We have 35 of our favorite infused water recipes to give you below (you can scroll down if you wish). But first, some information about what infused water is, and all that it can do for you and your family.

Infused water is sometimes called “detox water”, “fruit infused water”, or just simply “fruit flavored water”. You make it by soaking fruits, herbs, and even vegetables in plain water until it takes on the taste and some of the nutrient value of the items you’ve added. It’s very easy to prepare, and there’s virtually no limit to the exciting flavor combinations you can create. (Our 35 infused water recipes are just the beginning!)

life-giving waterLife-Giving Water

To talk about how wonderful infused water is, we should start with the benefits of plain old water itself. Did you know …

  • Your body is 70% water?
  • Your muscles are 75% water?
  • Your blood is 82% water?
  • Your brain cells are 85% water?

In his book, “The Seven Pillars of Health”, Dr. Don Colbert devotes the very first section to talking about water as “the most foundational aspect of health”. He writes, “Water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies. It is involved in every function of our bodies. You can live five to seven weeks without food, but the average adult can last no more than five days without water.”

The Dangers of Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you lose more water from your body than you are replenishing. You only need to reduce your body’s water content by 1 to 2% to begin feeling thirsty and perhaps dry in the mouth. If you continue without water, this mild condition will progress until you can experience headaches, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, and eventually even nausea and diarrhea. Chronic dehydration may lead to very serious health problems, including kidney disease, kidney and gall stones, joint problems, brain damage, and, if not treated, ultimately death.

So water is a big deal. How much do you need to drink? Experts generally agree on a minimum of 64 fluid oz each day (that’s 8 regular glasses). A larger person will need even more. Take your weight in pounds and divide by two, then drink that much in fluid oz. (eg. a person who weighs 250 lbs should drink 125 fluid oz of water in a day).

The good news is that you get water content from multiple sources. Fruit and vegetables have good water content. And you can also include some of the other beverages you enjoy, such as moderate amounts of tea and coffee (too much of these will deliver high amounts of caffeine, etc, which is not good.) But you should not fall into the trap of reaching for soda (softdrinks) for rehydration; these are some of the worst things for you for numerous reasons, and their high sodium content can actually make dehydration worse.

The very best thing you can drink, though, is water itself. The problem is that many people complain it’s just too “bland and boring” for them, so they reach for tastier drinks. This is just one of the big reasons why switching to infused water can be a great choice: it has virtually zero calories, tastes great, provides all the hydration of straight water, and even has added nutrients!

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infused water recipes - strawberry lemonThe Benefits of Infused Water

  • It flushes toxins out of your system.
  • It aids your body’s digestive processes.
  • It keep your organs in good health.
  • It gives you a sense of being full, so you don’t feel the need reach for snacks.
  • It helps your body to naturally discharge fat cells, resulting in water weight loss.
  • It reduces muscle fatigue when you’re exercising, and helps you recover faster.
  • It prolongs energy so that you don’t slump later in the day.
  • It generally helps to improve your mood.

Infused Water and Weight Loss

Did you realize how important water is when you are trying to lose weight? How does it work? Studies show that drinking water can increase the amount of calories you burn through activity. Within 10 minutes of drinking, you can be burning anywhere from 24 to 30% more calories, and that can last for up to an hour. So, to maximize the weight loss benefit of your workout, you should drink a good amount before you begin, and sip water throughout the session. This is also important to avoid muscle injuries that you can get through dehydration.

How Do You Make Infused Water?

It’s a very simple process that takes hardly any time at all, and, once you start experimenting with various infused water recipes, you’ll find it can be a lot of fun too!

First, a word on …

The Types of Water to Use

Tap water is okay, but some type of filtered water is always best. It’s cleaner, and freer of harmful chemicals and additives that are commonly found in our water supplies. If you can use filtered water, it will definitely improve both the quality and the flavor of your infused water.

Use water at room temperature or cooler. Don’t use very warm or hot water, as it will tend to cause the fruits and other things you add to fall apart more quickly and not infuse as well.

Selecting the Produce You Will Use for Your Infused Water Recipes

ingredients for infused water recipesIt’s always wonderful if you can get organic fruits and vegetables. They’re available in most supermarkets, but they’re often cheaper (and always fresher) if you can find a local farmer’s market.

The downside to going organic, however, is that it can get expensive. (Although not as expensive as healthcare in the long run!) So, if organic just won’t fit in your budget, don’t let this discourage you. Regular supermarket produce is still a far healthier option than all the processed packaged foods in today’s western diet. Just be sure to wash the produce thoroughly before using it. (TIP: you can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to really clean produce and get all those harmful pesticides and chemicals off. Then just rinse the vinegar off thoroughly before proceeding).

