Simply Infused Water


How to Make Simply Infused Water | Nutrition StrippedIn Nutrition Stripped style, we’re taking water to another level with Simply Infused Water. Infused water with fresh fruit, fragrant herbs, raw veggies, and spices. In this guide and how-to post, learn how to make your own healthy, nutritious flavored water with nothing artificial just the goodness of real foods, herbs, and spices; I also share some of my favorite flavor combinations. A note, these infused waters don’t contain an entire days worth of vitamins or anything extreme like most store-bought “vitamin waters” with added vitamins- this is all about natural and subtle flavors and natural nutrients. Keep it simple.

The famous, infused water.

The warmer months are approaching (well at least here in Nashville), for some of you it’s been warmer for a while now; either way hydration is of utmost importance year round. Mother nature has a strong presence and voice in the spring and summer time as we’re always called outside to play, be more active, enjoy the wind, feel the sunshine, appreciate nature and the ethereal qualities of blooming flowers and plants, and all the amazing outdoor activities with loved ones. Engaging in these activities and naturally moving more requires more fluids to keep our active bodies well hydrated. This is where the most important beverage of all comes into play, water! I hear too often many of my clients tell me “McKel, I hate water” “I don’t like the way it tastes”, “I forget to drink enough”, etc. Water doesn’t have a taste and maybe therein lies the whole challenge to drinking enough or more water, it lacks flavor. Now of course, simple and plain water is the perfect choice, but if that’s not going to do it for you, lets infuse it!

Following the above comment, I all too often hear clients drinking “natural” waters, infused with “fruit” and “vitamins” , or even flavor droppers. Have you ever read the nutrition labels or ingredient lists on any of these so called natural waters? Most of them include a variety of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added vitamins/minerals, artificial colorings (Red 40, Blue 1), sodium, sucralose, sucrose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, and refined sugar (gasp!). Leave the vitamin waters, sports drinks, and other “fruit” and “natural” flavored “vitamin” waters on the grocery store shelves…it’s time to make our own!

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Let’s make it!

Let’s take a look at some ingredient ideas and also I share my favorite combinations for you all to try for yourself. A general rule of thumb, is to experiment and have fun with this! Choose ingredients you enjoy and try new things you haven’t tried before.  To get you started, here are several “menu” options no how to mix and match these ingredients.


  • Citrus | grapefruit, lemon, Meyer lemon, key lime, lime, blood orange, orange, tangerines
  • Berries |  strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries
  • Tropical | pear, pomegranate, mango, pineapple, banana, kiwi, starfruit
  • Melons |  honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon
  • Other | apples, grapes, plums, peaches, nectarines



  • mint, sage, rosemary, basil, cilantro, thyme, stevia, lavender



  • filtered water, sparkling plain water (St. Pellegrino, etc.)

Next step…

  1. First, simply add the fruit//vegetables in the glass first, take a muddler (or just use a wooden spoon or regular spoon) to slightly mash and breakdown the fruit//vegetables.
    1. Tip: peel the citrus fruits from their skin to avoid a bitter taste.
  2. Next, simply take the herb//spice of choice and gently bruise the leaf (i.e. gently mashing), this helps release the natural extracts and oils from the herb//spice.
  3. Lastly, add either sparkling water or good ole’ filtered water and drink!

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the NS menu

*// indicates OR to give you several options

  • grapefruit + sage//rosemary//mint//basil
  • lemon + mint//cilantro//basil
  • lemon + lime + cilantro
  • lemon + ginger
  • Meyer lemon + tangerine + pear + hot green pepper + cilantro
  • lemon + orange + ginger
  • blood orange + ginger + basil
  • cucumber + lemon + lime + mint//basil
  • cucumber + grapefruit + sage//rosemary
  • cucumber + watermelon + mint
  • carrots + apple + lemon + ginger
  • carrots + pomegranate + sage
  • honeydew + cantaloupe + watermelon + sage//mint
  • watermelon + mint//rosemary//basil
  • cantaloupe + blood orange + lemon
  • pear + rosemary//sage
  • banana + nectarine + basil
  • blackberries + raspberries + strawberries + mint
  • strawberries + grapefruit + sage
  • apple + plum + blueberries + mint//sage
  • cherries + lime + mint

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These can be stored in airtight glasses as shown above, simply in a mason jar, glass pitcher, water bottle, gallon jug, etc. Whatever works for you. Best kept in the refrigerator for up to a week or until the flavor is no longer present and you may add more “infusions” here.


