One of the most refreshing and thirst-quenching beverages is infused water with fruits and herbs. Often, you see Cucumber Water at the spa or maybe Watermelon Water in a beautiful hotel lobby. No matter what kind it is, it’s always a little prettier and much tastier version of your daily water.
Lately, you can find almost a wide variety of flavored water at the local market. The problem is that they can be expensive and many of them are carbonated which can leave you feeling bloated. So, why not make your own? It’s super simple by just adding your favorite blend of fruits and herbs to your water and allow to sit in the fridge for 6-12 hours to let the flavors meld.
But, what if you can make a more flavorful version in a lot less time? You can….using your Instant Pot. All you need is 2 cups of a fruit, a little citrus fruit, 10 cups of water, and add in some fresh herbs (or spicy peppers) if you choose.
Yesterday, I was cleaning out my fridge and had some strawberries that were on their last day and a handful of blackberries so I decided to give it a try. I ended up deciding to add in a jalapeño for some kick and a small lemon for some tang. I would have liked to have added mint but didn’t have any on hand so this time I didn’t use any herbs. This will last in your fridge for 3-4 days but you will love it so much, it might be gone in 24 hours! No problem since you can easily whip up another batch!
Strawberry, Blackberry, and Jalapeño Infused Water
- 2 cups of sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup of blackberries
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 sprig of fresh herbs (optional) *mint would go great with this recipe
- 10 cups of water (I use Spring or Filtered Water)
- Place your produce in the instant pot
- Add in the water
- Close lid and set pressure to 5 minutes
- After pressure time is over, do a quick steam release
- Open instant pot and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before straining the liquid
- Pour the strained liquid into a pitcher and chill
- Serve chilled and add ice if preferred. Enjoy!
- Pour liquid into ice tray and freeze and add into any of your everyday drinks like iced tea, mocktails, or smoothies,
- You can use frozen fruit as well
- Add in more fruit for a stronger flavor
- Always give your pitcher a stir before pouring into your glass
- Parents and Grandparents, this is a great way to get your children to drink more water and it’s way healthier than soda or juice!