Infused Water: 5 Recipes to Make with Surplus Fruit

At the end of each day, our stores donate their surplus food to those who need it most right across Ireland. We do this through our partnership with social enterprise, FoodCloud, whose app helps us connect with local groups and charities that can benefit from our excess food.

This month we are proud to have donated over 2 million meals countrywide and to be doing our bit to help reduce food waste in Ireland. We’re encouraging our customers to do their bit too, and to help, here’s five infused water recipes that you can make with leftover fruit.

apple and cinnamon infused water

All of the below recipes are designed to make two litres of infused water, but can easily be adjusted to meet your requirements. Add more or add less, it doesn’t matter, you can still enjoy amazing flavours and positive health benefits. 

Strawberry and Basil

The first of our infused water recipes is this flavoursome strawberry and basil mix. The refreshing recipe beautifully combines the sweet taste of strawberry with the fresh aroma of basil to create a drink that’s full of anti-oxidants.

Strawberries are naturally rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C. Basil also has a range of immune boasting properties – a great plus coming into these winter months.

Ingredients:

200g strawberries
10 basil leaves
2 litres of water (still or sparkling)

Preparation:

Combine the strawberries (cut lengthways) and basil in a jug.

Add 2 litres of water and stir well.

Leave sit for a couple of hours or refrigerate overnight to achieve a stronger flavour.

Apple and Spice and All Things Nice

Forget about cinnamon spiced lattes, it’s all about bringing the warming flavours of apple and cinnamon together in this infused water – and with zero calories to boot! This recipe is a great way to use up leftover apples and is a creative beverage option for any upcoming dinner parties.

Ingredients:

1 apple  
1 plum
1 pear 
2 cinnamon sticks
2 litres of water

Preparation:

Thinly slice the apple, pear and plum and place in a large jug.

Pop in two cinnamon sticks and half fill the jug with ice (if available).

Fill to the top with water and keep in the refrigerator.

It’s important to keep the water chilled so the apple doesn’t turn brown.

Berry Good 

Sure to be a favourite with kids, this delicious berry concoction is amazingly refreshing and a great alternative to cordial. The recipe calls for strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, but feel free to add any other seasonal fruits or herbs that are lying around –  a slice of cucumber or apple would also work perfectly.

Ingredients:

200g blueberries
200g raspberries
200g strawberries
Sprig of mint 
2 litres of water (still or sparkling)

Preparation:

Place all of the berries and any desired additions into a jug.

Mix thoroughly to allow the flavours to release.

Fill to the brim with water and serve with ice, if desired.

Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Blueberry Mint

This recipe combines mint’s anti-inflammatory benefits with nutrient-packed blueberries and is ideal for anyone in need of a pick-me-up. If you have a mint plant that’s seen better days, this is a great recipe for making use of tired leaves. And, after your blueberries have flavoured your water, they can also be re-used as a healthy snack.

Ingredients:

A bunch of mint leaves (stems included)
200g blueberries
2 litres of water (still or sparkling)

Preparation:

Gently tear your mint leaves, so they’ll release more flavour.

Place your mint leaves and blueberries in your water bottle or jug.  

Fill with still or sparkling water – we highly recommend using sparkling, it’s delicious!

Cucumber and Lemon

An old reliable and, some would say, the original infused water combination. Cucumber and lemon is the perfect pairing and have long been used as part of your favourite cocktails. This classic recipe is often lauded for its detoxifying qualities, as the lemon acts as a purifier whilst the cucumber boosts rehydration – the perfect balance.

Ingredients:

1 cucumber
1 lemon
A sprig of mint or basil, to garnish (optional)
2 litres of water

Preparation:

Chop or slice the cucumber into equal parts.

Halve the lemon and cut into slices.

Add the chopped cucumber and sliced lemon into your jug or water bottle.

Fill with water and leave to chill in the refrigerator.

 

We're doing our part to cut down on food waste in Ireland with the help of our partner, FoodCloud. To find out more about signing up please email charities@foodcloud.ie.

You can learn all about FoodCloud here