Recipes for healthy drinks and infused waters, teas and tonics

Riviera with fig and lemon thyme. Picture: Supplied
Riviera with fig and lemon thyme. Picture: Supplied

The power of infused waters, teas and tonics is increasingly sought after for boosting good physical and mental health. As the mainstream interest in healthy eating continues to grow, so too has the interest in healthy drinks, and especially in reducing consumption of alcohol.

If you were one of the thousands of Australians who participated in FebFast, Infused! contains 70 nutrient-rich hot and cold drinks that use fresh fruits, herbs, flowers and spices to leave you feeling hydrated, refreshed and revitalised, and help you continue in your efforts to limit your alcohol intake.

  • Infused by Angele Ferreux-Maeght, Smith Street Books, $29.99.
Infused by Angele Ferreux-Maeght, Smith Street Books, $29.99.

Infused by Angele Ferreux-Maeght, Smith Street Books, $29.99.

Riviera

Fig and lemon thyme

(Mineralising, energising)

Makes about 1.5 litres (6 cups)

Infuse for 15 minutes in the fridge

Ingredients

4 figs

a few lemon thyme sprigs, plus extra to garnish

1.5 litres (6 cups) water

some ice cubes

Method

Wash the figs and cut into wedges. Wash the lemon thyme then pick the leaves. Place the fig wedges, lemon thyme leaves and ice cubes into a carafe. Add the water. Garnish with extra sprigs of lemon thyme. Leave to infuse for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.

Consume in the afternoon.

Bee potion

Apricot, pollen and rosemary

(Good for the skin, hair and nails)

Makes about 1.5 litres (6 cups)

Infuse for up to 20 minutes at room temperature

Ingredients

2 apricots

a few rosemary sprigs

1 tsp pollen (ideally fresh pollen)

1.5 litres (6 cups) water

some ice cubes

Method

Wash and pit the apricots, then cut into them wedges. In a carafe, arrange the ice cubes and apricot wedges. Add the water. Serve with a sprig of rosemary and a sprinkle of pollen in each glass. Drink immediately, to the health of our bees.

Consume 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals.

Green dragon with Dragon fruit, lime and lychees. Picture: Supplied

Green dragon with Dragon fruit, lime and lychees. Picture: Supplied

Green dragon

Dragon fruit, lime and lychees

(Anti-fatigue, anti-stress)

Makes about 1.5 litres (6 cups)

Infuse for 20 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge

Ingredients

1 dragon fruit

2 limes

8 lychees

1.5 litres (6 cups) water

some ice cubes

Method

Wash the dragon fruit and limes. Peel the lychees and keep them whole. Cut the limes and the dragon fruit into slices. Place the ice cubes, fruit slices and lychees in a carafe, then pour in the water. Leave to infuse for 20 minutes or longer in the refrigerator. The colour will deepen the longer it infuses.

Consume throughout the day.

Vitamin E with orange and blueberry. Picture: Supplied

Vitamin E with orange and blueberry. Picture: Supplied

Vitamin E

Orange and blueberry

(Antioxidant, detoxifying)

Makes about 1.5 litres (6 cups)

Infuse for 15 minutes in the fridge

Ingredients

200 g blueberries

4 oranges

2 rosemary sprigs, plus extra to garnish (optional)

1.5 litres (6 cups) water

some ice cubes

Method

Wash the blueberries, oranges and rosemary. Cut some of the blueberries in half and the oranges into quarters. Place them in a carafe. Add the rosemary sprigs, water and ice. Leave to infuse for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. Garnish the glasses with a small sprig of rosemary.

Consume in the morning.

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