agua fresca: fruit-infused water

I wandered into the Home Goods on Columbus Avenue to get out of the rain on Sunday afternoon. I found this pitcher called a fruit-infuser. If you’ve ever had Hint water at Starbucks you’ll know what this is. Like everything at Starbucks, fruit-infused water is expensive. You could make your own espresso at home but part of the Starbucks experience is enjoying it at one of their tables. However, why would you pay for water? That’s why making your own fruit-infused water is not only fun, well, you’re saving money too!

The infuser pitcher comes with two tubes. One is filled with water then frozen and is used to chill the pitcher’s contents. The other tube is the one you see here. It has slits all over it. To try it out, I bought some strawberries (They were on sale 2/$5.00 too). I cut up the strawberries and put them in the tube. The tube goes in the pitcher then I filled it up with filtered water. Then I put the pitcher in the fridge and waited. I had to go on the internet to see how long it takes to infuse the fruit in the water. One website Bohemian Revolution, said two hours. After two hours, the drink was lightly flavored and barely colored. Delicious and refreshing poured over ice cubes. After six hours, the water had turned the color of rosé wine and the strawberry flavor was intense. So good.

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