Since you’re not consuming the questionable ingredients above in most commercially bought vitamin waters, you’re receiving natural occurring vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Note, this is an INFUSION, not a juice. Therefore, with these Simply Infused Waters the amount of sugar and calories is negligible; it’s called an infusion for a reason. You’re simply infusing the water with flavors and all natural nutrients from the fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

How do you like to drink water? Do you find it helpful to have a little flavor in your water? Comment below and share your ideas below! Hydrate YOself!

xo McKel


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  1. Rebecca says

    Just wanted to say that I’ve really been enjoying your posts. Your site is beautiful – well done! I enjoy your Instagram pictures all well.

  2. michelle says

    i just book marked this page cuz this wk i made strawberry & basil and loved it then went to the store to get more strawberries and asked my daughter if we should try strawberry & strawberry then started thinkin “does banana infuse?” so i was googling banana & got to this page, seen banana does, so that’s my next one to be trying. i drink a lot of water but it gets boring….

  3. Maria Villa says

    I will definitely try these ingredients you posted, they sound and look delicious. Thank you for posting these awesome ingridients.

  4. Jayne says

    any ideas of what to do with fruit after? I haven’t tried any infused water yet, but the one thing holding me back is the thought that I am wasting the fruit after done drinking the water. has the water leached them enough that they wouldn’t taste any good to eat after or can you juice them when you are done drinking the water (or are they too mushy)

    • says

      Good question! It depends on how long and how much fruit you use when infusing. For example, if I simply want to make a glass for myself I’ll only use 1 herb leaf and a couple fruit pieces, the goal is just to get the flavor of them. Therefore, I don’t feel it’s wasting because you’re getting all the wonderful flavor and I eat it after I drink it all! If you make a large batch of it and keep it in the fridge for a couple of days or more, the fruit will get mushy and the flavor will have all diffused in the water so you will probably just need to put it in the composte or trash. Hope that helps!

      • Smokey says

        I just wanted to throw out there. When I am done with the fruit that I have used to infuse (I keep mine in for a couple of days) I give it to my chickens and turkey they absolutely love it. I don’t personally have any right now but I also do know that you could feed it to pigs if you have some or know someone who does. This helps me to feel like I am not wasting it and my animals are benefiting from it. In return I get the eggs from giving them the fruit that would normally just go in the trash

    • says

      I also eat the fruits/veg after taking them out of the water, but most of the time, I dehydrate the citrus fruits for various things like craft products, powder to add to home made seasonings, etc. Non dehydrated, they can simmer in water to make your house smell naturally good, just to name a few ideas.

  5. says

    Just found your blog through someone on instqgram and am totally book marking it!
    I want to start eating healthy because fried chicken rules my life unfortunately! Cant wait to try these simple tricks to add to water! Will try and come up with my own mixes! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Sterlenea says

    Hey !
    Thanks for being here –
    My daughter and I are so jazzed to begin.
    First to find air-tight jars or pictures
    the type of fruit and plants and the right water
    We are so ready!!!!!
    Her in Vegas – we are having a serious heat wave
    Thanks for being here!

  7. Vanessa says

    No one has ever said how much water to fruit ratio.I did 1orange,1 lemon,1/2 cuke and a generous amount of mint in a gallon jug but the taste wasn’t there.

    • says

      It’s simply to taste, there is no recipe, let your taste buds do the measuring ;). Also, as stated in order to release the flavors from herbs and spices, you need to “bruise” them in order to release the oils. Also, the longer the water sits the more infused it will become. Also keep in mind, this is not a juice nor should it taste very strong, it’s only an infusion meant to provide a subtle flavor. Best of luck! Thanks for trying :)

  8. sunshine says

    I love these ideas and am looking forward to trying them. I have one important question, though. I am a diabetic and am concerned about getting extra, unwanted sugar from the fruits. What do you think? Will much sugar be released into the water?

    • says

      Great question, choose lower sugar fruits (berries, lemons, limes). Also, the amount of fruit you are using is purely for an infusion and taste, not to “juice” therefore you should only be using a couple pieces of fruit per glass (pieces I mean 1-5 berries, 2 small dices of apple, etc. very small!). If you want to sweeten it more, simply add stevia extract. Hope this helps!

