With nothing more than fresh cucumber slices, this Cucumber Water Recipe transforms plain water into a refreshing, extra-hydrating, and detoxifying glass of goodness.
This recipe includes two ways to infuse water that yield the same great-tasting results.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, infusing it with the flavor of fresh cucumber will make it more appealing. When you want to increase your water intake, having a pitcher of cucumber-infused water in the fridge is a great way to do so.
In this post, I’ll teach you how to make cucumber detox water (a.k.a. spa water) using two methods.
But, regardless of the method you use, the results are a spa-quality, rejuvenating infused water you’ll want to quench your thirst with all day long!
Best of all, you aren’t limited to just cucumbers.
There are infinite water infusion flavors to choose from. Of course, blueberry water is an option, but you can pair the cucumbers with practically any fresh fruit or herb for a refreshing glass of infused water.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Here are six reasons why this infused water recipe is a keeper:
- It’s low-effort. Infusing water with cucumber is easy and quick. You only need two simple ingredients and can have a healthy drink ready in just a few minutes.
- Perfect for parties and gatherings. Whenever you have people over, make some cucumber water, and you will be surprised at how many compliments it will get.
- Cucumber-infused water is hydrating. When plain water gets boring, the added cucumber flavor encourages you to drink more water throughout the day.
- It might help reduce daily sugar intake. Replacing sodas, juices, and sports drinks with cucumber water is a great way to cut processed sugar from your diet.
- It’s budget-friendly. Especially if you have your own cucumbers from the garden.
- Flavored water is very refreshing. It’s a perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make refreshing cucumber water:
- English cucumber – While you can use any type of cucumber in cucumber water, seedless varieties like English and Persian are naturally sweeter than the standard slicing garden cucumber. Young field cucumbers and mini cucumbers are also good options.
- Cold fresh water – I highly recommend using filtered or distilled water when making infused water, as they eliminate the flavor impurities tap water and even bottled water tend to have.
- Ice (optional) – If you prefer ice-cold water, add ice cubes to the pitcher of cucumber water or serve individual glasses over ice.
How to Make Cucumber Water
When deciding which method to use, there are a couple of caveats to consider:
- With method #1, there’s less hands-on work involved, but you have to let it sit in the fridge for a while before drinking it.
- On the other hand, method #2 has more steps, but once you’re done making it, you can drink it right away. Plus, pureeing the cucumber helps extract more nutrients.
Method #1: Cucumber-infused water
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make cucumber-infused water:
Step 1. Slice the cucumbers.
Wash and thinly slice the cucumber, then place the slices in a pitcher or mason jar.
Step 2. Infuse cucumbers and water.
Fill the pitcher or jar with filtered water and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour (or overnight).
Step 3. Serve or store.
Enjoy the cucumber water with or without ice, and keep the rest covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Method #2: Cucumber juice water
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make cucumber water with cucumber juice:
Step 1. Puree the cucumbers.
Wash and roughly chop the cucumber, then place the pieces in a food processor or blender with ¼ cup of water. Pulse the cucumbers a few times, and then puree until smooth.
Step 2. Strain cucumber juice.
Place a mesh sieve over a bowl, then strain the pureed cucumber, using a rubber spatula to press it through the sieve and into the bowl gently.
Step 3. Combine the cucumber juice and water.
Add the strained cucumber juice to a pitcher or mason jar, and fill it with cold water.
You can immediately serve the cucumber-juice-infused water or place it in the fridge and drink it within 24 hours.
Here are a few tips to help you make the best cucumber water:
- How to select cucumbers: Opt for fresh non-waxed organic cucumbers whenever possible. The fresher, the better, as it makes a big difference in the flavor quality of the finished drink. You also want to select firm (never floppy!) cucumbers with dark green skin and no yellowing or wrinkles.
- How to prep the cucumbers: First, wash the cucumbers well, then cut off the dark green, stemmed end (where the cucumber is attached to the vine), as that end is often bitter-tasting. If your cucumber is waxed, peel the skin. Otherwise, leave the peel intact (it’s a great source of fiber and minerals!).
- The listed ingredient amounts are flexible: If you want a more concentrated cucumber flavor, add more cucumbers or use less water, and vice versa if you want a more subtle cucumber taste.
Feel free to customize this water infusion by adding different types of fruits, berries, and fresh herbs to the water with the cucumbers.
Here are some cucumber-fruit-herb combination ideas for inspiration:
- cucumber + lemon + lavender;
- cucumber + watermelon + fresh mint leaves;
- cucumber + lime + ginger;
- cucumber + strawberries + fresh basil;
- cucumber + orange + fresh rosemary.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Infused water is best consumed within the same 24 hours that it is prepared. After that, the cucumber gradually becomes soggy.
To extend the shelf life, you can strain out the cucumber slices and keep the water in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of extra days.
Freezing: You can freeze the strained infused water in an ice cube tray and keep the cubes in a freezer-safe bag for your next batch of cucumber water. As the cubes melt, they won’t dilute the flavor of your drink!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make cucumber water with sparkling water?
Yes! Sparkling water is a great idea, especially if you miss the fizzy bubbles in carbonated beverages.
You can use pure sparkling water for this recipe or experiment with flavored sparkling waters like lime, lemon, berry, orange, apple, ginger, etc.
Is it better to drink cucumber water cold or at room temperature?
There’s nothing wrong with drinking room-temperature-infused waters, though you’ll find they taste better and are more refreshing when chilled in the fridge or served over ice.
Should you peel cucumbers for cucumber water?
If your cucumber has very thick dark skin, it’s a good idea to peel it as it can be bitter. Also, if you have a waxed cucumber, you should peel it. Otherwise, there is no need to peel the cucumber.
More Recipes with Cucumber
If you have some cucumbers left after making cucumber water, you might want to check out these healthy recipes:
- Fresh Vegetable Salad
- Egg Cucumber Salad
- German Cucumber Salad
- Potato Cucumber Salad
- Armenian Yogurt Drink
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 4-5 cups cold filtered water
- ice (optional)
Cucumber Infused Water
- Thinly slice the cucumber. Place the cucumber slices into a pitcher or Mason jar.
- Add the water and place it in the refrigerator. Let the cucumber water cool for at least one hour. Add ice if desired.
- Store in the fridge and consume within 24 hours.
Cucumber Juice Water
- Roughly chop the cucumber and place it into a food processor or blender. Add 1/4 cup of water.
- Pulse a few times, and then puree the cucumber until smooth.
- Place a mesh sieve over a bowl. Transfer the pureed cucumber into the sieve and strain the cucumber juice. Use a rubber spatula to squeeze the juice out of the puree gently. Work in batches if needed.
- Add the strained cucumber juice to a pitcher or Mason jar and fill it with cold water.
- You can enjoy it immediately or place it in the fridge to cool it some more. Add ice if desired. Consume within 24 hours.
The ingredient amounts are flexible. You can add more or less cucumber or water if desired.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 3Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.