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Four ways to give water a flavour boost, without added sugar

Try iced herbal tea as a flavourful alternative to plain water.

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It's a common complaint: Plain water is boring, it has no taste.

Here are some tips to infuse flavour into water – beyond the standard slice of lemon or lime – to get you drinking more of it.

Infuse with fruit

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For flavourful water, fill a jug of water with fruit and refrigerate overnight. Some tasty combinations include strawberry and lime, watermelon and honeydew, lemon and raspberry, and orange and blueberry.

Flavour with herbs

The essence of fresh herbs adds flavour to plain water as well as fruit-infused waters. Add basil or mint leaves to a pitcher of water and let steep before drinking. Try mint with watermelon, basil with strawberries and ginger with lemon.

Add flavour with ice cubes

Add puréed fruit or a few blueberries or raspberries to ice cube trays, then fill with water and freeze. Once the ice cubes melt, they will impart a fruity flavour to water.

Sip on iced herbal tea

To make herbal iced tea, fill a tea pot with three tea bags and hot water and let steep for 10 minutes.

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Once steeped, remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a pitcher or jar. Add extra water, lemon slices and ice cubes if you like. Store in the refrigerator. My favourite herbal teas to make iced tea include cranberry, raspberry, lemon and ginger peach.

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