Step up your hydration game with Pineapple Water!
This quick and easy recipe infuses water with the sweetness of fresh pineapple or freshly-squeezed pineapple juice to create a thirst-quenching beverage full of tropical-flavored goodness.
Staying hydrated on those long, hot summer days can be challenging, especially if you don’t like drinking plain water. However, a simple fruit infusion can instantly transform water from boring and bland to an invigorating, delicious beverage.
From blueberry to cucumber, the flavor possibilities are endless.
This recipe, however, is all about how to make pineapple-flavored water, including two different infusion techniques.
Regardless of the method you decide on, in the end, you’ll have a pitcher of fresh pineapple water to quench your thirst all day long!
So skip the sugary soft drinks, grab a pineapple, and let’s get started.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Here are the top five reasons why this pineapple water recipe is a keeper:
- It’s low-effort. Infusing water with pineapple is failproof. You only need two simple ingredients to make a refreshing beverage in minutes.
- Two infusion method options. This recipe includes two ways to infuse water with fruity flavor with the same great-tasting results.
- A flavorful way to hydrate. Drinking infused water is a more exciting way to stay cool and hydrated if you find the taste of plain water boring.
- Reduce daily sugar intake. Replacing high-sugar sodas, juices, and sports drinks with pineapple water can reduce your processed sugar intake.
- A perfect way to repurpose pineapple. When life hands you leftover pineapple, this recipe is a great way to use it!
Here is everything you will need for this healthy drink:
- Pineapple – The flavor from a perfectly ripened, juicy pineapple is best, but canned and frozen pineapple also work (see ‘FAQs’ below for substitution guidance).
- Cold filtered water – As with any homemade fruit-flavored water, I highly recommend using filtered or distilled water, as they eliminate the risk of the flavor impurities tap water tends to have.
- Ice (optional) – I suggest chilling the water in the fridge before serving so it will be cold and refreshing. However, if you prefer ice-cold water, feel free to add ice cubes to the pitcher or individual glasses.
How to Make Pineapple Water – 2 Ways
Keep these caveats in mind when choosing which infusion method to use:
- Method #1 involves less hands-on work, but the pineapple water has to chill in the fridge for a while before it’s ready to drink.
- Method #2 has more steps and is slightly more time-consuming, but you can drink it immediately after making it. Plus, pureeing the pineapple helps extract more nutrients.
Method #1: Pineapple Infused Water
Here’s how to directly infuse water with fresh pineapple:
Step 1. Prep the pineapple.
Cut off the top, peel, and dice the pineapple into small cubes.
Step 2. Immerse pineapple in water.
Place the pineapple in a pitcher (or large mason jar). Fill the rest of the pitcher with 4-5 cups of fresh water.
Step 3. Chill until infused.
Place the pitcher in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or overnight). Serve as is or over ice and consume within 24 hours.
Method #2: Pineapple Juice-Infused Water
Follow these step-by-step instructions to infuse water with cold-pressed pineapple juice:
Step 1. Prep the pineapple.
Cut off the top, peel, and roughly chop the pineapple, then place the fresh pineapple chunks in a food processor or blender.
Step 2. Puree the pineapple.
Pour in 1/2 cup of water and give it a few pulses. Then, increase the speed and puree until smooth.
Step 3. Strain the juice.
Place a mesh sieve over a bowl, then strain the pineapple puree, using a rubber spatula to gently press it through the sieve and into the bowl.
Step 4. Infuse water with the juice.
Add the pineapple juice to a pitcher or Mason jar along with 3½ to 4½ cups of water to enjoy right away, or place it in the fridge and drink within 24 hours.
Here are a few tips to help you make the best pineapple water:
- Use ripe, juicy pineapple. To select a perfectly ripened juicy pineapple, waft the stem end to ensure it emits a sweet, tropical aroma indicating ripeness.
- The pineapple-to-water ratio is flexible. If the pineapple flavor is too intense, dilute it by adding more water. Or, if it isn’t strong enough, add more fresh pineapple or juice.
- Chill before serving. While chilling is mandatory for method #1, if you opt for method #2, you can enjoy the pineapple water immediately. However, when prepared either way, the water tastes much better when chilled in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.
The beauty of making your own water infusions is the ability to customize the flavor. What’s most important is that you use the freshest, highest-quality ingredients available.
Here are some of the many flavor enhancers you can experiment with:
- Fresh herbs like basil, mint, lavender, or rosemary.
- Warming ground spices like cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
- Slices of fresh ginger.
- Lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange slices.
- Fresh or thawed, frozen berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
- Other fruits like peaches, watermelon, kiwi, mango, and passion fruit.
You can also make:
- Pineapple coconut water – Add coconut water to create an irresistible tropical flavor or a splash of unsweetened coconut milk to make it creamy like a pina colada.
- Sparkling pineapple water – Craving fruit-infused sparkling water? Use less water or add more fruit to better concentrate and intensify the pineapple flavor. Then, pour one part pineapple water into a glass and top it with equal parts sparkling water before serving.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Fresh fruit-infused water is best consumed within the same 24 hours it is prepared, as the fruit will gradually become soggy as it stands. To help extend the shelf life, you can strain out the pineapple solids. In this case, the water should last a few more days.
Freezing: After straining the infused water, freeze it in an ice cube tray and keep the cubes in a freezer-safe bag. That way, you can use them for your next batch of pineapple-flavored water, and they won’t dilute the pineapple flavor as they melt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few related questions about making pineapple-infused water:
Can I add a sweetener?
Yes, but I don’t recommend it because this flavored water is naturally very sweet and flavorful, and doing so may make it too sweet.
Not to mention, this fruit-infused water is intended to help reduce the consumption of processed sugary drinks, so adding a sweetener defeats the purpose.
Can I infuse water with canned pineapple?
Yes, you can make a delicious pitcher of pineapple-infused water with canned pineapple.
However, canned pineapple sometimes contains sneaky added sugar, so just be aware of the sugar content and level of sweetness when crafting your drink.
Can I infuse water with frozen pineapple?
Yes, but you must thaw the frozen pineapple in the fridge or under cold running water before using it.
More Refreshing Drink Recipes
Here are a few drinks to make at home:
- Cucumber Infused Water Recipe
- Blueberry Water Recipe
- Homemade Strawberry Soda
- Homemade Apple Juice
- Homemade Blueberry Juice
- 1/4 to 1/3 of large pineapple, peeled
- 4-5 cups cold filtered water
- ice (optional)
Pineapple Infused Water
- Cut off the top, peel, and dice the pineapple into small cubes.
- Place the diced pineapple into a pitcher or Maison jar and add 4-5 cups water. Put it in the refrigerator and let it cool for at least one hour. Add ice if desired.
- Store in the fridge and consume within 24 hours.
Pineapple Juice Water
- Cut off the top, peel, and roughly chop the pineapple. Place it into a food processor or blender. Add 1/2 cup of water.
- Pulse a few times, then puree the pineapple until smooth.
- Place a mesh strainer over a bowl. Transfer the pineapple puree into the strainer and strain the pineapple juice. Use a rubber spatula to squeeze the juice out of the puree.
- Add the strained pineapple juice into a pitcher or Maison jar. Add 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups cold water.
- You can enjoy it right away or place it in the refrigerator to cool it some more. Add ice if desired.
For the best flavor, I recommend chilling the water in the fridge for both methods.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 39Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 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.