Do you forget to have water when you are at work? Or do you have a 5-year-old who refuses to drink up?
Drinking water is such a simple activity that many people are guilty of forgetting every day. You may also not like the taste of water.
So, how do you drink in the often recommended 8 glasses of water every day?
In this post, I am going to share delicious infused water recipes that will make you reach for your bottle right away!
Fresh fruits, aromatic herbs, and healthy vegetables can go into the water making it yummy to drink!
Apart from saving you dollars, flavored water is a great way to hydrate your body.
Quit the packaged sparkling water, drink mixes, diet sodas for more naturally flavored water.
Let’s dive right in.
Why Consider Infused Water Recipes
So, do you really need a definition of water?
Simply put, it is created when 2 hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule come together.
It is the elixir of life.
About 60-75% of our body is made of water.
With so much inside us already, do we really need to have more water?
We need water to survive and thrive. Though different people have different water requirements, it is recommended to have at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Here, 8 glasses mean about 250 ml per glass. That roughly translates to about 2 liters a day for each person.
Even though you may lug around a bottle, drinking water is easier said than done.
When you are on the go, sodas, fancy sparkling waters, coffee and tea tend to be more attractive.
With a 5 or 10 minute break from work, they seem to be the easier options to quench your thirst.
Fast forward, 5 years later.
Your body will curse you for your choice of food and drinks.
These numerous glasses of soda, pop, and sugar-infused drinks can show up in all the pudgy weight around your now slim midriff.
If you don’t fancy this new look, it is time to take action.
Your body is a sacred place. I am sure you want to take good care of it for years to come.
If you want to prioritize your health, infused water recipes are right up your alley.
Quick and easy to make, they impart a ton of delightful flavors into the water.
How to Prepare Infused Water Recipes
You must be wondering what is detox water or infused water. It is also known as spa water.
It is simply a combination of fruits, vegetables sliced up with a few twigs of herbs.
Each one of these ingredients manages to infuse their unique flavors and tastes into the water, making it absolutely delightful.
Let me warn you though!
Once you make it, I am sure you will be hooked.
Your kids would also be screaming to have more if it and may refuse to have plain water after having this!
They may not be able to resist the delicious temptations!
These zero-calorie drinks are simple to make and delightful to have. Let’s jump in and find out more about how to make them.
Having water is a blessing for your body. It helps you prevent constipation, flushes out toxins, moistens tissues and helps joints stay lubricated.
Did you know that even a low level of dehydration can be extremely tiring for your body?
Remember the last time you felt thirsty.
Doctors say, that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
It helps to control blood pressure, reduce headaches and boost your energy. In fact, I could go on and on about the benefits of water.
Did you know that having a glass of water just 30 minutes before your meal is useful?
Studies have discovered that this one thing can help you with losing weight as it makes you feel full.
Preparation Tips for Infused Water Recipes
Do you still need more reasons to try them (if you already have not done so!)? Let’s check out some best practices for making them.
- Prefer organic ingredients if available. It is recommended to wash and rinse all vegetables, fruits, and herbs before you make any recipe.
- Giving a thorough rub, scrub and rinse flushes out all surface contaminants such as pesticide residues, dust, and other bacteria.
- Prefer glass bottles or simple mason jars for making and storing these infused waters.
- Slice hard fruits thinly to help release their flavors
- Slice soft textured fruits thickly; you can make quarters or halve them too
- Crush the herbs such as lemongrass, rosemary, ginger root, garlic pods, basil, cilantro
- Loose flowers, herbs can be tied up in a small cheesecloth and dropped into the mason jar
To get the best-infused water, take care of these ingredients’ temperatures and soaking tips.
- Add the ingredient into the water in the mason jar and keep it in room temperature for a maximum of two hours. Slip the jar into the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
- These waters can be consumed immediately after preparing – mint, melon, citrus, lemon, and cucumber-infused waters. For all citrus fruits, make sure you peel the skin off, otherwise, they may give a bitter aftertaste to the water.
