8 Infused Water Recipes

Stay hydrated with these 8 Infused Water recipes! Inspired by The Flavor Bible, these fruit and herb combinations will encourage you to drink more water.

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Stay hydrated with these 8 Infused Water recipes! Inspired by The Flavor Bible, these fruit and herb combinations will encourage you to drink more water.

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Unless you woke up thirsty at 2:00 a.m. after a night of binging on Chinese takeout, you are probably not excited about drinking water. I’m not either.

But seriously, if you want to drink more water, at least make it taste good. Give yourself a fighting chance. It’s the end of January and you still have time to latch on to one more resolution: Staying hydrated!

What can I use to make Infused water?

Fresh fruit, herbs, and some vegetables make great flavors for water. While any combination can be tasty, I turned to my go-to resource for flavor pairings: The Flavor Bible, (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).

The Flavor Bible is an encyclopedic listing of ingredients and the flavors that pair best with them as decided by a group of chefs. So it’s one set of opinions, but it’s a good set of opinions (at least in my opinion). If you need culinary inspiration, it’s a place to start.

Citrus, berries, melons, fresh ginger, and mint are all good choices. You can float the ingredients freely in water or use an infusion pitcher (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).

Stay hydrated with these 8 Infused Water recipes! Inspired by The Flavor Bible, these fruit and herb combinations will encourage you to drink more water.

Can you eat the fruit after infusing water?

Yes! You might be disappointed, though. As the fruit infuses the water with flavor, the fruit itself has less flavor and more water. So it might taste watery and less flavorful than what you’d expect.

How long can you keep fruit infused water in the fridge?

Infused water is best 2 to 4 hours after you’ve made it. Or, you can let it infuse overnight in the refrigerator.

Some ingredients last better than others. With herbs, for example, fresh basil lasts 2 to 3 days but rosemary can last up to a week.

Stay hydrated with these 8 Infused Water recipes! Inspired by The Flavor Bible, these fruit and herb combinations will encourage you to drink more water.

Is fruit infused water healthy?

I personally feel better when I drink more water and there is a good chance you will, too. And depending one what you’ve used to infuse the water, you could be setting yourself up for bonus nutrients!

However, the only time you will hear me talk about “flushing toxins” is when I say it in a sarcastic or ironical way with a wry smile on my face. I’m just not that person.

8 infused waters in clear glasses.

8 Infused Water Recipes

Stay hydrated with these 8 Infused Water recipes! Inspired by The Flavor Bible, these fruit and herb combinations will encourage you to drink more water.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 22kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

For All Options:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup ice cubes optional

For Strawberry, Basil and Lemon:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries stemmed and sliced, fresh or frozen
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced

For Honeydew, Cucumber, and Mint:

  • 1/2 cup honeydew cubes
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 10 fresh mint leaves torn

Blackberries, Orange, and Ginger:

  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced

Blueberry, Lemon, and Rosemary:

  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Pineapple, Coconut, and Lime:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup coconut chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 lime thinly sliced

Watermelon, Kiwi, and Lime:

  • 1 cup watermelon cubes
  • 1 kiwi diced or cut into circles
  • 1 lime sliced into circles

Grapefruit, Pomegranate, and Mint:

  • 1 grapefruit thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 mint leaves torn

Mango, Raspberry, and Ginger:

  • 1 mango peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a large pitcher, place the desired combination of fruit or herbs. Add ice and fill container with water. Add additional fruit or herbs to garnish, if desired.

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Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal
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  1. Sarah Campbell

    These sound like great recipes! I am planning on trying this soon. Can you infuse these in a water bottle?5 stars

    1. Monica

      Yes! Absolutely! :)

  2. Cora

    I tried the berry, mint and ginger combination it was delicious and refreshing!5 stars

  3. Zellie

    Thanks for the recipes – will definitely try at least a few! And very glad to find another skeptic about “flushing toxins” from your body ☺️ There’s so much hype out there about this, based more on hopeful thinking than science.

