Homemade Detox Water Recipes

It is summer, and you are thirsty. How about a few delicious homemade detox water recipes for your “drinking” pleasure?

First, what’s in your pitcher?

Chilled lemonade? Sunny D diluted with water? Cranberry juice cocktail, vitamin-enhanced water, or even sangria?

Well, if it’s one of those – BAD IDEA!


On the other day, I have stumbled on an article titled “50 Unhealthiest Drinks on the Planet.”

O, boy, I was so happy to see how the author kicked all those beverage “hits” in the rear.

On the other hand, I was stunned that with all the information available about nutrition, the danger of sugar over-consumption, and all its side effects, people still buying that crap!


Homemade Detox Water Recipes.

1. Sugary Drinks Dehydration. Any Takers?

Well, let’ see what you are sipping.

First, when people ask questions, “Where can I buy…” that juice or that shake, I am ready to scream, “DIY” – Do It Yourself!

Get filtered water, powerful blender, infusion pitcher, sharp knife, and ice cubes. What is so difficult? A little love will help—love to yourself!

Any idea how much sugar in the most drinks off the shelf?


Even in cold-pressed juices. No difference. And for sure you don’t have fiber which slows digestion and balances the level of blood sugar.

Maybe you are in probiotic-infused drinks?

Not a good idea either. As stated in the article, “…many probiotic drinks are actually loaded with sugars, which defeats the benefits of probiotics. For example, a single serving of Tropicana’s Strawberry Banana juice has a staggering 28 grams of sugar.”

A cup of apple cider?

Think twice. But if you are so inclined, at least dilute it with water. Or as best—get a whole apple! It is yummy, has fiber, pectin, and you will stay full longer.

And now—a wolf in sheep clothes—vitamin-enhanced water.Homemade Detox Water Recipes. Sugary Drinks Delydration

Do you know that each of those bottles has 120 calories all come from sugar? For example, a 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water – it is “7 and ¾ teaspoons of the sweet stuff.”

It was a surprise even for me! No wonder you want to drink again and again because sugar “sucks up” so much water out of your body which requires you to hydrate again and again to reach the balance.

→ TAKEAWAY: Sugar-bombs are everywhere. Check the label of anything you touch. Remember: fast sugar absorption (no fiber) can be very damaging to your liver and have other harmful side effects and first and foremost, dehydration.

2. Is Lemonade Safe?

To add insult to injury, guess what else on the list?

Our favorite summer hit—lemonade!

I have looked through many recipes of lemonade and, o boy, each has so much added sweeteners like cane sugar and honey.

Homemade Detox Water Recipes Lemonade Stand

Another worry is that most recipes have their lemony flavor not because of slices of fresh lemon. What does the trick?

Commercial lemon juice or lemon concentrate, especially if you grab your bottle of the shelf. It might also have added flavors and colors. Yuck!

What else? You should know that, as stated in Science Direct, …all citrus juices are particularly susceptible to thermal abuse during processing…” and “approved preservatives such as sodium benzoateare often added.”

Yes, pasteurization at 180°F or 82°C destroys spoilage microorganisms but it also kills beneficial enzymes.

I was tired to read all those nuances of citrus juices production, never mind comprehending it!

Well, how do you think about lemonade now? Would you like to do it yourself?

3. Are Lemons Acidic or Alkaline?

Homemade Detox Water Recipes. Are Lemons Acidic Or Alkaline?

Now – about lemon. Any argument against this tart and tangy fruit?

You are probably thinking, “It is acidic!”

Well, let me put you at ease and review chemistry basics of how your body works.

Yes, lemon has a low PH level. But it’s acidity before being metabolized has nothing to do with what matterPH level of lemon by-products. It is what affects your kidney function, which balances your body PH.

In short, after metabolized, lemon no longer has acidic nature. So, “drink” your lemons and don’t worry.

So, next time you ask “How to make perfect lemonade,” kick the “-ade” to the curb but do not dismiss the lemon–an excellent aid for your natural body detox system and your liver.

For me, lemon is my go-to ingredient in everything I do in the kitchen—meals, salads, smoothies, and, of course, my detox water.

How about you?

