This Lemon Infused Water gives plain water the kick it needs to make you want to drink a LOT! If you struggle to stay hydrated in summer, try infusing your water with lemons. You’ll be grabbing that water bottle all the time!
I came up with 4 ways (so stay tuned) to make water super interesting and today I present the first: Lemon Infused Water!
So, if you add a ton of lemon juice to water it becomes super sour and kind of needs a ton of sweetener to taste great (a.k.a. lemonade). The idea here is to stay hydrated in a healthy way of course and without the added calories. So “infusing” water with lemons is SO much better! It’s not sour at all and it’s super refreshing.
What are the benefits of drinking lemon infused water?
- It hydrates.
- It’s a great source of vitamin C.
- It helps with digestion.
- It freshens your breath.
- And if you’re one of those people not used to drinking plain water then it might even help you lose weight!
How long can you keep the lemon slices in the water?
Up to 4 hours. I recommend a minimum of 1 hour to really infuse the water and a maximum of 4 hours to avoid bitterness from the peel to transfer into the water.
You can also add cucumber and/or mint but again, make sure you remove it after a maximum of 4 hours so the water stays fresh and enjoyable.
How to make lemon infused water not bitter
Make sure you do NOT leave the lemon slices in the water for too long AND make sure to remove all the seeds before adding to the water
The bitterness comes from the lemon peel and especially from the seeds in the lemon. So naturally one would think why not remove the peel altogether and the seeds and make lemon juice instead?
Well, it’s the peel that makes the water absolutely delicious! I do not recommend peeling your lemons and adding without the peel. You would miss out on the best tasting lemon infused water. And lemon “juice” is pretty sour, so no, not a good idea unless you plan on sweetening the whole thing. The seeds, yes, most definitely take a knife and poke them out of the slices.
Set a timer and remove the lemons from the water after 4 hours max. You can always add more fresh lemon slices to the individual glasses when serving. OR, what I like to do is, freeze slices into ice cubes and use those when serving.
A great large ice cube tray to do that is this ice cube tray (this is an affiliate link and I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you if you buy through the link). Add a thin slice of lemon to each cavity, fill with water, and freeze.
How to make your summer drink even healthier
A great way to make your water even healthier is by adding chia seeds!
Chia seeds have a ton of fiber and help further with digestion. Having a heavy barbecue with friends this weekend? Serve Lemon Infused Water with chia seeds with it so your tummy has an easier time digesting it all :)
Just make sure you add the chia seeds to the individual glass, right before drinking and not too much or it’ll become a gooey mess instead of a refreshing hydrating summer drink.
Lemon Infused Water
- 4 lemons
- 4 cups cold water (1 litre)
- 4 cups cold sparkling water (or regular water) (1 litre)
- Wash your lemons thoroughly and then slice them into thin slices discarding the ends. Remove all the seeds (be thorough removing the seeds to avoid bitter water).
- Add lemon slices to a pitcher and top with 4 cups of water.
- Refrigerate and infuse for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
- Right before serving add 4 cups of cold sparkling water (or plain water) to the pitcher and serve over ice cubes with lemon slices frozen in them and a sprig of mint.
- Make sure to remove the lemon slices from the pitcher after a maximum of 4 hours to avoid the lemon infused water from becoming bitter.