Strawberry, Blueberry, and Basil Infused Water is perfect for a hot summer day. If you have never tried making infused water before, you are missing out on a flavorful way to enjoy water.
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Are you looking for a drink that isn’t soda and is sugar-free? I like to prepare infused water when I have guests over. I live in the hot south, so something cool and refreshing is what I love to serve my family and friends.
Sure I put out plenty of sweet tea, soda, and coffee. I rarely put out plain water. It takes minimal effort to make infused water and often guests are completely blown away and thought you spent a lot of time on making the fruit-flavored water.
Fruit for infused water
You can make infused water with just about any type of fruit. I often use citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, or even limes. The key here is to wash your fruit well and you want to make sure to use fruits that are blemish-free.
You don’t want to use fruits with any bad spots on it. You can add in an herb or two if you like. Herbs like mint or basil add a nice touch. Cucumber also can add a nice touch to a beverage.
Here is what you need to make this infused water:
- Fresh Basil
How to Make Infused Water
One thing is essential when making infused water, is not to let the fruit and herbs soak in the water forever. Ideally, you need to remove the flavoring agents in about 6 to 8 hours if you are going to store the refrigerator for a long time.
I like to infuse my water in pitchers that have lids on them. This water infuser pitcher.
Citrus fruits become bitter after infusing for too long. The oils leach into the water, and as the water continues to penetrate the pith, the bitter flavors come out. You can always add some freshly cut fruit when you are ready to serve the water if desired.
Sometimes I prepare the infused water a couple of hours before I have guests. In those instances, I simply leave the fruit in the water.
This recipe was influenced by a podcast I love to listen to. The minimalists spoke about a flavorful strawberry and basil-infused water. Where I live, the blueberries are in season and I added a few blueberries to my mix.
I placed all of my ingredients into the pitcher and allowed everything to infuse together for about 4 hours, I then discarded that fruit. Before serving I added some freshly cut strawberries and a few blueberries.
If you happen to have a Soda Stream Machine you may want to carbonate your infused water for a fun treat.
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Fruit Infused Water
- 1 1/2 quarts water
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 10 leaves fresh basil
- Wash the strawberries, blueberries, and basil.
- Hull the strawberries and quarter them.
- Gently scrunch the basil leaves in your hands to release some of the oils from the leaves.
- Place the berries and basil in a 2-quart pitcher.
- Add enough water to fill the pitcher.
- Allow the fruit to infuse for at least 2 hours before serving.
- After 4 to 6 hours, discard the fruit.
- Before serving, add some freshly cut strawberries and a few blueberries.