Looking for new ways to enjoy your favorite pitcher? One healthful – and stunning – way to show it off is with infused waters. Try out a few of our favorites, or experiment with your own flavor combinations and share them with us @simonpearce.
Strawberry + Poblano Pepper A subtly spicy, slightly sweet elixir
Blueberry, Lime + Cilantro A tart, sweet, herbaceous infusion
½ cup blueberries ½ lime, thinly sliced 5 stems of cilantro Fresh, cold water
Grapefruit + Rosemary A bright + slightly savory refresher
½ pink grapefruit, sliced 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary Fresh, cold water
NOTE: Hardy rosemary benefits from a longer infusion to release its oils, while grapefruit peels can impart a bitter flavor after a few hours. Either cut away the peel and pith and/or muddle your rosemary to keep the flavors balanced.
In your pitcher of choice, add prepared fruit and herbs. Fill with water. Infuse at room temperature for an hour or two; or place in the refrigerator overnight. The longer the infusion, the bolder the flavor.
When you’re ready to drink, garnish your favorite glass with a fresh slice of fruit and/or an herb sprig. Pour and enjoy.
Drink your infusion over the course of the day, or store in the refrigerator to keep it fresher, longer.
WATER INFUSION TIPS You can refill the water in your pitcher, though each subsequent infusion will be less flavorful than the last.
For sparkling infused water, add just enough seltzer to cover your ingredients while they infuse, and top it off with seltzer once ready to serve.
Garnish with a fresh piece of fruit rather than one that’s been infusing for a crisper, brighter look.
Before adding water, gently bruise ingredients in the pitcher with a wooden muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to release more flavor. Tear leafy herbs like mint, basil and cilantro to release their essences.
Freeze ingredients beforehand, either whole or blended with water in an ice cube tray, to add a pop of color that cools and adds flavor.