Infusing fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc... in water has its roots in Spanish cuisine and is commonly referred to as aguas frescas. The flavor is light and fresh, but not quite as heavy as a juice, and not as plain as water, either.

A single fruit flavor or complementary fruit flavors can be refreshing, but if you want to be more adventurous with your flavors, try adding in an herb such as mint. There are no rules against sweetening your water with sugar, honey or agave nectar, if you so desire.

Likewise, when using the Salad Zinger to make dressings, flavored oils, vinegars and syrups, you may choose from a wide variety of options, brands and types of base liquids to infuse. Begin with light, mild oil like safflower or canola, or try olive oil and grape seed oil, which work well too.

You can use your Zinged oils for dipping, as a base for sautéing or even as added flavor to plain pastas.

Let your imagination be your guide. Enjoy!

Below are samples of ingredients that can be used to formulate your next Zing creation!

FRUITS MORE FRUITS VEGETABLES HERBS SPICES SUGARS
Orange / Grapefruit Berries Cucumber Mint Cocoa Powder Agave nectar
Lemon / Lime Strawberries Celery Basil Chipotle powder Honey
Peach Mango Tomatoes Lavender Cinnamon sticks Raw sugar
Watermelon Pineapple Hot chili peppers Cilantro Ginger Syrup cherries
Cantaloupe Apples Onion Wheat grass Garlic Mandarin oranges in syrup
Kiwi Pears Tomato Sage Vanilla Cocoa
Cherries Coconut Horseradish Rosemary Nutmeg Peppermint sticks

Cucumber lime

  • Cucumber chunks
  • Lime wedges (trim skin and cut small)
  • Cold filtered water

Blackberry orange

  • Blackberries (4-6)
  • Orange or clementine (peeled)
  • Cold filtered water

Strawberry mint

  • Fresh strawberries (3-4)
  • Mint leaves
  • Cold filtered water

Strawberry lemon

  • Fresh strawberries (3-4)
  • Lemon wedges (trim skin and cut small)
  • Cold filtered water

Strawberry blackberry orange

  • Fresh strawberries (3)
  • Blackberries (3-4)
  • Orange or clementine wedges (peeled)
  • Cold filtered water

Strawberry kiwi

  • Fresh strawberries (3)
  • Kiwi (1 half quartered)
  • Cold filtered water

Strawberry pineapple

  • Fresh strawberries (2)
  • Pineapple (2-3 small chunks)
  • Cold filtered water

Pineapple raspberry

  • Pineapple (2-3 small chunks)
  • Raspberries (6-7)
  • Cold filtered water

Raspberry lime

  • Lime (trim skin and cut small)
  • Raspberries (6-7)
  • Cold filtered water

Strawberry melon

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe (3 chunks)
  • Cold filtered water

Cucumber melon

  • Cucumber (3-4 chunks)
  • Cantaloupe (3 chunks)
  • Cold filtered water

Lemon-lime orange cilantro

  • Lemon (trim skin and cut small)
  • Lime (trim skin and cut small)
  • Orange wedges (peeled)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Cold filtered water

Plum Kiwi

  • Ripened in-season plum (3 chunks)
  • Kiwi (one half quartered)
  • Cold filtered water

Watermelon pineapple

  • Watermelon chunks (4)
  • Pineapple (3 chunks)
  • Cold filtered water

Orange rosemary

  • Orange chunks (4-6 peeled)
  • Fresh rosemary (one sprig)
  • Cold filtered water

Apples and honey

  • Granny smith apples (5 chunks)
  • Honey
  • Cold filtered water
  • Steep for 4-6 hours or overnight

Celery

  • Celery (4-5 chunks)
  • Cold filtered water

Pineapple lime

  • Pineapple (4 chunks)
  • Lime (trim skin and cut small)
  • Cold filtered waters

Sage pear

  • Fully ripened in-season pear (4 chunks)
  • Fresh sage (1 stem)
  • Cold filtered water

Cucumber cantaloupe

  • Cucumber (2 chunks)
  • Fresh fully ripened cantaloupe (3 chunks)
  • Cold filtered water

