#23: Ooh, Fruits You Sir!

#23: Ooh, Fruits You Sir!
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For Mother’s Day, Mouse’s pre-school staff “interviewed” all the children about their mummies. The transcript of which was then edited for highlights and sharpie-markered into a card, with a lovely, indiscernible drawing on the front. Mouse’s card included these greats:

Q: Mummy’s real name? A: Mummy.
Q: Mummy’s job? A: Being a mummy.
Q: Mummy’s favourite food? A: Peas and sweetcorn. (Well, she’s not wrong, I do LIKE a good serving of P&S but if pressed my favourite food is probably bread. All the bread.)
Q: Mummy’s favourite drink? (Oh Christ…) A: Water. 

I lol’d heartily at this and made a few badly received jokes about sticking to clear spirits before 5pm, but actually she’s not far off. I’ve always got a bottle of water on the go and I have a little rotation system in my fridge of a day bottle, a night bottle and a gym bottle. I do enjoy a system. Plus bottles mean I know how much I’ve drunk, rather than trying to remember how many half glasses I’ve downed standing at the kitchen sink.

When we’re out, Mouse and I usually share a bottle, but to be honest I’m getting a tad fed up with her simultaneously monopolising it, and contaminating the contents with her backwash. So, our new bottles sent to us from Infruition are perfecto. They’re the ones with a plastic chamber suspended inside, which you can fill with fruit, veg, herbs etc to infuse the water with loveliness. Mouse has the Kids version, and I have the Mini version so I can shove them both in the changing bag. Both have a capacity of 450ml, and Mouse’s bottle has a really sweet design that made her feel very esteemed because “your bottle is all plain, mummy. Mine has sunglasses on!”

 

Shows the empty bottles (kids and mini version) in front of their boxes on my worktop

 

Admittedly, when I first thought about infusing water, lemon was pretty much as imaginative as I got. Perhaps a slice of cucumber at a push. But each bottle comes with a code so that you can access a 28-day recipe plan online. Recipes? For water? Surely not. Dear reader, there are sodding loads of them. Each one details out a rough cost per bottle and gives you some nice wellbeing stats on the ingredients. Basically anything that resembles an alcoholic beverage and is potent enough to hide the lack of booze is good with me – so I went for a Mousejito (yes. I’m totally calling it that) for my first infruiton, slightly modified from a Mojito recipe up on the site.

Mousejito Ingredients

½ lime cut into small wedges
Juice of 1 whole lime
10 mint leaves, crushed (well, rubbed about and ripped a bit)
Drizzle of honey (healthier than brown sugar….ahem…)
Ice cubes (if you’re lucky enough to have an ice crushing machine on your freezer then I WANT TO LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE!)

 

Ingredients tray showing honey, mint, lime, ice cubes and empty mini bottle.

 

You could actually make this alcoholic, if you wanted to, by adding some rum and tonic water rather than straight “normal” water. But, as my outing was pre-watershed, I stuck to the virgin version.

Mouse, bless her, is suffering this week with that most god-awful affliction, the summer cold. Not only is she sweating profusely about the gills because it’s 30 degrees, but her eyes are red-rimmed and she’s up half the night sneezing and coughing. She’s been a bit miserable, which in turn makes me miserable because I have to put up with her. So, for her infruition, I suggested that we whip up a magic medicine to make her feel a bit more zingy, also helpfully making use of what I had in the fridge.

Mousetonic Ingredients

6 Blackberries, slightly ‘bruised’ from enthusiastic toddler fingers
10 blueberries
A small thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (mummy sized thumb)
5 mint leaves, again a little worse for wear from exuberant picking
Ice cubes (to turn this into a “frozen drink” which Mouse thinks is the don of the drink world)

 

Ingredients tray showing mint, ginger, blackberries, blueberries, ice cubes and empty kids bottle

 

A small tip for you, don’t goad your child into eating raw ginger because you think it might be funny. We had to halt proceedings for a while until the burning sensation stopped.

 

Mouse is stood at counter dropping ginger into her bottle.

 

Et voila – two very healthy drinks bottles, ready to go. Generally, anything with a citrus infusion can be topped up with water and last pretty much all day. Berries tend to have a shorter infruition-y shelf life and need to be refreshed every 3-4 refills. Don’t waste the fruit though – eat it!

 

Bottles have been filled as per recipe and stand side by side on the worktop.

 

I love these bottles. They don’t leak, the colours are snazzy and they’re made from BPA-free triton plastic. They do a larger version of my mini, as well as a sports version with a grippy handle. Fancy one for yourself before the heatwave dissipates? I’ve managed to bag my readers 15% off by quoting MOUSE15 when ordering from Infruition. I’m good to you like that.

