How to Flavor Water Naturally: Over 40 Ideas!

Over 40 ideas on how to naturally flavor water.  You can use herbs, fruits, or combinations to create your favorite flavors and increase your daily water intake!  The best part?  These water recipes are natural and do not contain any artificial flavors. In other words, say goodbye to sugary drinks!

Large glass filled with strawberries, lemon and mint.

Have you ever stood in front of your fridge, eyeing that pitcher of cold water, and thought, “If only this were a bit more exciting”? Trust me, I’ve been there. We all know the importance of drinking enough water each day, but let’s face it, sometimes plain water can feel a bit, well, plain.

Over the years, I have played with different fruits and herbs to find tasty combinations that enhance the water’s natural flavor. Each idea below does not have any artificial sweeteners or added sugars.   

Typically, I use the ingredients I have in the refrigerator.  It is an easy way to use extra ingredients, or even stems of herbs, and cut down on food waste.  Let’s get to it!

1. Citrus

Citrus fruits are a classic water enhancer.  Just a few slices of lemon is a great way to make regular tap water taste fresh! But why stop with lemon? Other citrus fruits also taste great in water.

Drinking glass filled with lemon.
  1. Lemon: Lemon water is probably the most popular way to flavor water.  The natural flavors add a bright and slightly tartness to each sip. 
  2. Lime: Similar to lemon but with a tang instead of a tart flavor, adding lime slices can be the perfect flavor enhancer! 
  3. Orange Fruits: Sweet and slightly tangy, orange slices can give your water a fruity and refreshing taste. 
  4. Grapefruit: With its bold and slightly bitter taste, grapefruit is perfect for people who love sour flavors!
  5. Blood Orange: Known for their deep red color, blood oranges add a gorgeous hue and a unique, slightly raspberry-like flavor to water.
  6. Meyer Lemon: A cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, Meyer lemons are sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons.

2. Herbs

Adding fresh herbs to water is a good way to add flavor. Let the herbs sit in the water for a few hours, and you will now have naturally flavored herb-infused water! Here are a few of my favorites.

A half full kraft of water with a mint spring in the kraft.
  1. Mint: Perhaps the most popular herb for water, mint adds a refreshing and cooling flavor. 
  2. Basil: Basil pairs well with fruit-infused water, particularly strawberries or citrus.
  3. Rosemary: Adds a unique flavor to your water. It pairs well with lemon or cucumber.
  4. Lemongrass: Offering a light, lemony flavor with a hint of ginger, lemongrass is refreshing and adds a unique twist. 
  5. Lavender: Lavender can be a calming and soothing addition to your water. 

Always slightly crush the herbs before adding them to your water. This will allow the herb to release its flavor. 

3. Fresh Fruit

One of my favorite ways to flavor water is to add fresh fruits.  I love the fruit flavor and how it can perk up just about any old glass of water.  If you do not have fresh fruits, add a splash of fruit juice to your water for extra flavor. 

A craft of water packed full of fresh strawberries.
  1. Fresh Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries add flavor and color. 
  2. Melons: Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon offer a subtle, sweet flavor. They’re particularly hydrating due to their high water content.
  3. Pineapple: Adds a tropical, sweet-and-tart flavor. 
  4. Mango: Brings a rich, tropical sweetness to water. 
  5. Apple: Sliced apples provide a crisp and mildly sweet taste. Green apples add a tartness, while red varieties are sweeter.
  6. Cucumber: Cucumbers add a fresh, spa-like quality to water.
  7. Kiwi: Offers a unique, sweet-tart flavor and a vibrant green color. 
  8. Pears: Provide a gentle, sweet flavor. They’re particularly nice when paired with cinnamon or ginger.
  9. Grapes: Cut in half, grapes infuse a mild, sweet flavor.
  10. Pomegranate Seeds: Add a pop of sweet and tart flavor, along with a beautiful color. 

4. Flavored Ice Cubes

Add to the flavor and look of your drinks with ice cubes. I recommend muddling the ingredients together before freezing them in an ice cube tray for best results.  This will allow the flavors to be released as the ice cubes melt. 

Raspberries, blackberries and mint frozen in separate ice cubes stacked don top of each other.
  1. Cucumber & Mint Ice Cubes: Combine cucumber slices with mint leaves in ice trays for a refreshing and spa-like addition to your water.
  2. Coconut Water Ice Cubes: Freeze coconut water for a subtly sweet, tropical flavor. These are incredibly refreshing in summer.
  3. Green Tea Ice Cubes: Make green tea, let it cool, and then freeze it. This adds a gentle tea flavor and antioxidants to your water.
  4. Ginger & Honey Ice Cubes: Mix honey and grated ginger with water, then freeze. This is perfect for adding a sweet and spicy zing.
  5. Juice Ice Cubes: Freeze your favorite juice, like apple, pineapple, or cranberry, into cubes. They’ll add a burst of fruity flavor to your water.

5. Flavor Pairings

Pairing herbs and fruits to create naturally flavored water can produce unique combinations. Complimentary pairings of herbs and fruits create the best-flavored water recipes. Here are a few of my favorite combinations.

Grapefruit and rosemary in a glass.
  1. Lemon and Mint: A classic combination, the freshness of mint complements the tangy zest of slices of lemon. 
  2. Strawberry and Basil: The sweetness of strawberries blends perfectly with fresh basil and is a perfect summer pairing!
  3. Cucumber and Thyme: Cucumber adds a clean, subtle flavor, while thyme contributes an earthy and slightly lemony note.
  4. Orange and Rosemary: The sweetness of orange balances the pine-like flavor of rosemary, offering a fragrant and citrusy water.
  5. Raspberry and Lime: Tart raspberries and zesty lime create a vibrant and tangy mix.
  6. Watermelon and Mint: Sweet watermelon paired with cool mint is refreshing and perfect for hot summer days.
  7. Peach and Ginger: The sweetness of peaches with the spicy kick of ginger creates a balanced and soothing blend.
  8. Blueberry and Lavender: Blueberries offer a subtle sweetness, while lavender adds a floral note, making for a unique and calming infusion.
  9. Apple and Cinnamon: Though not an herb, cinnamon sticks paired with apple slices create a water reminiscent of a light apple cider.
  10. Grapefruit and Rosemary: The bitter-sweetness of grapefruit pairs excellently with the woodsy aroma of rosemary.
  11. Pineapple and Mint: Tropical pineapple with mint gives a refreshing and sweetly aromatic twist.
  12. Lemon and Lavender: Lemon’s freshness, combined with the soothing properties of lavender, creates a delightfully fragrant water.
  13. Cherry and Lime: Sweet cherries and tart lime offer a balance of flavors, ideal for a refreshing summer drink.
  14. Blackberry and Sage: Juicy blackberries with a hint of earthy sage make for a subtly sophisticated flavored water.
  15. Kiwi and Basil: The unique taste of kiwi matched with basil results in a uniquely refreshing drink of water.

Did you make this? Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out!

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