Mango mint

  • Fully ripened soft mango (3-4 chunks)
  • Fresh mint
  • Cold filtered water

Lemon - orange

  • One half lemon (or whole - based on preference)
  • One half Clementine

Lime n Honey

  • One whole lime
  • Table spoon of honey
  • Shake well

LIME N Orange

  • One whole lime
  • One half of clementine
  • Ice (add via the citrus press side)
  • Filtered water
  • Shake well

Orangeade

  • Three whole clementines
  • Ice (add via the citrus press side)
  • Filtered water
  • Shake well

Lime Mint

  • ½ lime + mint

Lemon Basil

  • ½ lemon + basil

orange lemon cooled tea

  • 1 orange or ½ lemon + cooled tea

Lemon Verbena

  • ½ lemon + verbena

Italian dressing

  • Red onion (small chunk)
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh Basil
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Honey
  • Salt, pepper, dried oregano
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil

Strawberry basil vinaigrette

  • Fresh strawberries (4)
  • Fresh Basil (3-4 leaves)
  • Dried tarragon
  • Honey
  • Salt, pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil

Orange vinaigrette

  • Orange (4 chunks peeled)
  • Red onion (small chunk)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Fresh parsley
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard (optional)

Pear vinaigrette

  • Fully ripened soft pear (3-4 chunks)
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Salt, pepper
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • White wine
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard (optional)

Orange grapefruit vinaigrette

  • Orange (4 chunks)
  • Grapefruit (3-4 chunks)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Rice vinegar
  • Olive oil

Herb Vinaigrette

  • Green onion
  • Lemon (trim skin and cut small)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Fresh basil, thyme, rosemary
  • Salt, pepper
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard (optional)

Raspberry vinaigrette

  • Raspberries (10 raspberries)
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt, pepper
  • Honey or raw sugar
  • Raspberry wine vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • Olive oil
  • A tad of Dijon (optional)

Grapefruit blueberry

  • Grapefruit (4 chunks)
  • Blueberries (6-7)
  • Vodka (4-14oz depending on steeping time)

Strawberry kiwi

  • Fresh strawberries (3-4)
  • Kiwi (4 small pieces)
  • Vodka (4-11oz depending on steeping time)

Pineapple watermelon

  • Pineapple chunks (3-4)
  • Watermelon chunks (3-4)
  • Vodka (4-11oz depending on steeping time)

Cherry lemon

  • Cherries in syrup (7)
  • Lemon (trim skin and cut small)
  • Vodka (4-15oz depending on steeping time)

Lemon lime

  • Lemon (trim skin and cut small)
  • Lime (trim skin and cut small)
  • Vodka (4-16oz depending on steeping time)

Strawberry basil

  • Fresh Strawberries (3-4)
  • Fresh basil (4 leaves)
  • Vodka (4-12oz depending on steeping time)

Kiwi strawberry mint

  • Kiwi (2 quarter chunks)
  • Fresh strawberries (3-4)
  • Mint (4 leaves)
  • Vodka (4-12oz depending on steeping time)

Rosemary limel

  • Lime wedges (trim skin and cut small)
  • Rosemary (2 sprigs)
  • Cold filtered water

Cucumber basil

  • Cucumber (4-5 chunks)
  • Basil (5 leaves)
  • Vodka (4-13oz depending on steeping time)

Cucumber pineapple

  • Cucumber (3 chunks)
  • Pineapple (3 chunks)
  • Vodka (4-13oz depending on steeping time)

Pineapple raspberry

  • Pineapple (3 chunks)
  • Raspberries (5-6)
  • Vodka (4-12oz depending on steeping time)

Jalapeno lime cilantro

  • Jalapeno (1)
  • Lime (trim skin and cut small)
  • Cilantro leaves (2-3 stems)
  • Vodka (4-13oz depending on steeping time)

Plum honey vodka

  • Fresh fully ripened plum (4 chunks)
  • Honey (just a dab)
  • Vodka (4-11oz depending on steeping time)