I’ve been making fruit water to serve at our cookouts, and they’ve been a big hit with our guests! After all, what’s not to love about simple, refreshing concoctions of fruit and herbs – they’re beautiful to present, good for you, and delicious, too. As a bonus, preparing them is a fun activity to do with the kids. Here are some of the best recipes that I’ve come across. All fruit water infusions should be consumed within a couple of days for maximum freshness.
Strawberry and Basil
This is the classic combination, and one of the most flavorful. Slice the strawberries very thin so they’ll float, and give the basil leaves a gentle crumple. Pop the whole thing in the fridge for just an hour and it’s ready. Guests already here? Pierce the strawberries with a fork and muddle the basil to speed up the infusing process.
Grapefruit and Rosemary
I love this combination because even though my kids find grapefruit juice too bitter to drink, they’ll drink this. Half a grapefruit and six sprigs of rosemary is enough to make a whole pitcher. Give the concoction at least three hours in the fridge for the flavors to come out.
Watermelon and Mint
This combination is the ultimate in refreshment. Just cut the watermelon into medium-size cubes and add a few sprigs of crumpled mint. Try sparkling water instead of flat if you like bubbles!