We all know how important it is to drink plenty of water each day, but sometimes that's a whole lot easier said than done. Plain water, more often than not, just doesn't have the same appeal as all the other attractive beverages (read: coffee, tea, soda, wine).
So we created five flavored waters, each with a pair of herb and fruit, and no other sugar at all. That's all it takes to turn water into the most alluring beverage on tap.
An Easy Template for Flavoring Water
Here we are upgrading individual glasses, but feel free to triple or quadruple the flavoring agents and toss them into an icy pitcher of water instead. Also, don't stop at flat water — try swapping it out for plain seltzer or sparkling mineral water for a bubbly and even more refreshing twist.
1 tall glass of water filled with ice + fresh fruit and herbs
1. Sweet Orange-Basil Water
Sweet yet savory basil is the perfect complement to tart and refreshing orange segments. Slice the orange in thin rounds and drop a handful into a glass, along with 3 thinly sliced basil leaves. Fill with ice and water.
2. Minty Mixed Melon Water
Gather together a combination of your favorite melons for this colorful mix. Drop cubes of watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew into a glass, along with 4 thinly sliced mint leaves. Fill with ice and water.
3. Spicy Ginger, Blueberry, and Lemon Water
Sweet, citrusy, and spicy — this water has a little bit of everything. Drop a handful of blueberries into a glass with a few lemon slices and a 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced). Fill with ice and water.
4. Strawberry-Tarragon Water
The licorice-like flavor of tarragon is a perfect match for juicy strawberries. Hull and slice 3 strawberries. Add them to a glass with 2 sprigs of tarragon. Fill with ice and water.
5. Plum, Raspberry, and Thyme Water
Add refreshing thyme to sweet plums and raspberries and you've got the taste of summer in your glass. Drop a few slices of plums into a glass with a small handful of raspberries and 2 to 3 sprigs of thyme. Fill with ice and water.