Fruit Flavored Waters

Lisa Muhammad
I love this.  For me, it's just right. I don't always want a heavy, sugary juice and sometimes water just-quite-isn't-enough. You can make your own fruit flavored waters. It's so easy. Just about all fruit (except bananas) can be used. Cut up your fruit
and place in a large bottle or pitcher.
I use 1/2 gallon mason jars.
You can use lemons, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries. Whatever you like.

I used a few mandarin oranges for the water on the right and added a few pieces of fresh spearmint.
And for the strawberry water, I added some frozen strawberries I had in the freezer, a few slices of lemon and a sprig of spearmint.

You can make up your own variations. 

Place the fruit in a pitcher and press it with a wooden spoon just enough to bruise it and release some of the juices. Don't mash it too much, you just want to release a little of the juice. Add some ice and cover with filtered water.

 When it sets overnight it will develop a stronger flavor and even more color as below.

This is not meant to be sweetened, loaded with a ton of sugar. Just enough fruit to give the water a hint of flavor.