DIY Infused Fruit and Herbal Vodka Water Recipes

Who doesn’t like a refreshing drink in the summertime? My drink of choice in the summer used to be White Claw, but then I started wondering.. how easy would this be to make myself? Well, it turns out, it’s pretty simple! With a bit of prep, you have a mouth-watering refreshing summer tonic (that’s actually good for you!) in a matter of days.

Now, when I started researching online on how to make my own fruit and herbal vodka waters, I came across a ton of recipes that just were not what I was looking for. Either you had to strain the fruit or you had to add some kind of syrup and I’m against adding any kind of artificial sweeteners to anything. A lot of the recipes recommended sugar as well. Sugar is the leading cause of disease and obesity so yeah, not an option for me. Not just that, but I wanted to get away from seltzers and drinking out of aluminum cans, but still have it be refreshing. Other than White Claw, you don’t have many good choices when it comes to seltzers at the store. Most are loaded with artificial ingredients and sweeteners oftentimes making them sickeningly sweet. But I’m not much for sugary drinks anyways. I like a hint of the flavor. Seltzers are great because they are bubbly, but as some of you may know, those bubbles can cause bloating and gas and even bring about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is what I started experiencing and hence the reason my search began for a better alternative. Healthline offers some additional health information on consuming seltzers if you’d like to know more. Anyways, enough about seltzers, let’s get to the good stuff. πŸ™‚

A few things to know beforehand:

  • First, the vodka you buy and use shouldn’t be too cheap, but you’ll want it probably 1st or 2nd shelf quality vodka. It needs to be at least 80 proof. I used 2nd shelf gluten-free vodka. I posted a picture of it with my avocado tree above. πŸ™‚
  • Second, use charcoal fluoride filtered water. Any lesser quality of water will contaminate the drink adding impurities and a neurotoxin (fluoride). Remember, we want a healthier option, something that is better for us than the alternative. I highly recommend buying a Big Berkey gravity water filtration system. You can also substitute the water in any of the recipes for seltzer water if you prefer bubbly, just make sure it’s pure seltzer water with no additives.
  • Third, if you like your drinks to be sweeter, add 1/4 cup of raw honey to each recipe below. I did initially when making these, but then decided that was too sweet for and cut it out of the later drink infusions I made.
  • Fourth, you will need several one-quart mason jars to put your drinks in. Never put in plastic.
  • Fifth, feel free to add garnishments to your drink like fresh organic mint leaves or limes!

So, I took what I found online, tweaked and tweaked the recipes till I got them perfect! πŸ™‚ I present to you my 4 favorite infused herbal and fruit vodka water recipes:

Vanilla Bean and Anise Vodka Water

  • 2 Vanilla Bean
  • 2 TBSP Anise or less (based on the preference of taste, but I used 2 TBSP)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups vodka

Directions: Add all ingredients to a one-quart mason jar and shake gently. Place in a sunny location for up to a week (sun infusion is an ancient method that helps to extract the herbal properties) shaking the jar once or twice daily. When you are ready to enjoy, place the jar in the fridge to get cold. Then, sift out the vanilla bean and anise (you can reuse these so don’t toss), place in a blender with a handful of ice cubes and blend.

What to expect: Vanilla bean and anise complement each other as the vanilla softens the anise flavor which can be quite strong. If you enjoy black licorice, you will love this drink. Herbal infusions done with alcohol are similar to a tincture so it can be a type of medicine.

Health Benefits: Vanilla beans are high in antioxidant properties, antimicrobial, anti-mutagenic, anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-metastatic. It also aids digestion, alleviates, insomnia, aids weight loss, and is considered an aphrodisiac. Anise is great at dealing with bronchial ailments, prevents stomach ulcers, and is also great for the digestive system.

Strawberry and Lemon/Lime Juice Vodka Water

  • 1 lb organic Strawberries (muddled)
  • 1 cup organic Lemon Juice OR 1/2 cup organic Lime Juice (not from concentrate – unpasteurized) You could also substitute lemon/lime juice freshly squeezed from organic lemons/limes.
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups vodka

Directions: Strawberries must be muddled. You can do this by taking a potato masher or something similar and pressing them to expel the juice and flesh. Add all ingredients to a one-quart mason jar and shake gently. Place in a sunny location for 2-3 days (sun infusion is an ancient method that helps to extract) shaking the jar once or twice daily. When you are ready to enjoy, place the jar in the fridge to get cold. Then toss all contents of the mason jar into a blender with a handful of ice cubes and blend. I sometimes toss in a fresh banana into the blender as well just to add some more fruit flavor, but that’s optional.

What to expect: Strawberries and citrus juices like lemons and limes are a match made in Heaven. You’ll love the sweet (but not overly sweet) and sour taste. Limes do have a much sour taste hence the need to cut this down to 1/2 cup if you go this route. Both options taste great and are very refreshing.

Health Benefits: Strawberries are a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemon juice is also high in Vitamin C, is antibacterial, and is good for the colon as they contain pectin fibre. It also helps to maintain PH levels in the body.

Lemon Blueberry and Banana Vodka Waters

  • 12 oz organic Blueberries (muddled)
  • 2 organic Bananas (muddled)
  • 1/2 cup organic Lemon Juice (not from concentrate – unpasteurized) You could also substitute lemon juice freshly squeezed from organic lemons.
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups vodka

Directions: Blueberries and bananas must be muddled. You can do this by taking a potato masher or something similar and pressing them to expel the juice and flesh. Add all ingredients to a one-quart mason jar and shake gently. Place in a sunny location for 3-4 days (sun infusion is an ancient method that helps to extract) shaking the jar once or twice daily. When you are ready to enjoy, place the jar in the fridge to get cold. Then toss all contents of the mason jar into a blender with a handful of ice cubes and blend.

