Why drink infused water?
As you may have read from many of our previous health-related articles, drinking water is a necessity to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Although water is readily available and often costs nothing, some people refuse to drink it. Instead, they make excuses, the #1 excuse being that it lacks flavor. Sugar-packed drinks like soda, energy drinks, and other artificially flavored drinks fill their cups. Unfortunately, according to a study in the UK, simply drinking two sugary drinks daily dulls your sensitivity to sweetness and enhances your preference for sweet foods & drinks. Plus, all that sugar isn’t great for your health overall in the long run…especially those “diet” drinks.
If you want a clean, healthy drink with flavor, what’s your best option? It can be confusing since there are so many choices within the water scene itself, from black water (perfect to drink with your black food) to fat water (to help burn fat). Enter infused water. Water infused with fruits, vegetables and herbs add flavor without adding health-sabotaging ingredients.
Where can I get it?
Infused water is usually complimentary for guests at high-end spas, hotels, and gyms. However, you are limited to whatever infused flavors these places provide. For your own customized flavor, we recommend using the fruit combinations below to elevate your water-drinking experience.
If you want to make infused water your go-to drink, consider getting a quality fruit infused water pitcher and/or water bottle. One of the best affordable options on the market is this water bottle with built-in fruit infuser by Zulay.
- full length infuser rod
- leak-proof & shatter-proof design
- insulation sleeve & cleaning brush
- 100% no hassle Zulay guarantee
How can I make it?
No exact recipes are required for making great tasting infused water. Simply pick up some fresh ingredients (fruits, veggies, herbs, etc.) from your local produce store or farmer’s market, clean them, peel them and slice them (if necessary). Add them your water and feel free to drink as soon as you like. For a more intense flavor, soak your selected ingredients in your water-filled container and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours…and up to 12 hours for that full flavor infusion. Take your water game to the next level with these refreshing, thirst-quenching fruit-infused, vegetable-infused and herb-infused water combinations.
100+ Fruit Infused Water Combinations (and their health benefits)
Infused water with strawberries
Strawberries can provide a sweet and slightly tart flavor (depending on the ripeness) to your water. As an an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B9 (folate), and potassium; they are beneficial for the immune system, skin, tissue growth and cell function when eaten. They may aid in improving heart health, regulating blood sugar levels, and preventing cancer.
- strawberry + mint
- strawberry + cucumber + mint
- strawberry + lemon + basil
- strawberry + orange + basil
- strawberry + lime
- strawberry + kiwi
- strawberry + grapefruit + mint
- strawberry + calamansi
- strawberry + kiwi + calamansi
- strawberry + starfruit
Infused water with oranges
Oranges add a sweet citrusy flavor to your infused water. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, folate and antioxidants. When eaten, they are great for improving heart health, preventing kidney stones and increasing iron absorption.
- orange + lemon
- orange + lime
- orange + lemon + lime
- orange + blueberry + mint
- orange + blackberry + ginger
- orange + cranberry
- orange + apple + cinnamon + clove
- orange + strawberry + basil
- orange + kiwi
Infused water with cucumber
Cucumbers are vegetables that provide a mildly crisp, fresh flavor when added to water. They are high in nutrients and antioxidants. Ingesting cucumbers can promote weight loss, hydration, improved digestion and lower blood sugar.
- cucumber + lemon + celery
- cucumber + lemon + rosemary
- cucumber + lime + thyme
- cucumber + lemon + lime + grapefruit
- cucumber + cantaloupe
- cucumber + strawberry + mint
- cucumber + lemon + mint
- cucumber + lemon + mint + ginger
- cucumber + honeydew + mint
Infused water with lemon
Lemons are the most common fruit found in water since they’re easily accessible and add instant brightness to any type of water. They are high in vitamin C and fiber, which helps with heart health, weight control, kidney stone prevention, iron absorption and digestion.
