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Eat Well Apr. 29. 2013

Simply Infused Water

Apr. 29. 2013
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN


Keep it simple with these all natural, subtle flavored water.

In Nutrition Stripped style, we’re taking water to another level of healthy today with Simply Infused Water aka water infused with fresh fruit, fragrant herbs, raw veggies, and spices. In this guide and how-to post, you’ll 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 day’s worth of vitamins or anything extreme like most store-bought “vitamin waters” with added vitamins. Instead, 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) and 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. When it gets warmer and sunny out, we typically head outside to play, be more active, and enjoy all the amazing outdoor activities that come with warmer weather. Engaging in these activities and 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 of drinking enough or more water – it lacks flavor. Now, of course, simple and plain water is a perfect choice, but if that’s not going to do it for you, let’s 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!

Let’s make it!

Let’s take a look at some ingredient ideas and my favorite combinations for you all to try for yourself. A general rule of thumb is to experiment and have fun with infusing your water! 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


  • cucumber, carrots, celery, peppers (hot or sweet)


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


  • ginger, cinnamon stick (ground cinnamon will float), black pepper


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. 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!

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


Infused water can be stored in airtight glasses as shown above or simply in a mason jar, glass pitcher, water bottle, gallon jug, etc. Use whatever works for you. They’re best kept in the refrigerator for up to a week or until the flavor is no longer present, in which case you may add more “infusions”.



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 yourself! I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do and feel free to “share” this recipe by tagging me @nutritionstripped  on Instagram and using #nutritionstripped.

xx McKel


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  • Rebecca

    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.

    • Thank you Rebecca! That’s very sweet of you and I appreciate your wonderful support for the site and instagram 😉

      • I enjoyed your the article on infusion water. I’m so excited about making blackBerry,raspberry,strawberry infusion water.
        Thanks again for sharing.

  • michelle

    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….

    • Fantastic! I always say experiment with what you like! The strawberry bananan sounds good. I’m glad you stopped by, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Tressa Grayson

    Do the glass mason jars of infused water have to be stored in the frig? How long do they keep?

    • It’s best kept fresh in the refrigerator in an air tight container such as a mason jar, water pitcher, or even water bottles; for 2-4 days.

  • JoRolan Smith

    will these mixes work in an actual infusion pitcher?

    • Sure thing!

      • JoRolan Smith

        I can’t wait to try these… The combination that I have tried is strawberry Kiwi and lemon! So I’m excited to try the ones you have on here! Thank you!

        • Awesome! I love strawberry-kiwi anything, it’s delicious right? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Maria Villa

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

    • Excellent Maria! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the ideas and thanks for the support and stopping by! 😉

  • Jayne

    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)

    • 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

        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

        • What a wonderful idea! If I had animals to feed this too I would as well, thanks for sharing and hope you come back soon 🙂

      • Brdget

        Can we eat the fruit after the water is gone. I used alot of fruit in a very large pitcher (my first time) because i thought we could eat the fruit. Thanks

    • 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.

  • Teri Lynn

    I’d like to know where you purchased those pretty bottles for the infusions?

    • I love thirft shops, craft stores, and antique malls- I’ve found an assortment of those and other things there! Best of luck 🙂

  • Anjo De Jesus

    Hi I’m Anjo from Manila Philippines and I just wanted to thank you for this great and very informative site!

  • 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!

    • Awesome! Thank you for the support and the comments. That sounds like a great change, keep it up! 🙂

  • Crystal

    i mix the infused fruit with the ‘fresh fruit’ in my morning smoothie…

  • Cee

    Hello! How did you get the fruit in the little jar opening? I’m going to try this with my next trip to the market 🙂

    • Hi there! Good question, the key is to either slice/chop the fruit into small pieces or simply fold the thinly sliced citrus. NOTE it can be a little difficult getting out after you’re finished. In this case you can simply store it in a regular wide mouth pitcher! Thanks 😉

  • Sterlenea

    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!

