How to Make Healthy Infused Water

Infused water

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.  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.

How to make healthy fruit infused water

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!  I like to use flexible silicone ice cube trays for this, the cubes come out perfect every time.  My 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

 

Healthy grapefruit and rosemary infused water
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suggested infused water flavors

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29 Comments

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    Leslie
    June 22, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Using a seltzer is a great option to still water…gives it a little fizz and brings out the flavors. Love, ??

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    Sandy
    June 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

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

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      Sue
      June 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      No kidding, I’ve sipping on mine right now as I answer this, I have it with me 24/7!

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    Christine
    June 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    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.

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    Charlotte Silvia
    June 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    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

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    denise@magnoliaverandah
    June 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    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.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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

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    Charlotte Silvia
    June 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    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.

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    Maria|PinkPatisserie
    June 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    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!

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    Susan
    June 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    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!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    June 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

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

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    Guy23
    June 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Amazing pictures! The essence of refreshment. Brava!

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    Sarah
    June 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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

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    grace
    June 10, 2015 at 11:34 am

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

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    Tara
    June 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

    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!

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    Lezlie Pascoe
    June 10, 2015 at 10:44 am

    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.

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    md white
    June 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    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!

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    John@Kitchen+Riffs
    June 10, 2015 at 10:04 am

    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.

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

    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!

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    Judith
    June 10, 2015 at 9:42 am

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

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    Diane Keyser
    June 10, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Where can you go to purchase a bottle?

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    Jane
    June 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

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

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    Erin@WellPlated
    June 10, 2015 at 6:32 am

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

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      Sue
      June 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

      I hear you! The other day here in Los Angeles it was over 100!

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    Gretchen
    June 10, 2015 at 5:55 am

    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.

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      Sue
      June 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

      That is a great flavor, the color must be awesome, too!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 10, 2015 at 5:32 am

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

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 10, 2015 at 4:47 am

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

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