Some people talk about “the taste” of water. But isn't water tasteless! The taste of water can be made interesting by turning it into an infused drink. Flavored water alternatives and bottled juices have few or no health advantages and can be high in sugar. Infused waters are a terrific alternative to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather. Simply soak fruit, veggies, and herbs in water for a few hours and you'll have a wonderful, vitamin-rich beverage! Below are some of our favorite flavor combos.
Cold Beverages - Baobab, Berry, and Pomegranate Water
This berry and baobab water has a delightful fruity flavor and a faint amount of sweetness, making it a crowd-pleaser. Keep a jug in the fridge to satisfy your sugar cravings and re-energize the natural way - with a huge dose of vitamin C!
1 tablespoon of Zola Collective’s Baobab powder
1 liter of ice-cold water
1 small pomegranate, seeds only; discard peel and pith
2 handfuls of halved strawberries or a mix of strawberries and raspberries
Combine all of the ingredients in a bottle and shake vigorously. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a glass jug, swirl well, and chill for at least two hours. Before serving over ice, give it another stir.
Cinnamon and Honey Water
Cinnamon water is a simple and quick fat-burning drink that may be made with a cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder. This water is a miracle drink for individuals looking for weight-loss beverages. It's a well-known and effective drink for losing weight when combined with a healthy diet and frequent exercise.
2 sticks of Cinnamon
4 cups of water
1 teaspoon of honey (if needed)
Fill a tea vessel halfway with water. To avoid overpowering flavors, use 1 or 2 sticks of cinnamon. Heat the water to a rolling boil. Turn off the flame when the water turns a brownish-red tint. Allow time for the water to cool before leaving it in the fridge for a chilled beverage. Pour the cool water into the glass and stir in the honey if needed. It's best to drink it first thing in the morning or in between meals.
Hibiscus, Honey, and Lime Water
The hibiscus flower has a number of medicinal properties, making it a safe and healthy addition to your daily routine.
3-4 tablespoons of Zola Dried Hibiscus flowers
8 cups of water
3 tbsp of Lime Juice (Fresh)
1 tsp of honey to sweeten once the tea is fully cooled
In a big pot, bring the hibiscus flowers and water to a boil. When the water starts to boil, turn off the fire and cover the pot. Other herbs or add-ins, like basil, lemongrass, or lemon zest, can be added at this time. Allow 15-20 minutes for the tea to steep. In a large mixing bowl, blend the honey and lime juice until well incorporated. Remove the tea leaves and strain the tea. Hibiscus tea can be served chilled after a couple of hours in the refrigerator. Add the honey and lime mixture to taste.
Moringa, Mint and Lemon Water
We feel like we have superpowers when we drink this healthy lemonade throughout the day! Lemon, lime, and moringa are all excellent detoxifiers, and when combined with mint, they support healthy digestion, which will help you avoid bloating this summer.
2 tablespoons of Zola Moringa powder
1 liter of ice-cold water
2 limes, finely sliced
A huge handful of fresh mint leaves
In a big bottle or glass jug, combine all ingredients. Allow it to be in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving with plenty of ice.
This spicy infused water will appeal to children, and mixing it with sparkling water adds a more refined touch. Serve it chilled in large jugs or Ball jars to guests at your next summer BBQ or picnic. Always experiment with new flavors. Friends, happy hydrating!