- lemon + lime
- lemon + lime + orange
- lemon + lime + mint
- lemon + raspberry + mint
- lemon + cucumber + mint
- lemon + strawberry + mint
- lemon + strawberry + basil
- lemon + lime + grapefruit + cucumber
- lemon + cucumber + mint + ginger
- lemon + ginger
- lemon + cucumber + celery
- lemon + cucumber + rosemary
- lemon + blueberry
- lemon + blueberry + lavender
- lemon + blueberry + rosemary
- lemon + apple + carrot
Infused water with lime
Limes are a great alternative or compliment to lemons. Their acidic and slightly bitter flavor adds a crisp citrus taste to water. They are high in vitamins A,B, C and D as well as potassium, magnesium and calcium. This makes limes great for the skin and digestion while fighting infections, aiding in weight loss, lowering blood sugar, preventing heart disease and contributing to cancer prevention.
- lime + mint
- lime + lemon + mint
- lime + cucumber + mint
- lime + cucumber + thyme
- lime + strawberry
- lime + strawberry + basil
- lime + orange
- lime + lemon + orange
- lime + lemon + grapefruit + cucumber
- lime + watermelon + kiwi
- lime + coconut
Infused water with grapefruit
Grapefruits are another great citrus to infuse in water for its tangy bitter flavor. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, antiioxidants, potassium, folate, magnesium and thiamine. It can help with weight loss, boosting the immune system, diabetes and heart disease.
- grapefruit + strawberry
- grapefruit + lemon + lime + cucumber
- grapefruit + rosemary
- grapefruit + thyme
- grapefruit + pomegranate + mint
Infused water with mint
Mint is an herb that is great in water, especially icy cold water, because it makes it taste extra fresh and, well…minty. It’s high in vitamin A, antioxidants, iron, magnese and folate making it beneficial for digestion, brain function while relieving congestion and freshening breath.
- mint + lime
- mint + lime + lemon
- mint + lemon + cucumber
- mint + lemon + cucumber + ginger
- mint + lemon + raspberry
- mint + pineapple + ginger
- mint + grapefruit + pomegranate
- mint + strawberry
- mint + strawberry + cucumber
- mint + strawberry + grapefruit
- mint + orange + blueberry
- mint + apricot + raspberry
- mint + blackberry
- mint + apple + lime
- mint + peach + plum
- mint + honeydew + cucumber
- mint + watermelon + basil
Infused water with ginger
Ginger is a root that adds a bit of a spicy, peppery flavor to your water. Due to its high gingerol content, it is a great anti-inflammatory/antioxidant and can alleviate nausea, reduce soreness, lessen symptoms of osteoarthritis, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, improve brain fuction and possibly prevent cancer.
- ginger + pineapple + mint
- ginger + lemon
- ginger + mint + lemon + cucumber
- ginger + orange + blackberry + ginger
- ginger + mango + raspberry + ginger
Infused water with basil
Basil is a vibrant green leafy herb that adds another dimension to water giving off a fresh fragrant flavor. Fresh basil is a great source of vitamins A, C and K as well as manganese, magnesium and calcium. It is beneficial for the skin, lowering blood sugar and reducing stress (through aromatherapy).
- basil + watermelon
- basil + watermelon + mint
- basil + strawberry + lemon
- basil + strawberry + orange
Infused water with rosemary
Rosemary adds another level of refreshment to water with a fresh, slightly savory essence. Its high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Plus, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties provide these great health benefits: boosts immune system, improves circulation and digestion and promotes eye and brain health.
- rosemary + cucumber + lemon
- rosemary + lemon + blueberry
- rosemary + raspberry + blueberry
- rosemary + grapefruit
Infused water with tropical fruits
To change things up, you might want to infuse tropical fruits into your water, which will add a unique blend of flavors and tend to be less tart and more sweet when fully ripened.
- kiwi + orange
- kiwi + watermelon + lime
- kiwi + calamansi + strawberry
- calamansi + strawberry
- mango + raspberry + ginger
- pineapple + strawberry
- pineapple + ginger + mint
- pineapple + coconut
- coconut + lime
- starfruit + strawberry
Other fruit infused water combinations
- peach + cherry
- apple + pear + cinnamon stick
- peach + blackberries
Feel free to play around with the ingredients and come up with your own concoctions. To start, you might want to pick any one of the combinations above and use even amounts of fruits/vegetables and a sprig or two of herbs. Generously add more ingredients of any flavor you want to “punch up.” You can even experiment with sparkling water. There are infinite combinations of flavors to try! Enjoy!
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Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.