Flavored Water Recipes

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Here are 20 naturally flavored water recipes, perfect to help you drink water all year long. Using fruits, herbs and spices you can “spice” up your drinking habits!

detox water with herbs and lemon in a jug and glass

No matter what the season, I can’t overstate the importance of staying hydrated. Whether it’s during a heatwave or the middle of winter, our bodies need water to function optimally. If you aren’t plain water “fan”, luckily, here is a list of naturally flavoured water recipes with various fruit infuses – to encourage even the most forgetful/reluctant of us to get in our daily water amount, with a smile.

lemon water in glasses

Fruit-flavored and herb-infused water recipes boost the flavor of water without adding any unhealthy artificial sweeteners or flavors – for a natural, delicious flavor twist. That is to say, whether you want detox water recipes or just some inspiration on how to jazz up your cup of water – there’s an option for you here.

Remembering to stay hydrated and drinking plenty of water is a critical healthy habit and just needs getting used to. I will be providing some top tips for staying hydrated below, along with different ideas that make the process a lot more fun.

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The Benefits of Naturally Flavored Water

By now we all know how important water is for our bodies and it’s so easy to forget to drink enough water to keep our bodies running at optimum levels. Not only that but there’s a huge amount of us who just don’t particularly like the “lack-of-taste” taste of water.

detox water

And while there are multiple flavor options out there like fruit squashes, flavored drinks, sports drinks, etc., I prefer to try and keep my flavorings as natural as possible so that I’m taking as much pure water as possible. So, I like to stick to flavoring my waters with fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Plus, there are several benefits to using naturally flavored water options, too. For instance:

Less Sugar

When using fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices you are foregoing all the additional sugars included in juices, squash drinks, and fizzy drinks. And with sugar leading to possible weight gain, food addictions, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, acne, cancer, and even affecting energy levels. Need I go on? To get to the nitty-gritty of it, naturally flavored water recipes are such a simple way to add flavor and sweetness without the negative side effects of sugars.

detox rose raspberry

TIP*  If you do find these naturally flavored waters a bit too subtle in flavor then you can add a sweetener of some kind, for instance, a teaspoon of agave nectar or honey. Yes, these contain sugar but in comparison to fizzy drinks and other beverages, the amount is minuscule.

Easier Hydration

If you’re struggling to keep up your water intake and want to reduce sugary drinks, then these natural options can go a long way to encouraging you to drink more without even noticing. Above all, when you like the taste of the drink you’re consuming then it’s going to become natural to reach for more. You will be drinking glasses of water without even feeling thirsty.


Okay, so this isn’t a benefit as such (or at all) but there’s something so fancy about flavored waters. So when I prepare my flavored water in the morning I get to feel extra “fancy” for the day, imagining myself at a spa or expensive resort sipping on my cucumber mint water while getting a facial.

butterfly pea flower lemon water

The Ingredients


I LOVE herbs! Most importantly you only need a little to go a long way and there are so many delicious flavors you can take advantage of. In general for water though my favorites are:

  • Mint leaves
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
Herbs to make flavored water


  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Apple
  • Blackberry
  • Blood orange
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Raspberry
  • Pineapple
  • watermelon
  • peach
  • mango
Drawings of fruit to make Flavored Water


Okay so this list is fairly small – In fact, it’s one single vegetable and that’s

  • Cucumber

I’ve noticed some people include tomatoes and peppers into their waters too but I haven’t quite gotten up the nerve to do that. So, I think I’ll leave my vegetables to my juices, smoothies, and meals for now.


  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Star Anise
Drawings of spices to make flavored water

Dried or Fresh Edible Flowers and Plants

  • Lavender
  • Rose petals
  • Butterfly pea flower
  • Aloe vera
Drawings of flowers to make Flavored Water

How to Make Flavored Water

With all these potential ingredients in mind, below are 20 delicious ideas for naturally flavored water that you can pour into a large jug, leave to steep, and then drink throughout the day. NO, they aren’t going to be as sweet and strong in flavor as squashes and juices but they provide just enough subtle flavor to make you forget you’re drinking water.

What You’ll Need

The basis for making naturally flavored water is really simple and only needs a few tools:

  • a water jug or bottle
  • something to “muddle” the fillings with – If you don’t have a muddler then even a handle of a wooden spoon will work.

And that’s it, other than the water (you can use filtered or plain tap water will do, room temperature or cold), flavorings, and, optionally, some ice cubes.

The Method

Wash the fruit or herbs you will be using. Depending on your choice, you might want to cut slices of the fruit or vegetable (e.g. if using apple, kiwi, cucumber).

Drawings of fruit and spices for flavored water combinations

Next, add your flavorings to the jug or bottle – a singular type of fruit or herbs or spices or a mix of them. Feel free to experiment with the blends and also how much you add. You can start with just a few slices or a few berries and then add more if you want to intensify the flavor.

