Totoro Family Recipes: Infused Water

Totoro Family RecipeOk… this isn’t really a recipe.

And it’s not really a Totoro tradition.

But… I have never been fond of water. I know the health benefits of drinking water; I know the need to keep hydrated. But I just don’t like the taste.

Pinterest is filled with infused water recipes that pair fruits with herbs for detoxing our bodies. My body can use a bit of cleansing, and I love the beautiful colors of these bountiful pitchers, but the herbs were too strong for my enjoyment.

As a last ditch effort I tried an experiment – and it worked!

I cut up some fresh strawberries, but found the taste of the water weak. So I wondered if I could enhance the flavor with a bit of Strawberry balsamic vinegar.

OH. MY. It is delicious! Not too sweet, not too tart, simply perfect.

I use about one tablespoon (more or less) to 32 ounces. Typically I prepare the pitcher with fruit and vinegar at night to allow the flavors to meld.

I have yet to drink 32 ounces in a single day, but that is the goal. And with summer weather coming, I don’t think that will be a problem.

I plan to return to the Tasteful Olive soon and try other fruit/vinegar pairings. For example, I think Blueberries with Blackberry vinegar; Navel Orange with Blood Orange vinegar; Limes with Sicilian Lemon Vinegar; or Lemons with Pineapple Vinegar.

The possibilities are nearly limitless!

And as an added benefit, these vinegars could be paired with a good olive oil for a fruity salad dressing – perfect for summer!

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21 thoughts on “Totoro Family Recipes: Infused Water

  1. I too hate water (I know that sounds weird but it’s true). I often make decaf iced tea to substitute, but I like the idea of incorporating fruit flavors. I’ll have to try this balsamic vinegar version.

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  2. Interesting idea. It certainly sounds good and I’m willing to try it, but I’d probably try a peach combination. However, I don’t have to flavor my water to appreciate it. I worked hard on the farm as a kid. Those sizzling summer days made me hurry to the well for a long drink of our ice cold water. And I drink plenty of water most of the time now. However, no water has ever tasted as good as that well water did after a hard day sweating in the fields.

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  3. Fun way to drink more water! I tried mint and lemon for awhile. Now, we got a filter on the tap and I can get myself to drink that without adding flavors.

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  4. I don’t mind the taste of plain water at all — adding fruit and vinegar might make a nice change. Thanks for sharing this idea. 🙂

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  5. Another excuse to buy specialty vinegars! I just used the last of my pomegranate vinegar, and need to look for more of that, so I’ll look for strawberry vinegar, too. I love water, though, and used to worry my mother (who doesn’t like to drink water) with how much water I drank daily growing up! Now I probably need to drink more than I do, so I vary plain water with flavored seltzer water.

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      • Mostly in salad dressings and marinades, I guess, nothing exciting! I make a lot of salads, including a lot of rice salads in the spring and summer. Sometimes I just sub in a specialty vinegar for half or all of whatever plain vinegar is called for. I did once do a Weekend Cooking post on balsamic vinegar reduction (heard about on The Splendid Table) so I expect that technique would work with other vinegars too.)

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