8 Home made vitamin water recipes

As a general rule, you should try to avoid as much as possible industrial food and beverages.

What are the benefits of these preparations?

  • - To encourage you and your family to stay hydrated.
  • - To benefit from the vitamins and minerals that are water soluble and therefore can be found in your water (Vitamin C, potassium, etc.).
  • - To give taste to the water and try to avoid using chemicals that are sold on the market. (see photo below and list of ingredients)
  • - To make it look better and therefore more appealing to adults and children who may be influenced by packaging of commercial drinks.
  • - To benefit from the direct consumption of fruit and therefore have a better intake of dietary fiber during the day.taste enhancer for water
  • - To benefit from the antioxidants found in fruits and herbs used in these recipes.
  • - To reduce consumption of sugary drinks such as soft drinks or fruit juices. And decrease your sugar intake and total calories in your day and have a better control of your health and your weight.
  • - To use your ripe fruits and reducing wasting.

 Ingredients in a chemical taste enhancer found on the market:

Water, malic acid, propylene glycol, citric acid, contains less than 2% natural flavors, sucralose and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners), potassium citrate, red 40 (color), potassium sorbate (preservative)

Therefore, here are 8 recipes that will give some extra ‘oumf’ to your water : 

(note : Most vitamins are water-soluble, but to get the fibre you have to actually eat the fruits)

1) The classical : lemon/cucumber:

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced ​+ 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) The granite : Strawberry/Lime

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) The digestive : Fennel/citrus

First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel seeds in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange ​​+ 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of  fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage

Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) WATERmelon  : watermelon/Rosemary

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.  (I particularly like this book, it covers all aspects of growing, handling, and cooking with fresh herbs.)

6) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) The traditional : Appel/cinnamon

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8.) The zingibir : Ginger/tea

In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Here are nice pitchers to serve these great drinks :


This one is so cute and adorable!

It’s hand blown glass, the head is a drinking glass and the body holds the water.

Perfect for the bedside.





This one is the classical Dublin style carafe !

It’s crystal

It comes with a matching glass.

Great for bedside and as a housewarming gift :)


These are  practical for everyday life

They will lock the freshness of your vitamin water mix.

And they don’t leak.






Sofia Abdelkafi R.D Nutritionist

Photo of vitamin water from (theyummylife) 

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47 Comments to “8 Home made vitamin water recipes”

  1. edicles says:

    These recipes look great! I can’t wait to try them out.

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  3. Casey says:

    I made the The granite : Strawberry/Lime without the mint it taste really good love it healthy way to drink water my niece tried and she loves it

    • Sofia says:

      That is great ! Thanks for sharing :)

      • k.z says:

        hi i just wanted to kno. how long can you keep them for. can i make one for each day at the start of the week or do i literali need to make one every night

        • Sofia says:

          As long as you would of kept the fruits before having to throw them away. Depending on how fresh the fruits you used were..

  4. Sami says:

    Have you ever tried to use essential oils in these drinks?

  5. Vonnie says:

    Just did a citrus one. It is amazing!! I need to drink more water but I hate that it is tasteless. This has helped a lot to increase my water intake. Thanks for these recipes!

  6. Ain says:

    Hey there Sofia, I am keen to try out these recipes. But, I would like to know the benefits of the different vitamin water. Does each of them give off a similar effect to the body system like breaking down fat or improve the blood circulatory system etcetra? What does the different vitamins found in these vitamin water do to the internal system? Your response is greatly appreciated, thank you ;)

    • Sofia says:

      Good question ! That will take quite some time to answer. I’ll see if I can create another post with all the answers …

      • Ain says:

        Wow, great. Thank you for your response. I appreciate it. I have tried making the classical one. It smells and tastes really good and refreshing. Thank you for the recipe! I shall try making the others too ;)

  7. Cori says:

    Hi, These look SOOOOO delicious. I’m curious about using fresh fennel vs. dried. It seems like that would be even healthier and better tasting, so I’m not sure if there was a specific reason your recipe calls for dried. Thank you!

    • Sofia says:

      Good question Cori. Actually it’s because the dried fennel is available all year round. If you want to use fresh fennel you should put 1 tablespoon of fresh if the recipe says 1 teaspoon of dried (2 tablespoons if 2 teaspoons…). Because dried herbs are more concentrated…

  8. Leanne says:

    Is there any specific instructions as to what to do while drinking these? (watching what you eat, limiting what you eat etc) Or can these be used as a water intake providing different nurishments and antioxidants?

    • Sofia says:

      Hello Leanne,

      Thank you for your question. These can be used as a water intake providing different nurishments and antioxidants…
      One little note : Make sure you don’t eat too much fruit : it is a maximum of 4-5 fruits a day (a fruit is the size of a tennis ball : ex : 1 orange, 2 kiwis..)

  9. Pam says:

    Have tried the pineapple, the strawberry, the citrus and have just made the watermelon…for tomorrow…all are delicious and I am delighted to use my garden mint and rosemary, add such a clean taste! Thanks for these!

  10. Victoria says:

    Hello, I’m trying to make the fennel/citrus .. this sounds like a silly question, but what part of the fennel should I use? The bulb? The leaves? Or just the seeds? Thanks, I’m not familiar with using fennel so I’m a little confused.

    • Sofia says:

      It’s actually a great question ! Use dried and ground seeds.
      Little tip : Summer is here soon and bbq season is starting. Grill sliced fennel (the bulb part), with fish it’s great as a side dish …

  11. eddie says:

    would adding some raw honey to any of these taint the recipes?

