Apple Cinnamon Water, Energy Booster or Waste of Time?
Apple cinnamon water is one of several infused waters that has been populating the Internet recently, and part of the pitch accompanying the photos and recipes is that this flavored water has no calories (and thus could help with weight loss), is an energy booster, and/or has detox powers. So are any of these claims true, or is making apple cinnamon water a waste of time?
What are the basics of apple cinnamon water?
The recipe for apple cinnamon water is not rocket science: you combine sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and water in a (preferably) glass pitcher or large jar, let the combination steep or diffuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least for several hours, and serve. A standard recipe calls for 2 sliced apples (no seeds), 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks (depends on how much you like the taste of cinnamon), and 64 ounces of pure water.
Like many of the other kinds of infused water recipes, you can make some variations, such as using half water and half crushed ice, adding a teaspoon of honey or agave syrup to sweeten the water (which adds calories), or serving the water with or without the fruit. Another variation you can try when making apple cinnamon water is to boil the apple slices and cinnamon sticks for a few minutes, then add the mixture to the remaining amount of water in your pitcher and refrigerate.
Some people prefer to use a pitcher specially designed to make infused water (an infuser), but you can save yourself that expense by simply using a regular glass pitcher or sun tea jar. Infused apple cinnamon water is inexpensive, too: you can refill your water pitcher two to four times before you need to toss out the apple slices and cinnamon sticks. (Don’t forget to compost the apples!)
However you slice it (pun intended), you have created a refreshing beverage for yourself and your family that avoids the pitfalls of sugar-based sodas. But what about the energy-booster, no-calorie, and detox claims?