Make a splash with flavored water

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In recent years, flavored water has become increasingly popular as a refreshing and healthy alternative to sugary drinks. Making flavored water allows you to quench your thirst while enjoying the endless possibilities at home. Add a zesty twist with citrus water, a burst of sweetness with berry water or a refreshing herbal infusion with herb water. There’s a flavored water option for everyone and every thirst. 

Citrus and herb water in a pitcher on a table outside.
Flavored Water. Photo Credit: Yayimages.

Citrus water: A zesty twist

One of the most invigorating and refreshing flavors you can infuse into water is citrus. It’s perfect for when you’re exploring the outdoors. Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits bring a tangy and zesty twist to your hydration routine. Mix and match your favorite fruits to make a combo you enjoy. Citrus water is delicious and packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and other essential nutrients.

Citrus water is easy to make. Wash and slice citrus fruits and add them to a pitcher of cold water. Add as many or as few as you like to make light or heavily flavored water. Allow the flavors to infuse for at least an hour, or refrigerate overnight for a more intense taste. 

The result is a vibrant and citrusy drink that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and hydrated. Citrus water is perfectly paired with dishes like these salmon tacos.

“My favorite summer drink, especially when friends are over. I usually pick all the different berries from the garden and add a few slices of lemon and mint leaves. It is not only a great refreshing drink, but looks outstanding every single time.”

– Zuzana Paar, Lowcarb-Nocarb

Sliced citrus fruits on an orange background.
Sliced Citrus. Photo Credit: Yayimages.

Berry water: A burst of sweetness

For those with a sweet tooth, berry water is the perfect choice. Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, provide a natural sweetness that elevates your hydration experience. In addition to their delicious taste, berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, making them a nutritious addition to your flavored water.

To create berry-flavored water, gently crush or muddle a handful of fresh or frozen berries and add them to a water pitcher. You can also experiment with different combinations of berries to create your unique blend. Let the mixture stand for a few hours, letting the flavor infuse into the water, and you’ll have a vibrant and fruity drink that is as beautiful as it is tasty.

Berry water is perfect for a summer day, a cookout or a picnic. Serve it with tiny sandwiches, fried chicken and a summery dessert like this strawberry bread.

Citrus and herb drinks in glasses.
Citrus Water. Photo Credit: Yayimages.

Herb water: Refreshing infusions

If you want to add a refreshing twist to your flavored water, herb-infused water is an excellent choice. Herbs like mint, basil, rosemary and lavender can transform a simple glass of water into a revitalizing and aromatic beverage. Not only do herbs bring a delightful flavor, but they also offer various health benefits, including aiding digestion, reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation. Herb water is perfect to pair with spicy dishes like blackened shrimp.

To make herb-infused water, add a handful of fresh herbs to a pitcher of water and muddle them gently to release their natural oils and flavors. Wait a few hours for the flavor to infuse into the water and you’ll have a refreshing drink to invigorate your senses. Experiment with different herb combinations to find your favorite blend and enjoy the myriad of flavors herb water offers. 

Make it prettier

Want to wow everyone? Serve your flavored water in beautiful cut-glass pitchers or fancy water dispensers. Dress up your glasses with special ice cubes by freezing berries or other fruit in the ice. And don’t forget your edible flowers. Use them as a garnish and make the prettiest flavored water anyone has ever tasted.

Mix it up

Don’t forget you can also mix and match herbs, berries and citrus for fun new flavors and tastes. You’ll soon find your favorite combinations and make new ones as you explore new ideas and flavors. 

“As someone who struggles with drinking enough water, flavored water is a great way to stay hydrated. Adding fresh herbs, like rosemary and lemon balm, infuses water with an enjoyable flavor and always looks so pretty in a pitcher. This is a great technique for parties, too. With just a little foresight, you can bring a thoughtful touch to your table with minimal effort.”

– Jessica Haggard, Easy Homemade Life

Flavored water is a fantastic way to stay hydrated while enjoying flavor. Whether you prefer the zesty tang of citrus water, the sweetness of berry water or the refreshing infusion of herb water, there are endless possibilities to explore. The options provide a delicious alternative to sugary drinks and offer a range of health benefits. So, why not make a splash with flavored water and elevate your hydration routine to a whole new level of taste and refreshment? Try these flavorful combinations today and experience the joy of staying hydrated in a delightful way.

Laura Sampson of Little House Big Alaska is on a mission to teach modern family-oriented home cooks how to make old-fashioned foods new again. She shares her passion for home cooking, backyard gardening and homesteading on her website and blog,

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