Fruit infused waters are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer when the sun is out and you want a thirst quenching alternative to plain water.
They are also a great way to help your body detox after the holiday season and flush out your kidneys which is will clear and brighten your skin.
The market for sweetened-processed-junk-to-add-to-water is a multi-billion dollar industry. This is unfortunate for all of the people drinking this nasty stuff. The body doesn’t need refined sugar, and it certainly doesn’t need artificial sweeteners or food dyes.
If you want to add some delicious taste and health benefits to water, try these infused water recipes instead! These recipes use micronutrient rich herbs, fruits, and vegetables for thirst-quenching flavor with added benefits!
How to Make Fruit Infused Water
It is hard to even call infused water a recipe because it is so simple. Kids also love making these infused water recipes on their own and even figure out new flavors.
There are a couple of tips that make the process easier and improve the taste:
Use a Good Glass Jug or Mason Jars
Using a high-quality glass jug really does improve the flavor of infused water. This also makes it much easier to serve and enjoy! Mason jars with a lid are also great for single serves.
Use High-Quality Fruits and Herbs
The fruit and herbs are adding flavor to the water. But if they are not organic, they might be adding some unintended pesticides or chemicals. I always try to choose high-quality fresh organic produce for making infused waters to avoid the pesticides in many conventional produce. If you do have to use conventional produce, be sure to peel off the rind or skin before infusing.
Give It Time
For best flavor, it takes at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors of the fruit infuse into the water.
You can double or halve any of them to make more or less. Also, these recipes are just suggestions and fruit waters are based on your taste preferences so experiment and enjoy!
If you drink the water within the first day, you can add more filtered water and re-infuse to get a second use out of the fruits and herbs. I keep topping my jug up during the day.
Infused Water Recipes
Here are some of my favorite herb and fruit infused water recipes:
1. Cucumber Mint
Thinly slice one cucumber. Peel if it isn’t organic! Add the sliced cucumbers to a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 8 fresh mint leaves, muddled, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. Citrus Blueberry
Slice two organic oranges into thin slices (leave the rind on for better flavor). Add sliced oranges and 1 cup of blueberries to a large glass jar. Add filtered water to fill the jar and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and store in refrigerator.
3. Pineapple Mint
One of my favorites! Peel and thinly slice about 1/4 of a pineapple. The more thinly sliced the pineapple, the more flavor it will infuse. Add to a glass jar with 10-12 leaves of fresh mint, muddled. Add filtered water to fill and stir until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.
4. Watermelon Basil
Add about 2 cups of finely chopped fresh watermelon (without rind) to a large glass jar. Add 15 leaves of muddled basil and filtered water to fill. Store in fridge and allow at least 4 hours to infuse.
5. Strawberry & Lemon
Like strawberry lemonade, but better! Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a glass jar. Add one sliced lemon with rind on. Fill with water. Let sit 4 hours (to overnight) in fridge and enjoy.
6. Cherry Lime
Add two cups of fresh cherries, cut in half, and one fresh lime, sliced into thin slices, to a large glass jar. Add water to fill. Mix gently and store in fridge until ready to drink.
7. Grapefruit Raspberry
Another one of my favorites! Add one grapefruit, thinly sliced with rind on, to a large glass jar. Then add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, muddled slightly. Add water and mix well. Store in fridge for at least 4 hours before drinking.
8. Mango Pineapple
Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water. Allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.
9. Grape Orange
Place 2 cups of organic grapes, sliced in half, into a large glass jar. Add one orange, thinly sliced with rind on. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.
10. Pineapple Basil
Add 1/4 of a fresh pineapple and 15 leaves of fresh muddled basil to a jar. Add filtered water. Infuse overnight and enjoy.
11. Blue Butterfly Pea Flowers with Mint & Lime
If you can get your hands on some blue butterfly pea flowers (I get mine off ebay) they are really good for your skin and give the most beautiful colour to anything you add them too. Add a few to your jar, cut a lime into wedges and crush a handful of mint leaves. Fill your jar with water and leave for a few hours. Enjoy.
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