4. Basics of How To Make Detox Water

Well, the idea of proper hydration has nothing to do with indulgences and sugary drinks.

The best way to quench your thirst, of course, is with a glass of filtered or mineral water.

But let’s give it a little spin – add just a touch of some delicious fruits and veggies which might help your liver to do what it does best – DETOX.

Which ones?

Read more about the best foods detoxing your body.

Before we make yummy fresh hydrating drinks, below are a few basic rules.

Rules of Making Detox Water

  1. Referring to “detox water,” – please don’t take it literally. Like in other posts, I repeat: food doesn’t detox anything! Your liver does!
  2. Certain vegetables, fruits, and herbs can help the liver and your natural body detox system to work more effectively by supplying essential minerals, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes.
  3. Lemon, as a king of citruses, will be the base of most of your detox water recipes.
  4. We don’t add sugar or other sweeteners!
  5. There is no commercial juice!
  6. Unpeeled slices of freshly cut fruits or veggies preserve the natural separation of juice and oil.
  7. Recipes have filtered and mineral water–flat or sparkling.
  8. To release the aroma of herbs, we tear leaves and use a granite martar and pestle set. Then I place crushed leaves in a cocktail shaker.
  9. Get the best infusion pitcher.
  10. Use ice cubes to give your water the last touch or dilute the too “tasty” drink.
  11. Keep your pitcher in the fridge.
  12. As an extra – you can use chilled glasses.

As an optional trick, to add a variety, make few ice cubes of fruits or veggies smoothies leftovers.

5. Your Favorite Classic Recipe for Detox Water

Well, its Saturday morning–the perfect time to make your detox water. We welcome to our family of detox hydration drinks a few new recipes with the old twist. It will be fun!

Homemade Detox Water Recipes. Lemon Water

Since there is no madness in my methods, I will present recipes in a “free” style.

What issue will you bump into first? Lack of variety! Well, get organic lemons, limes, mint, cucumber, grapefruit, and basil.

And don’t worry–it will be simple, nutritious and appetizing! By the end of this post, you will be very excited about what is in your pitcher. By the way, do you have one? Read how to choose the best infusion pitcher.

#1 Classic Lemon Water

It is like 1-2-3: fill up your pitcher and add thinly sliced lemon. Use the ratio 2 slices per glass (8 oz) and adjust accordingly.

→ Tip: Don’t fill up a pitcher to the very top. Leave some space that you can quickly stir your water without any spill. Give your drink a few minutes to absorb all aromas.


#2 Detox Water of Cucumber and LemonHomemade Detox Water Recipes. Water with Lemon and Cucumber

Lemons are fun, and I always have them, but we need more flavors, don’t we?

Slice fresh seasoned (unpeeled) cucumber, add mineral water and few leaves of mint. Our lemonade should “settle” a bit letting all flavors mix well together. Right before service, add some sparkling chilled water to give it a little zest.


And don’t forget to “hoist” fresh mint leaf on the top of each drink.

6. Detox Water Cocktail Style

#3 Mojito Way – Lime and Mint Infused Water

Let’s make the previous recipe more versatile – we are going with mojito style – using lime and more mint.

This one is so tasty that your pitcher will be empty very fast. Suggestion? Prepare a few pitchers in advance. Keep them in the fridge.

For extra cool touch-up, serve your “mojito” water in highball glasses and give it a splash of club soda.

#4 Ginger and Basil Water Smash

Shall we experiment further?

Here we have two new players – ginger and basil.

Ginger is not on my original list of the best foods detoxing your body. But I use a little every day because of its anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidants. I guess I will revise my prior post.

In addition to a couple of slices of lemon and two-three slices of fresh seasoned cucumber (unpeeled), put in the glass couple of thin slices of ginger. I do not recommend grinding it because small pieces floating on the top might bother you unless you use a special pitcher. My recommendation – get Grosche Borosilicate Glass Infusion Pitcher.

In general, we are making “water,” and it should be easy to drink!

Homemade Detox Water Recipe. Ginger and Basil Water Smash

As for basil, like in cocktail making, put 3-4 leaves in a cocktail shaker and mess with them using a small wooden spoon. Add sparkling (I prefer) water and shake well. Pour in a glass with lemon, ginger, and cucumber.

