Drink Water Not Sugar With These Refreshing Summer Drinks

Herb Infused Water

May 25, 2012   25 Comments

Snack Girl is always on the hunt for drinks that will replace soda, sweet tea, and lemonade without anyone noticing they are gone.

I like water that have bubbles and flavor added to them without any artificial sweeteners. Recently, two different brands sent over some drinks for me to sample and I enjoyed tasting them.

My first pick is Herbal Water which is very addictive. Herbal Water infuses exotic organic culinary herbs into pure water, creating a sophisticated drink which is a great replacement for soda. I love the bottle, taste, and elegance of these waters.

Flavors include: Lemongrass Mint Vanilla, Cinnamon Orange-Peel, Ginger Lemon-Peel and Lavender Mint, Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon and Verbena Geranium. They have both still and sparkling varieties.

You can find them in stores here: Herbal Water Store Finder. They retail for about $1.50-$1.80 each.

My second favorite water is HINT- which many people have asked me about. These are also made with "essence" of fruits and they have a sweeter flavor than Herbal Water. My problem with these is that they tasted a wee bit like soap to me (which is not a great endorsement). BUT, you have different taste buds and may like this water more than I do - and for a soda replacement - you can't beat it.

They have both still and sparkling varieties and include flavors such as raspberry-lime, strawberry-kiwi, and cucumber.

You can find them in stores here: Hint Store Locator. They retail for about $2 each.

Finally, in a totally different category is the "DIY Flavored Water". You can do this just by using a regular pitcher and adding lemons, cucumbers, orange slices, etc. to your water. If you are feeling fancy (and have an extra $20 laying around), you can buy an "infusion pitcher". I tried this and it is a great way to keep cold flavored water ready to go.

All you do is pack the center with your fruit and then fill up the pitcher. After about seven days, take out the fruit, wash the pitcher, and start again. I wrote the date on mine so I could keep track of when I added my orange slices. Also, I noticed that they called this a "beverage" infuser - so I will just let your imagination take over.

You keep filling the pitcher with water whenever you drink it all so you have a constant supply of cold, flavored water. Awesome!

How do you deal with sugary drinks in the summer?

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Prodyne Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher

$24.99   $19.90

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Hint Premium Essence Water, Variety Pack, 16 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)

$22.00   $19.99

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First 20 Comments: [ see all 25 ]

Thanks for the ideas, Lisa.

A few months ago, my wife stumbled upon a refreshing, cooling drink made with mint and sliced lemons, limes, and cucumbers. While we were noodling over the best way to infuse water with those items, a clerk at a local kitchen-supply shop steered us to this:
http://www.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/1505-01FM-C/?navid=264

and it's been really handy for her.

She slices up that stuff, puts one serving of it into each spot in a silicone mini-muffin pan, fills each spot with a little water, and freezes it. When she wants one, she pops it out, puts it into the travel press, fills the travel press with water, and then the mint doesn't get in her teeth.

(If you don't need the mint, you can probably do the silicone mini-muffin pan trick and just toss the "cube" into a plain ol' glass or to-go water bottle, fill it cold water, and enjoy.)

Personally, I toss an herbal tea bag into a glass bottle (found these http://www.target.com/p/Glass-Water-Bottle-Gray/-/A-13977658 for $10 at Target - I use glass because I like to see the results of the "steeping"), fill it with water, stick it in the fridge for a day or three, and when I'm ready to drink, I give it a shake, pour the tea into a glass (I usually dilute that 50/50 with plain water), and, depending on the state of my sweet tooth, add a spoonful of honey.

I then top off the glass bottle (yes, I'm cheap like that!) and it'll be ready for more action a day or so later. (Eventually, I do toss it in the trash!)

on May 25, 2012

I'd love to have that infusion pitcher! Not only is it more eco-friendly, but I'd have flavored water guaranteed free of sweetners, additives, and preservatives. Lime water sounds great!

on May 25, 2012

The pitcher looks wonderful! I just found a bunch of recipes about spice and fruit infused iced teas for summer. That pitcher would make those teas effortless and delicious! Thanks, SG!

on May 25, 2012

All of the above are great ideas. I will try them one by one. Have a wonderful weekend.

on May 25, 2012

I just shared the post on facebook and twitter.

on May 25, 2012

Hmmm, I never heard of herbal water! Great idea! I don't drink to many sugary drinks. I like plain ice tea and simple water with lemon and mint!

on May 25, 2012

I have never heard of these waters, so thank you for the store locators. And I'm buying one of those pitchers today! Thank you.

