10 Infused Water Recipes to Try This Summer
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. But sometimes, downing glass after glass of plain water can be, well, uninspiring.
Instead of gulping down plain old tap water, this summer is the time to embrace the world of vibrant, refreshing water infusions. Infusing your water not only tastes (and looks) great, but it’s also good for you. Plus, it’s simple to do with any of your favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs.
If you’re looking for infused water inspiration, let this be your sign to bring new life to your glass this summer with these 10 delicious flavor combinations.
Benefits of Infused Water
Here are a few health benefits you’ll enjoy from sipping on infused water:
- You’re more likely to stay hydrated. When your water is flavorful and delicious, chances are you will drink more of it. Staying properly hydrated is essential for your metabolism to run efficiently. It also prevents muscle cramps, headaches, and fatigue.
- You’ll boost your vitamin intake. As fruits and vegetables sit in water, they release some of their potent vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, A and B. And just by sipping, you’ll get an effortless flood of essential nutrients.
- You may reduce your sugar intake. By replacing sugary sodas and other beverages with naturally-flavored infused water, you can cut back on empty calories from sugar. Infused water is a calorie- and sugar-free way to satisfy your craving for a sweet drink.
- You’ll save money. Instead of shelling out for pricy processed drinks or flavored water, make your own infusions to save money.
- Reduce waste. Making infused water is a great way to use leftover vegetable and fruit odds and ends that would otherwise go to waste. Plus, if you usually buy bottles or cans, you’ll reduce your plastic and aluminum waste as well.
How to Make Infused Water
If you’re ready to try it for yourself, here’s how to make any water infusion—no special equipment necessary:
- Slice up your fresh fruit, vegetables, and/or herbs. See below for some of our favorite flavor combinations.
- Fill a glass jar, pitcher, or other container at least half way with your flavoring items.
- Fill the container the rest of the way with cold water.
- Cover and let it infuse for two hours and up to overnight for maximum flavor.
Store your infusions in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.
10 Summery Water Infusions to Try
Cucumber + Lime + Mint
Cucumber is naturally hydrating on its own, and fresh mint and lime make this infusion taste like a cocktail, but much more refreshing.
Strawberries + Basil
Strawberries are in season during the summer and taste better than ever. Plus, they’re naturally high in vitamin A.
Mango + Ginger
Mango is so sweet and fruity, it’s the perfect pairing with earthy, spicy ginger. This infusion is great for digestion, thanks to the stomach-soothing benefits of ginger.
Pineapple + Lime
Go tropical with this bright flavor pairing. Pineapple is high in antioxidants and packed with vitamin C.
Blackberries + Lemon
Blackberries are a juicy, naturally sweet counterpoint to lemon’s acidity. The berries are also high in vitamin K and manganese.
Kiwi + Orange
This stunning combination of green and orange is as good for you as it is beautiful. Both fruits are superstars when it comes to vitamin C.
Cucumber + Rosemary
This is a subtle, almost savory way to infuse your water that’s wonderfully fragrant and refreshing.
Lime + Jalapeño + Cilantro
If your go-to cocktail order is a spicy marg, you’re going to love this surprising water pairing. Remove the seeds from the jalapeño to cut back on spice.
Strawberries + Orange + Ginger
Ginger has noted benefits for digestion and is often used to settle an upset stomach. Pair it with the vitamin C in this fruity infusion for a drink guaranteed to help you feel your best.
Melon + Mint
Cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon all work well for this infusion. Melons are high in vitamin B6 and naturally hydrating.