How to Make Healthy Infused Water ~ we all know it’s important to drink lots of water, but it’s not always easy!  I’ll show you how to make your own flavor-infused water that will keep you deliciously hydrated!

strawberry jalapeno infused water

STRAWBERRY JALAPENO INFUSED WATER

Today’s post is all about the wonderful world of water – when you think about it, water is the common denominator of everything I do here at TVFGI, so it’s about time I gave it some attention.  I’m teaming up with MightyNest a beautifully curated website that specializes in healthy responsible products for the family and home.  I’m a huge fan of the company, it’s the best resource I’ve found for help transitioning to a more natural, organic, and non-toxic lifestyle,  I think you’re going to love it too.  We’re giving away a fun package that includes everything you need to up your water game this summer.   But first, I should admit that I’m not exactly the poster child for healthy hydration.  (I drank so much Diet Coke in college that I developed a kidney stone!)  I get most of my daily ration of water from my morning coffee and my evening cocktail.   Yes it runs through the veins of all the fresh fruits and veggies I eat every day, but rarely do I enjoy water for water’s sake.  I’ve never found it pleasurable to drink, and I’ve tried everything from fancy water filters, to leaving a giant glass out on the counter to remind me.  A few weeks ago, though, two things happened that have totally changed all that.

lifefactory water bottle

 

First, I purchased a new water bottle.  I was drawn in by the pretty colors and the feel of the silicone sleeve hugging the curvy glass.  I brought it home, washed it, filled it, and fell head over heels in love.  I drank more water in the following days than ever before in my life!  I don’t know if it’s the glass, the flip up straw, the way it cradles in the grip of my hand, or what, but this bottle makes plain water a pleasure to drink.  There’s no plastic ‘taste’ or worry about chemicals leaching into it, and it goes right in the dishwasher.  This is the one I bought, the 16 oz size with the straw top, in lavender, and I think it’s just perfect.  I carry it with me everywhere, we’re inseparable :)

 

healthy infused strawberry jalapeno water

STRAWBERRY JALAPENO INFUSED WATER

The next thing that happened?  I made the huge discovery that water doesn’t have to taste like…water.  Water can still be water, but so much better, and I’m not talking about adding sugar, or juice, or additives…I’m talking pure flavor.  Flavor that comes from infusing the water with various combinations of fruits, herbs, and other natural ingredients.  Keep in mind these aren’t sweet like we’re conditioned to expect from flavored beverages, but they do have pleasant subtle flavor that helps make plain water so much more interesting.

water infused with lemon, blueberry and mint

LEMON BLUEBERRY MINT INFUSED WATER

To make infused water all you need to do is fill a large jar or pitcher with fresh water, and then add your flavor enhancers.  Fruits, veggies, fresh herbs and spices are all possibilities.  It’s important to cut or slightly crush the ingredients in order to allow the flavors to mingle with the water.  I mix them up, let them sit in the fridge for as long as I want, and then strain them into my glass or water bottle.

watermelon infused water

WATERMELON AND MINT INFUSED WATER

Glass is key here.  Glass doesn’t interact with the water or leach anything into it to spoil the taste.  It’s healthier for the planet, too.  I used 1 litre glass juice bottles from Weck.  They’re elegant enough to serve from, and there’s nothing prettier than a lineup of jars filled with different flavored waters.  Every time I pour myself a drink, I top off the jar and I can keep the infusion going for a few days in the fridge.

grapefruit rosemary infused water

GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARY INFUSED WATER

There are endless flavor combinations you can experiment with.  You’ve probably had plain lemon or cucumber water before, but I like to push the envelope just a little bit.  One of my favorite discoveries is Strawberry Jalapeno Water.  You can customize the amount of heat by how much of the pepper you add, but oh my word it’s a delicious experience!   To make it, slice up a few ripe strawberries, you can leave the stem end intact, and slice up a jalapeno pepper.  Leave out the seeds if you’re timid.  Add it to your water and let it infuse for a couple of hours either in the fridge or at room temperature.  Serve it over ice for a fascinating sensation of cooling heat.

infused water in Weck jars

strawberry ice cubes

You can get double duty out of your water if you freeze flavor right into your ice cubes!  MightyNest sells a couple of different sizes of silicone ice trays which I love because the ice comes out super easily, and in perfect cubes every time.  The jumbo King Cube Tray is big enough for whole strawberries.

strawberry ice cubes

Another unusual flavor combo — rose and cardamom, a classic Middle Eastern duo.  Use the petals from un-sprayed roses (they can be right from your garden) and whole cardamom pods.  Roll over the pods with a rolling pin to crack them open and release the seeds.  There are no set recipes for infused water, add as little or as much of the flavoring ingredients as you like.  Allow at least a couple of hours in the fridge for the flavors to develop.  The longer it sits, the more flavorful it will be, but be aware that the ‘pretty factor’ will diminish over time.  Fresh fruit and herbs, etc. will look their best in the first few hours.

cardamom rose infused water

CARDAMOM ROSE INFUSED WATER

Lifefactory’s Wine Glasses make it possible to serve your water outdoors, around pools and patios, without resorting to plastic.   The perforated silicone sleeves make the glasses safe and secure, and gives them such a great feel in your hands.

infused water-7411-June 07, 2015

I made a Cinnamon Pear and a Persimmon Clove water to prove you don’t have to give up on infusing once fall rolls around.  You’ll find lots of ways to keep it going year round, think apples, cranberries, and warm spices.

fall inspired infused waters

PERSIMMON CLOVE AND CINNAMON PEAR INFUSED WATERS

**GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED**

Mighty Nest is generously giving away a fantastic package of $150 worth of infused water gear + $50 contribution to the winner’s school. Follow the instructions in the box below, you have 6 chances to win!

