It has come again when temperatures start to hit over a hundred degree! And with such sweaty and hot temperature, it is important that you stay hydrated!
And other than jumping on a large swimming pool to keep your skin hydrated and your body refreshed from the summer heat, drinking water should keep your insides fresh and cool!
But plain ‘ol water is boring!
Spice things up and challenge your taste buds by adding some herbs, vegetables and fresh fruits, and of course, a lot of iceeee!
If you’ve never made a flavored water, then I have compiled here some of the best recipes out there! So, make, drink and stay hydrated!
27 Invigorating Flavored Water Drinks To Try
1. Basil And Lemon
If you never tried growing your own basil, let me tell you one thing— that stuff grows like crazy in the heat! This means that you will have a basil garden during summer, ready for some basil flavored water drink!
Although lemon water taste fun, adding basil on lemon water adds more taste and unique touch to quench your thirst away!
2. Lime And Strawberries
Who doesn’t love strawberries? And although strawberry season starts early and ends pretty quickly (which is so heartbreaking), if you have frozen some of these delicious goodies or can find some in your local store during summer, it adds a nice zing with lime! Totally thirst-quenching!
3. Kiwi And Orange
What a refreshing and delicious way to start your morning! But, let’s be honest here, the addition of kiwis and oranges to water at any time of the day sounds so utterly delicious! It will make your thirsty just thinking about it!
4. Lemon And Cucumber
This combination is a favorite at Williams-Sonoma. With thin slices, it makes a cute and adorable drink that is refreshingly delicious!
But, instead of searching for the nearest Williams-Sonoma, just get some lemon and cucumber, slice thinly and enjoy a sip at dinner or any time of the day!
5. Lemon And Honey
I know we’re talking about cold water for this summer season, however, this recipe is the best for the days that you are feeling under the weather, thanks to sore throat.
Just warm the water and honey in the microwave for at least 2 minutes and add some lemon. Let it cool until drinkable. This is a simple recipe, but works really amazing!
6. Mint And Blueberries
Mint gives a hint of added coolness in the mouth. While blueberries give the touch of sweetness. Using these two goodies create a unique and interesting taste that helps you cool down at 12 noon while satisfying your sweet tooth!
7. Ginger, Cucumber, And Mango
This recipe offers a unique taste but is great with digestion. Got an upset tummy that you can’t stand or don’t want to use Pepto Bismol? Why don’t you try this good immune booster drink with the powerful ginger making the tummy ache go away.
8. Basil And Strawberries
The tartness of basil combines with the sweetness of the strawberries is like tickling your taste buds when you start sipping. An added benefit to this recipe is that they appeal to the eyes as well!
9. Lemon, Ginger, And Cucumber
You might want to stock more cucumbers this summer. It makes sense since cucumber is 95% water with the peel on.
Want more? This recipe is an anti-inflammatory and can be used to detox. So, if you are struggling with either, this water recipe might help. Plus, the high amount of water gives you more energy!
10. Cucumbers, Raspberries, And Grapes
Combining these three together will help with your desire to get some sugar. I think maybe part of the reason we want sugar so badly is due to the fact that we crave flavor and sugar offers us a sweet flavor.
So, without even adding any sweet stuff in this recipe, you can increase the sweet flavor without compromising your waistline from the excess sugar in your drinks.
11. Mango And Blood Orange
It may have a scary name, but blood orange makes your drink extra colorful and gives a unique tartness to the drink. And if you prefer something that has a little acidic taste, add some mango for a hint of sweetness.
12. Mint And Lemon
Have you ever heard that drinking lemon water before bed and in the morning is a good idea? This is because it gives you a metabolism boost. And I surely mentioned before that water keeps us energized. Oh, and the mint cools you down— perfect for summertime!
This is a sweet, fun one to add in a blender. Just like cucumbers, watermelons are called “water”melon for a reason— they also contain 95% water.
Sweet and yummy, you only need to add refrigerated watermelon slices and water to the blender and make some refreshing watermelon slushies!
