Herb & Fruit Infused Water Recipes

Fruit and Herb Infused Water Recipes

Fruit infused are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer when the sun is out, the kids are bored and the bugs are biting.

Why Fruit Infused Water?

Why not just drink juice? Several reasons:

Better Flavor

I personally prefer the subtle flavors of infused water to the over-sweet flavor of most juices. Unlike juice, the flavor is gentle and very refreshing.

Less Sugar

Most fruit juice also contains a lot of sugar. Even without added sugar, juice is a source of naturally occurring sugars and it is better to consume fruit whole so that you get the fiber, which helps slow down sugar absorption.

Hydration

Fruit Infused waters contain much of the flavor (or more) of fruit juices, without the sugar, making it easier to drink more of them. Most people enjoy the taste of fruit waters, making them more likely to drink more water and they are an easy way to add variety to regular water.

How to Make Fruit Infused Waters

Add desired fresh sliced (and peeled) fruits to 1/2 gallon or a whole gallon of water. For best flavor, leave at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors of the fruit infuse into the water. Some of the recipes below are written for a half gallon jar, others for a gallon jar.

You can double or halve any of them to make more or less. Also, these recipes are just suggestions and fruit waters are based on your taste preferences so experiment and enjoy!

If you drink the water within the first day, you can add more filtered water and re-infuse to get a second use out of the fruits and herbs

Here are some of my favorite herb and fruit infused water recipes:

Cucumber Mint

Thinly slice one cucumber. Peel if it isn’t organic! Add the sliced cucumbers to a 1/2 gallon glass jar, add 8 fresh mint leaves, muddled, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Citrus Blueberry

Slice two organic oranges into thin slices (leave the rind on for better flavor). Add sliced oranges and 1 cup of blueberries to a gallon size glass jar. Add filtered water to fill the jar and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and store in refrigerator.

Pineapple Mint

One of my favorites! Peel and thinly slice about 1/4 of a pineapple. The more thinly sliced the pineapple, the more flavor it will infuse. Add to a 1/2 gallon size glass jar with 10-12 leaves of fresh mint, muddled. Add filtered water to fill and stir until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.

Watermelon Basil

Add about 2 cups of finely chopped fresh watermelon (without rind) to a gallon size glass jar. Add 15 leaves of muddled basil and filtered water to fill. Store in fridge and allow at least 4 hours to infuse.

Strawberry Lemon

Like strawberry lemonade, but better! Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add one sliced lemon with rind on. Fill with water. Let sit 4 hours (to overnight) in fridge and enjoy.

Cherry Lime

Reminiscent of Cherry Limeade, minus the sugar coma. Add two cups of fresh cherries, cut in half and one fresh lime, sliced into thin slices, to a gallon size glass jar. Add water to fill. Mix gently and store in fridge until ready to drink.

Grapefruit Raspberry

Another one of my favorites! Add one grapefruit, thinly sliced with rind on, to a gallon size glass jar. Add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, muddled slightly. Add water and mix well. Store in fridge for at least 4 hours before drinking.

Mango Pineapple

Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water and allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.

Grape Orange

The hands-down kid favorite at our house. Place 2 cups of grapes, sliced in half, into a gallon size glass jar. Add one orange, thinly sliced with rind on. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

Pineapple Mint

My husband’s favorite. Add 1/4 of a fresh pineapple and 15 leaves of fresh muddled mint to a half gallon jar. Add filtered water. Infuse overnight and enjoy.

Have you ever made fruit infused waters? What is your favorite combination?

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  2. Please clarify what you mean by “muddled mint”? I ‘m guessing it means to smash it, but I’m no sure.

    • Technically, yes, but I would also insert the word “gently”. Do not shred, tear, crush, or otherwise mutilate your herbs as they will get quite bitter. Fun fact: the bitterness comes from chlorophyll being released as the leaves are broken, which is quite good for you, but pretty nasty tasting in the water. Over-muddling will risk the flavor, but up the nutrients.

      • Thank you for clarifying. I’m going to enjoy experimenting with these.

  3. Yes, I make infused waters. I usually do mixed berries. Sometimes just lemon or lime. My favorite to make has cucumber,lemon,mint and rosemary. I also add a pinch of salt for electrolytes. I get more water into my body that way as plain water can get boring. I will definitely try these recipes.

