Several weeks ago a friend and I both purchased a Flavor Now Muddler Instant Infusion Pitcher from Primula®. Hers was brand new in the box and mine was the display model - the last one they had - so I did not get the paperwork with mine. That was ok though. I had been playing around with a smaller water infuser for the past year so I had a basic idea of how they were supposed to work. I was anxious to use mine and have made several different flavor infused waters.
The recipe I made today - basil strawberry watermelon water - is really refreshing. Here is my super easy recipe plus there are links below to products I recommend from companies I have a referral relationship with. I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.Print
Basil Strawberry Watermelon Flavored Fruit Water
- 2 bunches basil
- 16 whole strawberries
- Filtered water
- First I purchased a pack of sliced watermelon from the store. Mine had two large slices in it. I used the fruit from one entire slice of watermelon in my drink. I cut all the watermelon from that one slice off the rind and then chopped it up into squares that were small enough to fit into the muddler. I placed the muddler in the pitcher and filled it with the watermelon cubes.
- I then used the muddle stick to crush the watermelon. This allowed the juice to flow into the pitcher.
- Once I felt like I had crushed most of the juice from the watermelon, I added the leaves from two large bunches of basil to the muddler. I chose a Thai basil but you could use any variety you like.
- I then cut 16 ripe strawberries in half and added those to the muddler. Then I used the muddler stick to crush the strawberries and basil. The watermelon that was in the bottom of the muddler was also being crushed a bit more.
- Once I knew there was no more juice that I could get from the fruit and basil, I filled the pitcher with filtered water. You can use tap water or bottled water if you prefer.
- Now that the Primula pitcher was filled with water, I set a timer for 7 minutes. I read in the book that leaving the fruit in the water longer than this can result in a bitter taste.
- When the timer went off, I pulled the muddler half way out of the pitcher and used the muddle stick to stir the fruit and herb remains around so all the water and juices were released into the pitcher.
- Then I filled my pitcher the rest of the way up with water. There is a chill core you can put in the center of the pitcher to keep the drink cold but today mine was not frozen. If you use it, do not fill the pitcher to the top with water as you will need enough room for the chill core.
- I poured my basil strawberry watermelon water over cubed ice, topped my glass with a strawberry and inserted a straw. The drink is delicious. If you want to get even fancier, try freezing some seedless watermelon cubes or add some fresh watermelon, strawberries or basil to the glass after it is filled with ice and flavored water.
As mentioned above, I did purchase this product at a retail store. I did not receive it for review, nor was I asked to leave a review. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely love my Primula® Flavor Now Muddler Instant Infusion Pitcher - and here is why. First of all, the muddler is large enough to easily grip. The insert that you put your fruit and herbs into is large as well making muddling the fruit easy. Cleanup is a breeze compared to other fruit infusion pitchers. The bottom of the insert actually unscrews so nothing gets stuck in the bottom. The insert is covered in some kind of mesh so bits of whatever you muddle don't end up stuck.
I have used this pitcher to make infused water to serve guests and the unanimous comment is the water has more flavor. Here is why I think that is. The insert is large enough to hold plenty of fruit and herbs. The mesh allows more of that goodness to seep out into the water and honestly when I empty it there is no liquid left in the discarded materials. I do press the water out of them one last time as I am pulling the insert out of the pitcher.
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