How To Make Infused Water With Herbs (Or Anything!)

Learn how to make infused water with herbs (or anything!). It’s easy, inexpensive, and versatile as heck, with the potential to be made with literally almost any ingredient you can imagine. We’re talking cucumber, herbs, lemon, flower petals…

How To Make Infused Water With Herbs (Or Anything!) Recipe

Knowing how to make infused water with herbs or anything is exactly what you need if you’re hopelessly bored sipping plain water all day. Simply infuse water at home with whatever herbs, citrus, or spices you fancy rather than spend half your paycheck on pricey bottled infused waters. Not only is it less expensive than bottled infused water, it’s easy and you can custom create any concoction you can imagine. Let us know in a comment below which infused water flavors you find most lovely.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Infusion Ingredients

Prepare to be wowed. Look below and you’ll find an array of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and edible flowers that are perfect candidates for infused water. (Kindly note, the suggested amounts of infusing ingredients listed are for only one ingredient at a time. If you want to infuse water with more than a single ingredient at a time, that’s fine, just cut back a touch on the amount of each ingredient.) As you buy your ingredients, it’s best to steer clear of anything that’s been sprayed with pesticide or herbicides since the chemicals, too, will infuse your water. That means buy organic or ask your local farmer if he uses such chemicals.

Herbal Infusions
Anise hyssop, apple mint, basil, calendula, chamomile, chives, dill, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage (pineapple sage makes a wonderful herbal infusion), spearmint, and thyme (especially lemon thyme).

Floral Infusions
Bee balm, borage, carnations, dianthus, fennel fronds, hibiscus, hollyhock, honeysuckle flowers (avoid the poisonous berries), jasmine flowers, Johnny-jump-ups, lavender buds, lilac, nasturtiums, pansies, roses, scented geraniums, sunflowers, and violets.

Spice Infusions
Allspice berries, cardamom pods, whole cloves, crystallized ginger pieces, fennel seeds, juniper berries, star anise, and vanilla bean.

Fruit and Vegetable Infusions
Citrus peel (lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, tangelos, etc.), cranberries, cucumber slices, fresh berries, fresh ginger slices, and melon cubes.

How To Make Infused Water With Herbs (Or Anything!) Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 8 H, 5 M
  • Makes 1/2 gallon


  • 2 cups fresh herbs or flowers for an herbal or floral infusion (see list above)
  • OR
  • 1/4 cup spices for a spice infusion (see list above)
  • OR
  • 1 cup fruits or vegetables for a fruit or vegetable infusion (see list above)
  • 8 cups water


  • 1. Place your choice of infusing ingredients in a large container with a lid. Top off with the water, secure the lid, and give the contents a good shake.
  • 2. For intensely flavored infused water, place the container of water in full sun for 5 to 8 hours, depending on how robust a flavor you wish to achieve. The longer you let the ingredients steep, the more intense the flavor. (A glass container is ideal for doing a sun infusion, as the sun’s rays can best penetrate and warm such a vessel. Be warned that the water may take on some of the color of the infusing ingredient.) For mildly flavored infused water, place the container of water in the refrigerator for 5 to 8 hours, depending on how robust a flavor you wish to achieve. The longer you let the ingredients steep, the more intense the flavor.
  • 3. If desired, you can strain the water, discarding the solids, although it’s not necessary. Place the infused water in the refrigerator and use within a couple days.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

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Amy B.

Aug 31, 2016

This was the first time that I ever tried to infuse my own water, and I absolutely loved the results! Prior to trying this recipe, I’d had the flavored sparkling water like LaCroix, but this infused water recipe beats the manufactured brands hands down. I tried the sun-infused method and used spearmint as my herb of choice. Because I had never used fresh mint before, I was a bit surprised when I came home to find that I had made "sun tea." My water had a brownish tint but one taste was enough for my new addiction to infused water. The water was so refreshing and delicious that I drank a cup fresh from the sun. I refrigerated the remainder overnight and the next day I took it to work where I enjoyed the entire bottle. I raved about it to my health-conscious co-workers and resolved to try new mixtures in the future.

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Kim Venglar

Aug 31, 2016

It looks like I will start drinking more water because this infused water recipe is very refreshing for our hot Texas summers. Why didn't I do this before? It’s simple to make and very refreshing. I placed mine in the sun to infuse but will try just placing in the refrigerator to see the difference. I guess that would be cold brew. I now have several flavors in my refrigerator. My favorite, so far, is vanilla. The herbs I tried were: lemon balm, basil, and pineapple mint (all fresh picked from our garden). I also did orange peel, cranberries (frozen and thawed) and fresh blackberries. I'm looking forward to combining some of the herbs with fruit. I think lemon or orange and basil will make a great flavor combination. I highly recommend making just 1 batch to start off with and see if you like the flavor. Then feel free to double the batch and enjoy! I tasted it at 5 hours but decided to let it go for the full 8 hours. I used 1 vanilla bean that I split. I washed and picked the herbs from the stems. Basil left to infuse for 8 hours was very strong.

