Cucumber, Lemon and Mint Infused Water
Cucumber, Lemon and Mint Infused Water
My latest obsession is infused spa water. During dry and cold winter months, I find drinking the amount of water is required for my weight and activity levels to be a challenge. It is easier to hydrate when I have naturally flavored water (that I prepare myself) on standby.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes – Cucumber, Lemon and Mint Infused Water.
I bought a water dispenser
This weekend, I bought a water dispenser from Williams-Sonoma (on sale – yay!) for my fitness studio. (Update: My Willams-Sonoma dispenser has been replaced by a smaller, more durable mason jar from Pottery Barn (see photo below).
I look forward to providing my amazing clients with refreshing, healthy and hydrating beverages during their workouts at the gym. My goal is to vary the flavor combinations each week.
Health benefits of infused water
When water is infused with tasty flavors, you are more likely to increase your water intake during the course of a day. The added “flavor zing” makes plain water more appealing than if it was just by itself.
Aside from promoting hydration and looking good in a beverage dispenser, infused water provides many health benefits and you can combine your favorite fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices into one drink.
Cucumber, lemon and mint infused water
I love the combination of fresh:
The healing and restorative qualities of these ingredients are awesome. Here are some ways cucumber, mint and lemon are beneficial to the body:
- Cucumber: naturally contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Mint: adds a touch of sweetness and is known to aid with digestion, nausea and oral health.
- Lemon: helps to detoxify and alkalize the body. (Learn more about the benefits of lemon water here: “You Should do This Every Morning”).
Use a mason jar
When I first combined these ingredients, I wanted to make sure this marriage of flavors worked together, so I started on a smaller scale, with a 2-liter jar. The finished product ended up tasting delicious. Being able to store the mason jar in the refrigerator was an added bonus. The jar fits in the refrigerator, is accessible when I am thirsty, can be refilled as I drink and can travel with me.
Note: When storing water, always stay away from plastic containers.
Glass jugs and travel bottles
- For easy pouring, purchase a container like this Glass 2-Liter Frigoverre Jug from Bormillia Rocco. I love using a jug because it has a handle and a secure lid. Click on the photo below to buy it:
- If you want to infuse water while you are out and about, a fruit-infuser glass water bottle is ideal. Here is an example of a bottle that is made of glass and stainless steel and does not contain toxic plastic:
Great for children and teens
Naturally flavored water is a clever way to sneak some extra vitamins and minerals into children’s diets. If you have children, infusing water is a fantastic kitchen project to do with them. Not only will it teach your kids how easy it is to add pizzazz to a plain beverage like water, but it may very well get them away from toxic, sugary and expensive flavored waters, sodas and juices.
If you are interested in making your own Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Infused Water, here is how I made mine:
- 1 handful organic mint leaves
- 1 large organic cucumber
- 1 organic lemon
- 1 handful ice (optional)
- Water (make sure it is from a high quality source)
- 1½ quart container (mason jars work great)
- Place mint into container.
- Gently muddle mint. Do not pulverize, just slightly bruise the leaves to release flavor.
- Slice cucumber and lemon into rounds. For visual appeal, use a vegetable peeler to peel strips into the rind of the cucumber. Peel lengthwise.
- Add cucumber to container.
- Add lemon to container.
- Fill container with ice.
- Fill container with water.
- Stir contents of container.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. You can also prepare this in the evening and let ingredients infuse overnight.
Amp up the flavor of water with more flavor combinations
For more ideas on how to enrich the flavor of water and make it more palatable, please check out another blog post of mine:
Do you drink infused water?
- Do you infuse your own water? If yes, what are some of your favorite flavor combinations?
- What are your least favorite combos?
When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.