 

Mouse is sat on a grassy bank with the water bottle at one side of her.

– SJW July 2016

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54 Comments

  1. July 24, 2016 / 7:56 am

    I hadn’t actually thought about sprucing up my water with fruits, but it is do much better for you that squash. Love the sentiment here that these can be translated into alcoholic drinks too. Claire X #triballove

    • July 24, 2016 / 12:07 pm

      Yes, always looking for areas where I can include alcohol…! Thank you for reading and commenting xxx #tribe

  2. July 25, 2016 / 8:08 am

    What a clever idea on so many levels. Helps your child drink more water eat more fruit and gives them control over their flavour of water. I Iove it #anythinggoes

    • July 25, 2016 / 8:14 am

      Thank you, they’re really good – anything that gets my child excited about healthy stuff is great with me! #anythinggoes

  3. July 25, 2016 / 9:11 am

    This is a great idea-I wouldn’t have thought about putting fruit in water-except for a slice of lemon or lime I suppose, but surely that’s just for gin? Love the recipes. #puddinglove #triballlove

    • July 25, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Haha – yes, previous experience was largely gin based ???? #triballove xx

  4. July 25, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    15% sounds good. These bottles are great – my daughters use them…and lose them, so we may well use that discount. Thank you for sharing. Alison x #AnythingGoes

    • July 25, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Thanks Alison, very annoying when children lose nice things!! #AnythingGoes xx

  5. July 25, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    These look fantastic – I am all over the lemon infused water and this looks like you could make some amazing concoctions! Mouse looks like she’s enjoying it too so a win-win for everyone 🙂 xx #anythinggoes

    • July 25, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Yes, she feels very grown up with her bottle because it’s the same size and shape as mine – she’s not wild on sharing though ???? thank you for reading and commenting xx # anythinggoes

  6. July 25, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    I never actually thought of putting fruit and stuff in my water but it sounds great. Anything to make a change from yet another boring glass of tap water. Those bottles look really funky xx #anythinggoes

    • July 25, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      It definitely incentivises it a bit and makes me drink more! I just saw a mum give her toddler a few swigs from her bottle of full fat coke which made me a bit sad – if things like this help children to prefer water over other drinks then we’ve got to be onto a winner. Thank you for reading and commenting for #anythinggoes xx

  7. July 25, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Ah very imaginative recipes! I must admit I`ve seen these bottles before and always had the same limited imagination problem of “What would I put in it?! Lemon?!” – I hate the “taste” of water so could be worth a try! #anythinggoes

    • July 25, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Aah yeah you should def give it a go! You can shove anything in from the fruit bowl and herbs aren’t that overpowering in water so you can get quite creative. #notjustlemon ???????? #anythinggoes xx

  8. July 25, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Love your review! Not often I laugh out loud to them! I love your style of writing. The bottles look fab #puddinglove

  9. July 25, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Such a good idea and I agree that you have managed to make a review very enjoyable to read! I totally ‘get’ the backwash comment…. the drinks look yum as well. #AnythingGoes

    • July 26, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Ah thank you! Backwash is grim isn’t it – as is the general slobber on things that get offered to you for “sharing”. #anythinggoes

  10. July 27, 2016 / 12:26 am

    Even your review posts crack me up, Moose! You are a special one (in a genuine compliment way rather than the offensive way). I drink loads of water too so this could be an exciting treat on a summer’s day ???? I love Mouse’s interview and the fact you made her eat ginger! #DreamTeam Ed X

    • July 27, 2016 / 4:06 am

      Admittedly you can’t dunk a malted milk in fruit infused water (I once went through a stage of dunking rich teas into orange squash but let’s not go there). That aside, these are smashing! Glad I’m still nailing it, I feel like Jose after your special one comment ???? Thank you for reading in the wee small hours, thank heavens for the Internet to help us dodge the sleep. Xxx #DreamTeam

      • July 27, 2016 / 8:01 pm

        I think we can blame our dastardly babies for the ungodly hours we keep. Sorry but I need to know more…dunking BISCUITS into SQUASH? You trippin?

