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Infused Water: Recipes & Tools

I used to be addicted to soda pop. As early as junior high, I saved my babysitting money to buy Diet Orange Sunkist. Fast-forward, this habit continued well into adulthood. At my former job, I ran into meetings double fisted with two Diet Dr. Peppers. I thought I needed the caffeine to replenish my energy and the sweet taste to satisfy my cravings. However, once I dived into researching all the detriments of a diet filled with chemicals in packaged foods and drinks, I quit soda immediately. I still missed the taste, though, so looked for alternatives. I tried to rationalize why buying fun, fizzy and hip drinks were right for me. Though when it came down to it, spring water provided the highest number of benefits including detoxification, hydration and skin beautification without any of the toxic “natural flavors.” So, to make it taste good, I started infusing different fruits and vegetables with my water. I love it so much that I recommended it as a substitute for sugary drinks when I appeared on The Dr. Oz Show.

While it’s not hard to infuse water, finding a combination with enough flavor and zest to drink it all-day takes time. Whether you love sweet fruits or refreshing veggie flavors, throw in a few of each and figure out your favorite combo. I also enjoy experimenting with a few drops of certified pure therapeutic grade doTERRA essential oils. In addition, I love gadgets and discovering a few tools made preparing flavored water concoctions even easier and fun along the way. Below are my favorite fruit water combinations as well as the simple tools I use to make infusing water easy.

Recipes

While no recipe cards are needed to infuse water, finding the right combinations helps make infusing water less intimating. Below are some of my favorite combos.

Infused Waters - Recipes and Tools
Pineapple and Parsley
Infused Waters - Recipes and Tools
Lemon, Cucumber, Cilantro
Infused Water - Recipes and Tools
Cranberries, Lemon and Cucumbers
Infused Water - Recipes and Tools
Watermelon, Raspberries and Cucumbers
Oranges and Coconut
A Surprisingly Awesome Tasting Idea – Oranges and Coconut
Tools

Infused Water Pitcher – Primula Iced Tea Brewer  – 100% BPA, PVC, Phthalate, and Lead Free – For Hot or Iced Tea and Other Beverages – 3.78 Liters – Red
Yes. You can just throw a bunch of fruit in a glass to make infused water. Although, using this simple tool creates a easy way to drink infused water all day. It holds the fruit together so that the taste is strong, while also incapsulating the items (like the coconut in the photo above) so that it’s used as flavor, but not as pulp in the water.

Alkaline Water Stick 

I spoke on The Dr. Oz show about how to eat clean and included one of my favorite suggestions – drinking alkalized infused waters. I recently stumbled upon the Santeria Power Water Stick that not only improves the taste of tap water but also reduces the chlorine as well as adds minerals so that the pH balance of the water is more alkaline. It’s an inexpensive tool and easy to use.

Infused Waters - Recipes & Tools
Santevia Mineralized Alkaline Water – Power Water Stick

Do you infuse water? If so, what are your favorite combinations. If not, what are your favorite fruits and would you try them in water?

Here are some of my other favorite infused water tools:

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Infused Water - Recipes and Tools

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32 Comments

  1. Hmm, I like that alkaline stick. I infuse my water all of the time. It helps me to drink more and just makes my water taste so much better! I am on a cucumber everything streak lately!
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  2. The cranberries, lemon, and cucumbers look so refreshing!
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    • I love the colors in the cranberry infused water. I took the photos in the morning with the light shining through the window, which really enhanced the bright colors of the cranberries, cucumbers and lemons.

  3. Infused water is the ONLY WAY I will drink it!! I actually hate water otherwise! :o
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    • Me, too. I’m not a fan of plain water unless it’s super hot out. I love it infused with all sorts of fruit. What’s your favorite combo?

      • Hmmm maybe some lime & strawberry! My favorite restaurant in LA truly kicks it out of the park with their fruit infused waters!!
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        • Wow. What restaurant do you love in LA that serves infused water? I used to travel there a lot, though it was before my clean eating adventures. I’m sure my favorites would be different now. Do you know of any great vegan places?

          • Hmmmm… I have heard Cafe Gratitude is delicious as is Crossroads! I have only gotten some veggie sides at CG and I can confirm they were quite tasty! There is also a 100% vegan sushi restaurant in Downtown LA… I have heard magical things about it, but never been!
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          • I used to love traveling to LA and eating sushi…Katsuya, Koi and then there was another little dive that was famous for incredible sushi. But, I wasn’t vegan then. I will have to check out the vegan sushi place downtown whenever I return. Thanks. xoxo

  4. This is a great way to pack more water into your day- yummier, too. :)

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  5. This is amazing! What a great resource and I need that alkalizing stick. Such a great idea!
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    • Thanks Kristen. I do love the alkalizing stick. It’s easier and cheaper than finding a universal water system or even buying certain high pH brands at the store.

  6. watermelon and cucumbers?! that sounds like an amazing combination! Love infusing water with fruit, but I’ve always kept it typical with strawberries and lemons..will definitely be trying these new ones!

    xo,
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    • Yay. I’m glad you are a fan of infused waters, as well. I do love using cucumbers because they are light and refreshing. Plus, they are not messy to prepare. Happy Holidays.

  7. You’re making me SO THIRSTY!! Everything looks yummy! I need to look into an alkaline stick. I usually just add fruit to a pitcher, I guess I should put a little more thought into it. Thanks for the tips! Pinning this for sure. :)
    XOXO
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    • Thanks for sharing this post. I do have a ton of fun with creating these fun waters. The alkaline stick is easy and a lot cheaper than buying SmartWater or other high pH balanced brands. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  8. Oh wow – I love infused water and I don’t prepare it nearly as much as I should!

    Thanks for these suggestions/combinations! I think I need to add that pitcher to my Christmas wish list ;)

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo
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    • Let me know if you come up with any fun infused water concoctions. It’s a cheap way to sparkle the holiday table…a pitcher of water with cranberry and parsley. Happy Holidays. xoxo

  9. The closest I get to infused water is a piece of lemon. I’d be interested in trying cranberries though!
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    • Lemon is really easy to use to make infused water. It’s everywhere from restaurants to neighbors houses. Cranberries are good, though oranges are my favorite. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Holidays.

  10. Hi Caryn! I would just like to ask, do I need to still buy alkaline water stick even if I am using an infused water bottle?

    • I would have to know what infused water bottle you are using and whether it already includes an alkaline stick in it. My guess is that it is a separate item. Most infused water bottles (are awesome) but are meant for just the fruit/veggies to be held in the middle of it. Unless of course, you buy already alkalized water. Penta is a brand that I like.

  11. Can you enlighten me please? Why is an alkaline stick necessary? There are blogs that recommend the use of alkaline stick when making infused water but there are also other blogs that do not even mention this.

    • HI. The benefit of an alkaline stick is that it enhances your water. The stick I use has the ability to reduce chlorine, add minerals and increase the pH level. Do you need an alkaline stick…only you can answer that as it depends on the water you drink. Some people may not mention an alkaline stick because they already use a water that has a higher alkaline level. I use it when making infused water with tap or bottled spring water.

  12. Great recipe for Gym going persons. I recommend everyone to use this recipe, especially in summers to protect yourself from dehydration.

  13. I love, love, love infused water recipes! My current favorite is a melony one, but I just learned a whole bunch of new ones to make. So excited!
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    • Oooohhhh…melon infused waters. I’ve done cantaloupe but not sweet green melon, I should try it. Now seeing your peach cobbler recipe, I’m thinking I should try a peachy one.

  14. These infused water recipes looks delicious. Infused water rocks!

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