  • Vanessa

    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.

    • 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 🙂

  • sunshine

    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?

    • 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!

  • Hi, I just love your site. It is very informative and straight to the point. Thank you

  • 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!

    • Great point! I love how you’re using it as a way to control food portioning, smart! Mint and rosemary are delicious and you can do a lot with them. Glad you stumbled upon Nutrition Stripped, come back soon! 😉

  • Melanie

    Hi enjoyed your lovely photos and ideas ! Never thought of using peppers!

  • Matt

    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,

    • 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 🙂

  • kitty

    Just started to infused last week and lemon n mints are my favorite iam going to try peach and mint next week I cant wait thank you

    • Wonderful, so glad you’re enjoying them. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon 🙂

  • Lisa Tolbert

    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.

    • You’re very welcome! I’m glad these water infusion ideas helped you drink more water! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon 🙂

  • 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!

    • Hi there Sharon, I’m glad you’re enjoying the site and the water infusions! Thanks for the kind words and best to you in your site. Come back soon 🙂


    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?

    • I believe I’ve answered this question already from another reader, if you’ll scroll and read the comments. Value to the body= no fake nutrients, no artificial anything; simply flavor from fresh foods 🙂

  • Rose

    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.

    • Hello Rose, great questions! Most of these have already been answered within the post content or within the comments section of other readers. Thank you for stopping by, come back soon! 🙂

  • Terry

    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

    • 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!

  • Christal H

    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 🙂

    • Thank you Cristal! I’m glad you’re enjoying it and the blueberry lemonade sounds delicious 🙂

  • Ben

    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?

    • Chipilo

      I’ve been making fused water and LoVE it. I take my infused water to work and people want me to make them some. I use all sorts f citrus fruits, berries and herbs. I also make it for my daughter and when she goes to work out she takes her infused and and people will stop her to ask what is she drinking.

      • Wonderful! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon 🙂

  • Ronald

    I’m a little bit cunfused. Do you mix a little bit of the infused water with fresh water, or do you just drink the infused water?

  • Great & tasty ideal! I Love them all!

  • Traci

    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!

    • Hi Traci, Glad you found Nutrition Stripped as well! As far as having the water hot I haven’t tried anything besides hot water with lemon/lime! Go for it 😉

  • TheNerdyPengwin

    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?

    • I don’t run a nutrient analysis on this recipe for the nutrients. As I state in the post it’s mainly for flavor and to spruce up plain drinking water. It’s all natural in comparison to flavored drinks- hope you like them!

  • Donnie

    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.

    • Hi Donnie,
      Thank you for your kind words and support! Feel free to use either fresh or frozen if that’s what you have available to you- using lemons is great!

  • Tracy

    I just found this site and I like it! Have you tried freezing the infused water into ice cubes?

    • Hi Tracy, Thank you I’m glad you enjoy Nutrition Stripped! Yes, please check out my Simply Infused Ice Cubes post 😉

      • Can I freeze my infused water? And can I still drink my infused water that been sitting for 4 hours room temp? It’s lemon cucumber and mint

        • Of course!

          • Pink

            Thanks for the reply, and yeah how many times do I have to drink infused water?

  • 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..

  • Carrie

    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!

    • Hi Carrie,
      That’s so great! I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I love that flavor combo especially in the summer

  • Jess Leigh

    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!!

    • Hi Jess,
      Of course drinking infused water will count towards your overall water intake for the day! So does tea, etc. Great question!

      • Jess Leigh

        Thank you so much! May have been a silly question but wanted to make sure I was on the right track! 🙂 Love your blog!

  • Nan

    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.

    • Hi Nan,
      That’s so great! I as well work from home mostly so it’s nice to have something already made and refreshing for the middle of your work day- best to you!

  • 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.

    • Hi Evelyn,
      Wonderful! Yes, I love infusion pitchers as well, so easy to take the contents out afterwards. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Anil

    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?

