Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water is a delicious way to stay healthy and hydrated this holiday weekend. Whatever your plans, make sure to have plenty of this colorful water on hand.
I everybody — it’s Sue from The View from Great Island here with a fun way to show your colors! The problem with so many classic holiday foods is that they’re often more fluff than function…filled with sugar, artificial colors, and processed ingredients — but it doesn’t have to be that way. My healthy no-sugar infused water can stand in for sodas and punches throughout the summer months and beyond. The fruit naturally flavors the water and the longer it sits, the more flavor you’ll get. Luckily the iconic fruit of the season just happens to be perfectly suited to a ‘red white and blueberry’ theme!
You’ll need a seedless watermelon and a small star cookie cutter for the watermelon stars. I like to slice the end off the melon so it will be stable on my cutting surface, and then slice the whole thing in thin slices. If you’d like step by step instructions I show you how in this Summer Melon Salad post. It’s just like cutting cookies, only it’s melon! Be sure to cut more than you think you’ll need because there will be lots of watermelon star snacking going on, trust me.
I used whole blueberries and sliced strawberries along with the watermelon. I was amazed at how the distinct flavor of each fruit comes through in the water after just an hour or so of steeping. If you like you can throw in some fresh mint leaves for an extra layer of refreshing flavor.
If you’re entertaining you’ll need a container to serve your water from. I love large glass dispensers with spigots, they make it easy for everybody, even little ones, to help themselves. You can keep refilling it with more water, the fruit will give off flavor for hours.
Set out the glasses and straws ahead of time with a few pieces of fruit for garnish.