If you think water is boring, then this is for you!

We’ve heard it time and time again: Most Americans are chronically dehydrated without even noticing. Hydration is key for survival—and if you ask me, it’s more important than ever when facing the wrath of summer’s heat. So, you’re probably asking yourself, “How can I beat the season’s rising temps?” It’s simple, really.

Trade in the juice box and fizzy soda for the ultimate calorie-free thirst-quencher. With no added sugar and virtually no calories, infused waters are an easy way to kick off the summer with an increase in water intake.

Here at Cooking Light, we’ve soaked a pitcher or two (or three)—and now, it’s your turn to try. Jazz up your H20 flow by rejuvenating your body with apples, ginger, and lemongrass.

When a cold wind blows, the classic tea featuring these ingredients warms your heart and hands alike. But who says you can't enjoy it during the summer, too?

Apple-Ginger-Lemongrass Infused Water

Ingredients:4 Granny Smith apple slices2 lemongrass sticks5 ginger slices (grated, for a more intense flavor)

Directions:1. Place the apple, ginger, and lemongrass in a 32-ounce Mason jar, and fill with 22 oz. filtered water.

2. Stir, cover, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or overnight for more flavor.

3. Add ice, stick a straw in, and enjoy!

New to infused waters? For additional tips and tricks, check out my tips for infusing water.

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