Drinking water has been known to boost your metabolism naturally, and introducing additional fresh ingredients to your water is an easy, delicious, and healthy way to increase your daily hydration.
Infused water can be made with a creative combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed for a certain length of time in water.
This refreshing drink is subtly flavored with these ingredients, and has virtually no calories.
For this reason, a tall, cold glass of infused water can serve as a powerful tool in helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle, without reaching for high-sugar beverages like soda, juice, or flavored iced tea.
One of the best things about making your own infused waters is that there are so many tasty options to try, with very little risk involved in creating this easy beverage!
You can try different combinations of fruits and herbs to create your own personal favorites.
You can make a small or a large batch, and you can add as much or as little fruit as you want, according to your taste preferences.
Some popular fruits to use are assorted citrus, melon, and berries. And cucumber is the go-to veggie for a refreshing twist.
To enhance your H20 with bold flavors, here are some of our favorite infused water recipes, each one featuring a dynamic combination of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs for the most refreshing experience.
Refreshing Infused Water Recipes
1. Citrus and Cucumber
Serving glasses of this citrus and cucumber infusion will really transform your home into a relaxing spa oasis!
Feel revived and refreshed as you enjoy the vibrant medley of lime, lemon, and orange. All of the bright citrus is balanced by the subtly vegetal and grassy cucumber slices.
While white fuzzy robes, clay face masks, and soothing Enya soundtracks aren’t required, they are highly encouraged!
If you need a healthy way to use up fresh berries, and don’t want to be weighed down by batches of buttery baked goods, crafting a mixed berry beverage is an ideal solution.
And it’s so easy to do!
In our recipe, we use a mix of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. And a few slices of orange add just the right citrusy pep.
But don’t be afraid to add or subtract ingredients according to your whims. This isn’t an exact science, and there’s nothing to lose with experimenting with different ratios – especially if it means going a little heavier on the types of berries you prefer to eat.
For more information on picking, storing, and washing those fresh berries when you’re ready to use them, learn how to make the most of fresh berries.
3. Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil
Is the summer sun bright and hot? Are you craving a chilled beverage to keep cool?
In this recipe, you’ll love the bright flavors and vibrant colors of lemon, combined with fruity strawberries.
A seasonally appropriate addition of fresh basil leaves provides a floral touch with every sip you take.
And we love using a few extra leaves for the final garnish!
4. Watermelon and Mint
Another perfect summertime drink, this watermelon and mint option is a great thirst-quencher to enjoy!
Both watermelon and mint are always in abundant supply during the warmer months of the year, so you can take advantage of our pretty pairing in this drink throughout the entire summer.
You can prep the melons in a cube shape using a knife, or use a melon baller for a fun look.
Just like with the basil in our previous strawberry and lemon version, make sure to have plenty of extra mint on hand for garnishing.
Mind the Time
Every flavored water recipe relies upon a certain length of time for optimal infusion, so be sure to re-read your recipe’s instructions and take notice of our recommended number of hours.
Rest assured, nothing seriously detrimental will occur if you infuse for too little or too much time. However, we want to set you up for the most successful, and tastiest, drinks!
Here are easy fixes to the most common timing mistakes:
If you infuse for too little time, you won’t achieve the best embodiment of your ingredients. The solution is simple here – taste-test a little of the water at the 2-hour mark, and decide if you want to let the ingredients linger in the liquid for longer.
If you infuse for too much time, certain ingredients, especially the citrus, will impart a bitter flavor. Again, the solution is easy! You can add 1/2 cup of plain water at a time to dilute the strong flavors.
Do you prefer more subtle flavors? Or do you like bigger, bolder punches? Leave a comment below!
Let’s keep drinking! Raise a glass to more homemade beverages. Stay refreshed and quenched, and head to these three other non-alcoholic recipes you can make from scratch:
Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on May 14, 2015 by Jennifer Swartvagher. Last updated on October 25, 2023.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.