Although E’stel Natural Alkaline Water tastes great just by itself, it’s nice to mix it up from time to time. We have collated some tips and tricks on infused water and have also added some inspiration on winter flavoured infused water for you to try.
Tips for the best outcome
The harder the fruit the thinner you should slice it to release the flavours. The same applies to veges such as celery or cucumber.
Softer fruits like citrus and strawberries can be sliced any way you’d like - thick, thin, halved, or quartered.
If you use fibrous spices such as ginger, rosemary or lemongrass, the best way to release the flavour is to crush it with a muddler or wooden spoon.
To extract flavours out of leafy herbs like mint, basil or cilantro bruise the leaf by gently mashing before placing them into the water.
Simply put loose herbs and flowers like lavender in a tea infuser or tea bag so you don’t have any flowers or herbs floating in your water.
How long you should infuse the water for
Generally speaking, let the water infuse at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. After that, put it in the fridge to keep fruit, veges and herbs fresh.
Some fruit and herbs infuse the water quicker than others. Cucumbers, citrus fruits, melons, and mint infuse the water almost immediately so you don’t have to wait long before you can enjoy your flavoured water.
Harder fruit and fibrous spices release the flavour slower and you ideally let them soak overnight in the fridge to get the most flavoursome infused water.
Melons and sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours so it’s best to take them out then. Citrus and whole berries on the other hand still look pretty good even after a few hours.
The only thing to be aware of with citrus fruit is that after 4 hours, citrus rinds can make water taste bitter. So it’s best to either take citrus fruit out after 4 hours or peel them before placing them in the water.
If you don't drink the water within 24 hours, take out all fruit, veges, herbs and spices, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
The most obvious fruit to infuse water with is lemon. And while it surely is refreshing in summer, here are a couple of wintery ideas without lemon. All recipes use E’stel Natural Alkaline Water and you simply add as much fruit and spices as you like.
We combined pear and cloves, grapefruit and rosemary which you will love if you like tonic water and apple and cinnamon which would also taste great if you added some crushed ginger.
There are no limits in terms of flavour combinations - so have some fun and create your favourite wintery infused water!