  9. says

    I love infused water! I’ve been doing cucumber lemon or cucumber lime for years, but I just recently discovered all the other possibilities. I love watermelon-rosemary, pinapple-mint, blackberry-mint, strawberry-lime, citrus fennel. I have canteloupe-strawberry infusing right now. I find that spending time making the water and filling my fridge with water uses up some of my time and and space that I would otherwise use for food- so it’s a great diet method- I’m eating a little less and drinking a lot more. I will definitely try your recipes. One thing I need to do is get some sage, basil and cilantro growing in my garden so this will be more convenient. Right now I only have mint and rosemary!

  10. Matt says

    i saw a previous comment where you mentioned that they would last 2-4 days in the fridge…any experience in reusing the fruit to infuse a new batch in within that timeframe? the reason i’m asking is i’m using smaller jars and the tougher flesh parts of rinds i wouldn’t normally eat,

    • says

      As long as you’re getting the flavor out of the rinds/fruits/herb still, then sure! Infuse another batch. My experience, since I make them in very large pitchers, the flavors are good for one large batch until I need to make a new one (by that time I’ve already consumed it all! haha). Thanks for stopping by and come back soon :)

  11. Lisa Tolbert says

    Thank you for these. About a week ago, I was looking for something to drink that would not trigger insulin resistance. I ran across these and started drinking. And drinking and drinking. I haven never been so thirsty in my life. I take Lasix for a condition that causes me to retain water. Little did I know that I have been walking around Ina state of moderate to severe dehydration. Itchy skin, eyes so sunken that my vision had begun to dim, dark yellow to orangish urine. Thought it was age and allergies, and that possibly i had crossed over from borderline to true type 2 Diabetic. 96 hours later, my eyes moistened and my skin turned soft as a baby’s . Urine light to clear. Unwittingly, this stuff may have averted some really serious problems that weren’t too far down the pike.

  12. says

    Hi McKel,
    I just found your site & am enjoying the combinations you have suggested for flavoring water. My favorite flavoring for water is tea {green or black}! When I decide to forgo tea for water, I enjoy it plain with ice, but I love it with lots of lemon or lime slices. It’s pretty too!

    Check out my new food blog if you have a chance. I also make everything from scratch with beautiful whole foods. It’s a lovely way to nourish your body!

  13. UTPAL BOSE says

    How many hours the various Infused Water Can be used, your contribution to the subject is elaborate enough to try. And the value for the body?

  14. Rose says

    A few questions I have for you:
    1.) how long do the infused water stay fresh?
    2.) does it have to be refrigerated?
    3.) how long can the fruit and vegetables stay in the water without going bad? Do I have to remove the fruit and veggies after a few days then can the water keep for a while, if so how long?

    I will be bookmarking your page for future reference, thank you!

    Ps- a friendly suggestion, adding health benefits for each infusion
    For example, Lemon, Lime, and Oranges help with heartburn, immune defense,digestion and provides Vitamin C. Drink at room temperature.

  15. Terry says

    Your basic instructions say to peel citrus so as to avoid the bitterness from the skin. I see in the pictures that the skins are still on the limes and oranges. Is this just for looks for the blog? Thanks

    • says

      You may do either, I actually like the peel on as it gives off a stronger flavor, it only gets bitter when it sits for a very long time. For example lemon with peel on in 1 glass of infused water wouldn’t get as bitter as lemons with peels on sitting in a large pitcher for several days. Hope that answers your question!

  16. Christal H says

    I live for infused water, I love this site and will be sharing it with all my friends , Although water is Good for you it can become boring. I just enjoy experimenting with different fruits and herbs, I have just fell in love with my blueberry Lemondae with a few cucumbers added it’s just so Yummy :)

  17. Ben says

    Is it ok to infuse the water with citus, etc.., in a pba free plastic gallon containe?. Im hoping the acid from citrus won’t cause the plastic to leach into the water?

  18. Traci says

    I am glad I found your site. I have been doing a water challenge with friends for a couple of weeks (half your body weight in ounces) and had started some basic infusing. I love all of your combinations and will try them out. I am wondering about heating it up… have you tried that? It’s starting to get cold in WA and I’m having a hard time drinking all of my water because I just want to sip on hot stuff!

