Infused Water (4 Ways!)

Infused Water is a great way to make everyday water so much more exciting! With just a few simple ingredients, completely transform your water into something you will look forward to drinking. These fruit-flavored waters are refreshing, delicious, and a healthy solution when hydration starts to feel boring.

Three glasses with infused water in three glasses with strawberries, citrus fruit, fresh herbs, and blueberries.

We all know that we should be drinking more water. In fact, many people would be shocked to learn just how much water they should be drinking daily. But let’s be honest, plain water can get boring sometimes. Many of us turn to sparkling water, soft drinks, or juice in these moments – but instead, what if we took what we already had in our kitchens and turned them into delicious, sugar-free infused waters.

Not only do these fruit-flavored waters taste delicious, but they also pack in some extra health benefits from the vitamins and minerals in the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. And if you need one more reason, kids LOVE these! While my kids often complain about plain water, they love helping me create all different combinations of flavored water at home. The combinations are endless.

What is Infused Water?

Infused water can be made with almost any combination of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices immersed in still or sparkling water. Think about flavor combinations you already like (apple cinnamon I am looking at you!) or start with what you already have in the fridge.

You’ll find 4 of my favorite flavor combinations in the printable recipe card below, but here are some of the best ingredients to use:

  • Fresh fruit: Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. blackberries, kiwi, mango, pineapple, apples, pears, grapes, peaches, plums, apricots, pomegranate, or watermelon.
  • Fresh vegetables: Cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapeños, and celery.
  • Fresh herbs and spices: Basil, mint, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, or cayenne pepper.

Strawberries and basil fruit infused water in a glass with a red striped straw.

How to Make Fruit Infused Water

One of the best things about making your own fruit-flavored water at home is that it couldn’t be easier. Essentially all you need to do is wash and chop the produce, add it to some cold water, and let it steep in the fridge. That’s it. Since our family enjoys it so much, I normally make it in a large pitcher and keep it in the fridge.

How much produce should  I use? The amount of produce needed depends on how intense you want the flavor to be. For a subtle flavor, you only need a few slices per serving. For more intensely flavored water, you’ll want to add more. Also, consider the intensity of the ingredients. A little ginger goes a long way and a few slices may be enough, whereas something you may need more strawberries to really get that flavor to come through.

Does frozen fruit work? Although frozen fruit will work in the recipes, the flavor won’t be as strong. Additionally, frozen fruit tends to get really soggy and mushy in the water. If you have some frozen fruit, consider adding it as “ice cubes” right before serving for a fun and festive touch.

How long does it take? This will depend on the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you are using. Some fruits, like lemons and limes, add flavor to water almost immediately. Cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple, and mint all infuse quickly. Other produce, like fresh berries, apples, and herbs may take quite a bit longer.

Can I eat the fruit after? Absolutely! That’s one of the best parts of making infused water. It’s a great way to stay hydrated and a snack.

Storage, Leftovers, and More

The exact shelf life of infused water mostly depends on what type of fruit you are using. Some fruit, like berries, watermelon, or pineapple tend to get mushy and break down after a couple of days in the fridge. Other items, like citrus fruit, can last much longer, A good rule of thumb is to check the fruit. If you wouldn’t eat it, then it is probably time to get rid of the water.

Pro tip: If you find you finish a pitcher quickly, don’t be afraid to use the fruit again. Just add it to fresh cold water and let it steep again in the fridge.

Health Benefits

While there are many claims about detox water and infused water helping with everything from weight loss to immunity to digestion, the fact is that all of those things are simply benefits of staying hydrating and drinking enough water in general. The additional vitamins and minerals from the fresh produce can add small health benefits, but the main goal should be just drinking more water. Simple as that.

So if making flavored water helps you to do this, then great. Here are some of the benefits of drinking more water.

  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Support healthy metabolic functions and can curb appetite
  • Improve mental and physical energy
  • Helps regulate body temperature
  • Aids in nutrient absorption
  • Can help fight off illness

Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in a glass with water.

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Infused Water (4 Ways)

How to make delicious fruit infused water - four recipes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drink
Servings 1
Calories 49kcal

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Basil

  • 2 fresh strawberries
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1.5 cup water

Blueberry Lemon Thyme

  • 8 fresh blueberries
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1.5 cup water

Mixed Berry

  • 2 fresh strawberries
  • 3 fresh blackberries
  • 3 fresh raspberries
  • 5 fresh blueberries
  • 1.5 cups water

Orange Rosemary

  • 2 orange slices
  • 1 lemon slices
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1.5 cups water

Instructions
 

Strawberry Basil

  • Place the basil leaves in a glass. Using a muddle or spoon, gently press on the leaves. This releases the flavor. Add strawberry slices and fill with water. Let steep at least one hour.

Blueberry Thyme

  • Place lemon, blueberries, and thyme in a glass. Fill with water. Let steep at least one hour.

Mixed Berry

  • Add the berries to a glass. Fill with water. Let steep at least two hours.

Orange Rosemary

  • Place the lemon, orange, lime, and rosemary in a glass. Gently muddle. Add water and let steep for at least 30 minutes.

Notes

These recipes are for a single serving. For a pitcher or larger serving, multiply by four or six. 

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 72mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fruit flavored water, fruit infused water, infused water

Kristen

Kristen McCaffrey is the home cook behind the popular recipe and meal planning website Slender Kitchen and author of Stress Free Family Meal Planning - Easy Healthy Recipes for Busy Homes. With two busy little girls at home, Kristen is dedicated to making it easy to get healthy, family meals on the table night after night.

Kristen became obsessed with meal planning after years of struggling to find the secret to making easy and affordable home-cooked meals. Between busy schedules, endless nights staring into the fridge wondering what was for dinner, and a struggle with weight loss, Kristen found meal planning to be the solution she was looking for. Now she wants to help others discover how meal planning can make life easier.

Kristen lives in Kailua, Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, but she grew up in Massachusetts. Kristen attended the University of Notre Dame and has a master's degree from Loyola Marymount University.

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