How to Flavor Your Favorite Beverages

A pitcher with orange slices and blackberries in the water inside

While many beverages already come with flavors or no flavors at all, that doesn’t mean you have to consume them that way. In fact, you can get creative when it comes to flavoring your drinks.

Below are some ideas I have tried that you could also experiment with.

Using essential oils in water or tea

With this, you must use caution since many essential oils are not safe to consume.

When you buy them, make sure you see an “internal use” option. This might be more available online than at a walk in store.

If you do fine some, the ones I recommend include:

  • Orange 
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit 
  • Peppermint 

If you can’t find them on the internet, then extracts will work just as well. Aside from what I suggest, you can use other kinds in water and tea.

Which brings me to the next point on the list.

Using extracts in coffee

While you can buy flavored coffee at a store, whether it’s the supermarket or a convenience store, such as 7-11, you’ll usually only find a few flavors and the same ones everywhere.

Sometimes you might find some unique flavors for a limited time, such as pumpkin spice in the autumn. But extracts make a good hack to flavor your coffee with anything you would like at any time.

They can include vanilla, coconut, almond, chocolate, or even pumpkin spice – year round. Heck, you can put an unlisted extract or flavoring into your coffee.

You also won’t need to spend a lot of money for this. Why do I bring this up, you might wonder?

Because one time, I noticed that every 7-11 had an unavailable coconut coffee machine. That meant that the machines had covers over the serving levers. So, I  bought a coconut coffee mix on Amazon. But it cost a lot – $15.00!

Although it tasted good, it would be too expensive to purchase regularly as coffee. At least for me.

Using fruit in water

This is known as infused water. You can use whatever fruits or herbs you would like.

You could choose your own ingredients or follow a recipe. I did the latter. The formula I used called for blackberries and oranges. 

Even though the infused water will have to sit for at least 2 hours, the wait is worth it. Not only that, it will make your water taste fruity and fun.

Squeezing fruit into wine

This might sound like a sangria, but you would squeeze the fruits into your wine (if you’re of legal drinking age).

The standard fruits for a sangria are orange, lemons, and green apples. Want to expand? Try adding peaches, pineapple, watermelon, or lychees, which you might only find during the summer.

Conclusion 

Aside from what I have listed, you can flavor other beverages too, including juice, soda pop, and more.

What drink would you want to flavor and with which type?

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2 thoughts on “How to Flavor Your Favorite Beverages

  1. I’m always looking for ways to spruce up my beverages, especially water, since I really don’t like to drink it plain. I don’t know why, I just can’t 🤷‍♀️. I am loving the idea of adding extracts to coffee! I’ve never heard of that idea before, it’s a great one, which I will be trying in the morning! So I am trying to cut back or eliminate soda, but I am addicted to carbonation. I had a soda stream but it got lost in a move, so in the meantime before I purchase a new one, I’d love some ideas on what works if I’m using soda or tonic water. I don’t like seltzer water because there isn’t enough flavor. Kind of tastes like tv static 😂 If you have any ideas please let me know! Thanks for the tips on this post though! Extracts here I come!

    1. I tend to get bored by plain water, too. By the way, a lot of stores sell flavored seltzer. If want more flavor, I would suggest adding something, like lemon, to it. I hope that helps.

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