Of course, you can stir all ingredients together, but your water becomes more “cloudy” because of the faster release of juices. It is up to you!

So, experiment!

7. Fruit Detox Water

If you are more on a “sweet” side, this section is for you.

#5 Pineapple and Lime Extravaganza

There are two main components here – pineapple and lime. Mint is only for “dressing up.”

Since pineapple is very “juicy,” the more you shake or press pieces, the cloudy water will become.

I like a quarter of the whole round slice cut in a few pieces (with skin) or a half of the round – for a highball glass. Lime – the same 2 thin slices.

Mix it well and enjoy!

How can you mix it? Get your best infusion pitcher!

Homemade Detox Water Recipes. Pineapple and Lime Extravaganza

#6 Kiwi and Orange Water Delight

As you can see, per glass here are 2 slices of orange–preferable bloody orange–and 2 slices of kiwi. Both fruits should be ripe. Mix them well with chilled filtered or mineral water.

If you don’t feel enough “fruity” flavor, press gently orange slices and give it a few minutes to release the citrus aroma.

Crown this beauty with mint leaves.


Homemade Detox Water Recipes. Water with Kiwi, Orange And Mint.

#7 Grapefruit Message In the Bottle

It cannot be simpler than this one. Only two ingredients – water and grapefruit!

But! Use pink or red citrus. It is more fruity and gives your water “personality.”

Cut grapefruit in edges and then in 3-side pieces (like featured on a picture). This way, it allows more “surface” to release flavor.

I love to “shake” my grapefruit in a bottle. And I always refill it.

Tasty, pretty, and hydrating!

Homemade Detox Water Recipes. Water Infused With Grapefruit

Conclusion: Hydration and Fun!

Well, hydration is the name of the game.

Now you can put hands on your hips and shout, “I am ready for a weekend!” Your pitcher is full, and you have few extras. Great Job!

Detox water infused with fruits, cucumber, and herbs is a pleasure to sip, and a fun way to get hydrated.

Let’s review. The center of all your creations is lemons and rightly so. They stimulate the body to release Homemade Detox Water Recipesdigestive enzymes, and Vitamin C helps convert harmful toxins in water-soluble elements.

But we need more flavors, don’t we?

Cucumber, which is popular in the beauty industry because of silica, is also assisting the body to remove unwanted toxins and waste. It is very water-based and has a pleasant fresh aroma.

Grapefruit and pineapple?

They are not just with fruity flavor. These fruits add antioxidants for protection against inflammation and pledge plenty of other cleansing benefits.

Before you play with homemade detox water recipes, get your shopping list and everything you need–best infusion pitcher, regular or highball glasses, ice cubes and a sharp knife.

Well, the job is done. It was the easiest “cooking” lesson, wasn’t it?

Or not even a lesson – just pure FUN!


Homemade Detox Water Recipes

I invite you to enlighten us with your thoughts. Leave them below.


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  • Hi,

    I gave up bought drinks along time ago, far too much sugar in them for my liking. I also don’t like carbonated drinks.

    I have a juicer and make all my own fruit drinks.

    I work outdoors all year and tend to need a lot of water, obviously more so in the summer months. I like to add lemon or lime to water. It makes it so refreshing and healthy too.

    I have saved your article because I like the sound of some of the other drinks you have made. Lime and mint sounds delicious.

    Thank you


    • Hello, Louise!

      You are absolutely right – detox fruit water is ideal for outdoor. That is why I have a few pitchers and I even wrote a post “Pitcher Perfect! How to Choose Best Infusion Pitcher.” 

      I drink detox water at home, at the office (I have one Tritan airtight pitcher in my office) and, of course, on a go. But I always experiment since drinking the same “flavor” becoming boring. And now during the summer season, we can be so creative!

      Another reason why I rotate flavors is to give my body a variety of all vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

      Keep yourself hydrated and HAVE FUN with my homemade detox water recipes.

      Thank you very much for your kind words!

