How To Infuse Water In 8 Simple Steps

[Revised 6/14/17]

Increasing the amount of water you drink can be challenging. Luckily, there are tricks you can integrate into your lifestyle that will help you drink more. One effective way to make plain water more palatable is to enhance its flavor by using fruits and vegetables. Stay hydrated this season with infused water.

Amp up the flavor

A healthy way to enrich the flavor of water is to infuse it with fresh herbs, spices, fruit, and/or vegetables. The end result is a delicious and refreshing beverage that you will enjoy drinking. All you have to do is select your favorite flavors and combine them with ice and water. If you follow the 8 simple steps listed below, you can start drinking more flavorful water today.

Cucumber, Lemon, Lime, Mint Infused Water
Cucumber, Lemon, Lime, Mint Infused Water at BambooCore

How to infuse water in 8 simple steps

  1. Gather your favorite ingredients from the list below.
  2. Thoroughly wash ingredients.
  3. Fill a glass mason jar, jug with handlebeverage dispenser or travel fruit infuser water bottle with ice.
  4. Place ingredients into your container.
  5. Fill the container with high quality water.
  6. Seal container with a lid.
  7. Place container in the refrigerator.
  8. Let the flavors infuse for at least 2 hours before you start hydrating.

Note: If you plan to infuse for longer than 1-2 hours, remove the rinds, piths, and peels from all citrus fruits before adding to the water. This will prevent bitterness.

Infused water ingredients

  • Herbs and spices

    • Basil
    • Cinnamon
    • Chamomile
    • Dill
    • Lemongrass
    • Mint
    • Rosemary
    • Sage
    • Thyme
  • Fruit

    • Apple
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Grapefruit
    • Kiwi
    • Lime
    • Lemon
    • Mango
    • Orange
    • Peach
    • Pear
    • Pineapple
    • Pomegranate
    • Raspberry
    • Starfruit
    • Strawberry
    • Watermelon
  • Vegetables

  • Other

    • Black tea
    • Green tea
    • Hibiscus flower

Examples of ideal flavor combinations

Check out the following flavor combinations and select the ones that sound tasty to you.

  • Apple, cinnamon
  • Blackberry, lime, orange
  • Black tea, raspberry
  • Cucumber, lemon, mint
  • Cucumber, jalapeno, mint
  • Cucumber, lime, strawberry, mint
  • Cucumber, rosemary, fennel
  • Grapefruit, rosemary
  • Lemon, ginger
  • Lemon, pomegranate
  • Lemon, raspberry, rosemary
  • Lemongrass, mint
  • Lime, ginger root, basil
  • Mango, mint
  • Orange, blueberry, basil
  • Orange, pineapple
  • Pear, fennel
  • Pineapple, thyme
  • Raspberry, lime
  • Strawberry, basil
  • Strawberry, jalapeno
  • Strawberry, lemon
  • Strawberry, orange, blueberry
  • Strawberry, cucumber, lime, mint, lemongrass (pictured below)

Five bpa-free water bottles ideal for infused water

If you are like me, you bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. Having a bottle near you will help you drink more throughout the day. Always use high-quality bottles that are good for the environment, free of toxins, and don’t leave a nasty aftertaste. Look for bottles that are non-leaching and BPA/BPS-free. They should not contain phthalates, PVC, or polycarbonates. Glass and food-grade stainless steel are great options. Here are five of my favorite water bottles.

Note: To purchase or to learn more about these bottles, please click on the corresponding links or photos to be redirected Amazon.

1. Lifefactory 22-Ounce Glass Water Bottle With Flip Cap And Silicone SleeveLifefactory glass water bottle

2. Klean Kanteen 27-Ounce Classic Stainless Steel Bottle With Sport Cap

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

3. S’well Vacuum 25-Ounce Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Double Wall

S'well Water Bottle

4. Infusion Pro Water Infuser 24-Ounce Fruit Infused Water Bottle

Infusion Pro Water Bottle

5. Hydro Flask 40-Ounce Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle

HydroFlask Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Infuse your water, increase hydration

Infusing your favorite flavor combinations will help increase the amount of water you drink each day. Follow the eight steps listed above and before you know it, you will be drinking the recommended amount of water for your body.

Cucumber, Lemon, Lime and Mint Infused Water

Thoughts? What are your favorite flavor combinations?

  • Do you drink naturally flavored water?
  • Please comment below and share with me your favorite blend of ingredients for infused water.

I hope to gain some inspiration from your ideas.

Happy hydrating!

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Author Details
CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not helping others to slay fat, build muscle, and live amazing lives, Jennifer can be found exploring the outdoors with her dogs, cooking, traveling and playing/coaching lacrosse. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.
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CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not helping others to slay fat, build muscle, and live amazing lives, Jennifer can be found exploring the outdoors with her dogs, cooking, traveling and playing/coaching lacrosse. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.

Comments

  1. Karen

    can the fruit that you used to infuse the water be used again? I just started and was wondering why it is always bitter. I never took off the rids of the citrus fruit and I always infuse my overnight.

    Thank YOU

    1. Hi Karen,

      I choose not to reuse the fruit, as I have found that this can dilute the flavor, create a bitter taste, and make the water look cloudy and less appealing. When I drink half of the water from the container I replenish it with fresh water, but after a day or so I make sure to switch out the old fruits and veggies with fresh.

      I am guessing that reusing the fruit and the rinds/peels on the citrus fruits is making your water taste bitter. The longer you leave fruit to infuse, the more bitter it will taste because the acidic flavors from the rinds will infuse into the water. If you use fruits with rinds, do not infuse these fruits for over 4 hours.

      I suggest that you make a batch of infused water with rindless fruit. Use a knife to cut the rinds/peels off of the citrus fruit (lemon, lime, orange, etc.). Also, cut as much of the pith (white part) away as possible. The pith of the citrus fruits can also taste bitter. Do not reuse the fruit.

      See if this helps and please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!

  2. Laurie Gurka

    I’ve been an herbalist for 20 years thanks for the info.

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