Fruit, Herb, and Veggie Flavored Waters

Pineapple Blackberry Basil Infused Flavored Water ready to drink (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Fruit, Herb and Veggie Flavored Waters. Have you tried the commercially available flavor-infused waters by companies such as Hint, La Croix and Bai? I’m a big fan of the Hint still waters. The fizzy ones by La Croix are perfect as a soda replacement. Of course, I wanted to make my own refreshing flavored waters with no added sugars.

The Zell Infusion Pitcher in its box (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

On Amazon’s Prime Day in July, I scored a gorgeous glass pitcher with a built-in infuser for a great discount. This pitcher is easy to clean although it’s a bit tall like a carton of milk. The nice part about the included infuser is that you can pack your chopped fruit/veggies and herbs into the infuser and then pull out just the packed infuser once the flavored water is ready to drink.

Most flavored waters take a few hours to a whole day to fully infuse. Do remember to remove the fruit or veggies and herbs as the water can become effervescent or taste “off” especially when you use fresh pineapple. You can use those “no longer pretty” fruits and veggies. But do use fresh herbs that haven’t started to wilt or get slimy. Also, be sure to use the flavored water within a few days.

The Zell Infusion Pitcher that I ordered was fairly inexpensive for its quality. I wanted a glass pitcher although the infusion insert is plastic. The cover fits well. There is a built-in strainer built-in with the infusion insert. I worried that the glass handle would break but this is a pretty well-made pitcher.

The Zell Infusion Pitcher (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

It was well packed with bubble wrap.

The Zell Infusion Pitcher was well packed in bubble wrap (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

To make flavored waters, just pack your fruit or veggies and herbs into the infuser, fill the pitcher up with water, lightly muddle the fruit/veggies/herbs with the handle of a wooden spoon, add the cover, and let sit on the counter or in the fridge for a few hours. I selected fresh pineapple, frozen blackberries, and fresh basil for the photos in this recipe.

Pineapple, Blackberries, and Basil make a refreshing fruit and herb infused flavored water (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pineapple, Blackberries, and Basil packed into the infuser and ready for infusion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Remove the fruit or veggies and herbs and then refrigerate the flavored water for up to three days. And then serve the chilled flavored water!

Pineapple Blackberry Basil infused flavored water garnished with fresh basil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A pretty interesting book on how plants are used to create drinks is The Drunken Botanist. I bought this book for my husband a few years ago. Both of us have enjoyed reading it. Get your copy at Amazon:



From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Fruit, Herb and Veggie Infused Waters


1/2 c your favorite fruit or vegetables, cut into chunks
a few sprigs of your favorite fresh herbs, leaves lightly crushed
Filtered water
Infuser Pitcher


Place the fruit and/or vegetables and herbs into the infuser. Put the infuser in the pitcher and muddle the mixture a bit with a butter knife or the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill up the pitcher with water. Let the pitcher sit for a few hours and then remove the fruit and/or vegetables and herbs. Refrigerate for up to a few days. Serve chilled. Use a fine strainer if you want a clearer water.

My Favorite Combinations:

Strawberry Basil Lemon

Blueberry Pineapple Mint

Blackberry Mint Lime

Cherry Blueberry Lemon

Peach Raspberry Tangerine

Pineapple Blackberry Basil

Watermelon Cucumber Mint

Mango Strawberry Basil

Apple Cinnamon Sage

Blueberry Sage

Tomato Basil

Cucumber Lemon Mint

Tomato Watermelon Mint

Cucumber Peach Mint

Cucumber Lemon Dill

Pineapple Coconut Orange

Lemon Rosemary

Makes a pitcher of tasty infused water. Volume depends on the size of your pitcher.

Variations: Tons of variations. Mix up the ingredients above for your favorite flavors. See if you can find orange mint or chocolate mint plants and just infuse the water with the mint leaves only for a refreshing beverage.

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Pineapple Blackberry Basil Infused Flavored Water ready to drink (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals) (Copyright Adroit Ideals 2017)

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