Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Water

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Food

Strawberry, Cucumber, Lime & Mint Flavored Water

strawberry lime water

There is something about warmer weather that makes me want to drink all the flavored beverages ever. Somehow, it seems like plain ole water just doesn’t do the trick when it’s 75 degrees like it did when it was blizzarding back in January. If I’m being totally honest, what I really want is a really cold gin and tonic, heavy on the lime, that I sip on while swinging on our front porch swing as the sun goes down, but I’ll have to wait for that kind of beverage until June.

strawberries, cucumbers, lime, mint

For now, I’m getting my fill of fun, flavorful drinks by consuming a ton of naturally-flavored waters. I know, I know. You can buy flavored waters (both regular and sparkling) at the grocery store for almost nothing, and it’s so much easier than making your own. You’re right, it is so much more convenient to just snag a bottle or two off the shelf, but I love being able to customize my own combinations. I love knowing exactly what I’m drinking. And I love seeing this beautiful jar of deliciousness sitting in the fridge. It’s like a work of art!

strawberry lime water

Even though I was a water-drinking expert pre-pregnancy, I’ve struggled a lot with staying hydrated throughout my pregnancy because the taste of water (even filtered water) really didn’t agree with my pregnancy tastebuds. Flavored waters have been a lifesaver over the past eight months.

Water is important all the time. And it’s important throughout an entire pregnancy. But it’s especially important in the third trimester, when dehydration has been shown to trigger preterm labor. If I can keep Baby J growing inside for a bit longer just by getting my fill of water each day, I’m going to do it! Plus, staying property hydrated during the third trimester helps keep me from retaining water—no swollen feet or ankles for me (yet).

strawberry water

What I’ve been doing is filling up a half-gallon Mason jar (we inherited ours, but I’ve seen these at craft stores—check Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) with my water flavorings, ice and water in the morning, with a goal of getting through it twice in a day. That’s roughly 120 ounces of water, or 15 glasses, a day. The flavoring fruits, veggies and herbs will easily get me through two jar fill-ups and still keep their flavor. And in fact, I usually use them for two or more days. Basically, when they lose their flavor, I toss them in the compost and start over with a new combo. But until then, I just keep on filling it up!

strawberry cucumber water

In this jar, I used cucumbers, lime, strawberries and fresh mint. The cucumber, mint and lime make the water taste so refreshing and bright! And the strawberries just add a tiny touch of natural sweetness. If you wanted even stronger flavor, you could also muddle the mix-ins (mush them up) before pouring in your water. If you do that, I recommend straining the water before drinking—unless you like to chew chunks of cucumber and pick out lime seeds from your water.

This combination is one of my favorites, not only because it tastes yummy, but also because it just looks so darn pretty! I’m (obviously) a visual person, and I really think there is something in my noggin that says, “Hey, that’s pretty, I want to drink that!” and makes it more appealing to me than just regular ole water.

Enjoy!

Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint Water

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1/2 gallon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Water

Instructions

  1. In a half-gallon jar, or a 2 quart pitcher, layer the strawberries, cucumbers, lime slices, and mint leaves with the ice cubes. Fill jar or pitcher with water. Let chill for 10 minutes, and then enjoy!
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Notes

  • I can get 2-4 fill-ups out of one batch of flavorings, but you might want to change out your flavorings sooner for stronger flavor.
  • Feel free to use sparkling water instead of still water.
  • Obviously, the longer the water sits, the stronger the flavor. It’s mild at first, but after a few hours (or overnight) it’s quite strong.

Do you drink enough water? What’s your favorite way to make sure you stay hydrated?

26 Comments

  1. I really need to focus on doing this. I HATE to drink water. I haven’t really figured out why. A few years ago someone had suggested cucumber slices in a jar of water in the fridge. It didn’t sound appealing to me, but I was amazed at what it tasted like. And I tend to buy cucumbers for salad and then forget to eat them. So I really could use this tip. Now it’s just to make it a habit.

  2. how pretty!!

  3. That looks pretty and refreshing! Definitely going to try this one. Cheers!

  4. What a lovely presentation! I am really struggling with drinking my 8 glasses of water a day, but I think this will change that! I am going to try this!