  4. James

    Great information, thanks so much. I use kiwi a lot in some of our infusions – being from NZ, maybe that’s why. We used a great infusion pitcher by home ikon from Amazon. Works a treat, even with the kids :-)4 stars

  5. Global Healthy Water Foundation

    without healthy water and healthy fruit, would the drinks be healthy?

  6. PGERM

    I have loved infused waters from the first time I was introduced to cucumber with mint water when it was offered to me at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Spa about 20 years ago. I love cucumbers in anything. So the cucumber and mint combination is in my fridge most of the time; however, another good one is just some lemon wedges and torn basil.

    In addition when time is short, I will just add some washed basil or mint leaves to my chilled water bottle before heading out the door.5 stars

  7. Libby

    Really refreshing! A nice change from just plain water. The strawberry basil is my favorite.5 stars

  8. Gloria Castro

    I’m just using this infused water bottle for the first time.
    A gift from my children.

  9. Estefania

    The recipes were really nice.I had some with my family for a movie night5 stars

  10. James

    So cool. Very educating. I really love this information.

  11. Ashley

    How do you make the watermelon cubes?

    1. meggan

      Hi Ashely, here’s how I do it. I cut a watermelon in half, then lay half cut-side down. Then I cut slices through it the width I want my cubes to be. Then I lay those slices down flat. I cut the rind off (following the shape of the rind with my knife). And then I just make straight cuts through the wedge and then cube it off. Does that make sense? And repeat with remaining slices. I hope this helps. I’ll try to add a photo of this to the post for the future. Thanks for your question! -Meggan

  12. Nicola

    It was nice and refreshing can to plan water and easy to make5 stars

  13. Josephine Young

    hello ! I am new to fruit infused water so I had some questions for you if possible… Do you have to have a certain type of pitcher (plain pitcher vs infuser)? Also, how long is the fruit infused water good for? Like just the day or can it be in the fridge for a couple of days? Thank you!!!

  14. Naeem Amin

    If you cant keep it longer then how can we introduce this drink for a restaurant? What’s the minimum serving time .. can we serve like fresh juices instantly?

    1. meggan

      If you serve the waters immediately, like a fresh juice, they won’t have time to infuse the water with flavor. I would give them at least 30 minutes to an hour, but you should test them to see how much flavor you want so you know your own personal minimum. Thanks!

  15. Michelle Vaughn

    Love this5 stars

  16. Mohammad

    One of the best recipes…..

  17. Cindy Woods

    This article has inspired me to get a little more creative with my infused water. My go-to has always been lemon, lime, cuke, mint, and maybe ginger or basil thrown in. Time to think outside the citrus peel!! My son works with a group of people who make infused water daily to share with each other. Yesterday’s water was pineapple, lemon, mint, and jalapeño!! He said it was delicious. Thank you for sharing these recipes. 5 stars

    1. Meggan

      Thanks so much Cindy! I’m so happy you are inspired by these! I’ll have to try the combination with the jalapeño, that sounds crazy, but amazing! :D -Meggan

  18. Ellen

    I would like to know the benefits of each recipe as my husband has many health issues and doesn’t drink water without Crystal lite that doesn’t have any additional health benefits.

    1. meggan

      Hi Ellen, since I’m not a registered dietician, I am not legally allowed to talk about health benefits on my site. I’m really sorry about that. Good luck! -Meggan

  19. Chuvala

    I will be sharing these recipes at work with our wellness team. We are having an infused water day next week and I think these will work great. Hope to print the beautiful pic and recipes to distribute to staff.5 stars

  20. Satish Mantri

    Very good information. 
    Can I keep water in room temperature and not in refrigator.
    Advantages / disadvantages ?

    1. meggan

      Hi Satish, the advantage to infusing the water at room temperature is it works faster than doing it in the fridge. The disadvantage is, you can only let it sit out for 4 hours total (at least according to standard food safety guidelines). You’d have to change the whole thing every 4 hours. So for this reason, I would do it in the refrigerator if you can. Thanks! -Meggan

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