- Keep the recipes with rosemary, ginger, apple, and cinnamon in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours.
Drink the infused water within 24 hours. You can also store it for up to 3 days after straining out the fruits and herbs.
Once the water gets over, I suggest making a new batch.
In only 5 minutes you can have a fresh new flavorful batch of detox water ready.
Oh yes, once the water gets over, you can eat the fruits and herbs leftover!
13 Infused Water Recipes
So, here I am sharing a few of my favorite infused water recipes you can start with. Keep adding your favorites to the list too!
Orange Mint Delight
Get a mason jar or tall glass. Place 2 mint leaves and 2 thinly sliced orange wedges in the glass (remove the peel as it can be bitter).
Fill it to the brim with pure, filtered water and place it in the fridge. Close it with a lid and refrigerate for at least 12 hours to get the most flavor.
A juicy combination of pineapple and strawberries is here to tingle your tastebuds!
Get your glass ready with 2-3 slices of pineapple and 2-3 thick slices of strawberry.
Now, add water till the brim and refrigerate it for at least 12-18 hours for the best taste.
Take a half-gallon glass jar and add 8 fresh mint leaves. You can crush the leaves before adding it to infuse more flavor.
Add in a thinly sliced cucumber. Fill it to the brim with filtered water. Enjoy it after refrigerating for at least 6 hours.
Citrus blue is a complete stunner. Take a one-gallon glass jar and add in a cup of fresh blueberries. Add in 2-3 orange slices.
You can keep the peel if you prefer a slight orange rind aftertaste. Peel it off if you prefer a sweeter version.
Add it with filtered water and refrigerate for about 6-8 hours.
I just love this one! Take your half-gallon glass jar and add 12-14 crushed mint leaves. Add thin slices of 1/4th of pineapple.
Make sure the pineapple slices are thin if you want a deeper flavor. Stir and add filtered water. Refrigerate for more than 8 hours and enjoy it!
Take 14-15 crushed basil leaves in your one-gallon glass jar. Add in 2 cups of finely sliced watermelon.
You can also chop it into small cubes for more flavor. Do peel away the rind. Add water and infuse for a minimum of 6-8 hours.
I find this to be a lot of strawberry flavored lemonade, tastier but without the sugar boost! Pick a half-gallon glass jar and add finely sliced 12-14 fresh strawberries.
Throw in a sliced lemon with its rind into the jar. Pour water in it and refrigerate for at least 6 hours after giving it a gentle stir.
Cherry lovers will absolutely adore this one! Take your gallon glass jar and throw in one lime, thinly sliced.
Chop a cup of fresh cherries in half and add it to the jar. Fill it with water and stir gently.
Store in refrigerator and pick it up once you are ready to have it!
I have this one on my work table almost every day! Take half a cup of fresh raspberries in a gallon glass jar.
Drop a thinly sliced grapefruit into the jar. For a better flavor, let the rind stay.
Add in filtered water and refrigerate for around 6-8 hours.
Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to a ½ gallon glass jar.
Drop 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water.
Allow infusing in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.
Chilled Grape Sparkle
The hands-down kids’ favorite! Add one thinly sliced orange with 2 cups of halved grapes in a gallon glass jar.
You can keep the rind on for a more fruity tinge. Fill it up with filtered water and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours.
This one is my fav! Add about 12-15 basil leaves (crushed) to a half-gallon mason jar.
Mix in 6-8 slices of fresh pineapple. Infuse it for about 10-12 hours in the refrigerator.
Get ready to welcome detox water that is a class apart!
This BMW is made of classic blackberry, aromatic mint, and filtered water.
Heads Up! Don’t blame me if you get a mojito kinda feeling while having it!!
Let me share a secret tip with you.
Honestly, you can try just anything to make your own personalized infused water!
Yes, it is that easy.
Adding any herb, fruit or fresh veggies instantly revitalizes the water and makes it super delicious!
I am having my Basil breeze as I am typing away.
So, which one would you like to try out today?
Share your favorite infused water recipe in the comments section below.