  12. eddie says:

    i made the pineapple/mint and the strawberry/lime. i’m not really a fan of fruit flavored water. most of the time it tastes like water that’s been sitting in an old juice pitcher but these are delicious! had to make 2 small batches of the pineapple/mint since i didn’t have a pitcher big enough. i added a teaspoon or so of raw honey to one of them for a little extra sweetness and it was very good. but with or without they’re fantastic. can’t wait to try the blackberry/sage and watermelon/rosemary. i bet some raw honey will help kick up the sweetness of the watermelon! thanks for these!

  13. Nicole says:

    Can I eat the fruit or vegetables afterwards? Or is there a way to use them up. The waters are soooo good but it seems slightly wasteful.

  14. Nadiah says:

    Hi sofia,

    i just want to know that the fruits that we made for vitamin water, after we drink should we throw or eat?Thanks

  15. Monica Mendez says:

    Thank You so much for the water vitamin recipes. Going to try them this weekend.

  16. Noelle says:

    I liked these when I tried them over a year ago from theyummylife.com

    You should credit when using photos and ideas from other websites.

    • Sofia says:

      Well I would of credited that website if it was actually from there ! You know the WWW is a wiiiide world, it’s a bit naïf to think it has to come from that website… And the picture, good luck retracing where it originally came from. The recipes and names are my invention. Benefit of the doubt would of been appreciated..

      • Sophia, the link that Noelle provides to my blog post contains photos that ALL were taken by me. If you look at the numerous photos throughout my post, it should be clear that they are all photos of the same jars of flavored water and from the same source, my blog: http://www.theyummylife.com/Flavored_Water
        That post took a lot of work and several days to prepare, and I took and edited every single photo myself. They are all watermarked with my blog name (looks like the watermark was photo shopped out of the one you are using), and all of the content and photos on my blog are copyrighted. I do give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you found that photo somewhere else and didn’t know that you were violating my copyright by using it without permission. That particular image from my post has been shared on numerous sites (with and without my permission). But, Noelle has done nothing wrong by pointing out that you are using my photos and that I should be credited. That’s the common etiquette among bloggers, and Noelle was simply calling it to your attention. If you want to continue to display my photo on this blog post, please credit me and link to my blog.

        • Sofia says:

          Hello Monica,

          Hmm ! Well thank you for your comment. I do understand that it must be annoying that that picture of yours is all over the web. Unfortunately it is tough to retrace most of the pictures found on the net. As you say when I found this picture they were photoshopped so it was impossible to retrace it to your blog. I’ll link the photo to your blog no problem… trusting that this photo IS your work..


        • Michele says:


          Wow Monica you might want to chill a little. These same recipes have been all over Facebook in the edited form for at least 7 months when I used my phone to take a snap shot….no mention theyummylife on any of them. And did you really copyright them? If you didn’t pay for a copyright then it’s not. I understand sometimes we work hard and want to be acknowledged. If you are so annoyed with people sharing the info maybe you should have kept it to yourself,but if you share it should be generously and with an open heart. Also, since I found links to some recipes from 10 years ago I doubt you own the copyright to those. So I would end with a question for you– did you acknowledge the original creator in recipes you put online?

  17. Ta-Tanisha says:

    Should the fruits be muddled before adding the water? It’s only me, so I was wondering if the recipes could be adapted for one serving?

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  19. Peter says:

    Does anyone know if these can be canned? Water bath or pressure canner? Just a thought for the winter months. Thanks for the recipes, I just made the citrus one for the July 4th weekend!

  20. Terri says:

    I started with a lemon, cucumber, mint detox that I found on another site and then found your vitamin waters. I can tell that after drinking one glas in the morning of the cucumber, lemon mix along with 2 celery seed capsules in the morning for a week I noticed a significant decrease in my joint pain and even put a ring on after not being able to do so for many years. I have been drinking the watermelon sage for a few days now and it actually tastes pretty good!!and it is very refreshing after a long day. Next I am trying the blackberry, sage since i have fresh berries on hand. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!!

  21. josh says:

    honey, and maple syrup can definitely be used just in moderation, i mean if it keeps you drinking it your still getting the healthy benefits, just remember not too much! In the end your the one who has to drink it, you can try your favorite fruits, i don’t suggest banana or avocado because they will get nasty, use them in smoothie`s instead!! Don’t forget smoothies contain all the fiber that most vitamin water drinkers are missing don’t stop the vitamin water but have a smoothie or get your fiber else-wheres its very important!

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  24. Amanda says:

    Thank you for the recipes! I have 2 questions about the water – 1) Approximately how much of the fruit sugar will end up being in the water? I am hypoglycemic and have made the citrus water for my husband with 1 ea orange, lime and lemon and wanted to know if it would have too much sugar for me to be drinking also. (I stay away from all juices and such of course.)
    2) Do we leave the fruit in the jug until the water is gone (even if we won’t be eating the fruit)?

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  26. Robin Ray says:

    Hey Sofia,
    Can you please tell me the recipe for the all citrus vitamin water?

  27. Angela Kelley says:

    I have always added fruit to my water but never considered the health benefits to it. I normally only used lemon and just for flavor. I’m looking forward to trying some different combinations now. Today I’m just using orange, I had oranges in the house but not any other fruit. :)

  28. Sofia says:

    WOW ! You are now avoiding a lot of chemicals .. that is great :)

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