How to Make Infused Water + 15 Vibrant Flavor Combinations


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how to make infused water

Homemade infused water might just be the best thing ever to quell your thirst on a hot summer day. Personally, I love plain water and never tire of it, but a splash of fruity goodness in your water definitely kicks things up a notch! 

If you’ve ever gotten a massage from a high-end spa, you’re probably familiar with the cucumber or citrus waters that frequent the relaxation areas. But those are only two flavors out of oh, a gazillion possible options. The flavor combinations truly are endless when you think of all the fresh fruit, vegetable and herb possibilities.

Flavor is one consideration, but don’t forget about potential health bonuses. For instance, if you’re looking for an infused water to help with detox, add a little lemon. And if you want an infused water to help with digestion, add a little ginger. It really is that simple.

Infused waters not only help you drink more H20 (always a good thing!), they have virtually no added calories or sugars. You’re just getting the “essence” of flavor. What’s more? Homemade infused waters don’t contain processed colors, flavorings and artificial sweeteners commonly found in those overly-priced, sugary, supermarket “vitamin” water alternatives. Yep, you know the ones I’m talking about!

So clearly there’s lots of benefits. But one last bonus? They just look so darn pretty! Little glass bottle works of art. And who doesn’t love that?

how to make infused water

How to make infused water

Before you dive into the flavor combinations, make sure that you have a proper container. Glass containers, such as water bottles, mason jars and Weck juice jars work the best. If I’m taking an infused water to the beach with me, I’ll put it in a narrow top water bottle as the top stays tight. BUT that same bottle wouldn’t be a good option for large fruits and vegetables! In that case, a mason jar or Weck jar works best. So keep that in mind when you’re deciding what flavor to make.

Then, it’s as easy as slicing your fruits and veggies, adding them to your container, topping with any herbs or flowers and filling your container with water. There’s no right or wrong way to do it – and definitely no measuring necessary! After you’ve done it a few times, you’ll learn how many ingredients to add to get your desired level of flavor.

A few tips to get the best flavor:

  • Use a muddler to gently mash your fruits and vegetables in the container. Then fill with ice (if you desire) and top off with water.
  • When using citrus, remove the peel to reduce any bitter flavor.
  • Crush herbs in your hands to help release their natural oils, then place in your container. If herbs or flowers have lots of “little bits” (i.e. thyme or lavender), wrap them in cheesecloth before infusing.
  • Infuse for at least 4 hours (though preferably overnight) to really dial up the flavor.

how to make infused water

Infused Water Ingredients

When choosing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, always make sure whatever you put in the water is organic and pesticide-free. You want all the good stuff and none of the bad!

Here’s a few ideas for you:

  • Fruits: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe, pineapple, mangoes, kiwi, pomegranate, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, grapes, apples, pears, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, blood oranges, limes and lemons.
  • Vegetables: cucumber, celery, fennel, carrots and sweet peppers
  • Herbs & Spices: vanilla, ginger, mint, basil, thyme, cardamom, chamomile, sage, rosemary and cilantro
  • Edible Flowers: lavender, rose, hibiscus, honeysuckle, violets and pansies
  • Water: filtered or sparkling water

how to make infused water

Infused Water Flavor Combination

My top five flavor combinations:

  • peach + nectarine + vanilla
  • lemon + lime + ginger
  • strawberry + cucumber + mint
  • cantaloupe + watermelon + basil
  • blackberry + blueberry + sage


10 more awesome flavor combinations

  • tangerine + mint
  • pear + plum + grapes
  • pineapple + mango + ginger
  • raspberry + orange
  • blueberry + lavender
  • kiwi + pomegranate + mint
  • orange + lemon + cilantro
  • apple + pear + cinnamon
  • cherry + vanilla
  • cucumber + kiwi
  • celery + lemon + ginger

 how to make infused water

How to Store Your Infused Water

When I make infused water, it really doesn’t sit around very long. I’ll polish off the entire container usually in a day! But if you make a larger batch or drink less frequently, your infused water will last in the fridge for about a week. If you drink it slowly, you’ll notice a stronger infused flavor. But you can also refill your container with fresh water as you deplete it. This will make the flavor less intense over time, but you can keep doing this until you no longer have any hint of flavor.

The biggest takeaway with making infused water – have fun with it! So go get creative!

Other drink and smoothie recipes you might like:

Iced Matcha and Salted Caramel Latte
Post Workout Green Smoothie
Mango, Coconut and Dragon Fruit Smoothie

What is your favorite infused water flavor? Does a little flavor help you drink more water? Share in the comments below!

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I purchased a huge glass beverage dispenser with infuser insert. Lemon and lime slices, mint leaves, or strawberries and cukes, thrown into the insert with fresh water. This sits in my fridge and provides me with great hydration during the day. Especially during this humid weather.

  2. I have been trying to find out how long fruit infused water can last and no one could tell me. Thank you so much for letting me know!!!!!! This has happened to me tremendously!!!!!!!!

  3. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. During the winter it will be mostly citrus & cucumber which I’m loving, but I will experiment for new favorites.5 stars

  4. I’ve finally found the joys of water after being a diet/Coke Zero addict forever. Found your site and am looking forward to making some infused water. Could get pricey with all the water I drink now, haha. I’ll have to limit myself to a few glasses of that a day, and plain the rest. Thank you, and you have a lovely website!

    1. Yes, infused water is a great way to spruce up water and keep it enticing. I’m so happy you made the switch from soda, good for you Lynn! And thanks so much for your kind words about my website. :)

  5. Hello! I live in an apartment in SoCal too and am wondering how you filter your water or if you buy water. I didn’t see that topic on your site.

    I take plastic (BPA-free) bottles to a water store and refill them weekly, but I really don’t want to keep using plastic and glass would be too heavy.

    What’s your solution?

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Jane – I get the water from my fridge which I believe has an automatic filter. I have family and friends that use a handheld water filter that they just fill up and leave in the fridge. I believe you can also look up water quality in your area online.

    2. I use my Waterwise countertop distiller that I have had for many years, and the filtered water from my refrigerator.

  6. Blackberry, lime, Thai basil is my favorite but I love them all! I will definitely have to try the strawberry, cucumber and mint today!

    1. Love that blackberry, lime, basil combo as well! So many options to always keep it interesting and delicious. :) x