Hydration is a key component in keeping your body healthy and your mind sharp. Though after a while it can become tedious if you are simply drinking water.
If you enjoy the taste of fruit, herbs, and roots then you can combine them and create a tasty, simple drink. You do not need much equipment either, perhaps just a mason jar or a pitcher.
Combine a few ingredients with water, leave to chill and you can soon enjoy some infused water.
Here we will look at 20 tasty infused water recipes that should keep you hydrated.
1. Lemon & Lime
Lemons and limes go so well together and with some cucumber you can create a batch of infused water. Slice a lime and a lemon and add to a sliced cucumber (the cucumber should amount to around ten slices) in a pitcher.
Fill with water and leave to chill in the refrigerator then serve over ice.
Try this tart Raspberry & Lime Infused Water for a summery drink you can fully appreciate. Slice a lime and combine with a handful of fresh raspberries with three or four muddled basil leaves in a glass.
Add ice, top up with water and enjoy.
3. Mint & Lime
If you desire a refreshing drink in summer then simply combine mint leaves with lime for a delicious serving of infused water. Juice two limes and combine them with water and perhaps a sweetener like honey to blitz in a blender.
Add ice cubes then transfer into a pitcher with lime slices and mint sprigs. Leave to cool in the refrigerator then serve.
A lively summery drink with no calories is easy to create like this Blood Orange & Rosemary Infused Water.
Heat up a couple of tablespoons of honey with three tablespoons of water and three rosemary sprigs in a saucepan until combined then remove from the heat, allow to cool then remove the rosemary.
Juice three blood oranges and combine with the honey mixture and 750ml sparkling water in a pitcher. Serve and garnish with rosemary.
Strawberries and cucumber can both be considered mellow flavors so work well together here. Simply chop up the strawberries and combine with cucumber slices in a glass. Top up with sparkling or still water with some ice cubes and enjoy.
For a clean, fruity drink that you can serve at parties, try this Strawberry & Lemon Infused Water. Wash a lemon with a cup of fresh strawberries and muddle ten mint sprigs in a jug.
Pour on the water then leave it to chill for at least four hours. Pour into large glasses over ice and enjoy in the sunshine.
Use a 16-ounce canning jar for this Watermelon & Mint Infused Water recipe and you can enjoy one to keep you hydrated in warm weather.
Cut half a watermelon into chunks and muddle with some mint leaves, ripping them up helps draw out more flavor too. Fill the jar with water, tighten on the lid and give it a shake before leaving to chill overnight.
There are also a range of health benefits that come from chia seeds and you can use some in this Lemon Chia Fresca.
Combine a quarter-cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with three teaspoons of chia seeds, two teaspoons of maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a jar.
Pour on water and allow to chill in the refrigerator for around 15 minutes or until the chia seeds have gelled up. Enjoy immediately though it can last up to three days if chilled.
You no longer need to buy flavored water for a taste sensation with this Cranberry, Orange & Cardamom Infused Water. Combine half a sliced navel orange with four cardamom seed pods, and a cup of cranberries (fresh or frozen will do) in a pitcher.
Cover with water and refrigerate overnight or you can even go for the full 24 hours. Strain and then serve.
For an infused water with a vivid color, look no further than this Cranberry & Apple recipe. Wash three ounces of cranberries and an apple then cut the apple into quarters and remove the middle.
Place the fruit in an Instant Pot with water and place on the lid to cook for six minutes then allow to cool for 40 minutes. Strain into a jug and store in the refrigerator then serve over ice.
11. Apple Water
If you want to experience the taste of fall all-year round then try some Apple Water. This is a light and refreshing infused water and can be so easy to make.
Clean your apples and you can even combine sweet ones with tart ones for an interesting combination. Slice them up into half-inch thick slices and place into a pitcher then cover with water and leave to infuse for at least half an hour.
12. Raspberry & Mint
For a tasty summer cocktail, try some sparkling water in this Raspberry & Mint Infused Water. In a jug, combine 10g of mint leaves with 80g fresh strawberries and slowly pour on a liter of sparkling water.
Give it a stir and leave to infuse in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.
13. Ginger Infused
Like turmeric and cinnamon, ginger can be a tasty addition to some infused water and provide some health benefits too. Bring six cups of water and half a pound of root ginger cut into half-inch thick pieces to a simmer in a saucepan.
Remove from the heat and allow to steep for half an hour, though you can refrigerate it overnight. Strain the water and store in the refrigerator as it can keep for five days and you can serve it with honey, mint, or fresh lemon.
