’s Tea, Walmart, Winners, Lose and so forth are selling such bottles.


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Strawberries & Mint


Here is a list of infused water recipes:

  • cucumber and mint
  • watermelon and basil
  • cinnamon and pear
  • cranberries and oranges
  • rosemary and blueberries
  • blood oranges, lemon and rosemary
  • strawberries and mint
  • lime, strawberry and mint
  • oranges, cinnamon, cloves and cardamon
  • cucumber, mint and jalapeno
  • lemon, cucumber and grapefruit
  • pineapple and oranges
  • cucumber, orange and mint
  • ginger and lemon
  • ginger, honey and lemon (especially with hot water)
  • ginger and peaches
  • kiwi and strawberries
  • apple and cinnamon
  • lime and strawberries
  • fennel and pear
  • orange and blueberries
  • rosemary and grapefruit
  • jalapeño and pineapple
  • honey dew melon, mint and honey
  • lemon and thyme
  • blueberries, strawberries & raspberries
  • mangoes, strawberries and blueberries (especially if frozen)


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Bottles left to right: Peach & ginger; Lemon, oranges & rosemary ; lavender and blueberries


It is best to soak for a few hours to let the flavours diffuse into the water. If you can, prep overnight and refrigerate. Some additional alterations you can do include using frozen fruits in the summer or hot water in the winter (especially with any lemon recipes).







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