What to expect: Blueberries and bananas give this a smooth refreshing taste with a touch of tang from the lemon juice. You’ll love the sweet (but not overly sweet) and sour taste. This is a very refreshing drink! This does leave little pieces of the blueberry skin in the drink so if you mind that, you may want to not muddle the blueberries and strain these prior to blending. But if you do that, keep in mind you’ll need to wait about a week for infusion as it takes longer for the alcohol and water to penetrate the blueberries to extract the properties.

With Lavender Flowers: I’ve also tried this recipe with 1 TBSP of Lavender flowers. This had a very flowery taste so it may not appeal to all. If you go this route, do not muddle the blueberries and omit the bananas till the end where you place in the blender prior to consuming as you’ll need to strain the lavender flowers out. I’d use a coffee filter as the flowers are pretty tiny dried. If using fresh lavender flowers, increase to 2 TBSP and strain at the end. You can eat them if you’d prefer and that’s completely safe, but again the infusion already creates that flowery taste so you may find it overpowering.

Health Benefits: Blueberries have been shown to promote the health and perception of the brain as well as have anti-aging effects. They have anti-cancer properties and can also aid in weight loss. Bananas can moderate blood sugar levels and have properties that promote digestive health. They are very high in Vitamin E so are also great for the skin. Lemon juice is also high in Vitamin C, is antibacterial, and is good for the colon as they contain pectin fibre. It also helps to maintain PH levels in the body. Lavender is neuroprotective and aids insomnia. It can also help to alleviate respiratory conditions and can help aid digestive and skin health. Check out my blog on Lavender Here for more info.

Strawberry and Rhubarb Vodka Water

  • 1/2 lb organic Strawberries (muddled)
  • 1 cup organic Rhubarb (cooked)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cup vodka

Directions: Strawberries must be muddled. You can do this by taking a potato masher or something similar and pressing them to expel the juice and flesh. Please make sure the rhubarb is cooked prior otherwise this will be very bitter! Add all ingredients to a one-quart mason jar and shake gently. Place in a sunny location for 3-4 days (sun infusion is an ancient method that helps to extract) shaking the jar once or twice daily. When you are ready to enjoy, place the jar in the fridge to get cold. Once cold, strain the rhubarb out and toss all contents of the mason jar into a blender with a handful of ice cubes and blend. I sometimes toss in a fresh banana into the blender as well just to add some more fruit flavor, but that’s optional.

What to expect: Strawberries and rhubarb flavor! This is a sweet, (but not overly sweet) tangy drink that’s sure to please! πŸ™‚ Now I haven’t tried to blend the cooked rhubarb into the drink… so if you do try that and it turns out great, you’ll have to let me know! I would assume it’d be stringy, but I could be wrong!

Health Benefits: Strawberries are a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Rhubarb staves off brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, stimulates bone growth, prevents neural damage, and is a skin and metabolism booster. It is also really good for digestive health.

So there you have it! My favorite herbal and fruit vodka water infusions! These are fantastic in the summer! And if you don’t prefer alcoholic drinks – herbal, fruit, and vegetable water infusions are also pretty fantastic. I really like to infuse my water with fresh organic cucumbers, oranges, pineapples, and lemons. The picture below is an orange cucumber water infusion I did. I like to infuse these in half-gallon mason jars because I go through it pretty quickly during the day!

I hope you enjoy these recipes. And I encourage you to experiment with your own fruit and herbal concoctions. It’s pretty fun! Cheers! πŸ™‚

References: healthline. Is Carbonated Water Bad for You? Medically reviewed by Daniel Murrell, MD β€” Written by Cara J. Stevens

4 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this awesome post!  I did not have to get far to already know which of these I want to try first, and that is the vanilla and anise!  I’m a huge absinthe fan, so this could be a refreshing drink that reminds me of absinthe, since there is no place where I live that sells absinthe. Your page is one of two pages that have ever been bookmarked in my Firefox browser, which is my browser of choice.

  2. These look amazing. My mouth is watering reading the recipes. I suffer with Diverticular disease which is a severe problem and because of that I can no longer drink alcohol. Do you know of an alternative I could use as these drinks look amazing? I have never tried the dealcoholised  spirits and was wondering how that would work. I have steered clear of them because I don’t like to many artificial products. I have made different cocktails and punches over the years but, never this kind of thing. I take it that the vodka breaks down the fruit and the flavour transmits to the fluid? Thanks for an interesting post. Mark

    1. Hi Mark! I’m not sure of an alternative as the alcohol in the vodka is what breaks down the fruit faster and infuses it. I would just omit the vodka, add more water to the recipes, and make sure to keep refrigerated since the fruit will go bad if you leave this out. I would not try to sun infuse without alcohol. It’ll take longer for pure water infusion (about a week), but should still taste pretty fantastic and refreshing once blended with ice. πŸ™‚ 

  3. My wife loves the flavored vodkas, I never though about doing it ourselves! This is a great way to try out different flavors with the same bottle, while allowing me to enjoy the vodka without the flavors πŸ™‚ Although, the strawberry mixed with lemon juice does sound pretty tasty…I think I will try a few of these out and surprise my wife the next time she wants a drink! Thank you for the information, it is very useful!

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