Winter inspired wonder drinks
Winter isn’t the time to ease up on your water intake. Dehydration is after all just as much of an issue in winter as it is in summer. The signs of winter dehydration can impact every part of your life, with thirst, fatigue, and light-headedness just some of the symptoms associated with a lack of water during the cooler months.
Continuing to hit those water targets during the winter months also provides a vital boost for your immune system, which is great if you want to keep those seasonal illnesses at bay and enjoy everything the holiday season is all about.
You don’t have to stick to plain tap water to ensure you’re well-hydrated during the winter months. As well as using a water filter to improve its taste, you could infuse to enjoy a fruitier flavour. Infused water recipes are all the rage right now, and with winter comes a new load of inspiration. Here, we share our top winter-inspired wonder drinks…
Orange, fresh ginger & cinnamon sticks
Nothing says Christmas like cinnamon, which makes this infused water recipe made for winter. As well as enjoying the festive and calming flavour of cinnamon, the use of fresh ginger unlocks many benefits for your health.
Ginger is a spice that’s known for its powerful medicinal properties, a fact that makes it a favourite in complementary and alternative medicine. At this time of year, your immune system could do with a helping hand, and adding ginger could provide just that as Healthline details:
“Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and the common cold, to name a few… The unique fragrance and flavour of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.”
In addition to unlocking a number of health-boosting benefits, this recipe is extremely tasty and surprisingly warm. Just add your fruits and spices to your preferred taste, fill with water and wait.
Grapefruit & rosemary
Healthy, refreshing and suitably wintry, this classic combination is a great way to stay hydrated throughout the winter months. The tang of the grapefruit and herby flavour of the rosemary, make this one of the most flavour-packed and unique infused water recipes. It’s also rich in vitamin C, which will give your liver the detox it needs, especially if you’re busy recovering from a Christmas hangover.
All you need is one grapefruit and a single sprig of fresh rosemary. Be sure to remove the rind of the grapefruit before cutting into slices and adding to your jar or infuser bottle. Leave to infuse for up to two hours at room temperature or for approximately 24 hours in the fridge for a truly delicious taste.
Strawberry, cucumber & thyme
A summer classic with a festive twist, you’ll be surprised by just how well strawberry, cucumber and thyme work together. It’s refreshing and light, and provides the ultimate cleanse for your body. This drink is particularly invigorating after a workout session.
We recommend using six small sprigs of thyme that have been bruised before adding them to your infuser bottle or jar. Next, add a pint of sliced strawberries and one sliced cucumber before filling with filtered water. This recipe takes just two hours to infuse in the fridge. For a more intense taste, leave your concoction overnight before serving.
Take on our winter water challenge and discover the benefits of drinking more water in winter for yourself!