  4. I will definitely try this. Love your ideas and usually can’t wait to tr the. Do you eat the fruit?

  5. Thanks for the recipes! Some of these I’ve never heard of before. One of my favorites you didn’t mention is apple – cinnamon water. 🙂

  6. Thanks a lot for this Katie.
    I’m just finishing a 7-day detox and I want to continue good habits so this comes at a great time.
    I normally just squeeze lemon or lime in boiled (cooled) water but it doesn’t hit the spot. I never thought of infusions, d’uh! So I made the cucumber and mint infusion last night (refreshing) and today I’m going to try the pineapple and mint infusion.
    Have a great day!

  7. Have done this for years before it was all the rage of healthiness.

  8. Katie
    I grew mint and lemongrass this season especially to mix with fresh vanilla bean in gallon distilled water. Soooo refreshing!

    • That sounds so yummy!

  9. Hi! A couple questions –

    First, would it be more conducive to extracting the flavor if all the fruits were muddled?

    And, someone already asked but I didn’t see an answer – is there any reason the fruit can’t be eaten after removing from the water?
    (I’m cringing as I think about expensive organic berries being tossed away…. maybe use in a smoothie or as part of a dessert?

    Also, I don’t care for mint (I know. Weird.) Can you recommend other appropriate herbs that can be substituted?

    Thank you so much for posting this encouraging piece!!

    • It would probably help with flavor if all were muddled, but it would also be harder to pour without getting fruit in the water, unless you used a strainer, but you definitely could. Also, you can absolutely eat the fruit after or make smoothies. Instead of mint… basil or cilantro are good

  10. WOW! I am so loving these fruit infused water recipes – have not done this before.

  11. Hi Katie!

    I lovelovelove your blog… longtime reader & fan <3 Your drink ideas sound delish, so refreshing & fun for the summer!

    I have a question that's off topic though, please let me know if that's not okay to post here.

    My family and I have recently started taking BioKult probiotics – soooo expensive, but our guts are feeling soooo much happier!

    If I recall correctly, a while ago you mentioned that you take 4 capsules a day? Should we be doing this, and how did you settle on 4? How manu do you recommend for kids?

    Thank you so much in advance! 🙂

    • I took/take four when I am having gut issues and it just is what felt best for me… I definitely don’t think everyone needs four. My kids only get one and for adults, I would say work up and do what feels best for you.

  12. Wow interesting,thanks for the recipes.I will surely try it 🙂

  13. My favorite one is Beetroot+Lemon+Mint leaves. Its refreshing, super energetic and helped my mom with her hemoglobin level. Super!

  14. I just met a very knowledgeable lady today at Whole Foods named Mary, who recommended your site. Such great information here. Thank you!

  15. I took two gallon jugs, and I put a lemon slice and strawberries blended into gallon water and cherries blended with lime slice into gallon of water and let them sit, is this okay, I need to put them in ice but didn’t have any yet….they have been sitting for 24 hrs…didn’t know if u ever tried with blending fruit…

  16. Hello. I would like to know when is the expiration date of these products? Your answer will be a great help. Thank you and more power! 🙂

  17. Love your recipes!! Thanks for sharing, are these considered “detox water”?
    Any hot herbal drinks recipes? 🙂

  18. Hi! Is it necessary to use glass jar/pitcher or will plastic work…what’s the difference

  19. I just tried a variation today. I cut up one lemon and muddled 3 good size sprigs of sweet mint from our garden and put those in my water. I then added stevia drops to taste. I love the slight hint of sweet, and though my kids were in bed before this was ready to try, I think they will too!

  20. When using blueberries should i muddle them? I don’t seem to get any flavor from them. Thanks!

  21. My fav combo is blueberry mint and cucumber…my partner would never drink water only fizzy drinks…super happy to say this badboy is his new fav ?

  22. What if you do not have the option of glass pitcher only plastic and does this help lose weight I’m a teen in weight crises and I’ve been trying working out and portionining my food bit yet no results please help wellnessmama!!!?

  23. I, too, have a plastic sun tea container I was planning to use, along with a plastic infuser ball to put fruit in. Feedback appreciated! ?

  24. My sons love a berry medley. I get frozen berry medley at the grocery store. I put this in their water bottle the night before. In the morning, some of the berries are still frozen. As the day goes on the berries thaw and release more juice and because they are frozen, they keep the water cold longer. It makes for a great daypack drink or lunchbox drink.

  25. Ginger, lemon, cucumber is good

  26. Do u recommend stevia herb? I hear there was some controversy in the past just wondering thanks.

  27. Can anyone tell me how much fruit to put in the water?

    • As much or as little as you’d like, to taste 🙂