  • Dear Ella, thanks for reminding us of another way to take advantage of the summer’s bounty!! You are a smart person, and beautiful, evidently you like researching and writing. Thank you for letting us take advantage of your talents ?
    There are so many fruits and vegetables this time of year and later on in the fall, and adding them to drinks is a fabulous idea.
    I plan on buying a “stone crusher” ? to crush all the leafs, and get as much flavor and taste as possible!!
    The recipes you mentioned are
    ideal to refresh one self, family and any out door party!
    Thank you for reminding us of the simple pleasures of life, like enjoying a tall glass of refreshing fruit, vegetable or herb drink!!
    I can already picture it , and brings a satisfying smile to my face !?

    • That’s amazing, Angie!

      Thank you for stopping by. I sincerely appreciate it.

      And thank you for a stone crusher/grinder. Most of them are from granite. I have an unpolished one with an anti-scratch protector(https://amzn.to/2XyG89a). I use it for dry herbs and for crashing herbs leaves. It is so easy to squeeze everything out of mint or basil using this crasher. And it has a perfect size since leaves need some “space.”

      Yes, if you receive friends, hosting a party or just want to keep hydrating with an extra “flavor,” get couple infusion pitches and make your delicious detox water. Please read my post “Pitcher Perfect! How to Choose Best Infusion Pitcher.” (https://detoxgeneration.com/pitcher-perfect-how-to-choose-best-infusion-pitcher/)

      Happy Hydrating!

  • I was excited to read through your article on home-made detox water as it has come to the point that I do not want to drink anything from the markets as they all have so much sugar and other ingredients that are not good for you, plus the way they have been processed eliminates much of the nutritional value too.

    I am a candidate for conversion to home-made detox water recipes, and because I find it hard to drink enough water (I am in Dubai and the summers are extremely hot here) I needed to find a solution due to my lack of enthusiasm for the supermarket drinks.

    I already do not drink many of the ones that you included as being bad for you, so that was not a big thing for me. I will not miss them because I don’t drink them now. My excitement was in getting some recipes that I can use right now to add some zest to the tasteless and unpalatable water I am forced to drink every day here.

    My note page is full after reading through these excellent recipes and I am off to the supermarket to get the need supplies. I will try each of the suggestions and likely settle on two or three as mainstays and add in the others from time to time to give me some variety. This was a perfect post at the perfect time for me, thanks so much!  

    • Dave!

      That is precisely my point: you try a few homemade detox water recipes and pick what pleases your taste buds the most. We all different. After all, most of the ingridients we all have in our fridge anyway! At least I think so.

      Dubai. O, boy. It’s hot! You definitely have to constantly hydrate yourself. And yes, drinking a lot of water needs some “twist.” Otherwise, it becomes boring.

      I salute you that you quit store drinks, again, because they have tons of sugar and make you dehydrated, and another point – everything inside is “processed” or have preservatives. So, what’s the point?

      Let me know what recipes you like the most. 

      Also, I am working on an ebook right now but it is not just detoxing water recipes, it will have a special spin. So, let me know if you want a copy. For you, I will make it FREE.

      Lastly, check out my other post “Pitcher Perfect! How To Choose Best Infusion Pitcher!” I am sure you will learn a lot.

      Thank you very much for stopping by and keep hydrating!


  • I made fresh melon water drink today for my child and I. It came tome pretty easy without expecting it; I thought it would  be very difficult. Once I learn how to make these blends, I will stop drinking bottled juices hence, I’ve heard they are not what they used to be.

    • Hi, dear Linda!

      Absolutely! For sure those drinks are not what they were 20-30 years ago. You pay $2-$4 for sugary water! Profit margin? Sign me up for this business!

      Even though melon per se is not among the best foods for detox, I guess it can be great. I will try it.

      One trick about melon: you cannot eat melon with anything else (other fruits, cottage cheese…) and it is due to specifics of digestion. Melon (also watermelon) have high water content and that’s why don’t digest well with other fruits, for example.  I learned it from my mom who was a pro in the food industry.

      Thank you for reading. I sincerely appreciate your time and feedback.

      See you around!

  • Hey there,

    Really enjoyed this article as I am very keen to both renew and continue my detox regime. I have been a keen advocate of using the fruits and vegetables that you mention here, but have gotten out of the habit somewhat and what your article has done has motivated me to restart and kick off again. I certainly look forward to enjoying all those flavour filled water drinks and I recommend them to everyone

    Thanks and cheers


    • Thank you, Paul!

