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Infused water - your favorite combos

I'm looking for some ideas for infused water...fruit, herb, veggie, spice, etc. Only criteria is the final pitcher of water can't have loads of sugar in it.

For the summer, I'm thinking pineapple and mint. Or watermelon, cucumber, and mint. Or tea with berries.

But I'm sure you hounds have some other creative ideas! Thoughts?

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    1. On really hot days I do cucumber, apple, lemon, and mint. I don't add any sugar. I think cucumber is a great starting point and then I just sort of embellish it.

      One thing to think about is Agua de Jamaica. It is a popular lightly sweetened hibiscus iced tea. It it totally delicious and refreshing if you can find hibiscus flowers. Oddly, my Walmart carries hibiscus flowers. Not like they just have them in stock, but they are Walmart brand "Great Value" hibiscus flowers in large bags. Not sure what's going on there but whatever works.

      http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/vie... (for some reason he calls them "jamaica 'flowers'" the whole time but I assure you it is hibiscus flowers.)

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      1. re: luciaannek

        Jamaica is the name for it in Spanish. pronounced hah-my-kah. Its a super common drink here in Southern California.

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          Yes, common here too (in Washington). I use them all the time and find big bags of them at my local Mexican Market. They are very inexpensive there, compared to Whole Foods or similar store.

          I use them in herbal iced teas. Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea is made with them. I prefer to make my own with ginger tea, lemon tea, and I add orange slices or a lemon grass stalk, then some hibiscus flower and a tiny bit of stevia (hibiscus can get rather tart). Awesome infused drink!

      2. Cucumber, ginger, lemon and mint- no sugar.

        1. Cucumber and lime. I neve use sugar.

          1. Borage, melissa, spearmint and lemon.

            Star anise and cucumber.

            1. Fresh basil and lemon
              Fresh ginger slices and orange
              Mint and lime
              Cilantro and cucumber

              1. Best infused water that I ever had simply had paper-thin slices of thin-rind watermelon in it (like sugarbaby watermelon). Wonderful.

                1. List of Fruit and Vegetable Infused Water

                  1. Apple-Cinnamon
                  2. Banana-Nectarine-Basil
                  3. Blackberry-Pomegranate-Cherry
                  4. Blackberry-Raspberry
                  5. Blackberry-Raspberry-Strawberry-Mint
                  6. Blood Orange-Ginger-Basil
                  7. Blood Orange-Grapes-Apples
                  8. Blueberry-Coconut-Cucumber-Raspberry
                  9. Blueberry-Plum-Apple-(Mint or Sage)
                  10. Cantaloupe-Blood Orange-Lemon
                  11. Cantaloupe-Grapes
                  12. Cantaloupe-Honeydew-Watermelon-(Sage or Mint)
                  13. Cantaloupe-Strawberry-Grape-Mint
                  14. Carrots-Apple-Lemon-Ginger
                  15. Carrots-Pomegranate-Sage
                  16. Cherry-Peach-Pear-Grape-Pineapple
                  17. Cherry-Pineapple-Granny Smith Apple
                  18. Cherry-Vanilla-Lemon
                  19. Cucumber-Grapefruit-(Sage or Rosemary)
                  20. Cucumber-Grapefruit-Tangerine-Mint
                  21. Cucumber-Kiwi-Lime-Mint
                  22. Cucumber-Lemon-Lime-(Mint or Basil)
                  23. Cucumber-Lemon-Mint
                  24. Cucumber-Lime-Mint
                  25. Cucumber-Seeded Jalapeno
                  26. Cucumber-Watermelon-Mint
                  27. Grapefruit-(Mint or Basil or Rosemary or Sage or Cilantro)
                  28. Grapefruit-Lemon-Lime-Orange-Kumquat
                  29. Grapefruit-Strawberry-Sage
                  30. Lemon-(Mint or Basil or Rosemary or Sage or Cilantro)
                  31. Lemon-Cactus Pear
                  32. Lemon-Ginger
                  33. Lemon-Lime-Cilantro
                  34. Lemon-Maple Syrup-Cayenne Powder
                  35. Lemon-Orange-Ginger
                  36. Lemon-Tangerine-Pear-Seeded Jalapeno-Cilantro
                  37. Lime-Cherry-Mint
                  38. Lime-Honeydew
                  39. Lime-Mango-Mint
                  40. Lime-Mint
                  41. Orange-Apple-Grapes
                  42. Peach-Mango-Pineapple
                  43. Peach-Vanilla
                  44. Pear-(Rosemary or Sage)
                  45. Pear-Apple-Cinnamon
                  46. Pear-Ginger
                  47. Pineapple-Ginger
                  48. Pineapple-Mango-Starfruit
                  49. Pineapple-Strawberry-Apple Cider Vinegar-Basil
                  50. Plum-Sage
                  51. Raspberry-Orange
                  52. Strawberry-Basil
                  53. Strawberry-Kiwi
                  54. Strawberry-Kiwi-Lemon
                  55. Watermelon-(Mint or Rosemary or Basil)
                  56. Watermelon-Lemon-Mint
                  57. Watermelon-Strawberry-Mint
                  58. Watermelon-Strawberry-Rosemary
                  59. Watermelon-Strawberry-Blackberry
                  60. Watermelon-Strawberry-Kiwi

                  * Dry Herbs = Cinnamon 1 teaspoon; Ginger 1/2 teaspoon; Cayenne Powder 1/8-1/4 teaspoon.
                  * Fresh Herbs = Mint 6-8 leaves; Sage 1-2 leaves, Basil 2-4 leaves; Rosemary 1-2 sprigs; Cilantro 10-20 leaves; Cinnamon ½ stick; Ginger 3-6 thin slices of root; Vanilla Bean 1 bean.
                  * Apple Cider Vinegar = 1 teaspoon.
                  * Maple Syrup (2 Tablespoons) = Real Maple Syrup not the knock off you put on your kids pancakes.
                  * Vanilla Ice Cubes = 1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract and rest water per ice cube. (Cheaper than Vanilla Beans)
                  * Frozen fruits and vegetables can be used. It is best if they are organic with “no sugar added”.
                  * IMPORTANT: Add a dash of SEA SALT to all water mixtures!!! Why? To properly hydrate yourself your body needs sodium. Also it is a natural preservative; this means your water mixtures can last up to a week in a cold fridge. I get fancy and use Pink Himalayan Salt (Meijer’s sells a big grinder for $6).
                  * AVOID SPOILAGE: Freeze your mixture. Zip lock bag, dash of salt, Fruits/Vegetables/Herbs/Spices, and enough water to cover fruits and vegetables.
                  * Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, etc… will lose their color/flavor fast.
                  * Fresh herbs leaves may become discolored black, brown, etc…
                  * Check with your doctor to see if any of these foods interfere with your medication. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits are well known to mess with medication; especially the medication COUMADIN.
                  * Always muddle the fruits and vegetables. I like to rip them apart with my hands; it really gets the juices flowing.
                  * Drink 64 ounces of water in a day. I will reuse the same mixture until there is not flavor left in the ingredients.