I know that you are supposed to drink around eight glasses of water a day. But water is boring. It tastes funny. And I think I get a good amount from coffee, tea, and fresh produce. Still, I know I could be drinking more actual water, so I came up with my own fruit water recipes. These are beyond easy to make and take all of five minutes. They are also pretty darn healthy. There is no added sugar, preservatives, or weird things like you might find in store-bought flavored water. If you are trying to drink more water or less soda, these are definitely worth a try.
How to make fruit water
Start with a pitcher of water. Any size will do. You can use tap water, filtered water, or even sparkling water if you like. Sparkling water gets its bubbly texture from added carbon dioxide. Just check the ingredients to make sure nothing else has been added.
Slice, dice or chop your fruit of choice into fairly large pieces. Size doesn’t matter a whole lot. The more surface area you create, the faster your fruit will infuse into the water. But some fruit will break up if you cut it too small, leaving bits floating in your glass. You can drink the pieces of fruit, but if your goal is just to flavor your water you may not want anything floating in it. You could also strain it, but then this simple recipe becomes a little more work.
Add the fruit to your pitcher. A little bit goes a long way and about a cup is good for a 2-quart pitcher.
Add herbs if you are including them, in big pieces.
Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator. Let the water “marinate” for at least an hour for the best flavor. The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor will be. The fruit will last about a week, but since the goal is to drink more water, it shouldn’t. That 2-quart pitcher is conveniently eight cups of water.
When you drink all of a pitcher, just refill with water. The fruit will be good for 2-3 pitchers if you are drinking it fairly quickly.
Fruit water recipes
This is my favorite fruit water recipe because it costs pennies to make and has a strong flavor. Add about 3-4 lemon slices to a pitcher of water. In the picture at the top, I used a whole lemon and it was really lemony.
Cherry lime water
This fruit water recipe is similar to my cherry limeade recipe, but without the added sugar. The balance of sweet cherries and tart limes is delicious.
Who doesn’t love the flavor of wine with a little fruit in it? Utilize the same flavors to enhance your water. Add just a slice or two of an apple, orange and lemon. You could also toss in some berries. The apple will brown after a while, depending on how much lemon you include, but that won’t affect the flavor.
Other flavor combos to try
- basil watermelon
- cucumber mint
- lemon blueberry
- strawberry kiwi
- all berries – strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry
- all citrus – lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit
I’m still not drinking eight glasses of water per day, but I am drinking a lot more. I do think other food and beverages contribute to that number. Do you drink enough water?
What flavor combinations would you add to this list?
- 2 quarts water
- 1 cup fruit and herbs of your choice
fruit and herb options:
- cherries and lime
- apple, orange and lemon
- basil and watermelon
- cucumber and mint
- lemon and blueberry
- strawberry and kiwi
- strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry
- lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit
- Fill a pitcher with water.
- Slice, dice or chop your fruit of choice into fairly large pieces and add it to the pitcher.
- Add herbs, if using.
- Refrigerate and let the water "marinate" for at least an hour for the best flavor.
- The fruit will last about a week, but since the goal is to drink more water, it shouldn't. When you drink all of a pitcher, just refill with water. The fruit will be good for 2-3 pitchers if you are drinking it fairly quickly.