Cheers~

on May 25, 2012

Thank you @Leah, I was about to post the same thing. I used to struggle with their/there/they're so whenever I see it used wrong, it bothers me. Yes, I'm trying to get over it.

I like that infusion pitcher - great idea! If I had an extra $20 and nothing else to spend it on, I would get it. I gave up drinking sodas regularly over a decade ago, but that only leaves me with water and iced tea. I usually use the Crystal Light iced tea mixes, but now I'm trying to get away from them, difficult as it may be. I kind of forgot about flavored waters. I may try to keep a few on hand for when tap water is too boring and I want some flavor that doesn't come in a powder form.

on May 25, 2012

Love the pitcher as well!

These drinks look interesting...do you know the sodium count on any of them?

I am asking because I have to drink 128 ounces of water a day (I have medullary sponge kidneys which is a condition where I have 100s of stones all the time!) I can't have the sodium or the sparkling (carbonation is bad for my bladder)....

I just drink water with RealLemon Lemon Juice and artificial sweetener.

If these have zero sodium I just might have to check them out.

on May 25, 2012

That infusion pitcher looks a lot like my tea pitcher that can steep tea, only the center bit is longer. I wonder if mine will work for that...

on May 25, 2012

I try to avoid sodas as much as possible over the summer and stick to water and milk (breakfast). I stopped drinking coffee (with Splenda) and switched over to teas, without any sweetners. The Spiced Chai tastes great even without adding anything. Sometimes I add a little honey to my lemon green tea.

on May 25, 2012

Thank you for telling me about the new herbal water I am always looking for ways to enhance water since I don't like plain water. I have tried hint and I like it a little but at times it doies taste like soap. It is hard to find in my area so I don't drink it much. I know you are not a fan of artificial sweetners but lately I have been drinking lots of mio water enhancer inside mineral water. it gives it flavor and isn't too sweet. I als like Lipton diet green tea and of course lemonade regular and diffrent flavored lemonades.

on May 25, 2012

I'm a big fan of putting citrus slices in my water. I've never kept them for more then a day though, so it's good to know it actaully lasts a while! I don't have a special jug, just put them in a normal jug floating on top of the water.

on May 25, 2012

I love Herbal Water, it is super refreshing but is pretty expensive, so I just buy it for a treat once in a while. I am wondering if you could add similar fresh herbs and spices to the infusion pitcher to create the same effect?

on May 25, 2012

Another good choice is LaCroix Sparking Water. It comes in a 12-ounce can, flavors such as grapefruit, berry, orange. Much, much cheaper than the others and you can get it at local grocery stores in a 12-count box. Only ingredients are carbonated water and natural flavor. Tastes great!

on May 25, 2012

Love that pitcher! I've added orange slices to a pitcher of water in the past but never did it look as fancy :)

on May 25, 2012

I just toss a fruit flavored Celestial Seasonings tea bag into a large glass of cold water (or put a couple in a glass pitcher), and within minutes, it's steeped enough to add some ice and optional fruit slices or fresh herbs of choice...cheap, simple, sugar free and delicious!

on May 25, 2012

I love the Lavender mint Ayalas Herbal Water, Its a bit pricey though so I only get it as a rare treat. I have tried doing the infusion thing with the water but I did it with lime slices and the oils from the skin made the water so bitter I couldn't drink it. Perhaps I should try again with a different fruit.

on May 26, 2012

Looked at Hint and Herbal Water at the store, and at $1.60 for a small bottle they are WAY out of my budget.

I did however find seltzer water that was just carbonated water and natural flavor, a liter of it for $0.89. Think I'll stick with that for purchased flavored water!

on May 26, 2012

Glad to know there are some healthy waters out there if I am ever in a pinch. Homemade waters rule!

on June 14, 2012

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