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There is something about warmer weather that makes me want to drink all the flavored beverages ever. Somehow, it seems like plain ole water just doesn’t do the trick when it’s 75 degrees like it did when it was blizzarding back in January. If I’m being totally honest, what I really want is a really cold gin and tonic, heavy on the lime, that I sip on while swinging on our front porch swing as the sun goes down, but I’ll have to wait for that kind of beverage until June.
For now, I’m getting my fill of fun, flavorful drinks by consuming a ton of naturally-flavored waters. I know, I know. You can buy flavored waters (both regular and sparkling) at the grocery store for almost nothing, and it’s so much easier than making your own. You’re right, it is so much more convenient to just snag a bottle or two off the shelf, but I love being able to customize my own combinations. I love knowing exactly what I’m drinking. And I love seeing this beautiful jar of deliciousness sitting in the fridge. It’s like a work of art!
Even though I was a water-drinking expert pre-pregnancy, I’ve struggled a lot with staying hydrated throughout my pregnancy because the taste of water (even filtered water) really didn’t agree with my pregnancy tastebuds. Flavored waters have been a lifesaver over the past eight months.
Water is important all the time. And it’s important throughout an entire pregnancy. But it’s especially important in the third trimester, when dehydration has been shown to trigger preterm labor. If I can keep Baby J growing inside for a bit longer just by getting my fill of water each day, I’m going to do it! Plus, staying property hydrated during the third trimester helps keep me from retaining water—no swollen feet or ankles for me (yet).
What I’ve been doing is filling up a half-gallon Mason jar (we inherited ours, but I’ve seen these at craft stores—check Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) with my water flavorings, ice and water in the morning, with a goal of getting through it twice in a day. That’s roughly 120 ounces of water, or 15 glasses, a day. The flavoring fruits, veggies and herbs will easily get me through two jar fill-ups and still keep their flavor. And in fact, I usually use them for two or more days. Basically, when they lose their flavor, I toss them in the compost and start over with a new combo. But until then, I just keep on filling it up!
In this jar, I used cucumbers, lime, strawberries and fresh mint. The cucumber, mint and lime make the water taste so refreshing and bright! And the strawberries just add a tiny touch of natural sweetness. If you wanted even stronger flavor, you could also muddle the mix-ins (mush them up) before pouring in your water. If you do that, I recommend straining the infused water before drinking—unless you like to chew chunks of cucumber and pick out lime seeds from your water.
This combination is one of my favorites, not only because it tastes yummy, but also because it just looks so darn pretty! I’m (obviously) a visual person, and I really think there is something in my noggin that says, “Hey, that’s pretty, I want to drink that!” and makes it more appealing to me than just regular ole water.
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Jazz up your daily hydration with this infused water. Strawberries add a little sweetness, while cucumber, mint, and lime make the water taste so refreshing and bright!
I can get 2-4 fill-ups out of one batch of flavorings, but you might want to change out your flavorings sooner for stronger flavor.
Feel free to use sparkling water instead of still water.
Obviously, the longer the water sits, the stronger the flavor. It’s mild at first, but after a few hours (or overnight) it’s quite strong.
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I really need to focus on doing this. I HATE to drink water. I haven’t really figured out why. A few years ago someone had suggested cucumber slices in a jar of water in the fridge. It didn’t sound appealing to me, but I was amazed at what it tasted like. And I tend to buy cucumbers for salad and then forget to eat them. So I really could use this tip. Now it’s just to make it a habit.
If you hate to drink water, you can try the idea explained in the article, which is really good, but you also can try ice tea. Just prepare it with some lemon juice and keep it in the fridge. You can use splenda or stevia to sweeten it. It works for me!!
That looks pretty and refreshing! Definitely going to try this one. Cheers!
What a lovely presentation! I am really struggling with drinking my 8 glasses of water a day, but I think this will change that! I am going to try this!
Oh! So lovely and beautiful will try this one asap.
Im with you.. I ned pretty water.. I’m all over this!
During planning of my daughter’s baby shower we all agreed that we wanted to serve infused water at the event, so I started Googling and here I am! I sent the link to my co-sponsors and they love the way your water looks, so I just made it to see if it tastes as good as it looks. To see how time affects it’s taste I just poured a small glass 1/2 hour after making it. A little pulp in the glass. I can taste the cucumber and a touch od lime. I like it! Let’s see what it tastes like in a few hours. I’m glad I found your web-site! Just wondering, when is your baby due?
I have never liked water but the taste (or smell of it) through all three of my pregnancies made me hurl. Aside from that, I am loving these colors. I could use this as computer wallpaper! :)
This looks so refreshing. Just what I needed to stop drinking so much iced tea and switch back to water! Beautiful photos!
