Saturday, 19 April 2014

Tasty Water Cocktails

I'll be the first to admit that I rarely drink enough water each day. Whether I'm too busy drinking my favourite juice, or just being forgetful, hydration is not my forte. The times when I do drink enough water, I always notice how amazing my skin looks (if I do say so myself!), but any time I make a conscious effort to drink more, it always fails miserably. Enter the naturally flavoured water.

For the past couple of weeks, things have been different. I've taken to filling up a jug of water each morning with a selection of fruit inside to flavour my water. It even makes a tasty alternative to fruit juice in the morning! The best bit is that even with just a few different types of fruit, there are so many combinations of flavours to try! Why go for boring ol' lemon when there's a plethora of fruit down the road at Tesco?! I decided to whip myself up a truly fruity water concoction for this post - it just goes to show what a beautiful treats you can make from some simplest of ingredients. While I'm sure there are lots of ways to do this, I like to start by chopping up my fruit (this will start to bring out some of the flavours) and chuck them in the bottom of a jug. Then I pour boiling water in until the fruit is just covered and leave it to 'brew', this will also help to spread the flavours more quickly.

For this jug, I threw in some orange, lemon, strawberries, raspberries, mint & ginger. Yum!

Once it has sat for about ten minutes, fill the jug up to the top with cold water. You can leave it to sit for longer if you want a truly flavoursome treat, but this usually does it for me. Once empty, you can even use the same fruits another time over. I rarely see such a wide range on offer to pop in your drinks, but I think that it would be a lovely touch to have a little buffet of fruits, veg & herbs for guests to add to their drinks at a summer BBQ. So why not give it a go? I have to say that after having tried this, I genuinely want to drink more water and can't wait to make up a fresh jug each morning!

How are you at getting your 2L of water a day?
What else could you try flavouring your water with?

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