How to Make Infused Water
You see them all the time at parties full of lemons and cucumbers with cute mason jar cups. But is it all just for looks? Heck no! Infused spa water recipes are full of so many benefits, depending on the fruit and herbs used.
I’ve gathered a lovely list of detox water recipes you can make and drink any time. Whether it’s for that spring party, a good detox session, or you simply want to make your water intake more interesting.
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Spa Water Benefits—More than a Pretty Photo!
Yeah, all those cute party display photos you see on Pinterest look great, but they’re actually serving a higher purpose than just looks. There are so many benefits to drinking fruit infused water, depending on what you decide to put in. This infused water recipe book has over 98 combinations!
But for just about all kinds of spa water recipes, the benefits include:
- Better hydration—A flavored water obviously tastes better than regular water, so you’re more likely to drink more. Also, infused water has a bit more weight to it, making you feel fuller. I highly recommend you drink a glass of the weight loss waters before every meal for portion control!
- Weight loss—If you replace all of your sugary and alcoholic drinks with infused detox water, you’ll be cutting a huge portion of unnecessary calories out of your diet. And detox water is called that for a reason! Some of the popular fruits and veggies in these waters have nutrients that help flush unwanted fat.
- Antioxidants—Whether you decide to use cucumber or berries, these pieces of produce are high in antioxidants, which then leeches into the water while it gets a nice refreshing flavor.
- More youthful-looking skin—One of the most underrated beauty tips for better-looking skin in to drink more water! You’ll have better elasticity along with a healthier glow that does wonders for skin health.
- Lower blood pressure (source)—This applies mostly to cucumbers, but it’s in just about every detox infused water recipe out there. Cucumbers are rich in potassium and vitamin K, which can help in lowering and regulating blood pressure levels.
The Best Infused Water Ingredients for Weight Loss
You can put just about any fruit or vegetable into a pitcher of water for spa water recipes, but there are certain ingredients and combinations that make for great results. Some of the most popular infused water ingredients include:
- Mint leaves
The list goes on. Basically, if it’s a sweet-tasting fruit, you can probably use it to make infused water! And there are endless combinations. So don’t be afraid to mix and match to make your own concoction!
You don’t even need to use water, either! Some of the infused water recipes below use sparkling water, or even coconut water. If you’re trying to quit soda, some fruit infused soda water is a great way to get your fix without ruining your health.
What You Will Need to Make Infused Water
I would keep all of the fruits I mentioned above in your kitchen at all times during the summer. I usually just buy whatever is on sale at my grocery store. Or if you have some produce that is on the verge of going bad, make some infused water out of it!
With produce out of the way, there are a few more things you will need for the best detox water ever! You will also need:
- Large 1-gallon pitcher
- Mason jars or cups for serving
- Cutting board and knife
- Large drink dispenser display
- Water bottle with diffuser compartment
How Do You Make Spa Water?
Making your own spa detox water is super easy! All it takes is some chopping and patience. Start by thinly slicing all of your ingredients. You want them to be thin, so you get more surface area of the inside of the fruit to touch the water.
Chopping only goes for ingredients like cucumber and citrus. Don’t worry about chopping any berries! Those will do their magic on their own. Put all of your prepped ingredients in a pitcher or desired vessel and fill full of water. Don’t fill with water first! The displacement from the fruit might cause it to overflow.
Place your vessel in the fridge if you can. It’s fine to leave it in a cool place otherwise. Let the ingredients do their work and seep into the water for approximately three to six hours. Overnight is best.
Give your detox drink a taste test and remove any citrus if you think it’s a little strong. Otherwise, serve and enjoy! If your water starts to get low, just fill with more water. Remove the fruit completely when the water’s flavor starts to dissipate.
Some Tips and Tricks with Detox Water
You won’t need all of the ingredients I mentioned above for one diffusing session. It’s more of a comprehensive list of all the things you could need if you want to make detox water on a regular basis or create your own list of spa water recipes.
You can diffuse water on the go with the water bottle or impress partygoers with your cute little infused water display (Clear ones will show off the fruit nicely!). And you can’t forget the cutlery to make this happen!
And don’t underestimate the power of frozen fruit! Frozen berries will make for a very refreshing drink. They also work great if you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to go to the store. Just take some frozen berries you would use for smoothies and throw that in a pitcher of sparkling water a few hours before your party starts.
People often wonder, “How long does fruit infused water last?” The water itself can last about a week. But I would take out the fruit after a couple of days at the most. Keep in mind that the longer you leave it in the water, the stronger the flavor!