      This is exactly what I did – I have reminded my readers what they knew well before. As you said that my article has motivated you “to restart and kick off again.” Please do! You have only one life and only one body. And your body is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Nobody’s else.

      Continue your detox regimen and keep stopping by.

      I have been working on a lot of very exciting topics. And if you have a suggestion, “request’ or just want my opinion on a matter, please drop me a line. I guarantee that I will get into it.

      Happy detox!


  • Hi! Yeah, it’s summer and I love homemade detox water recipes! 

    Yeah, you’re right! When you say “Do It Yourself!”, I agree with you! It hardly takes us any time and the results, if compared to the stuff we buy, are night and day.

    I have taken note of the tips you have mentioned in this post. Thanks for reminding us to keep our pitcher in the fridge. 🙂

    After taking a look at the recipes, I must say I like them all, but my favorite definitely is Kiwi and Orange Water Delight! 🙂

    • Hello, Henry!

      This is fantastic. Usually, I make Kiwi and Orange for my guests and they all love it! I guess because it is a little on a sweet side.

      Why did I remind to keep your pitcher in the fridge? Most houses I ever been to, people keep their fruit water pitcher and even regular water pitcher on the open. And this is not correct since at the room temperature there is a potential for fast growth of bacteria. So, please be mindful about it.

      As for “Do It Yourself,” – it is also less money comparing with stuff off the shelf. Big difference if you bother to compare. I did. I was in shock! But the best benefit – you know what’s in it.

      Also, check my post “Pitcher Perfect! How to Choose Best Infusion Pitcher.” I bet you will learn a lot.

      Well, thank you and stay tuned. There are many super interesting things on the way!


  • I just finished reading your article about homemade detox water recipes and never knew that one of my summertime drinks, lemonade was so unhealthy for you. I do know that drinks with lots of sugar in them can cause dehydration and is not healthy for you. I guess I’m going to have to just make some lemon water which is extremely healthy. Anyways, I bookmarked your site for future reference.


    • Hi, Jack!

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Yes, a lot of people are under impression that our favorite lemonade is a godsend. It is NOT! Again, the reason is sugar which dehydrates your body.

      So, make lemon water yourself and add a few slices of cucumber. It is easy to make and it gives a little more taste to your detox water.

      Also, it is a mint season now. Mint is everywhere. I have a bag in my fridge now. Wash it, tear it and give it a great shake in a shaker or airtight pitcher. Read my post “Pitcher Perfect! How to Choose Best Infusion Pitcher.”

      Add the mixture in your water and voila!

      I have the whole pitcher of mint water in the refrigerator and I am adding it to other drinks when I want it.

      I appreciate your time and your kindness.


  • Last summer, I got into making smoothies but for this year I wanted to try something different. I had never heard about detox water until a couple of days ago and since then I have been researching the heck out of it.

    Every single detox water recipe that you shared in here seems awesome and refreshing and I am going to try all of them within the next few days.

    Today, I am going for the Classic lemon water 😉

    More detox water recipes, please! 


    • Hi, Xaric!

      Absolutely! More recipes are in the way. My mama taught me well. I am working on a book and if you want, I will send you a FREE copy when it is ready.

      If you are into smoothies, you will enjoy my post “What is Detox Smoothie? Who, Why and How.” I am sure you will find some new spin. 

      Please do try all of my homemade detox water recipes and find what is easier and more fun for you. I am curious about which one you will like the most. And don’t forget to get the best infusion pitcher. Read how to choose one.

      Just a clarification why “detox” water–we are adding fruits, veggies, and herbs which helps your natural body detox system, especially your liver to DETOX.

      Thank you very much!

  • Dear Ella,

    Thanks for your detox water recipes. As you have told, you mean to use these recipes for quenching your thirsts. But for your information, for last one year or so, I am using one of your recipes as my breakfast. Yes, I am making a smoothy & drinking it instead of eating breakfast. This I am doing to reduce and/or control my sugar levels as I am suffering from diabetes. My sugar level was got so high that my both eyes had to operate for retinopathy. Thank God, my eyes saved. 

