Delicious, refreshing fruit-infused water you can customize with your favorite fruits and herbs. The perfect alternative to calorie-filled sodas and juices.
If you are looking for a way to make water tasty and not boring—homemade fruit and herb-flavored water is the way to go. Even better, it’s also a delicious, healthy alternative to sodas, juices, and other calorie-filled drinks.
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We’ve tried to substitute flavored sparkling water like Bubbly or LaCroix in place of soda (and do enjoy it from time to time), but we really just prefer homemade infused water with fresh fruit. If you’ve ever had Hint water (which we also love, especially in peach), this is the DIY version.
Our favorite ways to use and prepare flavored water:
- Use a regular pitcher or fruit-infused water pitcher and make enough for the family or a dinner party. This is perfect for bridal or baby showers and spa-themed parties.
- Take 32-ounce mason jars and keep them in the refrigerator during the week to grab. We work from home, so this works well for us.
- If you’re on the go – use a water bottle or fruit-infused water bottle that’s ready to grab and go. Perfect for the office!
- Many use healthy infused water as a way to detox.
- Fruits of choice
- Herbs of choice
- Ice cubes (optional)
The Best Fruits to Use
Here’s a list of the best fruits to put in water (in our opinion!).
The Best Herbs to Use
Add a little extra flavor with your favorite herbs. Test different combinations and find your favs.
How to Make Fruit Infused Water
Use a mason jar (we use 32-ounce jars), infused water pitcher, or fruit-infused water bottle.
Add your favorite fruits and herbs. Slice if needed. The fruits you slice will provide more flavor – citrus (lemons, limes, grapefruit), cucumbers, strawberries, kiwi, watermelon, and pineapple.
The amount of fruit you use will really depend on the size of your container. For the 32-ounce mason jars, we fill the bottom of the jar about 1/8 to 1/4 of the way.
Fill the remainder of the jar, pitcher, or bottle with water. And chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 4 hours—if you have time for the fruits to marinate in the water overnight, even better!
If you prefer ice water, add ice cubes before drinking.
Fruit and Herb Combinations
Here are our favorite flavored water combinations you can use for inspiration. Try your own combinations to find your favorites.
This is so easy! Slice strawberries and kiwi for a sweet and refreshing beverage perfect for sipping in the summertime.
Blueberry-infused water is a favorite of ours. Our family loves blueberries, so we always have them on hand. In addition to blueberries, add lemon, lime, or lavender.
Cucumber lemon water reminds us of the spa. It’s so light and refreshing. Slice cucumbers and lemons. So simple!
We just love the look of raspberry lemon water alone. This is so pretty for a summer barbecue, bridal shower, or baby shower. Slice lemons and add raspberries.
We love grapefruit. Slice grapefruits (or cut into wedges) and add a few sprigs of rosemary to spice it up!
Blackberry and basil-infused water is great for those who love berries + want more of a savory taste. It’s less sweet than other flavored water recipes.
Ok, hear us out on this one! My husband loves cilantro, and it pairs perfectly with lime. This combination reminds me of the pico de gallo we make. It is addicting! Add sliced limes and cilantro leaves.
Strawberry lemon is one of my go-to’s. Slice strawberries and lemons, and you’re all set.
Citrus water is so yummy. Add sliced oranges and lemons or wedges.
If you want to try something slightly different, add watermelon slices with mint leaves or coconut.
Pineapple coconut makes me feel like I should be on a beach somewhere. Pineapple also pairs well with cucumber.
Here’s an easy no-slice recipe. Combine raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
Grapefruit lemon is another great citrus combination. Slice lemons and grapefruits.
Cucumber mint is an uplifting combination. Slice cucumbers and add mint leaves.
The perfect flavor for fall. Slice 1 apple and add 2 cinnamon sticks. You can use ground cinnamon, but you will need to shake or stir often while drinking it.
Peel and slice half of a ginger root. Add sliced lemon.
As you can see, there are endless possibilities. Experiment and try different combinations.Print
- Fruits of choice (see notes for best fruits to add)
- Herbs of choice (see notes for best herbs to add)
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Use a mason jar (I use 32-ounce jars), infused water pitcher, or fruit infused water bottle.
- Add your favorite fruits and herbs, slice if needed.
- Fill the remainder of the jar, pitcher, or bottle with water.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours; overnight is even better.
- If you prefer ice water, add ice cubes before drinking. Enjoy!
- Best fruits to add: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, lemons, limes, oranges, cucumbers, kiwi, grapefruit, watermelon, pineapple, coconut, and peaches.
- Best herbs to add: mint, basil, rosemary, cilantro, basil, cinnamon, lavender, ginger, and sage.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Beverages
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Low Calorie
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to commonly asked questions about infused water.
How long does it take for fruit to infuse in water?
It really depends on the fruits you add, but it can take an hour or two. For the best flavor, I recommend chilling it overnight in your refrigerator.
Can I use frozen fruit or berries?
Yes, you can use frozen fruit. It will help keep your water cold. Frozen berries can add a pretty color to your water as well. However, they may not release as much juice or flavor as fresh fruit and may fall apart easier than fresh produce.
What are the best fruit-infused waters for parties?
I love to use strawberry lemon or kiwi, raspberry lemon, and cucumber lemon for parties. Throw in basil or mint to make them even prettier. Beverage dispensers are perfect.
What are the benefits of drinking infused water?
Infused water helps to hydrate your body and can replace high-calorie drinks. Read more about the health benefits here.
Can fruit-infused water be bad for you?
There are precautions you should take. Such as keeping best practices for food safety in mind when preparing to avoid food poisoning and being aware that sipping on certain types of water all day can have negative effects on your teeth.
Can you drink lemon water all day?
I would be careful due to the effects lemon water can have on the enamel of your teeth. Read more about sipping lemon water here.
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