Keeping Hydrated in Summer: Flavored Water

Summer is here, so I’m concentrating on keeping hydrated! Plain water can get really boring, so I like to add fruits and herbs to water for fresh, natural flavoring. It’s also cheaper than buying premade drinks, so that’s an additional bonus.

For the second summer in a row, I’m also participating in a Water Challenge Facebook group. Run by our awesome RWC sister, Liz from the Belly Rubbin’ blog, the group is open to anyone who wants to up their water intake. I accomplished my goals of drinking a gallon of water per day pretty consistently last year but this year we’ve all been slacking a bit, so come join and kick us into gear!

[From the Centers for Disease Control: Water & Nutrition]

I found a water pitcher with a built-in infuser on sale at a local store, but you can easily use a mesh strainer or cheesecloth to filter the water before serving.

Fruit is ready to go in the bowl. I like keeping our fruit in a bowl where we can see it because I find we eat it more when it’s easy to access.

I have three recipes to share today: Lemon Rosemary Water, Orange Lime Basil Water, and Kiwi Strawberry Mint Water.

A few things to remember:

  • Since we’re dropping the citrus fruit directly in the water, the skins should be washed or peeled first to prevent contamination.
  • As with any fresh fruit recipe, use within a few days to avoid potential bacterial growth
  • Remove citrus after about 4 hours or it may turn bitter

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s make some flavored water!

Lemon Rosemary Water

Slice the fruit and drop it in the water, and drop in the sprig of rosemary. Refrigerate for at least two hours, then strain and discard the fruit slices. Store in the refrigerator.

  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 12 cups cold water
Again, you don’t necessarily need a special pitcher for this, but if you have one or can invest in one (I got mine on clearance!) I’d recommend using it. If not, definitely keep your sprig of rosemary intact like I did for easy removal.

Orange Lime Basil Water

This water is definitely not sweet, but I’d call it a bright flavor. If it’s too citrusy, try dropping in some green apple, jicama or cucumber. Slice the fruit and drop it in the water, refrigerating for at least two hours. Strain and discard the fruit and herbs, then store in the refrigerator.

  • 1/2 navel orange, sliced
  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • 3 large leaves basil, chiffonade cut
  • 12 cups water

Kiwi Strawberry Mint Water

This one is still easy, but a little more involved. Definitely a sweet one and filled with summer flavor.

  • 2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 6-8 large strawberries, tops cut off and sliced in half
  • 2 sprigs of mint (or 1 teaspoon of dried mint)
  • 12 cups of water


  • Peel the skin off the kiwi and cut it into rounds
  • Wash the strawberries and cut the tops off, then quarter
  • Strip the mint leaves off the stalk, and crush lightly
  • Combine everything with the water and stir, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Since there’s no citrus in this one, it’s not necessary to remove the fruit the same day, but the fruit will definitely start looking droopy after a few hours
  • Strain if desired and store in the refrigerator.

If I’m being honest, I rewrote this post almost more than any other because I couldn’t decide what recipes to share! Blueberries, watermelon, honeydew, lavender, raspberries, lemongrass…the flavoring possibilities are endless! If you have an in-home soda maker or tonic water on hand, you can even give it a little kick of fizz.

If you have a favorite combination, share it in the comments!

Have a great week, RWC!


Bonus photo:

My son also likes fruit water. He came running over and said “MAMA! Is this for me?! Is it done yet?” 😀

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