  19. TheNerdyPengwin says

    I have a question: if the sugar and carbs are negligible, might the nutrients be as well? Are there any tests to investigate whether fruit infused water is any better than regular water? Or is it just the taste that sets it apart?

  20. Donnie says

    Query: I want my water to last a little longer that 2-3 days. I have been reading up on citric acid from lemons. If you add citric acid to your infusion, how long do you think it will last? I know everyone is afraid or wants to steer clear of preservatives these days. But citric acid is a naturally occurring preservative. I would just like to make a large jug of infused water and drink from it for longer than 3 days. I don’t live near any grocery store or farmers market, so getting fresh produce is quite the ordeal. I don’t want to have to purchase fresh ingredients several times a week. Also what is your take on frozen vs. fresh fruit. Obviously fresh is better, but fresh isn’t always ripe. The other problem with fresh fruit is where you live. Not everyone has access to a huge variety of produce. Especially note, if you live in the northern states or a very small town. Last, but not least, I am a big fan of you and your site. Thanks for all of the helpful information.

  21. says

    I tried lemon, apple, watermelon, cucumber, strawberry and mint. Maybe that’s a lot, but i try to mix some of my fav fruit with something that i rarely eat.
    Will try something simple for nect time..

  22. Carrie says

    Hi, I’m new to the whole infused water idea. My sister made some virgin ‘mojito’ for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party last week and I’m now hooked on the flavour of mint and lime. I’ve started adding it to my water now and my daughter loves it too. She thinks its better than cooldrink! I’ll definitely be trying out all of these recipes. Thank you!

  23. Jess Leigh says

    Hello! I was wondering, do you know if drinking infused water like this counts towards your daily intake of water? I was told to divide my weight in half and that’s how many ounces of water I should be drinking. I am not big on drinking water but want to follow this! I think I would drink more water if it was infused, but if it doesn’t count then it’s pointless for me. :)

    Thank you!!

  24. Nan says

    Thanks for all the suggestions for combinations. Our business is in our home, so we are right in the kitchen and at the coffee pot without effort. I plan to make these our workday beverage of choice to make our work days more palatable – pun intended. I found glass infusion pitchers that will allow us to have 2 or three choices with little to no prep, nothing to fish out of the water, and a convenient pour spout.

  25. says

    I have recently purchased a very nice infusion pitcher . I mixed blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry , peaches and mango to try in my new pitcher. The water is great. As an Avon Representative, I am excited about this new product. It’s also a beautiful pitcher.
    Thank you for the wonderful combinations of fruits and veggies. Can’t wait to try.

  26. Anil says

    I have been using infused water for some time and try all sorts of combinations. Your article made for a very good reading.

    I have a question for you – does some of the nutrient such as vitamins or minerals present in the fruits/herb get infused into the water through this mean?

  27. Penny Gupta says

    I just purchased an infuser water bottle and love the product. I have infused raspberries with fresh mint and limes with fresh mint. I will have to try some of the other creations.

  28. Hannah says

    Hi McKel,
    I’m new to your site and I absolutely love it! I was wondering is there a difference between cutting up half a lemon and letting it infuse the water, or simply squeezing the half lemon into the water?

  29. Jamie Lynn says

    Im new to infusing, I wanted to spruce up my water to help me lose weight and not get bored with the plan water taste, I love all your recipe ideas, this site has really helped me alot and got me super excited to try all of them, now it doesnt feel like Im torturing myself with tons of boring water lol!! thanks keep up the good work!!

  30. Kathy says

    Hi! I just found your site this morning. Can you tell me how I do infused water for a party? I don’t have room in my fridge for all this water. Do you put the water with your fruits/veg etc in smaller bottles and then add more water and ice into your larger container? Thanks… Any suggestions would be great as I need it for tonight. So wish I had found your site sooner!

    • says

      Hi Kathy!
      These are beautiful for parties! I simply use a large glass clear pitcher so you can see all the fruit slices in there and the presentation is gorgeous. It’s just as simple as it sounds, cut fruit, pour water in, and you’re done! Sliced lemon, grapefruit, and fresh herbs would be beautiful or cucumber, etc. Best of luck and thank you for your kind words xx mh

  31. D Smith says

    I recently found out about infused waters at a convention where the hotel had offered it as a refreshment. I soon began searching online for other similar recipes. But most of the recipes I’ve found use so much fruit that the water looks more like juice than water once the infusion has taken place.

