Make Your Own Homemade Flavored Water

by Damon on July 4, 2012

The other day I posted my 100 oz. of Water a Day Challenge and so far things are going great. Other than having to pee every twenty minutes. Seriously though, I do feel that it has made a big difference in the way that I feel and I am glad thatGlass of Water with Blueberry Ice Cubes I’m doing it (update coming soon). But one evening after having like 120oz., some days I just can’t stop drinking, I started thinking that eventually I might get tired of all the plain water. Even though I am someone that actually prefers water over most other beverages except maybe my IPA’s (see about page for explanation). So I started looking at flavored water on the internet which of course brings up all these popular flavored waters that you by at the gas station. The big problem with these is that they contain more than just water and fruit flavoring. For example one popular flavored water is Fruit20 and according to Wikipedia most of these waters contain less than 2% real fruit flavoring and they contain splenda. I won’t get into it here but I am completely opposed to the use of artificial sweeteners. Not to mention the cost of some of these drinks. So I started looking for recipes on making my own flavored water. And let me tell you the options are pretty much endless and as long as you like what is going in the water they taste awesome. So in case your interested in trying some homemade flavored water for yourself here are some of the ones my family and I have tried plus a long list of other ingredients you might want to try. Oh, by the way if your kids are anything like mine drinking water is like drinking gasoline to them, unless of course it’s in my cup. Just kidding but you know what I mean. So maybe these cool recipes might get them to drink more water, it helped a little with my boys.

Flavored Water Ideas

Making your own flavored water is super easy, taste good and… it just looks cool. First decide how much you want to make. Maybe you just want one glass full with a meal or maybe you want to make a whole pitcher full so everyone can have as much as they please. Or another option you have and can see pictured above with the blueberry ice cubes, is to put you ingredients in ice trays fill with water and freeze. I actually like this option the best because I can make a whole lot of different flavored ice cubes and just keep them stored in the freezer until someone wants to use them. Now the ice cube trick might be a little harder with some of the bigger items like the fruits but the berries and herbs take almost no time to make. If you are someone that is trying to kick the pop habit then you might want to try using carbonated water (club soda, seltzer water or sparkling mineral water). This way you have the carbonation like a pop but with none of the other additives that make them bad for you.

Ingredients to Try

Here is a list of some of the more common items you can use to flavor your water. You will notice I am not recommending a specific amount of each item and that is because everyone in different and some people will want a lot of flavoring and others will just want a little. So just add as much as you like and next time you make it you will know whether you want more or less. Also consider combining different flavors and making your very own unique drink. By the way the longer you let your ingredients sit in the water the stronger the flavor is going to be. So if you have limited quantities of something jut let it sit a little longer like maybe over night in the fridge.

Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and any other berry you can think of are perfect. And depending on the time of the year and where you live many of these can be gotten for free as long as your willing to go pick them.

Fruit – Peaches, apples, lemons, limes, watermelon and all other types of melons make for great tasting water.

Veggies – Cucumbers

Herbs – Ginger, mint, peppermint, lemongrass, rosemary, basil and any other herb you might like.

Flowers – Rose peddles (this one is a little to strange for me but some people like it. It requires fresh pesticide and chemical free rose peddles)

Here are some ingredient combinations you might want to try just to get started.

Lemon and any of the herbs usually goes good together

Mixture of different berries

Cucumber and Lemon

Cucumber and Mint

Watermelon and Mint

If you have an ingredient that is not mentioned or a recipe you would like to share I love to here about it. Please leave a comment and I will add it to the list.

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