Flavored Water


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Flavored Water is so easy to make and helps me stay hydrated during the summer! I’ve shared two of my favorite flavored water recipes in this post — a cucumber water and a berry water — but the flavor options are endless!

two glass jars filled with flavored water

My Go-To Flavored Water Recipes

It’s that time of year when hydrating properly and drinking extra water is so important. I’m naturally a water drinker and almost never drink soda or sports drinks, but sometimes jazzing up water with fruit helps it go down easier.

There’s really no wrong way to make flavored water, or spa water as I like to call it because it reminds me of the water I’ve had at fancy spas after a massage on vacation. I made two flavored water recipes here, but the possibilities are endless. 

First there’s a berry water with strawberries and blueberries (or try raspberries and blackberries!). Next is a citrus cucumber-infused water with oranges and cucumbers. Lemon works great in this one, too.

You can make a pitcher at a time or do a single serving. For the single serving, I used 8-ounce mason jars and added 1/4 cup berries total, or 6 slices total of oranges and cucumbers. Add as much fruit or vegetables as you want for the flavor intensity you’re going for.

Top off with additional water as many times as possible (usually 2 to 3) until the fruit starts losing its flavor.

berry flavored water in glass jar

Flavored Water Ingredients

For the berry water, you’ll need: 

  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh strawberries 
  • Water
  • Ice

And for the citrus cucumber-infused water, you’ll need: 

  • Fresh orange 
  • Cucumber
  • Water
  • Ice

How to Make Flavored Water

For both flavored water recipes, you’ll need to thinly slice the fruit and veggies. Add the fruit to a glass or water bottle and top with water and ice. You can usually squeeze two to three glasses of water out before the fruit starts to lose its flavor. When that happens, eat the fruit and make a new batch of flavored water! 

orange cucumber water in glass jar

Tips for the Best Flavored Water

When making cucumber water, I like to use a seedless cucumber so that I’m not sucking up tiny seeds while enjoying my flavored water. I also wash the cucumber but don’t peel it — leaving it unpeeled is fine! 

For an extra pop of flavor, add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to your water glass. A little goes a long way, and the fresh citrus juice pairs well with either flavored water recipe. 

If you’re taking your flavored water to go, I recommend storing it in a water bottle that has a straw. The straw just makes it a little easier to drink the water, and you won’t have to worry about spilling berries on you when you take a sip. 

Flavored Water is so easy to make and helps me stay hydrated during the summer! I've shared two of my favorite flavored water recipes in this post — a cucumber water and a berry water — but the flavor options are endless!

More Healthy Drink Recipes: 

  • Kiwi Agua Fresca — Refreshing, healthy, naturally sweet, so easy and ready in 30 seconds! It’ll be your new favorite drink!
  • Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz — This non-alcoholic 5-calorie drink is light, zippy, and zingy from the lime in the sparkling water, coupled with the limey flavor in the margarita mix, and from fresh lime slices.
  • Homemade Horchata — This creamy, smooth, nourishing & healthy beverage is as easy to make as turning on your blender!
  • Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie — This Frozen Fruit Smoothie is packed with berries, strawberry yogurt, and cashew milk. Smoothie recipes with frozen fruit are the best because they don’t need any ice to reach the perfect consistency! 
  • Skinny Pina Colada Smoothie — This Piña Colada Smoothie requires just four ingredients and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It makes for a quick breakfast or a delicious poolside treat! 

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Flavored Water

By Averie Sunshine
Flavored Water is so easy to make! I've shared two of my favorite flavored water recipes in this post — a cucumber water and a berry water!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 ounces
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Berry Water

  • 2 tablespoons fresh strawberry slices
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 8 ounces water
  • ice, as desired

Citrus Cucumber Water

  • 3 thinly sliced orange rounds
  • 3 thinly sliced cucumber rounds, I used a seedless cucumber
  • 8 ounces water
  • ice, as desired


  • For either blend, add the fruit or vegetables to a large glass, cover with water and ice, stir, and serve.
  • Top off with additional water as many times as possible (usually 2 to 3) until fruit starts losing its flavor.


Serving: 1, Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 33mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 17g

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

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  1. Great suggestions!  I love lemon and basil water during the summer months.  I went to one restaurant that put a sage leaf in the water, and it was surprisingly good!

  2. Have you ever tried boiling skinned fruits.

    The  last 2 months, March and April when Blood Red Oranges and Myer Lemons were in season; I cut them up; but them in a pan of water; with numeric and  ginger slices; added apricots, frozen or ones at Trader Joe’s are semi-frozen and delicious alone.    Bring to a boil, then let cool down.   Strain all boiled fruit; pour into a bottle or water pitcher…..add cinnmon on top and mint leaves……

    Sometime I pour 1/3 of ‘potion’ to 3/4 of  water….I use it like an elixir…


    1. I’ve never tried the method you describe. I’ve blanched fruits to remove the skins and I’ve canned jam, but not this exact way. Sounds great!

  3. I totally need to try this. 99% of the time I only drink water but I always forget. Having it flavored would make me remember!

    1. It jazzes things up a little bit…and makes it easier to reach for the water rather the wine after a long day :)

  4. They’re so pretty! Perfect for garden parties or just about any occasion. Mint is a great id and believe it or not, try rosemary… very tasty!

    1. I’ve had rosemary in cocktails and it’s actually a great twist and flavor with the right drink. I bet it would be nice in water too!

  5. I agree with Mir–tasty and pretty!  Like you, I rarely drink soda (or pop as we Michiganders call it) but sometimes I want something more “fun” to drink (non-alcoholic, that is!).  Good ideas here!

    1. Pop…ha! I grew up in MN and in the midwest, it’s just pop, anywhere you go for sure!

  6. Great post (and reminder)!!  The pop of color and flavor makes it enticing to drink more water!!  Beautiful photos!  

  7. These are beautiful–and I love seeing pitchers of them as well. So many possibilities too. One of my co workers makes a cucumber, lime, mint variation in the summer.

  8. I used to be a soda addict. Now it’s been five years and I happily drink just water. Well, with the occasional margarita. But I love putting fruit there in the summertime! These are great fruit flavor combos! Beautiful, too…