Before leaving my bed inn morning I drink two 750ml of water first thing inn morning and the rest of the day just when I feel thirsty so I drink more than 2 liter daily
Whath a lovely idea. I made it following the recipe and the result was completely refreshing. Beautiful images.
This is absolutely stunning!
I love Cel-ray celery soda; and Mr Q Cumber cucumber soda. And I don’t drink sodas otherwise. So I am definitely going to try this.
Has anyone tried this with sparkling water? I wonder how well the fruit, veggies and herbs hold up…
Delicious. I’m using sparkling water. I haven’t had soda in a long time as it is so bad for you, but I like soda,so this is how I get the sparkle without drinking soda.
Hi Cassie. I found this photo and blog post pinned to a science Pinterest board recently. I love this idea and want to try out your recipe! I just finished writing about some of my favorite pins from this week and I gave you a quick shout out. Here’s the link if you want to see it. Have a great rest of your week! http://kellysclassroomonline.weebly.com/blog/my-5-favorite-pins-of-the-week
So beautiful. I’m going to try this. Question: after you’ve finished the flavored water, can you use the fruit/cucumbers in any way (like a smoothie), or is it best to dispose of them?
I suppose you could, but almost all of the flavor has been absorbed into the water, so there isn’t much left to them!
As a Chef, when I have cooked in peoples homes, I understand that folks want to use things that I would not serve that were used to create flavor, but were now left over at the end of the process. Once they provided their essence to the dish, it seemed a waste to get rid of them, but they are not quality food.
I recommend composting for this kind of thing…
I am looking forward to making this today, looks like a great complement to a raw food feast I am having with friends!
Hi just a quick question – how long will it stay good for in the fridge? I usually take a thermos filled with chilled green tea or similar to drink at work instead of hitting the vending machines – how long do i have if i make the full 1/2 gallon?
Thanks and love the site :-) Have printed all your planners too – love love love them!!!
Days! We usually will keep refilling the jar for 2-3 days.
This would be great with cleaner/clear ice cubes. Perhaps the water would taste a lot better and not make people “hurl” as “Brittany” exclaimed in her post. I recall trying home made ice cubes that were clouded years ago and they totally distort the flavor of whatever you are drinking. Those cubes tend to draw out all the funk & weird stuff n the freezer, then you put them in your lovely water?? No wonder you have trouble drinking water.
this drink looks so refreshing that I am putting it on my to-do list this weekend. can someone also tell me a good subsitute for sugar. I am currently using ORGANIC BLUE AGAVE.
I’m gonna try this one of these days. I get tired of just plain water but I know I shouldn’t be drinking so much black iced tea. I used to drink tons of soda (and still do from time to time) but I knew I shouldn’t drink so much so I tried to replace it with iced tea but iced tea has so much caffeine and I worry about flouride and brittle bones. (And it stains my teeth horribly, even worse than coffee!)
I don’t like the idea of putting lime or lemon in the water though because I worry about the effects of the acids on my teeth so cucumber and mint sounds more milder. Definitely won’t give me the same satisfaction as soda or iced tea but I need to drink something flavored sometimes, besides just plain water and this sounds like a healthy concoction to try.
Hi, I just wanted to put it out there that any time you drink something acidic you should drink it through a straw to reduce contact to your teeth. That way you can enjoy the lime in this delicious water without breaking down enamel.
Hi.. I work outside and always feel so thirsty everytime. I consumed alot of cold water but makes me so fat. Hope the lime on ur recipe makes me keep skinny. I love love love it! Thank you for sharing… :)
I doubt consuming water, cold or not makes you fat- that is unless you have some cookies, cake or a large sandwich with it.
It does look beautiful, however, I can’t say that it had the taste to match. I’m not a fan, but I think that applies to any fruit infused water. I’d rather just drink plain ice cold water.
Got to say wow!! it made me thirsty. This is just a great way to hydrate and get all the great antioxidants. looking forward to make with tropical fruits mango and pineapple. Thank you very much!
Now I am ready to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming yet again to read more news.
Other then helping to keep hydrated what else does this drink help with
Probably not a lot, if you’re thinking nutrition or additional health benefits. It’s refreshing, it might make your family drink more water. A lot of people put those flavor packets in their bottle of water. This has no sugar, chemicals or preservatives.
Jay is right about nutrition, but the mint aroma and flavor can help increase alertness and focus. Great for that 3 pm slump.
This looks so fantastic! I am loving it. Im always looking for some yummy ways to flavor water and I am totally going to be using this one.
