Easy Fruit-Infused Water Recipes

If drinking more water is a goal this year, these flavored water recipes are delicious and have enormous health benefits. If drinking plain water is a challenge, the addition of fruit and herbs helps your water taste delicious. Stay hydrated with this easy recipe.

Anytime I get a chance to drink fruit infused water, it always feels a bit like a spa day.

I am bad about drinking water and usually renew my commitment almost every year. It became such an important part of my goals that we created this handy water and exercise tracker for me….um, I mean YOU.

What is Fruit-Infused Water?

Have you ever infused water before?

It truly could not be easier and you can mix up any flavors that you love and personalize these to your own personal taste, with just a pitcher of filtered water.

Pictured above are some mix-in ideas we tried in our house.

We purchased mint, basil, berries, limes, oranges, and lemons to create different flavor combinations for fun fruit waters.

We like to keep things simple with just plain water, but you can also make it a little sweet with a little liquid stevia.

I love to keep a pitcher of infused water handy and pour them into mason jars with crushed ice.

The best part about these instead just the hydration benefits though. When you get to the bottom, you can enjoy a little snack and eat the fruit too.

I have found that glass jars make anything more fun and a sprig of mint leaves makes it feel like a mojito moment.

That trick is especially handy during the all-too-familiar Dry January.

How Long Does Fruit-Infused Water Last?

Fruit-infused water is best enjoyed after two-four hours or after it has had a chance to infuse overnight.

The length of time it lasts depends entirely on the type of fruit and herbs you use.

Basil, for example, only lasts for three days while heartier varieties like rosemary or thyme can last up to seven days.

You can reuse the same fruit and add another batch of fresh water over it once you have gone through your first batch. 

The fruit can be used (typically) up to three times, but it will also depend on the freshness of the fruits you are using.

If the fruit starts to look bad, it’s best to toss it and start with a fresh batch.

Citrus fruits are best cut fresh for your batches because the rind can add bitterness to your fruit-infusions.

I like to keep my lemons, limes, and oranges fresh for that reason while reusing my berries for several batches.

It is really a matter of preference though and once you get the hang of making your own batches of fruit-infused water you will have a better idea of timelines.

Some people love the cucumber lemon combo, for example.

When fruit isn’t in season, apple cinnamon infused water can be made with whatever apples are on sale and a pinch of cinnamon.

Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

Is There a Way to Make Fruit Infused Water Last Longer?

Did you know that they make pitchers that are designed just for infusing your water.

While researching for today’s article, I stumbled upon these incredible pitchers that allow you to place the fruit in the center, so it can be easy to infuse your water without the possibility of mushy fruit at the the bottom.

Don’t have room in your fridge for a pitcher?

Try a water bottle version instead!

Easy Fruit-Infused Water Recipes

The beauty of making your own infused waters is that you can create any combination that your heart desires and add as little or as much fruits and herbs into your drink as you like! 

Get inspired by the fruits and herbs that are on sale that week in the supermarket flier to help inspire new combinations and keep your fruit-infused waters frugal!

If the recipe calls for muddling, it just means bruising your fruit or herbs to release the flavors.

I just use a wooden spoon for this.

Here are a few of our favorite combinations we tried:

Easy Fruit Infused Water Recipes from MomAdvice.com

 

 

Blueberry & Mint

2 cups blueberries

2 sprigs of mint, muddled

2 quarts of water

Strawberry & Basil

10 strawberries, thinly sliced

3 basil leaves, torn into quarters and muddled

2 quarts of water

Citrus Blend

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 lime, thinly sliced

1/2 a lemon, thinly sliced

2 quarts water

Just The Berries

10 strawberries, thinly sliced

2 cups blueberries, slightly muddled

2 quarts water

Fruit-Infused Water Recipes
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ditch the juice box and create a healthy fruit-infused water for your child's lunchbox. Check out our fun flavor combinations in my blog post!
Ingredients
  • Fruit & Herbs (check the blog post for combination ideas)
  • 2 quarts of water
  • Ice
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Pitcher
Instructions
  1. Place the fruit and herbs, in the bottom of your pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon, if directed.
  2. Fill the pitcher with water, cover, and refrigerate two hours or overnight, for maximum flavor.
  3. Fill a glass or thermos with ice. Pour your fruit infused water over the ice and enjoy!

 

Have you infused water before? What is your favorite infused water combination?

 

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Published January 13, 2020 by:

Amy Allen Clark is the founder of MomAdvice.com. You can read all about her here.

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