When you are planning what refreshments to serve your family and guests, why not try one of these infused water recipes. They can be an excellent addition to the day, while being a light offering to balance your Thanksgiving dinner.
Here are some recommendations by Culligan:
- 8 cups water
- 2 apples, sliced
- 6 cinnamon sticks
Nothing says “autumn,” quite like apple cider. In a large pitcher, combine thinly sliced apple slices and cinnamon sticks and fill with water. Prepare this the day before Thanksgiving to allow for proper infusion and also to take off the day-of pressure. Right before serving, strain the water into another pitcher, fill with ice cubes and pair with dessert for a refreshing, slightly sweet and balanced drink.
- 4 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 thumb ginger, peeled and sliced
For a warm, after dinner drink, Ginger-Cinnamon Tea will get your guests feeling cozy and comfortable. Heat up ginger and cinnamon with water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, simmer for approximately five minutes. Strain the mixture before serving. The cinnamon keeps with the seasonal fall theme while the ginger may help to soothe the digestive system after a much-enjoyed feast.
Orange, Cranberry and Sage Infused Water
- 2 liters water
- 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 handful sage leaves
Infuse orange slices, cranberries and sage leaves together in two liters of water overnight. The drink has a mix of sweet and savory flavors, which will pair nicely with the main turkey dish.
- 2 organic pears – cored and sliced
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
Wash all produce and prep as needed. Add the ingredients to large pitcher or 8-cup mason jar. Top with filtered water. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or in the refrigerator if you prefer chilled water. Serve as is or with crushed ice. Can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 days. *Recipe from Recipes to Nourish blog.