    Enter your site…it’s so beautiful and although I wished you had included a specific amount of fruits in your recipes, I actually understand and now prefer how you kept them open-ended to allow us to experiment more with it to tailor the recipe to our own personal tastes.

    I’d look forward to your kindle book on infused water recipes, but till then I’ll work on making my own. Thanks for the great site! I love it!

  32. Nicole says

    I enjoyed your article but I’m wondering if you have any suggestions you which fruits sweeten water? I have a raging sweet tooth and I would like to cut back on the sugars I consumer. Rather than using sweeteners are there any fruits that add some sweetness to the water? Thanks

  33. SlimChick says

    i love these idea so far i have tried the cinnamon stick and apple and the watermelon and mint. i feel awesome just wanted to know if it is ok to try different ones everyday .. Kind Regards

  34. says

    I recently started drinking fruit infused water and found your site while looking for ideas to use herbs with them as I grow and love herbs. I found a lot more ideas for a lot more than just infused water than I had expected.

    So much good stuff here. Great information.

    Thanks xx

  35. says

    I always used distilled water for my infusions. I also like to soak dried figs and apricots and eat them after they’ve soaked overnight and drink the water. Sometimes I’ll put a couple of cloves in with the water.

  36. Shilo Watts says

    I like to do that also with the waters, but my problem is getting the fruits to put in the water. Can I just use koolaid instead as I like it better and the doctor says as long as I dont go back to drikning liters of cola everyday I will be able to loose my weight quicly enough.

  37. Kelly says

    Love this ideas..I have tried cucumber, lemon, lime and mint leaves… Can peppermint leaves and lemon balm be used for these infused drinks too??

  38. Sara says

    Do you recommend or have suggestions for a water filtering system or attachment to either attach to the faucet or keep in the refrigerator that does not require extensive installation and is affordable?

  39. Ron says

    How long can cucumbers/ lemons be kept in the water—I tend to drink a lot of water and enjoy this flavor. My concern is how many days can I keep refilling before fruit/veggie is no longer good for me and need to change to new batch? Thanks

  40. Mary says

    I am a big water drinker already. I have considered the infused approach but I am VERY mold seneitive/allergic. If the “infuse ingredients” are left in the water for a day or 2-3 what will keep them from being fermented / moldy when surrounded by moisture?

  41. Elizabeth says

    JoRolan Smith – I made the cherries + lime + mint (my favourite) in a water pitcher by Grosche ( that worked well.

    Jayne – Don’t feel guilty about composting the fruit, you’re extracting the flavour into the water and it’s still providing you with benefits.

    McKel- Thanks for the post and i agree with you other readers – nice instagram!

  42. Leticia says

    I love these :-) I never had an issue with plain water (still don’t) but I just love fruit and how refreshing these taste especially now with the summer. The best part is that my 12 year old son really loves it he grabs his water bottle sticks some fruit in and he’s off to school. Thanks for sharing all of these with us!

  43. kamini says

    Thank you for explaining how easy it is to make your own flavoured infused water. I have only one question: I have read that you need to remove the fruit after 4 hours is the true?
    I keep my fruit in for 24 hours and keep topping up with water is that OK to do?

    • says

      Great question- these infused waters are basically the king of “no-recipe” meaning, you literally do what you want to do with these infusions! So if keeping it in for 4 hours tastes great to you vs. 24 hours do that; vise versa. No harm / benefit done either way ;)


  1. […] So what exactly is fruit infused water? It’s super simple, our H2-oblivious reader. Water mingles with various fruits and/or herbs in your fridge for a number of hours, yielding a light, refreshing, and calorie- and sugar-free concoction. Think of going to a restaurant and being served a glass of ice water with a lemon wedge. That one wedge alone adds a very light crisp to what is probably just tap water; think of what a combination of complementary edibles could do for that glass! If your mind is going blank like, well, a plain glass of water, try gathering some infused water basics: […]

  2. […] I leave you today with a challenge for your weekend and for life! Try to drink at least a general recommendation of 8-10 glasses water/day or until the color of your urine is pale yellow-clear, which is a much better indicator of hydration. Note the changes you experience and find fun ways to drink water- like my Simply Infused Water. […]

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