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As I was cruising the internet a few days ago I came across a post on Food 52 that piqued my interest. The author of the post used strawberry trimmings (tops, leaves, stems) to make a subtle, strawberry infused water. Intriguing. I’ve always liked to drink infused waters, but using the leaves in the water? The next day my daughter picked a huge bowl of berries from our garden and I divided the tops between two Mason jars. One was just the tops and to the other jar I added a couple sprigs of orange mint. I strained the water a few hours later and it was fabulous!

The water was tinted a very light pink. It smelled of strawberries and tasted like them, too. Not like strawberry juice, but just a nice hint to make the water much more appealing than normal. I especially loved the one with added mint. My daughter trimmed today’s batch of berries and put about twice as many trimmings in a jar. That water turned a vivid pink after a few hours soaking and, of course, had a more pronounced strawberry taste.

I have to say this is one of those brilliant, “a ha” things for me. While I will certainly drink plain water, this is such a nice, refreshing way to make it more palatable. Plus, it makes use of something I would normally throw away. Do you make infused water? If you do, what flavors do you make?

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 June 13, 2014  Posted by  Food Tags:

  20 Responses to “Strawberry Essence Water”

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  1. I drink water like it’s my job! Doug teases me because I always have two small bottles of water on my desk. I like the idea of a natural way to have infused water. Great idea!

    Also, happy to hear you are getting lots of strawberries. Ours have dried up. It’s this obnoxious heat.

    • I really like how this water can change up the usual, plain water routine so easily. It’s been quite cool here and it looks like the berries are loving the weather. :)

  2. I just recently discovered this trick myself. I’ve been using strawberries but plan to do this all summer with whatever fresh fruit is available at the farmer’s market.

    • I’m wondering what this would be like with peaches, maybe the peel and a one sliced up. I just had never thought of including the leaves until I read the Food52 post.

  3. That’s such a great way to use the normally thrown away trimmings! And the strawberries (at my farmer’s market) are looking so good right now!

    • My family is loving the strawberries from our garden. Love not having to buy them this year.

  4. What a brilliant idea, I had never thought of this either.

    • I was at an outdoor market this morning and saw a baker offering this water free to her customers. Small world. Didn’t know about this until a few days ago and now I see it “in the wild”. :)

  5. What a fab idea – I have done it with cucumber and mint but never with fruit…. will be doing this as soon as it gets warmer. Cheers

    • I really liked this when I added the mint. I bet you would like it too considering you like cucumber and mint.

  6. What a great idea — sounds so refreshing for summer!

    • Yes, it’s wonderful on hot days. A nice alternative to iced tea or water…or iced coffee in my case. :)

  7. I’ve never tried this! What an ingenious way to use those strawberry trimmings ‘for good!’ I’m trying it the next time I get strawberries (very possibly tomorrow morning at the farmer’s market).

  8. What a great use of the part of the strawberries that get thrown in the compost pile! I’m going to try this!

    • I love being able to use every part of the strawberries. However thought of this first is a genius, I think. I saw a vendor at a craft fair with a big jar of this, giving small cups of it away to customers.

  9. I love this idea! And – it’s very timely. We have strawberries ripening in our garden too. Thanks so much.

    • My patch is producing enough that I can freeze some since we’ve all gotten our fill of fresh ones from the first couple pickings.

  10. I’ve never done this, but just started making Sun tea again! I will have to try this!

  11. Oh, wow, bring on summer. I love this idea, especially the notion of using something you would ordinarily throw away, and I can’t wait for summer to come around so I can try it.