Homemade vitamin water is the solution to encourage yourself, and your family, to drink more water. Everyone knows that they should drink more water, but I often hear people complain that they don’t like water. I love water, even the plain stuff, so I don’t really understand how people can not like it, but I realize it’s a common complaint.
Right now, it’s 108 degrees where we live in the Mojave Desert. That’s not as hot as it will be as the month wears on, but it’s extra miserable because the sky is full of beautiful fluffy clouds which means it’s also humid. Ordinarily, the desert has a dry heat, and I’m here to tell you that the old saying “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity that gets to you.” is very true.Jump to Recipe
Since it’s so hot today, cooking is the last thing on my mind, so I decided to go back through some unpublished recipes to see what I could find. As I was scrolling through some photos, I came across this photo from 2016 of a mason jar full of Strawberry Vitamin Water, and I knew what recipe I was going to share today.
What will you need to prepare this recipe?
- Filtered Water (You can use tap water.)
- Fresh Fruit and/or fresh herbs of your choice
That’s all you need to make some delicious vitamin water. As the fruit steeps in the water, all of the flavor and vitamins from the fruit is released into the water. One time, Baker’s Man and I picked up pieces of watermelon from the bottom of a jar that had held homemade vitamin water, and the watermelon had absolutely no flavor. It was still cool and refreshing, but it tasted like nothing.
When making homemade vitamin water, the flavor combinations are endless. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Sliced Cucumber and Mint
- Cucumber Slices and Cantaloupe
- Watermelon and Lime
- Lime and Mint
- Orange and Raspberries
- Lemon and Berries
- Apples or Pear Slices with Blueberries
The options are limitless. Add fruit to water and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to seep out of the fruit into the water and, voila, you have homemade vitamin water without the addition of crystalline fructose that is on the ingredient list of the commercially prepared stuff.
Let’s talk about some people’s objections to homemade vitamin water and why they have to purchase the store bought version.
I need more electrolytes in my drinks during Summer.
This is the reason one of my friends gives for continuing to purchase bottles of expensive electrolyte drinks. To give your vitamin water an extra boost, consider diffusing the fruit into coconut water in place of filtered water, so you’ll get some extra electrolytes. It’s more natural, and doesn’t contain any artificial dyes.
I’ve tried homemade vitamin water, but it’s not sweet enough.
If you find that these drinks aren’t sweet enough, start by diffusing sweet fruits into your water like strawberry or watermelon to begin. If that still isn’t sweet enough for you, drizzle a small amount of local honey into your vitamin water and gradually decrease the amount you use over time. If you prefer sugar free, or low carb, add a small amount of stevia for sweetness.
The flavor of homemade vitamin water is very weak.
This problem is usually caused by not allowing the fruits adequate time to steep in the water. For most fruits, a minimum of 4 hours is required for the flavor to get into the water. We like to prepare our jars of vitamin water the night before and allow them to steep overnight. The result is always a tasty water that takes on the tint of whatever fruit was steeped in it.
If you’ve allowed it to steep overnight, and it’s still not strong enough, you may not have added enough fruit. We tend to use one cup of fruit for a quart jar of water. That allows the fruit to impart it’s flavor into the water. If it’s still not strong enough for your tastes, add more fruit.
Do you ever make homemade vitamin water, or fruit infused water, for yourself or your family? What are your favorite combinations of flavors? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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Homemade Vitamin Water (Fruit Infused Water)
- 1 cup fresh fruit cut into cubes or wedges (small berries can be left whole)
- 1 quart sized pitcher or mason jar (preferrably a glass pitcher)
- Water to fill pitcher or jar
- ¼ cup fresh herbs of your choice (optional)
- Wash and cut fruit and place in the bottom of the pitcher
- Arrange fresh herbs over fruit if using them.
- Pour cold water over fruit.
- Place in the refrigerator.
- Allow fruit to sit in water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Serve vitamin water (fruit infused water) chilled over ice.
We aren’t really able to provide accurate nutritional information for this recipe because there are too many variables. We have provided a few labels below to show you what we mean.
Nutrition Information in the table below is for vitamin water made only with strawberries according to the recipe above.
Nutrition Information in the table below is for vitamin water made only with watermelon according to the recipe above.
Nutrition Information in the table below is for vitamin water made with a combination of cucumber, mint, and lemon according to the recipe above.
We should point out that these nutriton analyses are inaccurate regarding the fiber count, too. You will only ingest fiber if you actually eat the fruit in the pitcher, but as we pointed out, after soaking in the water, the fruit and vegetables are pretty tasteless.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is calculated using online tools such as those available at cronometer.com or verywellfit.com. We make every attempt to ensure that this information is calculated correctly, but this information should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. In addition, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition-fact sources, databases, and the algorithms used. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful. Under no circumstances will PattyCakesPantry.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information provided.