Sometimes, drinking eight glasses of plain water daily can be challenging and, frankly, a little boring. Well, let us introduce you to our favorite hydration solution: Homemade Healthy Water Infusions! This nutrient-packed drink takes less than five minutes to put together and will have you happily refilling your glass all day.
Ask any health or fitness expert, and they’ll tell you that proper hydration is essential for good health. According to Harvard.edu, drinking enough water daily is important to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.
Trust me, you’ll find healthy water infusions more energizing and refreshing than other sports drinks or fake flavored waters filled with food dye.
Oh yeah, these water infusions are really pretty too!
What You’ll Need To Make Healthy Water Infusions
- 1-quart mason jar or pitcher
- Still or sparkling water
- Wooden spoon
- Ingredients for flavor combination of your choice (listed below).
Related: 5 Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Day
How To Make Fruit and Herb Water Infusions
1. Gather the ingredients from whichever fruit and herb flavor infusion you decide to make. Here are some of our go-to water infusion combinations:
- Watermelon Rosemary
- Blackberry Sage
2. Put the sliced fruit, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of your glass jar or pitcher and lightly squish with a wooden spoon to release the fruit juices for flavor.
3. Fill the jar with still or sparkling water. If you’d like a little extra sweetness after tasting, add a natural sweetener like honey or agave.
4. Drink and enjoy it now or leave it in the fridge overnight to get the max taste!
Fruit and Herb Infusion Combinations
- 1 small lime, sliced
- 1-pint raspberries
- 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
2. Blackberry Sage
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
- ½ cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 small orange, sliced
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
Experiment with your flavor combinations, too! If you have another combination, share it in the comments below! The possibilities are endless, and getting enough water every day will help you feel more energized, alert, and happy!
Jude on June 2, 2021 at 4:10 PM
How much water are you supposed to use with these ingredient ratios? Because that is a LOT of raspberries, fresh sage, etc! I'm a fan of strong flavors, but these don't sound like single serving recipes hehe. Also, do you not recommend straining the liquid before consuming? I don't much care for seeds and stems getting stuck in my teeth. Thank you! Looking forward to trying this!
Ellie on December 30, 2019 at 9:38 AM
I really like the idea of using different herbs and fruits. For a long time I was just stuck on lemon and mint flavors. Thanks for the useful tips!
Kim on January 28, 2017 at 7:35 AM
Total amateur here (!) with a question: what is 'still' water?
Chris Freytag on January 30, 2017 at 10:38 AM
Hi Kim - just regular purified water :)
Kathleen on May 5, 2016 at 1:59 PM
if you make these drinks in pitcher how long will it last in frig. ?
Chris Freytag on May 5, 2016 at 2:01 PM
Check this link out: http://www.infusedwaters.com/faq. Thanks!
Barbara on June 25, 2015 at 7:29 AM
I love fruit-infused water. Is there an infuser sports bottle you recommend? I haven't found one with a straw yet. Thanks.
Chris Freytag on June 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM
You may like this article I wrote! https://gethealthyu.com/make-fruit-and-herb-infused-water/
Diane on May 10, 2015 at 6:20 PM
thanks for these GREAT tips I'm goin to go make some right now!
Lesa on July 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM
These are great! Sending them off to my 80+ year old mom right now to get her to drink more water!!
Cathy on May 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM
I love Lemon and mint. I call it H2WHOA!
Julie on March 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM
This morning I have blueberry/lemon. I also like orange/basil. I'm going to try the blackberry/sage, since that is one of my favorite teas.
Chris Freytag on March 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM
Don't you just love experimenting with new flavors?
nolan gober on March 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM
vegetables and spices with a little stevia sounds nice. thanks for the tip. i'm diabetic.