Serving cocktails or wine at your next social gathering? Then you should be serving infused water too. Flavored water is a mindful alternative to alcoholic libations and a delicious way to stay hydrated all season. Simply fill a beautiful carafe with colorful fruits and herbs, set it on the table and watch your guests swoon.

A pretty new book, Infused Waters, offers fifty inspiring combos made with seasonal fruits, fresh herbs and functional spice blends. We love this basil, pear and black pepper blend to go along with fall festivities now through the holidays. Gather more infused water inspiration here and try out our new fave ‘recipe’ below…

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Basil, pear + black pepper Infused water
Makes 1 pitcher


1 Tbsp black peppercorns, plus extra for serving
2 pears
5 sprigs of basil
5 cups of water
ice, optional


Roughy crush the peppercorns using a pestle and mortar, then scatter them in a large jug. Leaving the skin on, core then thinly slice the pears and add these to the jug. Pop in the sprigs of basil, then fill the jug with the cold water.

Leave to infuse in the fridge for at least two hours. Taste before serving and add an extra sprinkling of peppercorns to each glass, if needed.

Tip: It’s well worth crushing whole peppercorns for this infusion—they provide far more flavor than pre-ground pepper.

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