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This Cucumber Water Recipe is amazingly easy and really good for you in so many ways! Spruce it up with lemon, lime, orange, berries or a variety of herbs!

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Cucumber Infused Water

The beauty of this Cucumber Water Recipe is that you can customize it to your specific tastes! I have used a variety of herbs and fruits to change the flavor of each batch! All of the citrus and strawberry and raspberry are my favorite!

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What is cucumber water?

A simple question, and one you would think would be clear by the name, cucumber water is regular tap water, or carbonated plain water that is infused with cucumber and whatever ever other flavor you would like. Cucumber water goes by several other names though, spa water, cucumber detox water, or simply infused water. A fancy spa will sell a very expensive glass, when you could just make it at home!

If you have looked at the shelves of your local grocer, or convenient store, lately, they are loaded now with bottled water that is infused with a variety of different fruits and vegetables, most of which, are chemicals additives, like, “artificial lemon flavoring”. There is no reason to spend your hard earned money on these beverages, when you can make your own, at home, with no added sugars, preservatives, or anything else, for that matter!

Cucumber water takes less than 10 minutes of your time and is great to have on hand!

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Why should I drink cucumber water?

Cucumber Water is a healthy, delicious alternative to sugary drinks! Sugary drinks are one of the main culprits of the obesity epidemic in the United States, and world wide. Some sugary sodas are more than half, by weight, sugar! Adding cucumbers and fruits and herbs to your water, makes you more likely to grab for the water, instead of sugar laden or caffeinated beverages!

While many websites would have you believing that all of the great health benefits of cucumbers are transferred to cucumber water, I would be skeptical of that. It is true that cucumbers are a good source of potassium, magnesium and vitamins C, K, B’s and A, and others. The fact is that many of those chemicals are not water soluble, meaning they will not dissolve in the cucumber water. To get the most benefit from the cucumber, including the fiber, you must eat it raw.

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So what are the health benefits of cucumber water?

The most important health benefit of drinking fruit flavored waters, including cucumber water, is hydration. Having the proper hydration has been shown to help the body in numerous ways, see this article by Medical News Today. Among those are;

  • Assists with weight loss
  • Helps alleviate dry skin
  • Lubricates joints
  • Helps maintain healthy blood pressure /potentially lower high blood pressure
  • Carries oxygen to all parts of the body
  • Benefits the digestive system and bowels
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Prevents kidney damage
  • Assists with the production of saliva
  • Lubricates airways

and more

How long will it last in the refrigerator?

Cucumber water will last about 3-4 days, if refrigerated. I usually remove the cucumber slices after 12-24 hours and discard them. They have done all of the work they are going to do. And they may start to break apart and discolor your water.

How to make it

  1. Slice organic cucumbers thin. Use about 1/2 of medium cucumber per gallon of water.
  2. Fill container with water of your choice.
  3. Add slices of cucumber to infusing tube, if you have one. Otherwise, just float the cucumbers in the water in a large pitcher. Add other fruits or herbs, if desired.
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Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Overnight is even better. Serve plain or with ice.

This cucumber water is so refreshing! It is perfect to rehydrate after a workout, or any time, really.

What other fruits are good for infused water?

  • lemon
  • lime
  • orange
  • raspberry
  • blackberry
  • blueberry
  • apple
  • peach
  • apricot
  • pear
  • cantaloupe or watermelon
  • mango or papaya
  • watermelon
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What herbs and spices are good with infused water?

  • spearmint – use fresh mint leaves
  • peppermint
  • basil
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • lemon verbena
  • rosemary
  • ginger
  • hot pepper, like jalapeno
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Other delicious cucumber recipes

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The first part is Planning Your Garden!

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Cucumber Water

This Cucumber Water Recipe is amazingly easy and really good for you in so many ways! Spruce it up with lemon, lime, orange, berries or a variety of herbs!

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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infusing time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1 quart
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $1

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 qt water

Instructions

  • Slice cucumbers thin.
  • Place in infusing chamber in infusion pitcher, or just place in pitcher.
  • Fill pitcher with cold water, or plain sparkling water.
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Notes

Optional additions to cucumber water;
  • lemon
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • berries
**See main post for other optional additions.**
Herbs and spices good for cucumber water;
  • spearmint
  • peppermint
  • basil
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • lemon verbena
  • rosemary
  • ginger
  • hot pepper, like jalapeno
Remove cucumber from water after 12-24 hours.
Keep refrigerated up to 3-4 days.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1qt | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Originally published August 2, 2019. Updated March 14, 2022

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to drink a litre of water a day at work and it’s hard going! This sounds like a perfect flavour to keep me going.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this after trying a cucumber lemonade a few weeks ago, it was superb, really refreshing and a great way to put a dent in my cucumber glut 😮

  3. 5 stars
    So refreshing on these hot Summer days! I’m chilling a pitcher of cucumber water right now and will enjoy by the pool! Cheers!

  4. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a drink like this to drink in the mornings. I heard it could really curb your appetite. I need that.

    1. That is true. Keeping hydrated is key to loosing weight! Thank you for checking out the recipe Jeannette!

  5. 5 stars
    I love infused water. Cucumber and lemon is such a simple combination and tastes so refreshing. I also like lemon and rosemary. I have so much rosemary in the garden, so it’s a great way to use it.

  6. 5 stars
    This cucumber water was so refreshing. I’m making another batch this afternoon as we’re in for another scorching weekend here in Southern CA. We’re going to need all the water we can get, and it’s so much nicer to drink it with the cucumber flavor.

  7. 5 stars
    I love how simple, yet delicious this is! And I love your other suggestions for infusions, too!

  8. 5 stars
    I love cucumber water! So fresh and delicious. I often add a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint to mine – the perfect summer cooler ????

  9. 5 stars
    I came to this post from your garden tips post and I really love them both. Also, the tools that you recommend are really handy. Speaking about this water recipe – it is just perfect for what I need! 🙂

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