Introduction: Flavored Water Recipes

The key to a happy body = hydration. The key to happy hydration = flavored water! Making fresh and sugar free flavored waters at home is a great way to trick your household (including yourself) into drinking more water AND an easy way to save money and avoid bottle waste. Here are some tasty flavored water recipes that will keep them coming back for more!

Step 1: The Good(s)

There are tons of great ways to jazz up water. You almost can't go wrong when picking a fruit or grabbing a fresh herb. I'm going to share my favorite three recipes, and then offer a list of other suggestions to try in the last step.

Cucumber / Mint / Ginger Water

  • 1/2 half of a peeled cucumber (field or English)
  • 12 - 16 mint leaves (stems removed)
  • 3 slices of ginger (optional)

Orange / Pineapple / Rosemary Water

  • 3 slices of a navel orange (rinds on)
  • 2 slices of fresh pineapple (skins cut off) or 1/2 of a can of pineapple pieces
  • one sprig of rosemary (optional)

Strawberry / Coconut Water

  • 3 medium sized organic strawberries
  • 1 can of unsweetened coconut water
  • few pinches of stevia (optional)

You will also need:

  • a cutting board
  • a chopping knife
  • a long handled wooden spoon
  • glass or plastic jugs with lids

Step 2: Cucumber / Mint / Ginger

Cucumber / Mint / Ginger Water

  • 1/2 half of a peeled cucumber (field or English)
  • 12 - 16 mint leaves (stems removed)
  • 3 slices of ginger (optional)

Peel your 1/2 cucumber and cut it into thin slices.

Remove the mint leaves from their stems and pile them in the palm of your hand. Give them a couple of good whacks. (like horizontal clapping!) This releases the flavor.

Cut 2-3 slices of ginger if you'd like to add a bit of spice to the mix.

Put all the ingredients into one of your jugs and use the end of the wooden handle to muddle them.

If you're making more than this one recipe, set this one aside and move on to the next step. If not, skip to step 5.

Step 3: Orange / Pineapple / Rosemary

Orange / Pineapple / Rosemary Water

  • 3 slices of a navel orange (rinds on)
  • 2 slices of fresh pineapple (skins cut off)
  • one sprig of rosemary (optional)

Wash a navel orange and cut off the end, then cut three nice thick slices. Cut each slice into quarters.

Cut off the end of your fresh pineapple (preferred over canned) and cut two thick slices, then remove the skin. Chop into small sections. (like pictured)

For the adventurous taste buds out there, remove the needles from a small rosemary spring to add to the mix.

Put all the ingredients into one of your jugs and use the end of the wooden handle to muddle them.

If you're making more than this one recipe, set this one aside and move on to the next one. If not, skip to step 5.

Step 4: Strawberry / Coconut

Strawberry / Coconut Water

  • 3 medium sized organic strawberries
  • 1 can of unsweetened coconut water
  • few pinches of stevia (optional)

Cut three washed organic strawberries into slices and put into one of your jugs, using the end of the wooden handle to muddle them.

Open your coconut water and empty it into the jug.

If you'd like to add a bit of sweetener, I recommend stevia, which is derived from a plant and better for you than processed sugar. A few pinches is plenty!

Step 5: The Home Stretch

Now that you have your ingredients all muddled and tucked away in their jugs, it's time to add the water. I'm a huge fan of still (tap) water, but these would also be delicious if you used sparkling water instead.

If you like ice in your drinks, add a handful of ice to each jug, then fill them up with water.

Stir.

Put the lids on and place the jugs in the fridge. They taste best after spending a day infusing in the fridge. (If you can wait that long!)

These will be good for up to a week if kept in the fridge and you can refill with water at least two more times before having to start over with fresh ingredients. The taste will lessen with every refill, but will still be delicious and more exciting than plain water.

Here are a few more flavors to try:

  • lemon + orange
  • grapefruit + mint
  • strawberry + basil
  • ginger + lemon
  • lemon + basil
  • cucumber + lemon + mint

If you have your own recipe that you love, please share it in the comments section below! And if you do try one of mine, please hit the 'I Made it Button'!

Happy hydrating!

Comments

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tschofield made it! (author)2015-06-16

Always wanted to do this with just cuke. Last night I sliced a whole one into a carafe of filtered water, let it rest in the fridge for 24 hours... Delicious like it is, smells great too!
Thank you for your suggestions, it's also good to know that I can use the same cuke slices again!

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duje.vjesnica made it! (author)2015-01-09

strawberry and carrot

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graham641 made it! (author)2015-01-02

What a clever idea! We have so many fruits in Peru that I have yet to learn the names of all of them. The possibilities are endless. Thank you

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WonjoonP made it! (author)2015-01-02

looks good!

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heilanladdie made it! (author)2015-01-01

Thanks for these recipes. A favourite of mine is sliced apple and a cinnamon stick. It's supposed to be a natural detox and energy drink.

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Omnitus made it! (author)2014-11-20

My only question is where to get those jars? I don't have any good containers to make these. And I think my first try will be the classic and unbeatable Lemon + Lime. Just can't go wrong with that.

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WECKONLINE made it! (author)WECKONLINE2015-01-01

Please find them at www.weckonline.com. Your Nr1 source on the web.

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kdavidson8 made it! (author)2015-01-01

You realize sugar is also derived from plants? And Stevia, while calorie free, is heavily processed also? That being said, I think this is my favorite combo of the three... I adore coconut!

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Horef made it! (author)2015-01-01

Awosome! Thank you!

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PinchOfChili made it! (author)2015-01-01

The colors are beautiful! I would like to try orange + basil – I think that would be good!

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lets make it made it! (author)2014-08-16

I made it for my friends and we hung out and drank it for hours it was fun thanks

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me12234 made it! (author)2014-06-06

this rel good tho i love it

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emilyvanleemput made it! (author)2014-03-24

Looking at these makes me want to try them all!!!

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khartog made it! (author)2014-03-22

Hey Paige

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eyulianto made it! (author)2014-03-22

Thanks for the recipes. I would try some!

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kelleymarie made it! (author)2014-03-19

I just tried the strawberry coconut water--Paige, it's delicious!!

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Paige Russell made it! (author)Paige Russell2014-03-20

Yay!!

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nancylemosreis made it! (author)2014-03-20

Hello Paige, This is somenthing that I do in my home for a while but your ideas are awsome. My recipe is with ginger, mint, cucumber and lemon (sometimes is only cucumber and lemon ... specially when the other ingridients are missing) :) This one I let from one day to another for the flavor.

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Paige Russell made it! (author)Paige Russell2014-03-20

That looks delicious Nancy!

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Nicola-jane made it! (author)2014-03-20

I'm thirsty already ... I wonder if a drop or two of bitters would make them even more special?

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tpatten-scheinost made it! (author)2014-03-20

what a nice, fresh, flavor-full! idea. Thanks for sharing.

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jmdushi made it! (author)2014-03-20

I will do my shopping today, I can not wait till tomorrow. Hope there are strawberries on the island. I love your recipes.

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yrd-doç-dr vedat şafak yamı made it! (author)2014-03-20

Flavored Water Recipes.. hmmm I will try to make at home.. thanks for sharing..

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2014-03-19

I want to try them all!

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shadowemblem made it! (author)2014-03-19

YUMMY!

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