This detox water definitely packs a delicious punch flavor wise, helps you up your daily water intake and this recipe is no slouch when it comes to giving your taste buds a run for their money. Packed with oranges, lemons and cucumber, it’s a delicious drink any time of year.
Love these types of drinks? Try my Cucumber Water too!
One of the reasons I decided to make detox water is because Karlynn is mean and is making me do Dry January. While I’m not a staunch believer in the literal detoxification effects of detox water, I was curious what it was when I first came across the term and hey, if I can’t have scotch, I need something interesting to sip this January.
I don’t really believe that drinking lemon, cucumber and orange flavored water is going to actually kick off any kind of true detox in your body but if drinking it does help increase your water intake then it’s definitely not a terrible thing – and water sure does your body good! Or at least that’s what Karlynn is telling me.
Drinking more water is one of the things a lot of people could use some help with, myself included, so this recipe seemed like a good idea to get up on the blog. Consider it a contribution to your health from yours truly.
How to Prepare Detox Water
We’re going to need lemons, oranges, and cucumber to start off with so gather those up and set them aside.
Now fill up a pitcher of water until it’s approximately 3/4 full. Now it’s time to add the fruit and cucumber.
First up is the cucumber since it takes the most time. There are numerous ways you can make this but I feel like the method we’ve used is one of the best ways to get the most cucumber flavor into the water. While you could just slice and drop your cucumber into a pitcher and be done with it, if you slice the cucumber into ribbons using either a potato peeler or a sharp knife, you get more surface area of cucumber which infuses better and, the other benefit, is that it looks nice in the drink (though that’s only usually important if someone else is enjoying it with you!).
What I like to do is take a potato peeler and peel off one side of the cucumber first and then keep going (while applying just enough force to create ribbons but not enough to squish the cucumber insides). This makes nice long ribbons you can drop into your pitcher (like you see in our pics). Drop the cucumber ribbons into the pitcher of water you prepared earlier.
Next up, wash one lemon and one orange and slice them into 4 slices each. Drop these into the pitcher as well. Now top with ice, pour into some glasses and serve.
How Long Does Detox Water Last
I wouldn’t push the Detox water past probably 3-4 days in the refrigerator. The longer you leave it in the fridge, the more the fruit and cucumber will be infused into the water and, with the cucumber, it could start to get a bit slimy after 3 days or so. Ideally, since it’s pretty easy to make, I’d recommend just making it in the morning and making it your goal to finish it before the end the evening. This is a great way to boost your water intake which, I’ll admit, is something I for sure need to do and it guarantees you a nice refreshing drink throughout the day.
Hope you enjoy!
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4 slices lemon
- 4 slices orange
- 4-5 cucumber ribbons
- 8-10 cups water
- Slice the cucumber into ribbons and drop 4-5 of them into a pitcher filled with 8-10 cups of water.
- Add 4 orange slices and 4 lemon slices.
- Top with ice.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.