By Cassie Johnston
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Drinking plain ole water has never really been a problem for me—except when I was pregnant. I just couldn’t stomach plain water for almost my entire pregnancy. Before that, I had always laughed at people who said they didn’t like “the taste” of water. What taste!? Water is tasteless! And then I became pregnant, had the morning sickness from hell, and I totally got it. Water tasted terrible for all 42 weeks I was pregnant. My savior during that time? Infused waters!
Now, even though I’m back to enjoying plain (ice cold, thankyouverymuch) water, I still love the treat of some fruit-infused water. It just feels so refreshing, summery, and let’s be honest, fun! Opening up the fridge to see a beautiful pitcher of infused water just makes me want to drink more. When the healthy choice is also the fun choice, it’s a lot easier to make a good-for-you decision.
Honestly, you can put just about whatever fruit you like into a pitcher of water and enjoy the mild, light flavor, but I think it’s so much more fun (and beautiful!) to do tasty combinations of fruits and herbs. I thought I’d show you eight of my favorite combinations today. But before we dig in, a few notes about infused waters:
Each of the “recipes” (I hesitate to even call them that) below will make one quart (four cups) of infused water—plus however many extra batches you make with refills. In these pictures, I’m using one liter glass carafes, which are perfect for serving at summer cookouts! These carafes have lids, so I normally make up 4-6 different flavors, place them on ice in a small galvanized tub, and then let people serve themselves flavored water. Folks always rave! And it makes me happy that my party guests are hydrating (it helps balance out all the homebrew they are inevitably drinking).
Another great option is one quart wide-mouth Mason jars. I use these when I’m doing infused water just for me. I just fill up a Mason jar, stick a straw in, and sip at my desk. When the water is done, I throw in a few more ice cubes, fill it back up, and sip some more. I’m a big, tall girl who spends a lot of time shoveling compost in the hot summer sun, so I try to drink four quarts of water per day—or 16 cups.
Okay, onto the flavors! Don’t forget, these are just suggestions, feel free to create your own favorite combinations.
This may sound like a weird combination, but I promise you’ll like it if you try it! Make sure to wash the outside of the grapefruit really well before slicing. Also, citrus fruit tends to turn water bitter if it rests more than about four hours, so only make this one right before you want to drink or serve it.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, grapefruit, and rosemary. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
It doesn’t get much more classic (or refreshing) than the lemon and lime combo. When you make this one with sparkling water, it tastes almost like that famous lemon-lime soda (without all the sugar or additives). Citrus fruit tends to turn water bitter if it rests more than about four hours, so only make this one right before you want to drink or serve it.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, lemon, and lime. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
This one is a fruit-flavor explosion! It’s also one of my most beautiful waters in the set—make sure to serve this one at your next party. Citrus fruit tends to turn water bitter if it rests more than about four hours, so only make this one right before you want to drink or serve it.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, kiwi, strawberries, and lime. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
When it’s 95 degrees out and 90% humidity, THIS is the water you want to drink. It really doesn’t get much more refreshing than this! Make sure to really scrub the outside of the cucumber you use.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, cucumber, and mint. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
Okay, I know this combination sounds strange, but it’s really addictive! Make sure you only use really fresh, really tasty watermelon to get the best flavor. You can also try this with cantaloupe, honeydew, or a combo!
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, watermelon, and basil. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
I like to make this one when our black raspberries are coming off—it doesn’t get much fresher than that! It might take a few extra minutes to get the raspberry flavor in your water.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, raspberry, and mint. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
All of the flavor of a piña colada with none of the hangover! This is a great combo if you want to get that tropical feeling. I like to make up a carafe of this one when we go to the beach.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, pineapple, and coconut. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
Whole blueberries tend to take a few extra minutes to infuse water (because of their skin). Either wait about 30 minutes before drinking, or slice your blueberries in half before you add them. Citrus fruit tends to turn water bitter if it rests more than about four hours, so only make this one right before you want to drink or serve it.
Fill a glass, bottle, mason jar, pitcher or carafe with ice, blueberries, and orange. Fill to top with water. Enjoy immediately. Refill with more water and ice until fruit flavor is gone. Makes 1 quart (plus refills).
