Are you doing Dry January? If you’re not, we’re pretty certain that your mum / best friend / nextdoor neighbour / dog is renouncing the booze until February, after a festive season of excess and headaches.
You don’t need us to tell you that water is king, for flushing out toxins and bringing your complexion back to former glory. We’ve put together some lovely infusions for you, to give your water a welcome burst of zing and pack your insides with a vitamin punch. Enjoy!
- Green Machine
INGREDIENTS: ¼ cucumber, sliced into ribbons or spiralised. ½ stick celery, chopped into chunks. ½ green apple, chopped. 5 leaves baby spinach
METHOD: This is super easy and incredibly good for you – just combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and tumble into the chamber, before filling with water. A dash of lime in the water will give an extra tang.
Spinach is a superb way to boost any infusion. It’s an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C.
- Grapefruit and Ginger Medley
INGREDIENTS: ½ grapefruit, diced. 2cm length of ginger, chopped finely. 1 small peach, chopped.
METHOD: Mix the ingredients well, and add to your chamber. Whenever ginger is included, the water is best left to sit in the fridge for half an hour before serving. This helps the flavour to permeate the drink.
Grapefruit is quite a strong flavour, as is ginger. This is a great tonic for waking up your tastebuds on a cold morning, but the sweetness of the peach will cut through the water and calm it down slightly.
- Berry, Berry Healthy
INGREDIENTS: 10 blueberries, slightly squashed. 5 raspberries. 5 mint leaves, bruised.
METHOD: Any seasonal berries will work well with this drink, where their combined sweetness is offset by the mint. Layer each fruit with a mint leaf in between, creating a beautiful drink that looks good on any desk.
Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that is crucial for collagen. This keeps your skin soft and supple and aids the regeneration process needed for healthy hair and nails.
- Morning Marmalade
INGREDIENTS: 1 orange, diced. 2 sprigs of rosemary.
METHOD: This is so simple to prepare, it can be made up in seconds and sipped through the morning. Tip the orange into your chamber and poke the rosemary through the centre.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are also a very good source of dietary fibre. In addition, oranges are a good source of B vitamins including vitamin B1, pantothenic acid and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium.
- Watermelon Coconut Cooler
INGREDIENTS: ¼ lime. 6 chunks of watermelon, seeds removed. 500ml coconut water.
METHOD: Place the watermelon chunks into the chamber of your bottle and squeeze over the juice from the lime. Screw to the lid and add the coconut water, filling to the brim with tap water. Chill for half an hour before serving.Coconut water is jammed full of electrolytes, as well as antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Watermelon is great for relieving muscle soreness, so this drink is perfect after a workout.