14. Raspberry And Lemon
If you are craving for lemonade with a taste of sweetness without extra sugar, this is a great g-to drink! You will absolutely love the combination of raspberry and lemon together while working your tan!
15. Mint And Peaches
I recommend this recipe with sparkling water!
Try adding it to a wine glass, and even though it is water, you feel very sophisticated and truly enjoy the amazing experience!
16. Peaches With A Hint Of Vanilla
Oh, my dear sweet peaches! These are arguably one of the most favorite summer treats! Slicing them up, putting them in the fridge for a few hours and adding them to water with a tiny splash of vanilla is a great way to up your water intake and satisfy your sweet cravings!
17. Lime And Cherry
Cherry Limeade without sugar, anyone?
Consider them out of stock! Cutting cherries in half and add sparkling water will give you a truly satisfying and invigorating drink while lounging on one of the pool benches.
18. Lavender And Lemon
Whoever thought about adding this flower to your drinks?
I won’t lie, it’s something that I am still getting used to. But, I can say that it is not that bad, just quite different, if you never tried it before. But different is good!
The lavender offers a very mild but distinct taste. If you are up for something not in the norm and is totally different and creative, then I highly recommend this one.
19. Orange, Lime, And Lemon
This three is a good drink combination for a treat anytime. With lots of citruses added to your water— it gives a tang and sweet taste deliciousness all in one.
20. Vanilla And Orange
Adding vanilla extracts to orange water gives it an orange creamsicle taste that makes it a great morning treat of afternoon sweet snack after a tiring swim.
21. Apple Cinnamon Water
This is a perfect drink during very hot weather. The only thing about this recipe is that it has an extra step. You need to infuse your water for eight or more hours and strain it using a cheesecloth or tea-towel. This can be skipped if you’re okay with tiny chunks of cinnamon floating around.
If not (like me), then you need to separate and re-add the apples later.
22. Fennel And Orange
Uh-huh! You’ve read that right! I said fennel! And I know your eyebrows are meeting halfway, thanks to the smell. And although fennel smells like black licorice, it tastes so amazing!
So, if you are one of the few who likes the smell of black licorice in every sip, then I highly recommend this one. Otherwise, choose something else.
23. Lime And Blackberries
Blackberries are yummy! Kids love to devour them in one go!
Why not add those goodies to water and make your kids a sweetly tart and refreshing treat to keep them hydrated this summer? Who knows they might really love it and ask for one more glass of this refreshing drink!V
24. Blueberries And Strawberries
This one is fun and, oh so sweet! Oh, and patriotic, indeed! It seems like all major holidays during summertime are themed around patriotism from Labor Day, Fourth of July as well as Memorial Day.
So, what more fun ways to show your spirit while sipping deliciousness in this patriotic-colored goodies!
25. Cinnamon, Lime, And Strawberry
This recipe is supposed to be one of those “fat burning” drinks. Thanks to cinnamon which helps in good digestion. It is delicious, tasty, sweet and tangy without added sugar.
26. Basil, Lime, And Cucumber
This one is much different since most of our recipes offer different colors! And different colors means it offers more photochemical. However, sometimes having an infused water with the same shade or color adds a sense of dimension that you do not get from multi-colored drinks.
And they pretty good for the body too!
27. An Everything Drink
The best way to end this article is to tell you that all of this depends on what you like and your taste buds.
Most of these recipes are just wacky “I have a bunch in the fridge and garden anyways” recipe that has turned really well and leave me and my family asking for more!
Try something out of the ordinary like lavender, cinnamon, and lime or go with something simpler such as lemon and strawberries.
Oh, and never forget to be creative with your summer drinks! Add blended fruit to ice cube trays and add the ice cubes to water for an immediate effect of flavors. Or, if you want some crushed slushy treat, the blender will be your friend, combining frozen or cold herbs, vegetables, and fruit to your water!
Whatever it is, it is up to you to choose!