This quick and easy infused water is made with fresh ingredients from the garden or market. Add herbs, citrus, and fruit to your water for a refreshing, healthy, and delicious drink!
Did you start a garden this year?
I did-- and things got a little out of control.
I planted way more things than I intended to. And then I got more plants as gifts.
And now-- I'm finding every excuse possible to harvest all the things from my garden, and bring them into my tiny kitchen.
I love using my fresh herbs and edible flowers in drinks like fresh mint tea, catnip tea, or honeysuckle vodka, or in homemade sweeteners like mint simple syrup, lavender simple syrup, and citronella simple syrup.
But sometimes, I want something even easier than these (already simple) recipes.
One of the easiest ways to bring the garden (or produce from the farmer's market) into my home is to infuse water with citrus, herbs, and fruit.
Can I Use Tap Water?
You can-- if your tap water has a nice flavor, and if the tap water in your area is safe to drink. I usually use filtered tap water.
If you have hard, sulphuric-tasting tap water-- it's probably better to use bottled drinking or spring water.
Can I Use Sparkling Water?
I don't recommend it. You'll be letting the water sit for several hours, and sparkling water would lose all of its sparkle and fizz.
Do I Need a Special Infusing Pitcher to Make Infused Water?
Absolutely not! But if you have one, go ahead and use it.
Infusing pitchers, water bottles, and balls are designed to hold all of the infusing ingredients together, and keep them from falling into your glass.
If you don't mind a few berries in your water glass, it doesn't matter either way.
A few berries to enjoy after a glass of refreshing water is a bonus in my book.
If you use a decorative glass pitcher, the curved spout usually holds back most of the infusing ingredients.
How to Make Infused Water
I like to pick one citrus or berry, and one herb. And then I add a small handful of both to a pitcher of water.
What combinations of fruit and herbs should you use?
There's really no right answer here. Use what you love and what you have on hand.
My favorite combination is lemon and basil-- it's light and refreshing. Check the recipe card for suggested combinations.
My mother-in-law likes to make her infused water with pineapple and mint.
Pick and choose what you like, or go ahead and add a bunch of different herbs and fruit together!
After I took these photos, I added ALL of the infusing ingredients into a single pitcher. Lemon slices, orange slices, blueberries, strawberries, and mint. And it was delicious.
Want more SUMMER DRINKS? Try these:
Infused Water with Herbs, Citrus, + Fruit
- 4 cups water Use good tasting tap water or bottled water
Citrus, Fruit, + Vegetable Infusing Ingredients: (Choose 1 or Mix + Match), Check Recipe Notes for Suggestions
- 1 orange OR 2 mandarins, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 cup pineapple, very thinly sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
- 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries (these will take longer to infuse than sliced fruit)
Herb Infusing Ingredients: (Choose 1 or Mix + Match)
- 5 basil leaves (any variety)
- 5 mint leaves (any variety)
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- Add water to a pitcher, and add desired infusing ingredients.
Tip: If you have a special water infusing pitcher or infusing ball, it will keep the infusing ingredients from spilling out of the pitcher. This is totally optional.
- Chill water for at least an hour for the best flavor infusion.
- For extended usage: Add more water to the pitcher as it needs refilling, and replace the infusing ingredients when the flavor is becoming too strong, or when the ingredients look wilted or no longer fresh. (Usually every 2 days, depending on ingredients used.)
- Lemon + Basil or Mint
- Cucumber + Basil or Mint
- Strawberry + Thyme
- Pineapple + Mint
- Strawberry + Mint
- Lemon + Orange
- Orange + Rosemary
- Berries + Mint