        • July 27, 2016 / 9:24 pm

          I know, bit early for you! I was trying to forge a coherent comment back to you at 4am and can’t be sure if I succeeded ???? I was young and impressionable, squash was my juvenile version of tea. Don’t try it, we’re past the point. What are your views on a cadburys’ finger btw? They’re all £1 in waitrose this week and I chose the one with the most grams per pack (honeycomb, 113g, bosh). Def a one sitting consumption though…

  11. July 27, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Properly snazzy! I like what you’ve done there. I’m quite an *aqua addict* myself. Your ginger comment reminded me of a recent incident when I goaded smallest into trying a few chilli covered crunchy shell peanuts ( you know the ones – like food cocaine) anyway 4 chilli peanuts later and her whole dinner was projectile sprayed everywhere in protest! Luckily it was at my sisters house! #chucklemums

    • July 27, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Haha – you could have started her off on a honey coated cashew and built up to it..! Spot on with food cocaine though. Thank you for reading as always ???? #chucklemums xx

  12. July 27, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I would have laughed heartily at your ‘clear spirits before 5pm’ gag! Brilliant! These bottles look fab. I’ve seen a few people with them at the gym. I’ve NEVER thought about adding honey to my water but sounds delicious! Thanks for joining us at the #bigpinklink

    • July 27, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you, just the prim and proper nursery staff who didn’t get the joke, haha ???? they really are great bottles, very versatile. Thank you for hosting #bigpinklink xx

  13. July 27, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    It’s so easy to get out of the habit of drinking loads but once you’re into it, and providing you’re near a loo (!) it’s not too tricky. I give myself weekends off though where I just drink alllll the caffeine and nothing pure ???? #puddinglove

  14. July 28, 2016 / 6:57 am

    I’d literally never heard of these and then they came up twice in a week. I don’t drink enough water to be honest. I prefer it very hot and infused with milk and a teabag. #chucklemums

  15. July 28, 2016 / 8:14 am

    Who knew you could make a bottle of water so interesting!! Love the sound of all the recipes, would definitely encourage me to drink more water. Thanks for sharing #ablogginggoodtime

    • July 28, 2016 / 8:16 am

      Thank you, I know – not the most exciting of things to spruce up but it can be done ???? thank you for reading and commenting for #ablogginggoodtime xx

  16. July 28, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    fantastic review! i love the idea of fruit infused water, very refreshing i’d imagine xx
    #ablogginggoodtime xx

    • July 28, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you! Yes it’s quirky enough to be fun even though it’s ‘just’ water, and you can stick most fruits in there that you already have. Thanks for reading and commenting for #ablogginggoodtime ???? xx

  17. July 29, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Going to buy myself one just so I can have a mousejito!!! Such a fab idea
    I get bored of ‘just water’ all the time but don’t like squash so this is perfect !!!

    #puddinglove

    • July 29, 2016 / 4:05 am

      Haha own it girl! It def makes water more exciting and still healthier than squash. Thanks for reading for #puddinglove ???? xx

  18. August 1, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Oh dear – the heatwave has dissipated! These do look fab though, I often see people with them on the commute! Water can be boring sometimes! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • August 1, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      I know!!! Indian summer, Indian summer…thanks for having me on #twinklytuesday xx

  19. August 1, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Fab review! These look really cool and I too have seen loads of people on the way to work with them. I am so tempted to bag some for the whole Button family. Thank you for sharing with the #dreamteam X

    • August 2, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Well, I have a snappy discount code…! No, they’re very good, honestly. Perfect way to encourage the little ones to drink more. Thank you for having me,
      Mama Button ???? #dreamteam xx

  20. August 2, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    These look pretty ace and I love the mousejito recipe! Although I am not a huge water drinker (think its the lack of caffeine) I like the idea of making it into the ‘non-virgin’ variety for a boozy adult picnic #PuddingLove

    • August 2, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Haha I know – I’m a bit of a hardened caffeine freak as well these days, but adding a twist to plain water definitely does give you a bit more of an incentive! Thank you for reading ????

  21. August 3, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Thanks for bagging us a discount as I have been after a couple of these for ages. I should drink more water but dont because to be honest I find it boring but I love natural flavoured water so this is perfect!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime #triballove

    • August 3, 2016 / 10:51 am

      Thank you for commenting and hosting #blogginggoodtime – get on the flavoured water ???? xx

  22. August 3, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Oh this sounds great! I too always have a bottle of clear stuff on the go (mostly water, sometimes vodka 😉 ) so I really need to try this. Thanks for discount code too 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  23. August 4, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Oh wow, what a great idea. I have never heard of this but I like the idea of having herbs etc infused with water. xx #BloggerClubUK

    • August 4, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks for the comment – yes, it’s not immediately obvious to bung some herbs in but they make a massive difference to the taste and give another dimension. Herbs are for life, not just for Christmas ????

  24. August 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    These look BRILLIANT. I’ve recently discovered how tasty fruit/veg infused water is through a couple (well-deserved) spa visits. I had no idea I could get that to go. Definitely going to check out the special offer. Thanks for sharing. #foodiefriday

    • August 13, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks for the comment – honestly, so good. We use ours loads and it makes it far less boring!

  25. August 18, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Back again I’m loving my fruit infused water especially my mousejito’s !!!
    Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFriday

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