We all know by now that soda and sweet tea are bad for us, even the diet versions. However, plain water all the time can get a little boring, especially considering how much water we need to stay hydrated. Therefore, it is no wonder that flavored waters line the grocery store aisles. However, these commercially available flavored waters are nothing more than food coloring and artificial sweeteners. So it is time to break out your pitcher and get creative, because we are going to make our own homemade naturally flavored water. Create your own concoction or try one of recipes from Prevention below:
Stir together 2 cups pineapple chunks, 1 cup pitted and halved fresh cherries, and three cored and thinly sliced granny smith apples.
Strawberry Basil Blast
Scrunch 8 fresh basil leaves to release their flavor. Combine them with 3 cups halved strawberries, and gently muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Stir together two thinly sliced cucumbers and two seeded and sliced jalapeño peppers.
Gently crush two vanilla beans with a wooden spoon or spatula. Stir them into six pitted and sliced peaches.
Scrunch four rosemary sprigs to release their flavor. Combine them with 6 cups watermelon chunks.
Combine two thinly sliced lemons, two thinly sliced limes, two thinly sliced grapefruits, and two thinly sliced oranges. Gently muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Note: Each of these recipes makes 2 quarts. Unless noted otherwise, top the ingredients with 6 cups ice, fill the jar with water, and stir, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let flavors infuse. If you want more intense flavors, try leaving it in the refrigerator overnight before drinking.