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Want to make your hydrating more fun? Try Cucumber Water! You may have seen it at spas or beauty salons, and the botanical flavor tastes like poolside relaxion in a sip. But how do you make this tasty infused water? Do you simply combine cucumber and water? Well, kind of. Here’s what you need to know about how to make this tasty drink!

How to make cucumber water: basic steps

Cucumber water requires just cucumbers and water. But to make it, you do need one extra thing: time! It takes 1 hour for the flavor to infuse into the water. Here’s what to do:

  • Slice ½ cucumber into thin rounds.
  • Add 8 cups cold water.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour!

Cheater tip: This infused water actually tastes pretty good after about 10 minutes. So if you’re in a rush, you could serve immediately. Just use very cold water.

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Use a standard or English cucumber

You can use any type of cucumber for this cucumber water! Typically you’ll see it with the standard variety, but an English cucumber works too. What’s the difference?

  • English cucumbers are long and straight, with a thin skin with ridges and very small seeds. Because the thin skin is so fragile, it’s sold with a plastic covering in the grocery store. This is our favorite type to use, because the flavor is so mild and it doesn’t need to be peeled. Read more about English cucumbers here.
  • Standard slicing cucumbers are shorter, with thick, dark green skin and very large seeds. The thick skin and seeds can be bitter, so they’re often removed when cooking.
English cucumber
English cucumbers are longer, with ridged outsides and delicate skin

Add-ons for cucumber water: herbs, lemon, and more

Once you’ve mixed up a batch of cucumber water, there are a few optional ingredients you can add before and after serving to make it really pop. This is perfect for entertaining! On the regular, we just drink it straight up.

  • Fresh herbs like mint or basil: Add these before you let the cucumber infuse for 1 hour. Or, go to Cucumber Herb Water.
  • Lemon or lime: We like serving this water with a few lemon wedges or slices. Or you can let the citrus infuse: go to Cucumber Lemon Water.

How long does cucumber water last?

Cucumber water lasts even longer than most infused water recipes. Plan to store it for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. The cucumber holds up well to storage over time, which is not the case for other fruits and veggies like strawberries, which tend to fall apart (like in this Fruit Infused Water). However, it tastes best within 1 day!

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It’s also great with sparkling water

Revive your cucumber water with some bubbles! You can add sparkling water or club soda to get a flavored bubbly water. We use a SodaStream, or you can use your favorite brand of sparkling water (La Croix, Topo Chico, etc).

More infused water recipes

Love infusing your water? We’ve got lots of ideas! But keep in mind: infused water is best with only certain types of fruits and veggies. Cucumber, citrus, and herbs tend to infused the best. Here are our top infused waters:

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Cucumber water

Cucumber Water

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


What makes hydrating easier? Cucumber water! Add spa-like tranquility to your day with this infused water.


  • 1/2 medium cucumber
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) cold water
  • Lemon slices, for serving (if desired)
  • Fresh mint (optional)


  1. Wash and thinly slice the cucumber.
  2. Add the cucumber slices to bottom of a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle (mash) them several times to release the juices.
  3. Add the cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving (you can add fresh mint sprigs if desired). Flavor is best within 1 day, but you can store up to 3 days refrigerated. Serve with lemon slices if desired. Or, add a splash of sparkling water.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Infused
  • Cuisine: Water
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Saman Samarasinghe says:

    good work

  2. Antwi Ransford says:

    What if you are been asked not to drink cold water

  3. Debra says:

    Cucumbers contain ASCORBINASE. Which breaks down, vitamin C. You should avoid radishes, tomatoes, lemons, anything containing vitamin C, with cucumbers, because it prevents our body from absorbing them.

  4. Irene Taylor says:

    Thank you for making the recipe so easy to understand.

  5. Sha says:

    I was drinking some and thought it would be great in winter also. I have lots of cucumbers. Might it be something I might be able to freeze. (Lots of freezer space and cucumbers!)

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hmm great question! We have not tried freezing cucumber water but it should work! Just defrost at room temp or in the refrigerator (we wouldn’t try microwaving). Let us know how it goes!

  6. Mrs. Nguyen says:

    For paying customers only!

    1. Thomas Wood says:

      Better call Saul!

  7. Diana Nabisere says:

    Cucumber water is very refreshing and can help in losing weight

  8. Joanne Lozepone says:

    I harvested so many cucumbers from my garden that I didn’t know what to do with them until I came across the cucumber water recipe. Its quick, easy and deliciously refreshing. It also makes drinking water more enjoyable.

  9. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!