Pineapple and Mint combine well to help the body hydrated and also get rid of toxins. Grab a pineapple, cut it in half and remove the skin. Dice the flesh and place it in a jug then add two to four mint leaves.
Pour in the water, cover and leave in the refrigerator to infuse overnight. Strain into individual glasses, add ice, and serve.
15. Orange & Basil
Do not be afraid to combine some fresh herbs with your citrus fruits as this Orange & Basil Infused Water shows they can work incredibly well together. Slice a large orange and place in a large jar with two sliced turmeric roots.
Fill the jar with water and throw in four sprigs of basil then cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Combining a navel orange with blueberries can also work really well in a pitcher of infused water. Cut up a navel orange into slices then add a handful of fresh blueberries.
Muddle the fruit to further release the flavors then cover with water and leave to infuse in the refrigerator for around 12 hours, or just overnight. Serve over ice and enjoy.
With just a couple of lemons and a handful of blackberries, you can create a zingy-infused water. Thinly slice two lemons and add to eight ounces of blackberries in a pitcher.
Cover with water, refrigerate for a couple of hours, or simply serve over ice.
18. Citrus Bliss
Just a few citrus fruits and some water in a pitcher are all you need to reach Citrus Bliss. Slice up two limes, a lemon, and an orange then place the slices in a pitcher.
Pour on water with ice and give it a stir. Serve cold and enjoy.
19. Fourth Of July
While the Fourth of July should be a celebration, you can still find a healthy way to bring out the red, white, and blue with some infused water.
If you are hosting a party then having a large pitcher of infused water is a gentle way to ease your guests in.
Slice up a cup of strawberries and add to a cup of blueberries and a further cup of blackberries in a pitcher, you could even cut two apples into patriotic shapes such as stars for decoration.
Pour in the water, give it a stir and either serve immediately or leave it to chill so the flavors develop.
20. Cucumber & Mint
Keep hydrated with this tasty Cucumber & Mint Infused Water. Scrub and slice either half a cucumber or a small one then add to muddled mint sprigs and half a sliced lemon for some zing in a pitcher.
Pour with water until full then refrigerate for a maximum of eight hours, though the longer you give it, the stronger the flavor.
Bonus: Detox Water Recipes
Just with some fruit, water and maybe a couple more ingredients you can create some infused water that is actually providing some health benefits.
If you want to lose some weight and enjoy the benefits of a detox then infused water can help.
The recipes can be really simple too and can typically include cucumber or an apple with herbs such as mint or a root like cinnamon for a cleanse.
Infused water can be full of flavor but also packed with health benefits, like this Cucumber & Lemon Detox Water. Begin by placing a mint leaf and half a lemon slice in an ice cube tray to create ice cubes.
Place a sliced cucumber into a pitcher and fill with water. Once it is time to serve, place the lemon and mint ice cubes in a glass and then top up with the cucumber water.
To cool off and enjoy some healthy benefits at the same time, try this Watermelon Detox Water. Slice up a watermelon until you have around two to three cups and add that to half a sliced cucumber in a pitcher.
Add a couple of cups of ice then pour on water then add the mint leaves. You can muddle the mint leaves first if you want an even fresher flavor.
For a quick and simple detox, chop up an apple into chunks and add it to a Mason jar with a cinnamon stick. Fill the jar with water and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
Enjoy the next day and feel the benefit of the antioxidants from the apples and the anti-inflammatory benefit from the cinnamon for a simple cleanse.
Infused water is a great way to keep hydrated and even detox as well as enjoy several natural health benefits. Keeping hydrated is key and if you can do so by creating a pitcher of tasty infused water then it should be more enjoyable.
Make some space in your refrigerator, grab a pitcher and create your own combinations with fresh fruit, herbs, and roots.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Infused Water Keep For?
Fruit can decompose quickly so if you want to feel the best benefits from infused water, only give it a couple of hours to infuse unless the recipe states otherwise as some can go overnight.
For most recipes, the infusion should be carried out over one or two hours at room temperature but up to four hours in a refrigerator.
If you decide to try to keep the water for longer then the fruit can begin to decompose and it may become detrimental to your health.
Should I Eat the Leftover Fruit And Vegetables From My Infused Water?
To avoid waste and to get some more fiber into your diet then you can eat the fruit and vegetables from your infused water but do not leave it to infuse for too long.
They may not be as flavorful as you expect yet they should still be tasty.