    • Hi Anil,
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my Simply Infused Waters! They’re mostly for taste and add a bit of nutrition in comparison to added artificial vitamins/minerals.

  • Bee

    Just curious how many strawberrys or how much of a cucumber per 30oz container? Thanks:)

  • Penny Gupta

    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.

  • Hannah

    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?

  • Jamie Lynn

    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!!

    • Hi Jamie Lynn, so glad you’re enjoying the recipe ideas! Thank you for your kind words and support of my blog 🙂

  • Kathy

    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!

    • 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

  • D Smith

    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!

  • Nicole

    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


    hi , may i know orange & strawberry is it a good combination also? or i can mix any fruit i like?

    • Mix any as you like- as you see in the post I have many ideas but also state whatever you enjoy!

  • SlimChick

    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

  • 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

    • You’re so welcome Kathy, I’m glad you’re enjoying these ideas! Thanks for sharing -mckel

  • 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.

  • H. I. McDunnah

    Come on people…just eat the fruit and drink the water.

    • I’m all for drinking water and simply eating fruit- like this post goes in depth about, it’s simply for a bit of flavor and to switch things up a bit. You should try it 😉

  • Shilo Watts

    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.

    • You just simply cut the fruit up very small, works easily! I don’t ever recommend koolaid as a drink.

  • Kelly

    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??

  • Sara

    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?

  • Ron

    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

    • As mentioned, the infused water can last up to 2 days and you simply make a new batch 🙂

  • thanks sharing for post…!

  • thank friends……!

  • its good…!

  • Mary

    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?

  • Elizabeth

    JoRolan Smith – I made the cherries + lime + mint (my favourite) in a water pitcher by Grosche (http://www.grosche.ca/) 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!

  • Leticia

    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!

  • kamini

    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?

    • 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 😉

  • Joy White

    Great, clean fresh site and idea, I actually make powdered foods and was looking to confirm an idea I had to infuse some of my powdered food to make a cool, refreshing spray mist for summer definitely going to do some experimenting using your combinations and even try them for drinking too!

  • CC

    Just started infusing my water and I am enjoying it more. ????????????

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you enjoy it CC!

  • Tiffany Moneymaker

    I can’t wait to try the strawberry infused water. I drink water a lot but it gets old after awhile and I want to drink some soda. I’m hoping this will help me keep drinking water. I can’t believe how many different combinations there are.

    • McKel Hill

      Hope you enjoy it! xM

  • Meik

    Quick question since I am rather new to this: Can I use a batch of ingredients more than once? E.g. when I drink a bottle within 6 hours, can I just refill it with water and without changing the ingredients?

    • McKel Hill

      Yes! Great question 😉

  • Donna carter

    I have just now bought a fusion water pitcher. I made a pitcher using lemons and blueberries and it still taste just like water.Help me please I have to drink lots of water and I can’t just drink plain water

    • McKel Hill

      I would recommend juicing the lemon into the water and then using it like that!

  • Abhi

    Hello ….it’s a very interesting blog which I’m surely gonna follow here and on Insta too. Just a quick question.
    Can we put the slices of fruits in a bottle of water for about 8-9 hours without putting it in the refrigerator. Would the water start tasting bad??

  • Marcia

    This is one of the best tutorials I’ve read on making fruit infused water – thank you! I bookmarked the page for the recipes. I wish you’d suggested which ones are good with cinnamon, though.

    I also wanted to tell you that the comments are very hard to read. Scrolling always goes too far and you have to be incredibly precise with clicking and holding the bar inside the form box to get to the next post rather than going several posts up or down.

  • Sita

    I like to infuse my water but sometimes I forget to have the ingredients around to use. I really like your infusion suggestions. some of them I would not have thought to use together. I find that it helps me to drink more water when I have something fun to drink out of. A funky bright colored water bottle or something with a favorite cartoon character on it. I only mention it because you said above to tell how we stay hydrated. Thanks for the tips.

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