  5. Oh! So lovely and beautiful will try this one asap.

  6. Im with you.. I ned pretty water.. I’m all over this!

  7. During planning of my daughter’s baby shower we all agreed that we wanted to serve infused water at the event, so I started Googling and here I am! I sent the link to my co-sponsors and they love the way your water looks, so I just made it to see if it tastes as good as it looks. To see how time affects it’s taste I just poured a small glass 1/2 hour after making it. A little pulp in the glass. I can taste the cucumber and a touch od lime. I like it! Let’s see what it tastes like in a few hours. I’m glad I found your web-site! Just wondering, when is your baby due?

  8. I have never liked water but the taste (or smell of it) through all three of my pregnancies made me hurl. Aside from that, I am loving these colors. I could use this as computer wallpaper! :)

  9. This looks so refreshing. Just what I needed to stop drinking so much iced tea and switch back to water! Beautiful photos!

  10. Before leaving my bed inn morning I drink two 750ml of water first thing inn morning and the rest of the day just when I feel thirsty so I drink more than 2 liter daily

  11. Whath a lovely idea. I made it following the recipe and the result was completely refreshing. Beautiful images.

  12. This is absolutely stunning!

  13. I love Cel-ray celery soda; and Mr Q Cumber cucumber soda. And I don’t drink sodas otherwise. So I am definitely going to try this.

  14. Has anyone tried this with sparkling water? I wonder how well the fruit, veggies and herbs hold up…

  15. Hi Cassie. I found this photo and blog post pinned to a science Pinterest board recently. I love this idea and want to try out your recipe! I just finished writing about some of my favorite pins from this week and I gave you a quick shout out. Here’s the link if you want to see it. Have a great rest of your week! http://kellysclassroomonline.weebly.com/blog/my-5-favorite-pins-of-the-week

  16. So beautiful. I’m going to try this. Question: after you’ve finished the flavored water, can you use the fruit/cucumbers in any way (like a smoothie), or is it best to dispose of them?

    • I suppose you could, but almost all of the flavor has been absorbed into the water, so there isn’t much left to them!

    • As a Chef, when I have cooked in peoples homes, I understand that folks want to use things that I would not serve that were used to create flavor, but were now left over at the end of the process. Once they provided their essence to the dish, it seemed a waste to get rid of them, but they are not quality food.

      I recommend composting for this kind of thing…

  17. I am looking forward to making this today, looks like a great complement to a raw food feast I am having with friends!

  18. Hi just a quick question – how long will it stay good for in the fridge? I usually take a thermos filled with chilled green tea or similar to drink at work instead of hitting the vending machines – how long do i have if i make the full 1/2 gallon?
    Thanks and love the site :-) Have printed all your planners too – love love love them!!!

    • Days! We usually will keep refilling the jar for 2-3 days.

  19. This would be great with cleaner/clear ice cubes. Perhaps the water would taste a lot better and not make people “hurl” as “Brittany” exclaimed in her post. I recall trying home made ice cubes that were clouded years ago and they totally distort the flavor of whatever you are drinking. Those cubes tend to draw out all the funk & weird stuff n the freezer, then you put them in your lovely water?? No wonder you have trouble drinking water.

  20. this drink looks so refreshing that I am putting it on my to-do list this weekend. can someone also tell me a good subsitute for sugar. I am currently using ORGANIC BLUE AGAVE.

  21. I’m gonna try this one of these days. I get tired of just plain water but I know I shouldn’t be drinking so much black iced tea. I used to drink tons of soda (and still do from time to time) but I knew I shouldn’t drink so much so I tried to replace it with iced tea but iced tea has so much caffeine and I worry about flouride and brittle bones. (And it stains my teeth horribly, even worse than coffee!)

    I don’t like the idea of putting lime or lemon in the water though because I worry about the effects of the acids on my teeth so cucumber and mint sounds more milder. Definitely won’t give me the same satisfaction as soda or iced tea but I need to drink something flavored sometimes, besides just plain water and this sounds like a healthy concoction to try.

    Thanks!

  22. Hi.. I work outside and always feel so thirsty everytime. I consumed alot of cold water but makes me so fat. Hope the lime on ur recipe makes me keep skinny. I love love love it! Thank you for sharing… :)

  23. It does look beautiful, however, I can’t say that it had the taste to match. I’m not a fan, but I think that applies to any fruit infused water. I’d rather just drink plain ice cold water.

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