A simple combination of lime, water and mint has the wonderful ability to wake you up peacefully and effortlessly in the morning. This lime water recipe is refined sugar-free, healthy and tastes better than pure water. It hydrates your body immediately, brings freshness to the morning and makes you feel absolutely ready for a brand new day.
Plus, there are always great health benefits to adding citrus, including extra vitamins for your daily diet.
Why Are Lime Infused Waters Good For You?
Drinking lime water every day offers more benefits than just hydration. Among them, the most significant benefits are:
- Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C – a nutrient that helps boost the immune system and protect your body against infections and disease. Additionally, vitamin C stimulates the absorption of iron, a mineral that plays a fundamental role in immune function.
- Lime water is widely considered as a remedy for many kinds of skin problems such as acne, rashes, and blemishes. Not to mention that the antioxidants and vitamin C found in lime may keep those wrinkles at bay and boost collagen production, hence smoother, healthier skin.
How Do You Make Lime Water?
Making lime water is never a complicated process. With only 2 ingredients – that are already in the drink’s name – it can be done before you even realize.
To make a simple lime water, start off by washing 2 limes well under cold running water to get rid of any dirt on the surface. The peels will be added directly to the water as well, so it’s good to make sure the lime is perfectly clean. We also use lemon in our recipe to add another refreshing citrus flavor.
Next, cut one lime into thin slices and the other lime into quarters. In a pitcher, bottle or glass, add water and lime slices. Set aside the best-looking lime slice for garnishing later. Gently squeeze the juice from the lime quarters into the container.
Now, put the lime slice you saved earlier on top of the glass to make your drink look more attractive. If you want to have a particularly cold drink, simply add some ice cubes. You may want to try out different amounts of lime and can totally increase or decrease the amount used in making the drink to get the perfect flavor and intensity for you.
How Long Do I Need To Infuse Lime Water?
The infusing time can vary depending on your personal taste. Some people love stronger flavor, others enjoy milder. After the first 2 hours, you should be able to taste a bit of lime in the infused water. If you’re looking for a stronger taste, you can leave the water in the fridge for 3 or 4 hours.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the lime water might taste differently each time you make it since the fresher the ingredients the stronger the infusion.
Useful Tips For Lime Water
Lime water is not a complicated drink; however, there are still some tips you should know when making it:
- The overall taste is affected by the quality of water. We prefer using bottled or filtered water, but you can use whatever you have available or feel comfortable with.
- As for lime (and lemon), we have found that the peel can make water bitter if it is infused overnight. So we recommend removing the peel for the best taste if you are planning to leave the water for longer amounts of time.
Lime Water Recipe
- 1 oz lime sliced
- 1 oz lemon sliced
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp mint leaves
- 1 quart water
- Cut lime and lemon into thin slices.
- In a container, add water, lime juice, mint leaves, lemon, and lime slices.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve.