Drinking infused water is a delicious alternative to plain water. It can add a more elegant feel to a dinner party compared to tap water and shows that you put in some effort. For those who don’t like drinks without flavor, it helps you stay hydrated.

But how do you make infused water? We’ve gathered the best-infused water recipes in one spot. Follow them exactly or get creative and try unique combinations, using the recipes as inspiration.

Tips to Know Before Following the Recipes

Before we look at the recipes for infused water, it’s a good idea to cover some basics. Check out some FAQs and kitchen tips to help you get a delicious drink.

Is Infused Water Good for You?

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The biggest reason that infused water is good for you is that it helps you stay hydrated. Many people prefer to drink something with flavor, and they turn to soda or other chemicals- and sugar-filled drinks. Compared to these, infused water is much better for you. In this way, infusing water helps you with your water intake and lets you make water more exciting.

Also, adding certain ingredients to your infused water can provide other potential benefits. For example, green tea, lime, and mint can help freshen your breath; burn fat; and assist with congestion, headaches, and digestion. Strawberry and kiwi can help with immune system protection, digestion, blood sugar regulation, and cardiovascular health. Cucumber, lemon, and lime can help with managing water weight and bloating, controlling appetite, hydration, and digestion.

Other combinations provide other health benefits, with some overlap between various fruit infused water recipes.

How Long Should You Infuse Water?

Ideally, you want to infuse the water for between three and four hours in the fridge. In a rush, you can do so for just one or two hours at room temperature. If you prefer a really strong flavor, consider infusing for 12 hours.

How Many Times Can You Refill Infused Water?

You can reuse the fruit you use to make infused water, but keep in mind that it will have lost some flavor. You can also eat the fruit if you prefer, but you will still have the issue of less flavor.

To get the most from reused fruit, try adding more water when you are just halfway through your pitcher. This will mix the less-flavorful water with the more-flavorful water and the fruit. If you plan on multiple infusions, you should also consider using orange or pineapple, as they have stronger flavors. Avoid reusing fleshy fruits, melons, or berries, as they start to decompose quickly.

What Is the Best Fruit to Put in Water?

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Everyone has different preferences, so the best fruits and herbs to put in water will be different for everyone. Some of the most popular choices include cucumber, basil, mint, lemon, lime, orange, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, and mango.

If you opt for citrus fruits, be aware that the rind may make the water taste slightly bitter. You can avoid this by removing the rind before you infuse it. Or, make sure to take the fruit out after four hours or less.

If you want to try a new infusion, consider doing so in a mason jar with a single serving instead of making a full pitcher. If you like it, then you can make a full pitcher later.

With that in mind, it is time to explore some of the most delicious infused water recipes.

The Basic Recipe

No matter which recipe you opt for, you will notice some common themes. You typically just combine the water, fruits, and herbs in a pitcher or mason jar and let them infuse for the right amount of time. If you infuse the water for four hours or more, make sure to take the fruit out before serving. Otherwise, it may start to decompose and negatively affect the flavor.

Remember, room temperature water only needs one to two hours to infuse, while water in the fridge needs to sit for three or four hours.

Unless stated otherwise in the following recipes, assume that you can use either cold or room temperature water. You can also try swapping the plain water in these recipes out for sparkling water.

Orange, Blackberry, and Ginger

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If you love oranges and berries plus a hint of ginger, then this infused water recipe is for you. Put the following in your pitcher.

· 5 cups of water

· ½ pint of blackberries

· 1 orange, sliced thinly

· 2-inch ginger piece, peeled, sliced thinly

There are a few important things to keep in mind about the ingredients in this particular recipe. If you want to avoid bitterness in the water, consider removing the orange rind. At the very least, take it out of the pitcher after four hours have passed. You should also remove the blackberries at this time, as they will have gotten soft and start decomposing.

You will notice the same tips whenever similar ingredients appear in other recipes on our list.

Orange, Mint, and Strawberry

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Another combination of citrus and berries, this recipe will be a treat. Place the following in your pitcher.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 10 strawberries, sliced

· 2 oranges, sliced

· Handful of mint

Blueberry, Rosemary, and Lemon

Lemon is an incredibly versatile ingredient for infused water. You might not have thought of using this combination of ingredients.

· 5 cups of water

· 1 lemon, sliced thinly

· 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

· ½ pint of blueberries

Remember to remove the blueberries before they start to get too mushy.

Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach, and Lemon

Swap out the rosemary in the previous recipe for a peach and add some blackberries, and you have a delicious option to set out at your next dinner party.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 1 large peach, in slices

· 1 cup combined blueberries and blackberries

· 1 lemon, in slices

Blueberry and Basil

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If you loved the blueberry flavor in the previous recipes, then consider trying this one next.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· ¼ cup basil, fresh

· ½ cup blueberries

Stone Fruit Medley with Herbs

If you love stone fruits and have lots on hand, the following ingredients will make a delicious drink.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 1 nectarine, in slices

· 1 peach, in slices

· 2 plums, in slices

· 2 apricots, in slices

· Handful of mint

If you prefer some of the fruits on this list more than others, get creative and remove ingredients, adjusting the quantities of others.

Lemon and Basil

This classic option for infused water is great alone or with other herbs and fruits.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 1 large lemon, in slices

· 1 handful basil

Lemon and Mint

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Or try the following variation, swapping out the basil for another popular herb.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· 8 mint leaves, large

· ½ lemon, sliced

Key Lime, Ginger, Lemongrass, and Basil

Lime is another classic ingredient, and you can opt for a twist with your infused water by opting for key limes instead of regular limes. This version gets more citrus flavor from the lemongrass.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 3 or 4 key limes, sliced (or 1 sliced regular lime)

· 1 handful basil

· Inner leaves of a lemongrass stalk, sliced

· 2-inch ginger piece, sliced

Cucumber and Mint

This classic combination is the basis of many other recipes on this list.

· 4 cups (1 quart) of water

· 1/3 cup fresh mint

· 1/3 cup cucumber, sliced thickly

Cucumber and Lemon

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Another classic combination, this recipe is incredibly refreshing.

· 4 cups (1 quart) of water

· ½ lemon, in slices

· ¼ cucumber, in slices

Cucumber, Mint, Lemon, and Starfruit

Take the classic ingredients to the next level by adding starfruit, which also makes the infused water more aesthetically pleasing.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 1 starfruit, in slices

· 1 cucumber, in slices

· Handful fresh mint 

Honeydew, Mint, and Cucumber

Cucumber and mint are a classic combination for infused water, and this recipe takes that favorite to the next level by adding honeydew. You will need:

· 5 cups of water

· 1 cucumber, sliced thinly

· 10 mint leaves, fresh, torn

· ½ cup of honeydew, cubed

Cucumber and Strawberry

You can also take the refreshing taste of the previous recipe and combine it with a berry burst as follows.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· 4 strawberries, sliced

· 4 cucumber slices

Strawberry with Lemon and Basil

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If you love strawberries, consider making infused water with the following ingredients. Combine:

· 5 cups of water

· ½ cup strawberries, sliced

· 1 lemon, sliced thinly

· 5 fresh basil leaves, large, torn

Remember to remove the lemon’s rind if you want to avoid bitterness.

Strawberry and Lemon

You can also try a variation of the above recipe without the basil.

· 4 cups (1 quart) of water

· 4 or 5 strawberries, sliced in half

· 4 or 5 lemon slices

Strawberry and Thyme

This drink offers another delicious choice if you love strawberries.

· 4 cups (1 quart) of water

· 6 strawberries, chopped

· 4 sprigs thyme, fresh

Cherry and Lime

This is another delicious combination that will help you stay hydrated and impress any guests.

· 4 cups (1 quart) of water

· ¼ cup cherries, halved and pitted

· 4 lime slices

Cherry, Lemon, and Mint

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A slight variation of the previous recipe, this one shows you how you can creatively adapt any combination we recommend.

· Enough water to almost fill a pitcher

· 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved

· 1 lemon, sliced

· Handful of mint

Coconut, Pineapple, and Lime

This infused water makes you feel as if you are on a tropical beach.

· 5 cups of water

· 1 cup of pineapple, in chunks

· 1 cup of coconut, in chunks

· 1 lime, sliced thinly

You can use fresh or frozen fruit for this one, but we suggest fresh whenever possible.

Kiwi, Watermelon, and Lime

This is another infusion that will make you think of the tropics and warm summer weather.

· 5 cups of water

· 1 lime, sliced

· 1 kiwi, cut in circles

· 1 cup watermelon, cubed

Make this drink even prettier by slicing the lime and kiwi into circles instead of regular slices.

Watermelon and Basil

You can also combine watermelon with some herbs for a unique drink.

· 4 cups of water (1 quart)

· 4 to 6 basil leaves

· 1/3 cup watermelon, cubed

Watermelon, Mint, and Lemon

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This watermelon drink offers a refreshing combination.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 1 cup watermelon, in small pieces

· 1 large lemon, in slices

· 1 handful mint

Watermelon, Lime, and Jalapeno

If you are feeling adventurous and are willing to try water with a small kick, try this recipe.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 1 cup watermelon, in pieces

· 1 lime, sliced

· 1 jalapeno, without seeds and sliced

Grapefruit and Jalapeno

If you loved the hint of spice in the previous recipe, get creative with jalapenos and try this one.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· ¼ grapefruit, in slices

· ½ jalapeno, without seeds and sliced

When making infused water with jalapeno, keep in mind that it tends to get spicier the longer you let it infuse.

Grapefruit, Lime, and Lemon

Liked the grapefruit in the previous water but are hesitant about the spice? Try this instead.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· ½ lime, in slices

· ½ lemon, in slices

· ¼ grapefruit, in slices

Kiwi, Strawberry, Passionfruit, and Lime

Or try another recipe with kiwi when you have them on hand:

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· 10 strawberries, sliced

· 1 kiwi, sliced

· 1 passionfruit pulp

· 1 lime, sliced

Mango, Ginger, and Raspberry

The mango in this infused water recipe will also help you think of the summer, and it goes great with the raspberry and ginger.

· 5 cups of water

· 1 mango, peeled, cubed

· 2-inch ginger piece, peeled and sliced thinly

· ½ pint of raspberries

Remember to take the raspberries out after about four hours.

Raspberry, Lemon, Ginger, and Nectarine

If you love the combination of raspberry and ginger in the previous recipe, try a variation with a few different ingredients.

· Enough water to almost fill the pitcher

· Handful fresh raspberries

· 1 large nectarine, in slices

· 2-inch ginger piece, sliced

· 1 lemon, sliced

Raspberry and Rosemary

Have leftover raspberries after the last two recipes? Try this recipe that also uses fresh rosemary.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· ½ cup raspberries

· 2 or 3 rosemary sprigs

Apple and Beetroot

If you like subtle beetroot flavor, then try out this combination.

· 4 cups (1 quart) water

· ½ beetroot, peeled and in strips

· ½ apple, slice

Lemon, Rosemary, and Frozen Grapes

This is a unique option, as it explicitly uses frozen grapes. They shouldn’t get mushy because they start frozen. This lets them not only serve as ice but give you a snack to munch on when you finish your drink.

· Enough water to almost fill a pitcher

· Handful of seedless grapes, frozen

· 1 lemon, sliced

· 1 sprig rosemary

Get Creative and Make Your Own Recipe

One of the great things about infused water is that the sky is the limit. Get inspiration from the above ingredients and think of your own recipe. Or combine some of the above recipes with each other or swap out ingredients. If you are feeling creative, here are some other fruit and herb combinations (with some vegetables thrown in) that are delicious. Or just start with something basic like lime infused water, lemon water, or fresh mint leaves and build from there.

· Apple, carrot, and lemon

· Apple, red pear, and a cinnamon stick

· Apple, a cinnamon stick, clove, and orange

· Apple, lime, and mint

· Apricot with raspberry and mint

· Cucumber and melon with celery

· Cucumber, lime, and thyme

· Cucumber, lemon, and mint

· Cucumber, strawberry, and mint

· Ginger, lemon, mint, and cucumber

· Ginger and lemon

· Grapefruit and rosemary

· Orange and lime

· Orange and kiwi

· Orange and cranberry

· Orange, blueberry, and mint

· Raspberry, lemon, and mint

· Strawberry with lemon and mint

· Strawberry and lime

· Strawberry and pineapple

· Strawberry and watermelon

The Most Important Takeaways

With so much information on combining fruits and herbs to create fruit infused waters, it is easy to get overwhelmed. The most important thing to remember is that you should be creative and use the above as water ideas. Whether you love cucumber water and want to incorporate some citrus fruits or just want to try to drink more water in general, infusing water can help.

As you go about making the drink, keep the following tips in mind:

· Consider a mason jar or another glass jar for a single serving and a pitcher for a larger batch.

· Always opt for cold or room temperature water. Hot water can make the fruit mushy.

· Aim to infuse for up to two hours at room temperature or four in the fridge.

· Take out citrus fruits after four hours to avoid bitterness.

· Always use clean drinking water.

· Always use fresh ingredients when possible, such as fresh mint leaves.

· Use fruits instead of fruit juice.

· Expect to get minimal vitamin C and other nutritional content from these drinks.

· Take recipes as recommendations. Adjust the portions or add and remove fruits and herbs to fit your tastes.

· Once you find a favorite, try incorporating another recommendation to make it even more exciting.

You are ready to start enjoying our recommendation to easily drink more water and stand out at your next dinner party without having to waste time on a menu search.