MightyNest seal

  • Lifefactory wine glasses, large/set of 4 – Have your water, and take it outside in style…these colorful glasses take the place of flimsy plastic ware and add a touch of style to outdoor entertaining. I use them indoors too, I just love the feel of the silicone sleeves.
  • Silicone ice cube trays (Set of 2 regular) – the new way to make ice – in perfect cubes. The silicone trays last forever and I love how easy it is to pop the ice out.
  • Silicone KING cube – this is one of my favorite things…you only need ONE of these giant ice cubes per drink, and the mold can be used to make everything from fun fruit and herb ice to popsicles!
  • Lifefactory straw bottle 22oz – a nice big sized water bottle for serious hydrators.
  • Lifefactory straw bottle 16oz – this is the bottle that started it all for me, you need it in your life, trust me!
  • 4 Weck 1 liter juice jars – Weck glass jars are the best. I collect all the sizes and use them constantly. These large juice jars are perfect for holding and serving your infused waters.

Happy hydrating – and good luck!

Healthy grapefruit and rosemary infused water
flavor suggestions…
suggested infused water flavors

 

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28 Responses to How to Make Healthy Infused Water

  1. Sandy says:

    These infused waters look so refreshing! Have to get one of these bottles!

  2. Christine says:

    Love all the flavor combos! My hands-down one though is frozen raspberries, muddled lemon slices and tarragon. Sometimes frozen strawberries find their way in too. So refreshing.

  3. Charlotte Silvia says:

    Ok, Just saw the list off flavors. I have ordered a new water bottle and too many ice cube trays. I have strawberry & mint in the refrigerator now (but I am now drinking red wine no fruit). This is just what I need so do not drink so much wine. Thanks.
    Charlotte

  4. My daughter first introduced me to these about 5 years ago when she wanted glass baby bottles for her baby daughter she was weening. Glass is just the best way to go (old style). These look great.

  5. We have a hot weekend ahead and I want to live by the pool/sip on these refreshing and gorgeous waters!

  6. Charlotte Silvia says:

    Hi,
    I have been over the top busy and trying to get back to this post. It is really great and hope to join your water ways this evening. I could use a new bottle too.

  7. What a fantastic post! I will admit to suffering from plain water fatigue on a daily basis around here. I just love these recipes and that rose and cardamom combination so totally floats my boat!

  8. Susan says:

    I can see how that beautiful bottle would help you drink more water every day, Sue! I love all of your infused waters. They look so beautiful and refreshing. I can’t help staring that the gorgeous ice cube with the strawberry in it!

  9. I love this company and agree completely on infusing water to make it more drinkable. Great post and giveaway Sue!

  10. Guy23 says:

    Amazing pictures! The essence of refreshment. Brava!

  11. Sarah says:

    I have two of these bottles in green – love them!

  12. grace says:

    these are breathtakingly beautiful pictures, and of water! you’ve given me some great ideas!

  13. Tara says:

    The photos are gorgeous and I especially love the strawberry in the giant ice cube. On my way to check out the glass Weck bottles–thanks!

  14. Lezlie Pascoe says:

    What a great way to motivate us all to drink more water. I know I NEVER drink enough!
    And getting off the sugary drinks is good for everyone!
    Thanks for these great ideas.

  15. md white says:

    I love my WaterFactory water bottle!! I’d love to try a set of the wine drinkers. And I love natural flavored waters too! Great post!

  16. I actually like to drink water — am sipping on a glass of it as I type this! Still, it does get a bit boring sometimes, doesn’t it? So I love the idea of infusing it with flavor. Some terrific ideas — thanks so much.

  17. This is a great, motivating post Sue! I’m like you and tend to not drink much water but I’m getting my water bottle right now and filling it to the brim!

  18. Judith says:

    Beautiful post….and I love water but never drink enough. Great ideas Se! Love rejecting that plastic taste too.

  19. Diane Keyser says:

    Where can you go to purchase a bottle?

  20. Jane says:

    Love this. I am going to try this today since I already have the ingredients. Thanks for posting this.

  21. My house is a million degrees right now, so I’m dying for this!

  22. Gretchen says:

    I love infused water. I introduced it to my office by bringing in two jugs of water I infused overnight. My favorite flavor is blackberry, lime, and basil.

  23. So pretty and such a great way to stay hydrated! Can’t decide which one I want to try first :)

  24. Wonderful post Sue! I shared and pinned and love it!

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