Furthermore, depending on how much flavor you want them to release, you can muddle/smudge the fruit/herbs a little.

Add in the ice cubes (optional).

Fill to the top with water. If you are using a bottle, close it tight and give it a gentle shake to allow for the “juice” of the muddled fruit/spices to mix with the water. If you are using a big water jug, stir a bit with a spoon.

Voila! Your naturally flavored, fruit-infused water is ready! Now, just remember to drink it.

detox green water

The Combinations

  1. Lemon, mint & ginger
  2. Thyme & lemon
  3. Raspberry, lemon & mint
  4. Citrus & cucumber
  5. Grapefruit
  6. Strawberry , mint & lemon
  7. Raspberry & lime
  8. Watermelon & rosemary
  9. Pineapple & mint (also would be amazing with coconut water)
  10. Mango & lime
  11. Peach, mint & lemon
  12. Kiwi, strawberry & mint
  13. Blueberry, mint & lemon
  14. Apple, cinnamon and star anise
  15. Blood orange, pomegranate & mint
  16. Blackberry & mint
  17. Blackberry & lavender
  18. Roses, rosewater, pomegranate & lime
  19. Aloe vera  & citrus
  20. Aloe vera, cucumber & ginger

And any other combination you’d like. Just drink a glass of flavored water every now and then to enjoy all the added health benefits.

Drawings of fruit and herb combinations for flavored water

Other Hydrating Drinks

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments. I also love seeing your recreations on Instagram, so tag @Alphafoodie.

How to make Naturally Flavored Water

5 from 18 votes
By: Samira
Using fruits, herbs and spices you can "spice" up your drinking habits!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 cups


  • water jug or bottle


  • 4 cups water
  • fruit or herbs or choice check the notes for delicious combos
  • ice cubes optional


  • Wash the fruit or herbs. Depending on what you have chosen, cut or slice the fruit.
  • Add the flavorings to the jug or water bottle.
  • Muddle or smudge the fruit/herbs to release extra flavor (optional).
  • Fill to the top with water.
  • Stir and enjoy!


The combinations:
  1. Lemon, mint & ginger
  2. Thyme & lemon
  3. Raspberry, lemon & mint
  4. Citrus & cucumber
  5. Grapefruit
  6. Strawberry , mint & lemon
  7. Raspberry & lime
  8. Watermelon & rosemary
  9. Pineapple & mint (also would be amazing with coconut water)
  10. Mango & lime
  11. Peach, mint & lemon
  12. Kiwi, strawberry & mint
  13. Blueberry, mint & lemon
  14. Apple, cinnamon and star anise
  15. Blood orange, pomegranate & mint
  16. Blackberry & mint
  17. Blackberry & sage
  18. Blackberry & lavender
  19. Roses, rosewater, pomegranate & lime
  20. And any other combination you’d like.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Global
Freezer friendly: Yes
Shelf life: 3 Days


Serving: 1Cup, Calories: 8kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kara says:

    Thanks for your informative and encouraging post. Could you please share what combination you used for the dragonfruit combo in your beautiful photo?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Kara. It was just dragonfruit and lime combo with fresh drinking water 🙂

  2. Sue Cooper says:

    5 stars
    Your article is lovely, all the details are well presented and colourful in a very clear concise informative layout.
    I personally like to use celery as an alternative flavour to cucumber, both of which are very refreshing.

    For quite some time now, I have been making, Orange, Lemon, Ginger & Honey Juice, from fresh produce, so my regular intake of such nutrients are gained from the intake of that drink and has become…my morning,
    ‘Sunshine Starter’.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Sue! Adding celery sounds interesting – will give it a try 🙂

  3. Eileen says:

    5 stars
    Your pictures are stunning! Especially the dragon fruit pitcher and glass…

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Eileen! 🙂

  4. Shila says:

    5 stars
    Looks amazing! Do you use organic roses for the water and do you you know where I can get hold of it? Live in Surrey area x

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thanks, Shila! Yes, I use organic roses. Sometimes even flower shops have them – just have to ask. Otherwise, I often order online from a flower farm 🙂

  5. Sushmitha says:

    5 stars
    Such a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing all these with everyone.
    How long should these herbs/fruits/spices soak in the water before they are flavourful to drink? Or healthier?

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Sushmitha.
      If you muddle the herbs/fruit, the water should be flavorful instantly. If you just add slices or whole berries, it’d be best to wait a few minutes. Of course, the longer you want, the more pronounced the flavor will be. You can also give it a stir once or twice before serving.

  6. Sally says:

    Are these drinks to detox your body. And lose weight

    1. AlphaFoodie Support says:

      I use them more as a way to encourage me to drink more water, though some can have detoxing effects. I also find that if I drink enough water, it makes me less prone to snacking throughout the day.