I was inspired to investigate infused water because my Mother had an aversion
to water. She simply did not like it. Since then, I have learned that a good friend
also dislikes drinking water. Since we should drink 64 ounces of water per day,
it's a good idea to make the water as tasty as possible. This can be accomplished
by infusing the water. I use a glass pitcher specially designed with a tube down
the center which holds the fruits and vegetables. The infused water pours for drinking
without any bits of fruit.
The minimum time for infusion is 30 minutes in the refrigerator. I like to let
mine infuse for at least two hours before drinking. In Mexico these drinks are called
Agua Fresca, and they are sold everywhere!
Use any combination of fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs that you can imagine.
Edible flower petals (that have not been sprayed with pesticides) can also be used.
It's all a matter of personal taste. I prefer to not use sugar, but if you must,
use Truvia or local or organic honey. Do not, under any circumstances, use Aspartame
in any form as it is extremely unhealthy.
The following are suggestions for one quart (4 cups) water and ice. For larger
quantities, the ingredients are easily multiplied.