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The Equipment You’ll Need

Theoretically, you could just put your fruits and other items in any bowl or container of water and the infusion process will begin. These days, however, we have some excellent water infuser pitchers and bottles that are so much more convenient. They generally have a narrow tube in the middle where you place your fruit, etc. This tube has holes to release the flavor.

Note: glass is the very best choice of material, because it is free of Bisphenol A (BPA), and will also keep your infused water freshest.

glass water infusion pitcher

Glass Water Infusion Pitcher – High Quality BPA Free Borosilcate

 

infusionpro infused water bottle

Infusion Pro Premium 24 oz Fruit Infused Water Bottle (2 Pack or 1 Pack) – BPA Free Tritan Plastic with Insulating Sleeves

If you’re debating between a pitcher and a bottle, each has it’s advantages:
=> A water infusion pitcher makes a larger quantity for family use.
=> A water infusion bottle can be very convenient on the go.

Both can be replenished throughout the day without having to keep replacing the fruits, herbs and vegetables.

How to Prepare the Ingredients

After you have selected, thoroughly cleaned, and peeled (if necessary) your fruit, herbs and vegetables, you should cut them into pieces so their flavor and nutrients will infuse the water more efficiently. “Harder” items, like apples or cucumber, should be cut in thin slices. Berries and citrus fruit are softer, so just cut them in half or quarters and they should be fine. Leafy herbs can be cut, but cloves or seeds should be crushed to release their natural oils.

How Long to Soak the Produce

Put the produce items in your infusion pitcher or bottle, and then pour the water in on top. You should then leave it standing with enough time for the flavor and nutrients to be fully released in the water. On the kitchen counter, this will usually take around 2 hours. If in the refrigerator, allow 4-6 hours. If you can leave it to infuse overnight, it will be wonderfully flavorful by the morning.

How Long Will Infused Water Last?

It’s ideal if you can drink your infused water the same day, but it will last a couple. As it gets older you will notice that the taste is not as good. If you are going to keep using it for a day or two, however, don’t leave the produce in it. Citrus fruit may do okay, but berries, melons etc will get mushy. So remove the central tube, and you can keep drinking the water.

And remember, if you drink the infused water quickly, you can still refill the container 2-3 times with the same the produce and still get a lot of flavor from it.

Our 35 Delicious Recipes

So, with no further ado, here are 35 of the best infused water recipes that we have found and love:

#1 – A Basic Lemon Infusion

The simplest of all infused water recipes:
• 3 to 4 lemons, sliced
That’s it!

 

#2 – All-American

Ingredients:
• 5 apples, sliced
• 5 cinnamon sticks

 

#3 – Berry Flower Water

Ingredients:
• ½ cup of strawberries, cut
• A handful of edible Flowers

 

#4 – Berrylicious

Ingredients:
• 10 strawberries, cut
• 2 cups blueberries (gently squeeze to enhance the flavor)

 

#5 – Blueberry & Lavender Smile

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup of blueberries (gently squeeze to enhance the flavor)
• a handful of lavender (note: if using dried lavender, strain out before serving)

#6 – Blueberry Orange

Ingredients:
• 2 oranges, segmented
• One handful of blueberries (gently squeeze to enhance the flavor)

#7 – Citrus Blend

Ingredients
• 1 orange, segmented
• 1 lime, sliced
• 1/2 lemon, sliced

#8 – Citrus Coriander Surprise

Ingredients:
• 1 lemon, sliced
• 1 lime, sliced
• 1 orange, segmented
• ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped (but not finely)

#9 – Citrus Salad

Ingredients:
• 2 large oranges, segmented
• 1 lemon, sliced
• ½ cucumber, sliced
• handful of fresh mint, chopped (not finely)

#10 – Cucumber Lavender Blend

Ingredients:
• 1 cucumber, sliced
• 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender (note: strain the dried lavender out before serving)

#11 – Flowery Citrus Swirl

Ingredients:
• 1 orange, segmented
• 5 kumquats, sliced
• A handful of edible Flowers

#12 – Ginger Pineapple Punch

Ingredients:
• 1 cup of fresh pineapple pieces
• 1 knob of ginger, peeled and sliced

#13 – Grape Melon Twist

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of grapes, cut
• 4 cups of cantaloupe chunks

