Sip on this: Apple-cinnamon infused water

Apple cinnamon infused waterWe all know the benefits of drinking water. Water is great. If you have a glass or a refillable bottle, it’s an inexpensive way to keep you hydrated at your body’s optimal level of 60% of your body weight.

So, why do I find it so hard to drink enough of it? Maybe it’s because I’m from the Kool-Aid generation, but my liquids need to have some flair and flavor to get me to drink ’em down. Since I’m trying to keep it healthy, drinking a sugared beverage is not an option. So, what’s a girl to do?

The answer is flavor-infused water.

You’re probably familiar with the front-runner of the infused water movement: the ubiquitous lemon wedge that comes with your water at a restaurant. But, it can be so much more. I’ve been experimenting with different options (so has Christine, check out her post on Cucumber, Lime and Mint infused water), and this apple-cinnamon infused water has been a favorite lately.

A little bit sweet, a little bit tart it’s the perfect way to get in your 64 (or more) ounces of wateer. You also get a bonus with your beverage, since apples are a healthy snack you’ll have a treat when you finish your glass.

Have you tried infusing your water with flavor? What’s your favorite?

Apple-Cinnamon Infused Water

Makes six, 1 c. servings

6 c. water

6 cinnamon sticks

2 medium apples, cored and sliced

2 T. apple cider vinegar

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add cinnamon sticks and boil for about five minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

When water has cooled, remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Place sliced apples in a larger pitcher, add apple cider vinegar and gently stir to coat the apple slices. Add cinnamon water to the pitcher, then place the pitcher in the fridge to allow it to chill to desired temperature before drinking.

If you want, you can add a little sugar or honey to sweeten this drink, but I found it refreshing without it. Let your palate be your guide!