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How to flavor your water at home six ways to Sunday

Try infused water at home for a refreshing treat.

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Enjoy drinking water, but craving variety? You’re in the right place. In this post, I’ll share my go-to methods for adding flavor to your water at home. And while I’m a lover of all things at-home or DIY, I’ll also share some of my favorite quick flavor cheats that you can buy online or at your local store.

OK, let’s fly into it butterfly sisters!

What is a good way to flavor water?

Your way. You know what you like, so stick with that and you can’t go wrong. If you’re adventurous, you just might stumble onto a combination you never knew you liked, so be open and experiment.

Try these six tips and let me know what you think. This also works for tea, hot or cold (you just need the right equipment). Keep reading to find out how.

1. Try infused water

What is infused water? It’s water with an added essence of flavor. The source of the flavor can vary depending on your taste. To infuse water, you simply need to choose your ingredients, place them in a container of water and let it all get happy together overnight. Not sure where to start? Try some of my favorite infused water recipes for inspiration.

You can also buy an infuser pitcher, infuser water bottle, infuser pod, or infuser disposable bags. These products make it easy to add the essence of your favorite fruit, herbs, vegetables, and spices to your water.

Add your ingredients to the infuser, place it in the water, and let it steep in your fridge between eight and 24 hours. The longer you let it infuse, the more intense the flavor will become.

The water doesn’t have to be hot, but if you’d like to try this method hot or with tea, be sure to use infusing products that are suitable for hot water. Here are some of my picks:

The heat safe infuser pods are often small, so you will have a limited amount of space to pack in your ingredients. They are really for loose tea, but I like to bend the rules (shhh, don’t tell nobody). Be sure to follow directions as well as information on care and cleaning on any infuser product you buy for best results and product longevity.

2. Try blended beverages

Yep, it’s really that simple. Pour your water in a high-powered blender (I love my Vitamix), add your fruit, veggies, or herbs and get-ta blending!

You can drink it straight, but for a smoother drink pour your blend through a strainer or cheesecloth (I find this a bit messy, but it does work).

3. Make your own flavor extract

Now this is fun. I got this idea from Gemma Stafford of Bigger Bolder Baking. Sure, you can buy extracts at the store, but where is the fun in that I ask you? Where?

Check out this great video from Gemma:

Make your own extract for your signature flavored water.

I really hope you will give these recipes a try. It’s so much fun to create something on your own. You might like it so much that you give extracts as Christmas gifts this year. Hmm, I think I just realized what I am getting for my cousins!

4. Make your own syrup

You can make your own sugar-free fruit syrup to add to your water. I find that berries are the best fruits for this, and other soft fruits like mango or peaches. I like to use stevia for a sweetener. My favorites are Sweet Additions ( I buy it from Aldi) and Pyure.

Here is my recipe for sugar-free blueberry fruit syrup:

I add lemon juice because I think it is a good accompaniment for blueberry flavor, but you can skip it if you don’t like lemons. When I am ready to drink my water or tea, I simply pour in the strained liquid to taste. I usually end up using it in three days.

5. Try crushing your fruit

For a quick flavor infusion, just mash your desired fruit in a bowl with a potato masher, back of a fork, or mortar and pestle. Add the mashed mixture to a glass of water, add a little ice, stir and enjoy!

6. Buy your flavors

Hey, when I don’t feel like doing all of the above, I get a little help from my local grocery store, or Wally World (that’s Walmart for you civilians). And if I’m really feeling lazy, I just shop online (Amazon to the rescue)!

Here are my go-to flavorings, and one I’d like to try:

And as far as the Skinny Syrups, I usually see them in places like HomeGoods or the home sections at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Burlington. There are other brands as well, such as Torani, but this one just happens to be my favorite.

My go-to flavors are lavender blueberry, salted caramel (for hot tea, especially chai), and raspberry lemon. They tend to be more expensive on Amazon, so try the stores I mentioned or the website first.

Can I lose weight drinking infused water?

If you are trying to lose weight by drinking infused water, you are not alone. I have also done it with success, especially when pairing it with my favorite detox tea (iaso tea).

The key is to stay consistent by drinking it daily during your detox period. It also helps to focus on recipes that are specific to weight loss such as those that use lemon, cucumber, ginger, and herbs.

Also, as I recommended earlier, try blending your water. I really enjoy watching this YouTube channel, Views on the Road. Check out her cucumber hibiscus detox water recipe.

Drinking water by itself is one of the best things you can do to stay hydrated. Mix in these flavor enhancing techniques to avoid overindulging with juice and soda. You can even add sparkling water to these suggestions if you crave a bit of fizz.

Do you plan to try these ideas? Do you have more techniques to share? If so, reach out and comment below.

Robyn Evans is an award-winning writer, author, speaker, singer and all around lover of all things health. She started her health journey in late 2015 and is always looking for information to help people live healthier lives. Currently, Robyn is a distributor for Total Life Changes. Visit sip2health.com to view her product line or get in touch.

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2 comments

  1. Excellent suggestions! II’m boring and love the true flavor of water! I find that when I try to incorporate flavors It tastes like watered down juice, which just makes me want to drink juice lol! I will try one of the above and see how I like It. Thanks for sharing!

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