Refreshing Sugar-Free Flavored Water Recipes

Just in time for the summer heat (not to mention the Fourth of July for the Americans in the room), I’ve got some refreshing, easy, low-cal and no-sugar-added recipes sure to delight your tastebuds and keep you hydrated!

Red, White, and Blue Water

close-up pic of a white bowl filled with sliced strawberries
Image courtesy of Julie Magro

Plenty of countries out there enjoy the red, white, and blue for flag colors, but frankly, no matter what your flag looks like, you probably enjoy a refreshing beverage now and then. Enter this red, white, and blue cool sip of water. It’s healthy, juuuuuuuuust a bit sweet, and makes for a show-stopping beverage at any event, especially if you have one of those large glass water dispensers.

1 cup cubed watermelon

1 cup strawberries (if these are unavailable, just increase watermelon to 2 cups)

1/2 cucumber (I prefer English, but any kind will do nicely)

1 cup blueberries

Ice

Wash cucumber thoroughly and slice it into thin slices or cubes. Slice strawberries. Place ingredients in a pitcher (I use a 1-gallon/3.8 liter pitcher, but you can adjust this recipe as needed for whatever you have). Fill pitcher with ice until half full. Fill the remainder with cold water. Let sit at least 10 minutes, then enjoy! This recipe keeps for up to 3 days in the ‘fridge. You can keep refilling and using the same ingredients as many times as you like during that time.

 

Cucumber Lemon Water

close-up of cucumber with water droplets
Image courtesy of Mykl Roventine

Oh yes, I do mean the same refreshing deliciousness you enjoy at the spa or swanky salons. The beauty of this recipe is how easy it is to prepare and maintain for an entire week or so. The added glory? The lemon and cucumber exert an anti-inflammatory effect and tempt you to drink. I personally mix up a batch of this at the start of every week and take it with me to work in a water bottle. It ensures I get at least 24 ounces of water while at work!

1/2 cucumber (I prefer English cucumbers, but any will do nicely

1/2 ““ 1 lemon (to taste)

Ice

Wash the cucumber and lemon thoroughly. Slice the cucumber and lemon into thin slices. Place ingredients in a pitcher (I use a 1-gallon/3.8 liter pitcher, but you can adjust this recipe as needed for whatever you have). Fill pitcher with ice until half full. Fill the remainder with cold water. Let sit at least 10 minutes, then enjoy! You may refill up to four times and the water will be tasty and delicious for up to a week.

Apple Cinnamon Water

close-up of 5 brown cinnamon sticks
Image courtesy of S. Diddy

This recipe could not be easier, but if you are a fan of all things cinnamon and apple, I suspect you wouldn’t mind if this were 10 steps long. The flavor is light, not overly sweet, with just a hint of cinnamon. Of all the recipes, I think this one probably has the most delightful smell, as well.

1 apple (Johnagold, Fuji, Pink Lady all work well)

1 cinnamon stick

Ice

Wash the apple thoroughly. Slice thinly. Place ingredients in a pitcher (I use a 1-gallon/3.8 liter pitcher, but you can adjust this recipe as needed for whatever you have). Fill pitcher with ice until half full. Fill the remainder with cold water. Let sit at least 10 minutes, then enjoy! You may refill up to four times and the water will be tasty and delicious for up to 4 days.

 

Have any tasty water recipes of your own? Do these recipes leave your mouth dry and thirsty with desire? Share in the comments!

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Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is a twenty-something blogger, cook, freelance writer and editor living in Seattle, Washington. She’s a feminist trying ever-so-hard to embrace her spaces, conventional or not. She looks forward to numerous bad hair days, burnt cremes, a soapbox or two, and maybe (just maybe) a yellow polka-dot bikini in the years ahead.

6 thoughts on “Refreshing Sugar-Free Flavored Water Recipes”

  1. I can’t tell you how refreshing (pun sorta intended) it is to read about “sugar-free” beverages that don’t include artificial sweeteners of any kind! I’ve long been a fan of cucumber lemon water (sometimes with mint), but I’m anxious to try the red, white, and blue one, too!

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