Gussy up your H2O with these simple ideas.
I have a hard time staying hydrated, because I just don’t like plain water that much. I’ll choke it down if I have to, but I always prefer a bit of flavor when I can get it, even if that’s just a splash of juice or a slice of lemon.
It’s clear that I’m not the only one in this boat, because the Internet is obsessed with infused waters right now. You’ve probably noticed them at a spa or even in some hotel lobbies, where you can often find water pitchers spiked with slices of refreshing vegetables and fruits like cucumbers and lemons.
In most cases, infused waters don’t contain any added sugar or sodium (other than whatever small amount comes naturally from the steeped ingredients). Infused waters are just as hydrating as regular old water, but way, way tastier. Plus, you get to eat the fruits and veggies when you’re finished!
The best part is that infused water is so simple to make at home—just throw your favorite combination of fruits and herbs, or even vegetables, spices, and seeds, into a pitcher of water and let it steep for a few hours or overnight.
If hydrating always feels like a chore to you, too, these 13 infused water recipes will make the entire process a lot more palatable. Whether you’re looking for a minty number to freshen up your breath, a fruity option with subtle sweetness, or something that’s more savory (and even spicy), these infused water ideas will show you that water definitely doesn’t have to be boring.
This infused water is perfect to make when you have a bunch of random leftover fruits and veggies lying around. Get the recipe
This infused water is packed with relaxing favorites like lavender and chamomile. Get the recipe here.
Berry season is almost here and this infused water is a great way to use your haul. Get the recipe here.
This water has just enough heat to make your tongue tingle a little bit. Get the recipe here.
Sarah Bond of Live Eat Learn adds a bit of honey to this recipe for a touch of sweetness, but you can leave it out if you prefer. Get the recipe here.
If you really want to step up your infused water game, add some chia seeds. They won’t impact the flavor of your drink, but they will add fiber! Get the recipe here.
The ginger, mint, and cucumber in this drink make the flavor taste so bright and refreshing. Get the recipe here.
More proof that herbs aren’t just for cooking—and that they go pretty perfectly with citrus. Get the recipe here.
If you can’t find fresh cranberries at the supermarket, the frozen kind will work just as well in this drink. Get the recipe here.
Kiwi and cinnamon aren’t two ingredients you normally see together, but this infused water proves that they make a great combo. Get the recipe here.
Chungah Rhee, the blogger behind Damn Delicious, says that her water intake doubled when she started making this fruity drink. Get the recipe here.
If you’re not sure how to use up an herb (whether it’s thyme, rosemary, or sage) throwing it in your water is always a good option. Get the recipe here.