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 from summer through flu season!

strawberry jalapeno infused water

STRAWBERRY JALAPENO INFUSED WATER

Today’s post is all about the wonderful world of infused 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. 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

Then I discovered 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 glass 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 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 for infused water so get creative!

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 infused water 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 an hour 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
flavor suggestions…
suggested infused water flavors

 

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Healthy Fruit Infused Water

How to Make Healthy Infused Water ~ to keep you deliciously hydrated from summer through flu season!
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • a glass container

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces filtered water

Fruit of your choice, washed

  • strawberries, halved
  • watermelon, or any other melons, cut in chunks
  • fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
  • jalapeños (yes, they're a fruit!) sliced
  • any citrus fruit, sliced, no need to peel
  • stone fruit such as peaches or plums, cut in wedges
  • cucumbers, sliced

Herbs and whole spices of your choice

  • mint leaves
  • basil
  • cinnamon stick
  • whole cloves
  • cardamom pods
  • star anise
  • fresh ginger

Instructions

  • Fill a glass container with water and add the fruit and/or herbs and spices of your choice. Refer to the post for suggested combinations.
  • Let the water infuse for at least an hour or up to 24 hours, in the refrigerator. Strain and serve.

Cook's notes

Make your infused water in bulk in a large glass pitcher.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Fruit Infused Water pin

 

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  • Reply
    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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    [email protected]+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.

  • Reply
    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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    [email protected]
    June 10, 2015 at 6:32 am

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

    • Reply
      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 🙂

  • Reply
    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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