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Here are all the top infused water recipes that make healthy, hydrating drinks! Use citrus, cucumber, herbs, and more.

Infused water

One of the best ways to make hydrating fun? Infused water! Infused water is water that’s chilled with herbs, fruit, or vegetables so that it takes on subtle flavors. The water also looks more enticing with colorful garnishes in the glass! It makes an ideal healthy low-calorie substitute for soda, and it’s great for entertaining. Or, you can add sparkling water as a make-shift mocktail!

You might think you could infuse just about any fruit or vegetable, but there are some that work better than others. Here are a few tips about infused water when you make it at home:

  • Cucumber, citrus fruits, and fresh herbs work best for infusion. They hold up well over time and infuse flavor quickly. Citrus rinds can make a bitter flavor after 1 day, so you may want to remove the rinds.
  • Other fruits like berries, peaches and apples don’t have as much flavor. Even worse, they tend to start to disintegrate after a few hours, which makes floaties in your water (yuck!).
  • Infuse the water for 1 hour, and enjoy the best flavor within 1 day. Some waters like cucumber water can last for up to 3 days. Ready for some recipes?

And now…the best infused water recipes to try!

More healthy drinks

Infused water is one of our favorite ways to hydrate: and it’s a great healthy alternative to soda or other sugary drinks. Here are a few more healthy drinks:

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Infused water

6 Delicious Infused Waters

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


Here are all the top infused water recipes that make healthy, hydrating drinks! Use citrus, cucumber, herbs, and more.



For cucumber water

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 8 cups cold water

For lemon water

  • 1 lemon
  • 8 cups cold water

For lime water

  • 1 lime
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) cold water

For fruit infused water

  • 1 orange
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 handful mint or basil leaves
  • 8 cups (64 ounces) cold water

For mint water

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed, plus more sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 7 cups (64 ounces) cold water

For strawberry water


  1. For the first four infused waters: Wash and thinly slice the veggies or fruits. Add the slices (and any fresh herbs) to bottom of a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle them several times to release the juices. Go to Step 3.
  2. OR, for the mint water only: In a heat proof bowl or liquid measuring cup, add the ¼ cup mint leaves and boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes, then stir in 2 ice cubes. Discard the mint and place the mint water in a pitcher. Go to Step 3.
  3. For all: Add the cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Flavor is best within 1 day. Cucumber water works up to 3 days refrigerated.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Infused
  • Cuisine: Drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Infused water

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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