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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


Infused water
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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


  • a glass container


  • 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


  • 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 tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Fruit Infused Water pin


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  • Reply
    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

    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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    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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    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!

  • Reply
    June 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Amazing pictures! The essence of refreshment. Brava!

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    June 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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

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    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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    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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