Cherry-Lemon Infused Water

Cherry-Lemon Infused Water

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My daughters and I enjoy making Cherry-Lemon Infused Water in the summer when we want to up our water intake. It’s also a fun drink to make for a girls’ manicure party.

Infused water became all the rage a few years ago, when you began seeing commercial products for them in the stores. But making your own infused water is very simple and easy to do in your kitchen.

There are many ways to infuse your water by using fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Choose your favorites and experiment with combinations. The combinations are practically endless.

Flavor Combinations for This Infused Drink

For this drink, we used the following ingredients:

  • black cherries
  • lemons
  • fresh basil
  • water

How to Make Cherry-Lemon Infused Water

First you’ll need to pit your fresh cherries. We purchased our cherries in the grocery store, but if you happen to have a cherry tree, use those! To pit the cherries, you can use a fancy cherry pitter gadget, which makes the process quite easy. If you plan on making lots of cherry pies or jellies, you might want to invest in one. But you can also use the tip of a vegetable peeler.

Halve your lemons and then thinly slice. You’ll also want to muddle the basil to help bring out the herbal essence to flavor the drink. To do this, you have several options. Gently mash the leaves with a mortar and pestle, or use a herb muddler, or just rub the leaves together with your fingers.

Place the pitted cherries, sliced lemons, and basil in a half-gallon jar. At this point, you may slightly mash the ingredients with a wooden spoon to help bring our more flavor. Fill with cold water. Filtered is preferred. Allow to chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

Then pour the water into clear glasses filled with ice cubes. Easy peasy. 

If you like this Infused Water, you may want to try a few of these flavor combinations:

  • strawberries, limes, and mint
  • blueberries, oranges, and lavender
  • cucumbers, grapefruit, and rosemary
  • raspberries, lemons, and ginger
  • watermelon, kiwi, and celery
  • cranberries, oranges, and thyme
  • pomegranate, pineapple, and purple basil
  • honey dew, blackberry, and jalapeno

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Cherry-lemon infused water

Cherry-Lemon Infused Water

Here's a recipe we enjoy making in the summer when we want to up our water intake. It's also a fun drink to make for a girls' manicure party.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dark Cherries, Icy Beverages, Infused Water, Lemons
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerate for:: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 quarts

Equipment

Cherry Pitter
Cutting Board
Mortar and Pestle
Glass Pitcher

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black cherries pitted
  • 2 large lemons cut into half-slices
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • Using a cherry pitter or the end of a vegetable peeler, pit cherries. Using a knife and cutting board, thinly slice lemons. Using a mortar and pestle, a herb muddler, or your fingers gently crush basil to bring out more essence.
  • Place cherries, lemons, and basil in a half-gallon jar. Slightly mash with a wooden spoon to bring out more flavor. Fill with cold water. Allow to chill in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  • Pour into clear glasses filled with ice cubes. Makes 2 quarts.

Notes

Tips: Add fruit to jar, and slightly mash with a wooden spoon to bring out more flavor. Also, gently rub herbs together before adding to mixture to bring out more herbal essence.
Other combinations you might try:
strawberries, lemons, and mint; blueberries, oranges, and lavender; or cucumbers, grapefruit, and rosemary.
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