I like to rotate through the flavors throughout the week—although right now, I’m seriously digging the Pineapple Coconut. Make sure to chime in with your favorite infused water combo in the comments. I always love trying out new flavors. Happy hydrating, friends!
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I am NOT a water drinker by habit. I have to force myself to drink it. I normally just put in some lemon slices and sometimes add cucumber so this gives me so many more options. I am really looking forward to trying the orange & blueberry recipe! Thank you so much for the recipes!
If you want to really get a ton of blueberry flavor, it gets even stronger if you muddle the blueberries first. It doesn’t make for the prettiest of waters, but it surrrreeeee is tasty!
Thank you! I will do that!
Thanks for this post! I’m sure a lot of work for you to put together but love the reminders of all the combos that are so fun!
It definitely was a lot of running back and forth between the fridge, freezer, and photo studio, but totally fun! I love doing stuff like this. :)
I have been drinking Meyer Lemon’ infused iced water and it is delightfully tasty with no sugar or sweeteners required. It balances the body’s PH and it is very refreshing.
I love drinking lemon water! I do it every morning before my coffee. :)
Can’t wait to try the rosemary and grapefruit! Thank you!
These look delish! Love the addition of basil, rosemary, mint in my water, they make it so refreshing! Will have to try out your tropical combination as well :-D
I’m really trying to increase my water intake and your timing is perfect. I can’t wait to try these! Thank you!
This pregnant lady needs some of these ASAP. I put lemon in my water but I am definitely ready for some different flavora. Orange and blueberry is great, I would not have thought of that combo.
I suffered a stroke 8 months ago and have had 2 TIA’s since. The Dr says that the TIA’s happened because I was dehydrated but I absolutey hate water. These recipes look wonderful and I can’t wait to try them. Thank you!!!!
Hi! This is actually the first time I’ve heard that you can use sparkle water in making an infused water. Does using it have an added benefit?
No added benefit, that I know of. I think some folks (including me) just like the bubbles! :)
it helps reduce the bitterness of grapefruit if you remove the skin!!!
Wow! I’ve been drinking lemon and lime water, but THESE. Oh yum.
Question. Will cutting off the rind of the fruits help extend the life of the taste a bit?
It definitely will!
Wow! These are amazing! I’ve never thought of these. Thank you for giving me more options.
P.S. I love you pictures!
Thank you so much for taking the time to help the “water challenged” people like me. I am like you, I like the taste of really good, clean water, but the water we have in our current house is absolutely TERRIBLE, and I have been resorting to drinking distilled water, and flavoring it with the not so healthy purchased flavorings for water, but I want healthier options. I have a very nice infuser pitcher that has been sitting idly by because I wasn’t sure that it would be as economical because I didn’t know whether or not the fruit could be reused more than once. Because you answered that question of 4 times, I really believe that it will be the best solution all around, and fun, too! Using a little whole leaf tea, which comes in dozens of variatels, can be used in the same way as the herbs in that it will lightly flavor the water as opposed to getting it hot and steeping it, as the idea is to keep it fairly subtle, generally speaking, but if full on flavored tea is what you want for a change, let it sit, just like sun tea. One caution though, if using green tea leaves, be careful to not leave it in too long, as green tea can become bitter. Given the fact that I haven’t ever tried it in cold water, I can’t give a time, so it would have to be a trial and error thing, should you decide to try it. I will try to remember to come back after trying it to let everyone know my results. LAVENDER with a bit of HONEY just popped into my mind as an idea for an option to try, and I am going to try that one too! This is gonna be even MORE fun than I thought!!! Happy infusing everyone!
Excellent article. I need to try this flavors :)
My husband, from his trip from New York, brought me a ready to drink infused water and its name is Elif. infused water. It was so yummy. I wish they would sell it here in LA.
Could you use frozen strawberries to help keep the water cold?
Yes, you could, but I believe the strawberries would get pretty mushy and unattractive quickly. But I’m sure it’d still taste yummy!
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