    Taking inspiration from your article & thinking people with diabetes will be benefitted from this, I am giving recipes of my smoothy which have helped me to reduce sugar levels. 

    In addition to cold mineral water, lemon & unpeeled cucumber, I am putting tomato slice, spinach leaves, pieces of beetroot & salt. I drink two glassesful of a well ground mixture of this in the morning. This also gives me a feeling of stomach full. So need to eat anything up to noon. 

    I hope someone will benefit from this. Thank you, Ella, for becoming a reason for writing this.


    • Hi!

      I am so glad that you are OK and your eyes have been saved. I will pray for you.

      As you know, detox water and smoothie are, of course, two different things. It is fantastic that you make a smoothie every morning. I do the same and I am a big fan. You probably enjoy my post “What Is Detox Smoothie? Who, Why and How.”

      By the way, I love “your” recipe. I grew up on beets and use them daily myself together with different other ingredients, including spinach.

      Even though I make smoothie every morning, I do have a “healthy” light breakfast hour or so after my smoothie. I want to “feel” food in my mouth, it gives me pleasure. Also, I am an active person and glass of smoothie doesn’t do for me to satisfy my hunger. Remember, if you exercise, you should have food to supply energy! And the morning is the best time. Of course, it depends when you exercise. O, I COOK EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH!!!

      Lastly, chewing is a part of the digestive process–releasing saliva, stomach juices and so on. I am sure your doctor is a very wise and knowledgable and discussed it with you.

      With all my tremendous respect for medical professionals, we all have to remember that YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! I know this might sound a little strange, but being a cancer survivor, trust me–I know what I am talking about.

      By the way, let me know if you would want my book I am working on about smoothie and detox water recipes.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Stay healthy!

  • I Don’t think it’s necessarily that people buy store drinks because it’s difficult to make at home. Rather, I think a lot of it has to do with wanting to save time. Wanting to trade time for health, basically. Even though all these recipes don’t take long at all and can be made in larger quantities people just can’t be bothered. Being productive is so much harder than wasting that time watching tv or on social media. It’s also the case that fresh, healthy-drink-shops, which could save you the time, often or not are unknown or unavailable.

    • Hi, Faheem!

      You’ve got that right–they want to save time. Time for what? Staying extra 10 minutes doing social media or watching some TV sequel?

      No matter how you slice it up, that “saving” is actually DAMAGING for their health. No questions.

      Unfortunately, “can’t be bothered” will sooner or later be a BIG BOTHER for them. But this will be “bother” through medical bills, surgeries, chronical conditions, hospital stay, disabilities and who knows what else!

      I can only help and encourage those who FOR REAL want to be consistently health-oriented but not just hit the gym. But guess what? Some of those people are very consistent with their fitness regimen. Anything else – as you said, they don’t want to be “bothered.”

      O, well. There is nothing we can do. We are only responsible for ourselves.

      Thank you very much for your interesting comment. I sincerely appreciate it.


  • Hi Ella – Well this is a handy article for this time of year!  Thanks!  I have to say I lead a boring beverage life.  My Indulgences have consisted of lemon-aid and decaf ice tea.  Now I have an incentive to try new things in this department.  I like doing my own thing in terms of preparation because I can control what goes in…like sugar!  It’s amazing with all the information around today (labels and so forth), people still indulge in those excessively sugary drinks, ruining their pancreas. 

    Good health!

    • Dear Nathaniel!

      O, boy! Music to my ears. You understand how I am “shocked” every time I see when people buy those bottles for $3-5 each and ruin, as you said, their pancreas. No comprehension.

      And the most strange thing is that some of them think that they are “health” oriented! They probably go to the gym.

      …It is summer and I try to pick topics which might be handy during this time of the year. I encourage you to experiment and give your taste buds more variety. It actually will make you feel better!

      Try! You will love it.

      Also, check out my other post “Pitcher Perfect! How to Choose Best Infusion Pitcher.” I am sure you will pick something interesting for yourself.

      Thank you for your comment. I sincerely appreciate it.


  • Dear Nathaniel!
    I sincerely appreciate your follow-up. Thank you for your time and your kindness.

    Don’t forget to make your detox water!

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