When I was in high school, I was one of those dorky kids who carried a plastic bottle of water around with me all day, every day. It was just a plain, disposable bottle that I used over and over again (this was long before we knew that that wasn’t such a good idea), but I loved being able to skip the water fountain and have my water right with me.
Though the vessel has changed over the years a bit (I’m currently switching between a wide mouth quart jar and this guy), toting liquid around with me on my daily routine is still a habit. It makes me feel better and more functional. It also helps me avoid headaches, which are my eternal plague.
There is just one thing in life that gets in the way of my water loving ways and that’s the taste of the water in Philadelphia. Even after filtering, it never tastes great. While I still drink vast quantities of it plain and flat, I’m also always searching out ways to tweak and improve it.
Enter the Takeya Fruit Infusion Jug. It has a strainer built into the top, so you can fill it with fruit and water and then pour without hunks of lemon or apple falling into your glass. Thanks to the nice folks at Takeya, I’ve had this jug in my kitchen since the summer and have put all manner of berries, apples and stonefruit into it. I am as smitten with it as one can be with a hunk of BPA-free plastic and silicone.
These days, my favorite combination is sliced apple, lemon and ginger (for best ginger extraction, crush it a bit before adding it to the water). I realize that the same thing could be done with a jar or other vessel, and I’ve done just that many times in the last few years. But having a pretty jug designed precised for the task makes it slightly easier and more fun.
I tend to keep it in the fridge and refill it throughout the day with fresh water and I drink. The combination of fruit and chill transforms Philly’s funky water into something quite tasty. I’ve also been known to pop a handful of fresh herbs like mint or lemon verbena in there when they’re handy. Oh, and see that picture up there? I did that to show you that it is entirely leak-proof. A definite virtue.
So, those same kind Takeya folks have given me one of these raspberry-colored, fruit infusion jugs to give away to a Food in Jars reader. If you want a chance at it, here’s what to do…
- To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me what combination of fruit you’d put in your fruit infusion jug.
- Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted to the blog on Wednesady, November 16, 2011.
- Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
- One entry/comment per person, please.
Disclosure: Takeya gave me the jug pictured above and are provided the one for this giveaway. As always, my opinions are still all my own. It’s a good product and I’m happy to be able to share it with you guys.
Update: My contact at Takeya just told me that they’re going to be hosting a Twitter party on November 15 with more chances to win their products. Click here for more information!