In my renewed quest to eat healthier, my husband and I have recently become totally hooked on sparkling water.
Something about the bubbles, make it seem like a treat instead of plain old water, and the health benefits of substituting it for all our other drinks have been amazing!
We’ve also found that while the store-bought, lightly flavored stuff is OK, infusing the water with fresh fruits, citrus and often some mint makes them feel even fancier. (Friends are especially impressed when we entertain with these drinks too.)
So today I’ve asked fellow sparkling water enthusiast, and MPMK contributor, Kristin to share 7 of her favorite fruit-infused sparkling water recipes. Try a new one each day this week and enjoy!
My kids beg for soda when we go out to eat. Beverage companies are just so good at marketing soda as a refreshing drink.
Kids and adults alike crave it as a compliment to a delicious meal.
So last summer, I started making my own sodas at home. I would create a fruit or citrus simple syrup and then add club soda. It was a great alternative to artificially-sweetened soda when we wanted something sweet as the temperature rose.
This year, I’ve been exploring the idea of fruit infused sparkling water.
It a no-guilt way to enjoy a refreshing drink. In-season fruit is so sweet and juicy, it makes the perfect compliment to sparkling water.
Right now berries are in-season. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries will all be available at the grocery store and at the peak of freshness.
Citrus is also in-season. Think lime, lemon and tangerine. Mint is also a tasty addition to any combo of fruit and citrus.
If you’re making your beverage with berries, you have the option to float the berries or muddle them. Muddling creates more flavor, but also results in a thicker textured drink.
7 Recipes for Fruit and Citrus Infused Sparkling Water
Lemon and Tangerine
Everyone loves lemon in their water, but adding tangerine gives you a hit of sweetness with the tart.
Lemon and Mint
Again, spicing up the original lemon water with mint is unexpectedly delicious.
Raspberries and Blueberries
I float these berries and they slowly add flavor to the sparkling water. You could also try soaking them overnight.
Tangerine and Blackberries
This is one of my favorites. Tangerine and Blackberries both have a lot of sweetness.
Lime and Mint
This combination always makes me think of a mojito. A healthy mojito, of course!
Lemon and Blueberry
There’s something about these two ingredients that is reminiscent of a blueberry muffin.
Muddled Berries and Lime
Like I said, you can always muddle the berries in any of these recipes. You can see in this drink how the flavor expands through the whole drink. The lime balances out the sweetness of the berries too.
Once you’ve added your citrus and berries (muddled or not) to your glass, fill it with ice. Then, top it with club soda or sparkling water.
For those that really enjoy their sparkling water, you can make tons of your own and help the environment by skipping cans and bottles with a SodaStream.
Maybe your kids are still getting used to a sugar-free drink. Sometimes, I’ll also make a simple syrup (with sugar or honey). This way I can choose what kind of sweetener is added and how much.
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