I need to make a gallon size portion of this for an upcoming baby shower I’m co-hotsting. My question is, do I need to double the fruit/herbs because of the extra water or If I let it sit overnight it will have enought flavor? I will have to omit the cucumbers and lime, our mommy to be doesn’t like them. Strawberry and mint still sound yummy! Thank you for your reply.
I’d double the fruit and herbs. :)
I am also making this is large quantities do i have to keep in the fridge over night? can i store it over night without keeping it in the fridge ?
I would recommend keeping it in the fridge. :)
This is exaclty what I am lookin for to seve at a baby shower I am co-hosting next month. I need to make a gallon to fit my glass dispenser, do I double to fruit and herbs and let set overnight for flavors to meld? Thanks for sharing.
I have just done and simply loved it!
Thanks for such nice and simple receipt. :)
Looks great. :) I think I will leave out the cucumber though, but it still will be good!
I bought an infusion pitcher. I keep it filled all the time. I use blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cucumber, strawberries, watermelon, lemon, lime, mango. I redo the mixture every two to three days. I buy fruits on sale and freeze them. Then I put the ones I want to use in the stem of the infuser and add the water. I drink tons of water every day. I always have enjoyed water, but enjoy it even more now. I find it really has helped with my IBS.
Yummy! This does sound good! Especially with sparkling water!
Another thing that makes this better then the flavored bottled water in the store, are the nutrients. At least that’s what I’m assuming?
We don’t know how long ago they bottled the flavored water. And when you make these kinds of beverages, you get a majority of the vitamins & minerals from the fruits and veggies. (Of course, in order to really reap those benefits, the sooner you drink it the better). But even if you waited overnight, you’re still getting more out of it then you would from store bought flavored water!
I’m definitely going to give this a try. I slack on drinking water big time. These added flavors will definitely help me with getting the water I need!
Thank you for sharing! :-)
I made this yesterday and it got really bitter. Any idea on how that could have happened? Did I let it sit too long?
I made this yesterday and try a little bit after 15 minutes, it was very nice and refreshing, i then let it sit overnight like the recipe suggested and it was bitter, i’m thinking the lime could be the culprit.
I;m thinking i will try it again and replace the lime with orange.
Cassie, what was your experience when you left it overnight? any bitterness?
Strawberry lime and cucumber are one of my most favorite infused water recipes ever. It’s so sweet and refreshing, and really tastes great when you’re super thirsty.
I would like some good ideas fruit combo so could lose weight..
Hi: wondering What type of mint do you use? Thank you.
Any kind you like. :) I used peppermint.
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Hi Cassie! I’m been lurking in your blog for almost an hour now. I love your posts.
This one’s really pretty and refreshing! I shared this post on my Google + page for future reference.
This looks great and easy to do!!!
I prepared it last week and it was so delicious and it is very easy and quickly to do.
Every morning I fill a 2 litre jug with water and then at the end of the day, I can easily check on my intake of fluids. In addition I have a hot drink for breakfast and a measured amount of beer/wine in the evenings from Wed-Sun.
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Can u use dry mint leaves ,in the jar.instead of fresh mint.?or will it not taste right.?
Such a simple and easy way to add some life into your water. I love this idea!
Superb! I never have made infused water before for some reason – so this is ideal for me to try. Thanks for the idea.
Hey Cassie, Did you prepare this infusion or the images are from the internet? it looks amazing and delicious. Thanks for the information.
I have just read your ouessome drink,I will surely try this. Thank you very much for sharing..I appreciate it very much. With a millions of thanks goes with it.juvy
I love your blog post, Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Infused Water, and we would love to feature it on our website, GreenThickies.com. Would it be OK for me to use one of your photos within my post? I will of course link back to your post.
Thanks so much
I don’t like water that much.
Can i use above image in my health website?
I am very much bothered about copyrights. Few weeks one blogger emailed me to removed his image. So, i felt little ashamed.
Let me know.
You can use the image as long as you link back to Wholefully and don’t reprint the recipe fully!
Yum! I never have made infused water before for some reason – so this is ideal for me to trial. Thanks for the idea.
Is this type of water taken daily for weight loss or not, Cassie? I am interested in this matter.
Have a nice day!
Any kind of water helps with weight loss (especially if it’s yummy like this, and that helps you drink more). But no, there are no specific elements of this water that make it more weight loss-friendly than just plain water.
Very delicious recipe! Thanks for these ideas ;)
I would like recreate this healthy drink by replacing strawberries with watermelon because in southern part of our country Philiippines, it’s so hard to find fresh strawberries. Thanks for sharing! ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!
I would like recreate this healthy drink by replacing strawberries with watermelon because in southern part of our country Philiippines, it’s so hard to find fresh strawberries. Thanks for sharing! ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of healthfama.com and connect with amazing brands!
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