Refreshing and colorful detox water has all the body benefits of water and more!

A simple mixture of ginger, cucumber, and citrus fruits infuse water for a fresh and healthy drink. 

Everyone knows how important it is to drink water daily. As healthy as water is and with all its many benefits, few people can get on board with drinking plain water. It’s just so…watery!

a glass of water filled with fruits and vegetables

What is Detox Water?

It is not technically a weight loss drink, but it is definitely a good start to getting all the health benefits of water and drinking water is an important part of weight loss! It has fresh fruits, veggies, or herbs added to it. It can also be called fruit-flavored or fruit-infused water. Depending on the ingredients, Detox water can help your body release toxins.

Since this is both healthy and natural, as long as the add-ins fit within your dietary needs anyone can enjoy this water. Choose your fave fruits and create your own flavored waters!

Vegetables and fruit on a table

Why Drink Detox Water?

Fruit-infused water is refreshing, hydrating, and depending on the ingredients, has some health benefits. Detox water is a fun, colorful way to up-level ordinary water into fancy ‘spa’ water with your fave fruits, veggies, and herbs. It’s definitely a guilt-free way to enjoy a fancy drink without the calories, fat, sugar, or alcohol! Poured into a fancy glass or into a workout bottle, detox water is absolutely delicious!

Slices oranges, cucumbers, lemons and limes

What’s in Detox Water?

WATER Drinking more water, in general, is always a part of a healthy lifestyle. Tap, distilled, spring, or sparkling waters can be used in this recipe.


    • Lime & Lemon These citrus juices help with digestion and relieve bloating!
    • Ginger Ginger naturally calms the belly!  The benefits of ginger are endless!  It has anti-inflammatory properties, can help with fat burning, and even boosts your immune system!
    • Oranges Of course oranges contain Vitamin C but that’s not all, the carotenoids and flavonoids in oranges help eliminate toxins and stimulate the immune system.
    • Mint Mint stimulates the digestive enzymes, soothes the belly and aids in digestion (and adds a great flavor!)
    • Cucumber Cucumbers contain lots of vitamin A (antioxidants), C, and B vitamins.  They are known for flushing out toxins!  In addition, the electrolytes in cucumbers can reduce water retention!

VARIATIONS Make Detox water with sliced strawberries, peach wedges, fresh or frozen blueberries, or slices of red and green apple or pears. Anything goes for Detox Water!

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How to Make Detox Water

There is something so special about ordinary water that is made this way!

  1. Slice ingredients and add to a large container.
  2. Fill with water and let chill for at least 45 minutes.
  3. Pour into a glass, jar, or water bottle and garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

PRO TIP: Use a clear glass or water bottle to showcase the beautiful ingredients! The peels of the citrus fruits can become bitter if left too long.

a glass and pitcher of detox water filled with fruits and vegetables

When Should You Drink Detox Water?

There are no hard and fast rules about when to drink Detox water, but first thing in the morning guarantees a great start to the day! Drink Detox water anytime! Have some on hand for when soda pop cravings hit, or serve it as a special summertime drink. It’s also great after a workout or for a cocktail substitute. It’s the perfect way to enjoy learning to drink water.

PRO TIP: Make ice cubes of Detox Water and pop them into plain water or any favorite beverage for a pop of color and a little bit of fruit-flavored goodness!

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Detox Water

This Detox Water is filled with so many great ingredients and has so many great health benefits!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 3 qt


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cucumber
  • 3 ginger ½″ slices, fresh
  • 25 mint leaves
  • 4-6 cups ice
  • water add more or less to taste


  • Slice the fruit & cucumbers.
  • Fill a large container or beverage dispenser layering ice and the ingredients. Top to 1 gallon with cold water.
  • Let steep at least 45 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Detox water can last up to 3 days in the fridge. 
As you drink water, you can continue to refill the jug a few times until you find it is no longer flavoring the water.
Citrus peels (orange/lemon/lime) can become bitter if left too long, we often remove them at the end of the day (and don't leave them overnight). The water is still fine to drink if you leave them longer, it can just get a bit of a bitter flavor from the peels.
The fruits and vegetables in this water can be eaten if you'd like.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 55 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 53.4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine American

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I love the subtle taste of the fruits in this recipe, it helps me drink more water!  This was Detox water was inspired by Cassey at Blogilates.

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      1. You can drink as much as you would normally drink (or hope to drink)! Drinking water is always healthy! I usually make it in the morning and sip on it throughout the day. Before I head to bed I remove any of the flavorings and refrigerate the water. It should last a few days like that but I always drink it before then! :)

  1. Hi,
    Can you keep adding more water in the jar throughout the day?
    Also can I use skinless cucumber as I find the taste a bit bitter with the cucumber skin?

    1. You definitely could add more water throughout the day. Feel free to omit the skins of the cucumber if you prefer. Enjoy!


  3. I having problems with my “midsection”do you think I need to try this,I’m not really trying to loose weight…Will this help with that?

    1. Hi Shanda, this flavored water is a great-tasting way to get your daily intake of water in! You can take a read through the ingredient benefits listed in this post and check out the additional sources at the bottom to determine if it best for you. Have a great day :)

  4. How ti start this remedy 2 times a day or 1 time a day its should in the morning or night and how much time we need keep it and then drink

  5. Hi Holly,

    I am going to try your drink with a 1Gallon bottle. I do have one important question? Do you keep changing all the ingredients everyday & use fresh ingredients everyday for a fresh 1Gallon. What do you recommend?

    1. Hi Adi, I do! I would make it in the morning and sip on it throughout the day. Then before heading to bed remove any of the flavorings and refrigerate the water and remake with fresh ingredients when I run out!

  6. Hello, what exactly does 3 1/2” mean for the ginger? Tablespoons, teaspoons? Etc
    Thank you!5 stars

  7. The recipe is the best I have seen thus far. The ingredients are easy to find and they make it easy to follow the directions.5 stars

    1. Hi Sue, the calories for this recipe do include the fruit and vegetables that are in the water as well.

      1. If not eating the fruit or ingredients listed would the carb count still remain the same by only drinking the water? On a very low carb plan but this sounds amazing to try.

      2. Not eating the fruit would reduce the calories and carb count significantly.