#14 – Honeydew Lime Water

Ingredients:
• 2–3 slices of honeydew melon, cut into chunks
• 1 lime, sliced
• 4 sprigs of mint

#15 – Lemon & Cucumber With Mixed Herbs

Ingredients:
• ½ cucumber, sliced
• 1 lemon, sliced
• 2 sprigs rosemary, crushed
• 1 handful thyme, crushed
• 1 handful mint

#16 – Minty Berry Mix

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of blueberries
• 2 sprigs of mint (chopped, not finely)

#17 – Minty Cucumber Lime

Ingredients:

• ½ cucumber, sliced
• ½ lime, sliced
• ¼ cup of mint leaves

#18 – Minty Grapefruit

Ingredients:
• ½ lime, sliced
• ½ lemon, sliced
• ½ grapefruit, sliced
• 1 cup of cucumber, peeled and sliced
• 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
• a handful of peppermint leaves, chopped (not too finely)

#19 – Minty Orange & Strawberry

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup of strawberries, cut
• 1/2 cup of orange segments
• 1/4 cup of fresh mint, chopped (but not finely)

#20 – Mixed Melon Medley

Ingredients:
• 1 cup honeydew
• 1 cup cantaloupe
• 1 cup watermelon

#21 – Oranges & Berries

Ingredients:
• 1 cup of strawberries, cut
• 1 orange, segmented

#22 – Peach Berry Coconut

Ingredients:
• 1 cup blueberries
• 1 cup blackberries
• 2 peaches, cut into half-inch wedges
• 2 cups coconut water (pour into the infusion container, and fill the rest with plain water)

#23 – Pomegranate with a Twist of Lime

Ingredients
• 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
• 1 lime, sliced

#24 – Posh Cucumber and Melon

Ingredients:
• 1 cup of melon chunks
• 1 cup cucumber slices

#25 – Raspberry Lemon Refresher

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of raspberries
• 1 to 2 slices of lemon
• 1/2 cup of dried date palms

#26 – Rosemary Blitz

Ingredients:
• 6 cups of watermelon chunks
• 4 rosemary sprigs, crushed

#27 – Strawberry & Basil

Ingredients:
• 10 strawberries, cut
• 3 basil leaves

#28 – Strawberry, Basil & Cucumber

Ingredients:
• 3 chopped basil leaves
• 1 strawberry, sliced
• 3-6 slices of cucumber

#29 – Strawberry Kiwi Delight

Ingredients:
• 3 peeled and sliced kiwi fruit
• 1/2 cup of cut strawberries

#30 – Strawberry Kiwi Kick

Ingredients:
• 3 cups strawberries, cut
• 2 lemons, sliced
• 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced

#31 – Strawberry, Lime & Cucumber Blend

Ingredients:
• 1 cup of cucumbers, sliced
• 1 cup of strawberries, cut
• 2 limes, sliced
• 1/4 cup of mint leaves, chopped (not too finely)

#32 – Sweet ‘n Tart

Ingredients:
• 2 cups fresh pineapple pieces
• 1 cup cherries, sliced
• 3 apples, sliced

#33 – Tangerine Tango

Ingredients:
• 4 or 5 tangerines, segmented
• 1 lemon, sliced

#34 – Tropical Sweetness

Ingredients:
• 2 sugarcane sticks
• ½ cup of fresh pineapple pieces

#35 – Watermelon Basil Splash

Ingredients:
• 2 cups of watermelon chunks
• 10-12 basil leaves, chopped (bit not finely)

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Want more amazing infused water recipes? Check out “Fruit Infused Water: 98 Delicious Recipes for Your Fruit Infuser Water Pitcher” by Susan Marque.

Simple Tips for Drinking More Water Every Day

  • Start your day off right with water FIRST THING. If you prepare infused water before you go to bed, it will be ready to go in the morning.
  • Keep a pitcher of infused water in your refrigerator all the time. Just having it there conveniently will encourage you to drink more.
  • Purchase an infused water bottle designed for “on-the-go”. Keep it with you everywhere, and you’ll find yourself drinking throughout the day.
  • Just get into the habit of always ordering water in restaurants. Don’t worry that the waiter might think you’re being cheap – it has become a very popular choice with people now as more and more understand the benefits.
  • Be mindful of other water sources. Munching on healthy fruit and veg is a good option, of course, but there are others too. If your friends are headed to Starbucks, you can always find something on the menu that hydrating … try a healthier decaf tea.

Here’s to your hydration and health!

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