10 Homemade Water Flavor Enhancer Ideas

A homemade water flavor enhancer is exactly what you need to make drinking water FUN! Try a few of the ideas and watch how fast you can increase your water intake.

The average recommendation of water is a minimum of 8 cups but I will be one of the first to admit — plain water gets boring. Discover 10 of my favorite ways to make water easier to drink! You can also create a batch of mixes to gift family and friends. Add my printable gift tag to accompany the water flavor mix!

Homemade Water Flavor Enhancer

1| Fresh Fruit

Your possibilities are endless with fruit! Blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, lemons, limes, melons, oranges, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, etc. — or any combination of fruit — makes for a healthy, tasty glass of water. When you use an infuser bottle, it makes flavoring your water with fresh fruit a lot easier. I love the Zulay Kitchen Fruit Infusion Water Bottle because it’s leak-proof and includes a built-in filter that prevents seeds from being infused with your water.

2| Fresh Vegetables

Just like fruit, several vegetables make for a tasty addition to water. Great choices include cucumbers and fresh ginger root. Add your sliced veggies to water, allow to infuse for at least 4 hours, then enjoy! They can be mixed with fruits or herbs and spices to create unique flavors.

3| Herbs/Spices

Mint leaves, cinnamon sticks, lavender, nutmeg, cloves, cayenne peppers, etc. can be mixed with your fruits and/or veggies to add a whole new dimension of flavor to your water. The leaves will infuse best when they are chopped or muddled.

Using this cocktail muddler is a great way to create a delicious blend of mint or parsley leaves in your water!

4| Teas

When you say ‘tea’ around our house, sweet tea instantly comes to mind. But there are numerous flavor combinations you can indulge in with little to no sugar that will make drinking water fun and healthy. Not sure what kind of tea you like? Try a sample box with a variety of tea flavors to check them out!

5| Homemade Water Drops

Several companies have developed products that jazz up water. But are they are often expensive and you’ve wasted money if you don’t like the flavor. Once I get started drinking water, the process becomes easier; however, adding a little sugar can help get you establish a healthy water routine.

To Create Your Own Water Drops:

Base Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups of sugar (or your choice of a sugar alternative)
  • 1 ¼ cups of water



  • In a medium, heavy-bottom sauce pan, combine sugar and water over medium heat.
  • Consistently stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Bring to a gently rolling boil for two minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer, continuing to stir, until the syrup has the consistency of maple syrup.
  • Remove from heat and stir in your choice of flavor.
  • Allow to completely cool.
  • Store in a bottle in the fridge for up to 30 days.

How to Use:

  • Mix with water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired flavor is reached.
  • You can also add fruit for more flavor.
Yield: 20 Tablespoons

Homemade Water Flavor Enhancer

Homemade Water Flavor Enhancer

Create your own favorite flavors of a water additive and improve the quantity of water you drink!

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2½ cups sugar (or choice of sugar alternative)
  • 1¼ cups water

Flavor Options (pick 1 or combine your own!)

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 5 drops of flavor oil


  1. In a medium, heavy-bottom sauce pan, combine sugar and water over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Bring to a gently rolling boil and allow to boil for two minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer until it reaches the consistency of maple syrup.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in your flavor choice.
  6. Allow to completely cool.
  7. Store in a bottle in the fridge for up to 30 days.
  8. Mix with water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired flavor level is reached.
  9. Feel free to add fresh fruit or veggies for additional flavor!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/21/2020

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6| Juice

The simple addition of juice to water can help add some flavor to your day. Try to aim for juices that don’t include added sugar. You can also use a juicer to squeeze your favorite fruits such as lemons, oranges, or grapefruits!

7| Sweeteners

If a little sweetness is all you need to up your water intake, try a powder or liquid low glycemic sweetener.

8| Apple Cider Vinegar

I don’t recommend apple cider vinegar water if you have overly sensitive teeth. The ACV adds acidity like citrus fruits so drink it with a straw and don’t over-do it. By using an ACV that includes the mother, you’re adding a blast of flavor and immunity boosters that include numerous health benefits.

9| Mineral Salt

The addition of mineral salt to water can actually improve the amount of water that your body absorbs. Adding ⅛ of a teaspoon per 8 ounces to your glass will transform it into an electrolyte drink. Electrolytes help regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate your body, and balance blood acidity and pressure!

10| Carbonation

Personally, I’m not a fan of carbonated water; however, I know a lot of people who LOVE it! If you’re one of them, I recommend investing in a SodaStream machine. They have flavored carbonation bottles to give you the feeling and taste of soda without all the junk!


  1. These are great ideas! My guy won’t drink water without something that flavors it so THANKS!

  2. I have a terrible time drinking the water I am supposed to drink daily. Great suggestions to enhance my water.

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