Because of this, I would take any citrus ingredients out of the water after about six to eight hours. Their strong flavor can quickly overpower anything else in the detox water. Or you can simply add less citrus than other ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to take them out.
Keep all these things in mind, and you’ll make the best infused water ever! Take a look through the recipes below and find your favorites. They’ll make your summer a refreshing one!
Enjoy the taste of summer with this refreshing Mint Strawberry Lime Infused Water. You can make it with purified water or sparkling water, for a delicious, thirst-quenching drink.
Mint is a popular detox water ingredient because it helps freshen breath and improve digestion. It also makes the water taste very refreshing without overpowering the other flavors.
Watermelon sparking Agua Fresca is a delicious and refreshing watermelon infused water. The perfect mock tail or refreshing summer beverage.
If you’re looking to up your hydration game, this is the spa water for you! Out of all these spa water recipes, this one will provide a sweet watermelon taste with an extra punch of hydration to keep you full and satisfied.
This Instant Pot Cranberry Apple Infused Water is so delicious and takes just a few minutes to make! No added sugar, and so healthy.
Love cranberry sauce? This cranberry infused water is a great option for you! Plus, the added sweet or sour flavor of the apple really puts a unique spin on this water that you don’t have to wait several hours for.
This Summer Citrus Energy Infusion is a great way to give yourself a natural energy boost & cool off during the warmer months! It only takes 3 ingredients and a couple minutes to make this delicious infused water to help boost your water intake! The best part – it’s so easy and tastes great!
Citrus is a great ingredient to include in fruit infused water because it packs great flavor, and it helps to rejuvenate your energy! That’s why I drink lemon water first thing every morning if I can.
Refreshing Lemon Cucumber Mint infused water is my go-to beverage on hot days. Prepare and keep it in your fridge and enjoy a cool and healthy summer beverage anytime!
This was the very first detox water recipe I ever tried, and it’s still one of my favorites! The lemon keeps your energy up, the cucumber provides the nutrients, and mint helps your digestion. It’s also one of the best detox water recipes for weight loss.
It’s Pineapple season! Enjoy a homemade infused pineapple and keep yourself hydrated with tropical flavors. If you’re missing tropical scenery, this is a great homage to beaches and coconut trees.
You can take this spa water recipe one step further and make it with coconut water for a healthy pina colada drink.
This flavored water recipe is infused with lemon, mint and ginger for a refreshing drink. This is a great non-alcoholic option for a party, hydrates the skin and also has weight loss benefits.
Ginger is a great ingredient for detox water because it gives the drink a hint of spice. Add the calming and invigorating flavors of lemon and mint for a great combination of health in a cup!
Need a little refreshment? A Frosty Coconut Mint Green Tea Mocktail with natural coconut water will have you feeling hydrated, healthy, and luxurious! Just 3 simple ingredients and you will be sipping all day long!
This is one of the fanciest drinks on this list, so I highly recommend it for parties! It would be a great non-alcoholic drink to have on hand that I bet everyone would love.
Simple, refreshing recipe for Citrus Bliss Infused Water made with lemons, limes and oranges. All of the best-flavored citrus packed into one drink.
If you’re trying to cut down on caffeine, you should totally make this citrus infused water! Just make sure that you take out the rinds after a day or so at the most so it doesn’t become overpowering.
Cucumber Water will transport you to an upscale day spa on the first sip! The sight of sliced cucumbers, lemon, limes, and mint sprigs bobbing among the ice cubes is almost all it takes to relax and refresh. But wait until you taste it!
While you can add just about anything to cucumber water, just having cucumber on its own is a great addition to a spa day. Or if you’re trying to lose weight, get some extra nutrients, or simply drink more liquid!
Lemon Water is a refreshing drink for the next time you’re feeling fatigued or overheated or just trying to get hydrated. Made with only two ingredients there’s no better beverage during the dog days of summer, or anytime you want a light, healthy drink.
I couldn’t forget to include one of my favorite drinks that I have almost every day! I love cutting up a small lemon and putting it in a big water bottle in the fridge before I go to bed. That way, I have energizing lemon water waiting for me when I wake up!
Final Thoughts on These Spa Water Recipes
You can make any of these infused water recipes any time of the year, for just about any occasion! Hosting an engagement party? Make some detox water. Need a pick-me-up? Make some detox water.
They’re also great for weight loss, hydration, or simply getting some nutrients and antioxidants. And they make great replacements for any unhealthy drinking habits. You can use them to kick an addiction to pop or coffee!
Next time you go grocery shopping, check out the produce section for anything that’s on sale to make any of these spa water recipes. Grab anything that would be good for infused water and give it a go! You might be surprised how much you like it!
What’s your favorite infused water recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
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