I do not have a green thumb. In fact, I have whatever the exact opposite of that is. Currently, on my porch sits a disturbingly brown hanging basket and two flower boxes that I have a bad habit of not watering. It just isn’t my thing.
However, there are two species of flora that I have found will grow despite my complete lack of attention to them: blackberries and mint. These things grow like weeds. My mint plant comes back larger every year and my blackberry bush is churning out bowls full of the delicious fruit every day.
Using these abundant treasures is a welcomed challenge and one of my favorite ways is to make blackberry mint infused water.
Infused waters are an excellent way to increase your water intake. Using the two plants I mentioned earlier, I discovered that blackberry mint infused water is an easy way to add some flavor to regular water.
Even I get a bit tired of plain H2O now and then; the slight hint of natural flavor in these concoctions is a welcomed change. Drinking blackberry infused water is a great way for soda lovers to transition away from the fizzy stuff to a healthier hydration option (Tip: if you simply must have something carbonated try using sparkling water). In addition to all the benefits of drinking more water, blackberry mint infused water takes it up a notch by adding nutrients such as antioxidants to your regular hydration routine.
Benefits of Blackberry Mint Infused Water
Blackberry infused water will provide high levels of vitamins C, A, E, K, and D. Blackberries are full of antioxidants, fiber, minerals, polyphenols, and phytochemicals . This low-calorie fruit includes cancer-fighting properties and can help:
- Improve cardiovascular and brain health
- Reduce inflammation
- Fight infections
- Boost immunity
- Keep your skin healthy .
Mint also has a lot of health benefits. Mint aids in digestion, can calm nausea and headaches, clears breathing issues, serves as a stimulant, aids in memory loss, may help increase weight loss, is excellent for oral health, and offers cancer-fighting properties .
Perhaps the most appealing feature of blackberry mint infused water is the ease of making it. Here’s an easy blackberry mint infused water recipe that you can try out for yourself!
Blackberry Mint Infused Water Recipe
You will need:
- 1 small handful of blackberries
- 5-6 mint leaves
- Add the blackberries to a mason jar.
- Muddle them slightly by gently moving them around the jar with a straw or spoon.
- Muddle the mint leaves by rubbing them between your thumb and first finger.
- Add the mint leaves to the mason jar.
- Fill the mason jar with chilled water from your cooler or filter.
- Cover the jar and place in the fridge for at least two hours*.
*Two hours is the minimum steep time that I would recommend; it is preferable to let the infusion sit overnight.