Don’t waste money buying flavored waters when you can make your own, healthier, cheaper, flavored vitamin water.
A flavored vitamin-infused water from a bodega/convenience store costs about $2 and up (Some even at $4-$6). You get a 12-20 oz. bottle, typically. This means that you are paying $12/gallon or more.
Here are some flavored vitamin infused water recipes that you can make at home with the average cost per gallon listed for each one. After the recipes, you’ll find some great ideas to take these along with you.
The secret to getting the most vitamins and flavor infused into the water is to slice fruits and vegetables very thin, crush berries, and mince leaves of herbs. Allowing it to refrigerate an hour first helps bring out more flavor and vitamins, but an overnight sit in the fridge is best. On with the recipes…
NOTE: Each recipe is designed for 1 gallon of water. Cut recipe in half for 2-quart pitchers.
Cucumber-Lemon Water: 1 cucumber and 2 lemons. Cost per gallon: $1.50
Orange-Raspberry-Mint Water: 1 orange, 1 cup of raspberries, and 5 mint leaves. Cost per gallon: $3 on the high end.
Lemon-Lime Water: 1 lemon and 2 limes. Cost per gallon: $1
BerryMint Antioxidant Water: 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup red raspberries, and 8 mint leaves. Cost per gallon: $3 on the high end.
Watermelon-Lime: 2 cups watermelon and 1 lime. Cost per gallon: $1.50.
Mango-Kiwi-Celery: 1 mango, 1 kiwi, and 2 celery stalks. Cost per gallon: $2
Pineapple-Peach: 1/2 of a Pineapple and 1 peach. Cost per gallon: $2
Cucumber-Mint: 1 cucumber and 12 mint leaves. Cost per gallon: Under $1.
Lemon-Ginger: 1 lemon and 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger. Cost per gallon: Under $1
Fennel-Citrus: 1 cup fennel, 1 orange, and 1 lemon. Cost per gallon: $2
Orange-Spinach-Lemon: 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 cup spinach leaves. Cost per gallon: $1.50
Take it with you.
Fill reuseable or recycled plastic water bottles with your favorite water recipe.
Freeze your vitamin water in ice cube trays and put into a thermos for an afternoon refreshment on the go.
If you have access to a fridge at work, take a pitcher and the prepared ingredients in a ziplock bag. Add the water at work.
If you’re going on a long day trip, you can freeze your water recipe in recycled plastic bottles, leaving a bit of room in the bottle for expansion as it freezes. Pack and carry with you. You can drink it as it melts.