Summer has arrived! The summer months always bring gorgeous hot weather with longer days so we can all spend more time outdoors having fun with family and friends. Here in Los Angeles the weather has been in the 80’s and I love it! Staying hydrated and energized by drinking lots of water on a daily basis is so important and essential especially when the weather is hot and you’re engaging in outdoor activities. Drinking plain water can be so boring because it has no flavor to keep your taste buds happy.
I don’t like just drinking plain water so that’s why I wanted to share some of my tastiest infused water recipes with all of you so you can have lots of options for jazzing your water up! Today’s recipe is apple lemon ginger infused water which has lovely sweet flavor from the apples, spicy flavor from the ginger and fresh bursts of citrus from the lemon. This combination is one of my go-to recipes that I make year round with whatever apples are in season.
Infusing water with fresh fruits, spices, herbs, vegetables and essential oils is one of my favorite ways to make drinking water fun and delicious! Infusing water is so easy to do and you can create delicious combinations that will have you drinking plenty of water throughout the day and going back for more. Every week I make at least three or four different types of infused waters in big glass jars so I have enough water to enjoy all week.
Once the water infuses for at least 2-3 hours or overnight, I pour off 32 ounces at a time in a glass jar and drink all day between meals. When the water is almost gone in the large jar, I add in 8 more cups of water and a few drops of essential oils like lemon, wild orange, lime, peppermint, ginger or grapefruit and let it infuse again for 2-3 hours. I only use essential oils in my recipes that are food grade and say for dietary use on the bottle. After the second infusion and once all the flavor is gone from the fruit, vegetables, spices and herbs you can compost or discard them and start a new infused water flavor.
The apples, lemon, and ginger in this recipe create a nourishing water that has lots of great benefits for maintaining vibrant health! Here is some nutritional information about the ingredients in this recipe.
Apples contain a vast array of antioxidants, polyphenols, and phytonutrients including quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol, which help protect the body against cancer, fat oxidation, and inflammation. Purchase organic apples to avoid pesticides and waxes that are used on conventionally grown apples.
Lemons are an alkaline fruit which combines beautifully with so many different foods. Lemons are also a powerful detoxifier that is high in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, important nutrients that all work together to help the body reduce chronic inflammation, neutralize free radicals, and support the liver. Lemons are also an aid to relieve constipation and are a great fruit to include in any cleanse.
I used ginger essential in my infused water recipe. You can also use fresh ginger root if you don’t want to get the essential oil. Ginger essential oil comes from ginger root which is a rhizome that has wonderful flavor and benefits. This delightful ginger essential oil is great for supporting digestive health. This versatile essential oil can be used aromatically, topically and internally. Please note that ginger essential oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption. Do not use ginger essential oil for children under 6 years old.
By taking a little time to make your own infused waters you know that there is nothing artificial or unhealthy in them. Some of the vitamin waters and sports drinks on the supermarket shelves have artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, synthetic vitamins and minerals, preservatives, chemicals, artificial colors and too much sodium. All of these questionable ingredients can compromise your good health.
Why drink those commercial beverages when you can make your own fabulous combinations of infused waters aka vitamin waters loaded with seasonal fruits and vegetables that taste so much better and are so good for you too.
Some of my favorite combinations of infused waters for the summer months include:
Cantaloupe Blueberry Infused Water
Strawberry Basil Infused Water
Blueberry Peach Infused Water (click here for recipe)
Watermelon Mint Infused Water
Nectarine Orange Infused Water
Raspberry Lemon Infused Water (click here for recipe)
Lemon Cucumber Ginger Infused Water
Honeydew Lime Mint Infused Water
Lime Cilantro Cucumber Infused Water
Plum Blueberry Thyme Infused Water
Tomato Basil Lemon Water
I hope today’s recipe for apple lemon ginger water and my other seasonal recipe combinations will inspire you to start creating your own yummy infused water recipes so you can stay hydrated and feeling great all summer long!
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Apple Lemon Ginger Infused Water
Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free
Makes 2 Quarts
½ medium lemon-peeled and cut into thin slices
2 organic apples (I used Fuji apples) – cut into thin slices
⅛ cup fresh lemon juice (Get juice from the other half of the lemon)
2 inch piece of ginger-peeled and cut into slices or 1 drop ginger essential oil
3 drops liquid stevia (a good brand to try) –optional
8 cups purified or spring water
1 large clean half gallon glass jar with lid (This is the jar I used)
1. Place lemon and apple slices, lemon juice, ginger slices or ginger oil, and liquid stevia in the bottom of the glass jar and pour water on top. Stir to mix well. Cover jar with lid and place in the refrigerator to infuse for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight. If you don’t peel the lemon slices initially please remove the peel from the slices after infusing for 1 hour or your water will be bitter.
2. After the water infuses you can enjoy it! You can leave the fruits in the infused water for up to 3-4 days before you need to strain them out of the water. On the second day, I like to add more water and one more drop of ginger essential oil in once I drink up the first batch. The fruit flavor is not as strong but it still is very refreshing. After 3-4 days you can compost the fruit and ginger pieces. Enjoy!