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Camilla Maybee

Aug 31, 2016

Infused water seems to be everywhere these days, though mostly in the form of either cucumber or lemon water that has been deemed "Spa Water" and priced $6.99 per 12 ounces at Whole Foods. What I really loved here was that it took infused water a couple of steps beyond just another fruity water—I mean, floral and herb waters? Yes, please! Especially when there are so, so many unique combinations of floral and herbal flavors that meld beautifully with various fruits in cooked dishes—so why not try them in water? For example, strawberry and thyme or cherry and black pepper are wonderful when eaten whole but are definitely worth a shot when used to lightly flavor a pitcher of ice cold water.

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Susan Bingaman

Aug 31, 2016

Do you know what this is? It’s sangria without the wine. I’ve always infused water in some degree. I’ve thrown in slices of lemon or cucumber, but this recipe has opened the floodgates. Never did I think to throw in a handful of herbs or a bunch of berries. And what happened when the two hung out in the fridge together? I had basil-strawberry water for an afternoon treat.

My first infused water was basil water. I have a prolific plant growing near the window in my kitchen and I must have used 3/4 of the leaves for a half a batch of infused water. I let it rest in the fridge for a few hours and was totally surprised that the water tasted like the basil smelled. It wasn’t overpowering but quite lovely and light.

Next, strawberries. I must tell you that the water turns a lovely shade of pink the longer it sits. Strawberry water is a bit stronger than basil water–maybe because I sliced the berries before they went in? This is the water that needs to be fizzy. It would make the loveliest cocktail, which I suppose defeats the purpose. I didn’t bother to strain the herbs or berries out of the water. I was also rather sad once the water drained from the pitcher, but I knew the herbs and berries gave what they could. I now look at the produce section a bit differently.

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Elsa M. Jacobson

Aug 31, 2016

I’m the worst hydrator ever, so adding a healthy flavoring to plain water helps me do a much better job of hydrating. Taking another view, adding a flavoring to plain water also gussies it up for company and you can add flavors to enhance the food being served or use this for folks who may not want to imbibe. Being a list-maker, I love the comprehensive infusion options, and tried one from the Fruit and Vegetable Infusions list. I had just purchased a lovely muskmelon and cut nice little cubes for my infusion. Because I started this at night, there was no sunshine to take advantage of, and I therefore infused in the fridge. Also because I infused in the fridge, I went longer than the suggested duration—a full 18 hours. When I took the lid off my glass jar, it was fragrant and, when tasted, had a pleasant melon flavor that was gentle and appealing. It would be easy to drink a lot of this delicious infusion. Next up for me will be one from the Spice Infusions list—the crystallized ginger pieces. Or maybe another one from the Fruit and Vegetable Infusions list—the fresh ginger slices. Or perhaps I’ll be happily surprised by an herb at the farmers market and try it as an Herbal Infusion. Also appealing to me would be some combinations—mixed melons perhaps, since I was so happy with the muskmelon infusion.

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Michele F.

Aug 31, 2016

I'm trying to cut back a bit on my alcohol intake (I need to lose a few pounds). Drinking infused waters instead is a great way to do it. This recipe is limited only by your imagination. I enjoyed thinking up various combos for my water. My favorite was 2 lemons, sliced, and 2 palm-sized pieces of peeled and sliced ginger root. As the water warmed up a bit, the flavors were more pronounced. I also made an infusion of 2 oranges and 2 crushed star anise tied up in cheesecloth. It wasn’t quite as refreshing as the lemon and ginger combo but it was still quite good. Next I'm trying berries with basil and cucumber with mint. My water infused in the refrigerator overnight for about 8 hours.

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Barb P.

Aug 31, 2016

Lately I've been experimenting with aromatherapy in a vain attempt to sharpen my thinking skills. So when I saw this recipe I thought it might increase my chances if I drank it instead of sniffed it. The only downside to this recipe was hoping for sunshine to help the process along. Our spring has been very wet. The recipe did not specify if the herb leaves should be chopped or left whole. My peppermint is fairly young so I simply stripped the leaves off the stems and tore them in half. I later did the same with rosemary. In the sun, 4 hours produced a perfect light infusion. I got the same results with rosemary in the refrigerator in 7 hours. I recommend straining the water when the desired strength is reached. Did it help my thinking? Well, it was while I was sipping peppermint water it occurred to me that by doubling the leaves, or halving the water I could make an infusion suitable for turning into ice cubes. Now I can vary the flavors and carry it to my nearby work in the form of ice sticks.

We prepared this simple infusion with chocolate mint from the garden and set the jar in the sun for 5 hours. The result is pleasant and refreshing and delightful. Two hints: Clean your herbs well as you don't want the flavor of dirt, and you might as well make a double batch from the beginning because you will drink this right up.

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Rita Reino-Kinch

Aug 31, 2016

Wow, what a refreshing beverage! Water is my go-to beverage and I have done previous variations of this recipe in the past. For this recipe I decided to include 1 sliced lemon, 1 sliced cucumber, 4 stems of parsley, and 5 gallons of water. I noticed that the cucumber taste really stood out to me. Previously, I have put in other fruits such as strawberries, kiwis, oranges, and pineapple. This is one of my favorite ways to give a little twist to water.

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