Refreshing drinking water made with lemon juice and water infused with rosemary. Perfect drink for summer’s day with ice cubes or everyday drinking water to keep you hydrated.
If you fancy adding extra flavour to your drink, why not try my homemade Pear simple syrup recipe, which has a reduced sugar content.
This recipe is very versatile, as you can use both lemons or limes to make this water. Limes will give you slightly more zesty flavour. If you wanted a slightly lighter flavour, you can also use oranges or grapefruits.
Why make this lemon and rosemary drinking water?
- Great antidote to ordinary water
- Refreshing twist on lemon detox water by adding rosemary
- Easy to make healthy drink
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My best tips on making this lemon and rosemary water drink
Crush the rosemary with the back of a knife to release the flagrance and flavour
Use more rosemary if you don’t have the time to wait for the boiling water to cool down
Make it the night before to allow the water to get infused properly and cool down without adding any ice cubes (which also dilutes it)
Great to also drink hot instead of fruit tea
Ingredients for lemon & rosemary water
1 litre water tap or filtered water
1 twig fresh rosemary slightly crushed
lemon juice to taste
Should I use fresh lemon and rosemary to make lemon and rosemary infused water?
Yes, I always use fresh lemon and rosemary when I’m making lemon and rosemary infused water. Fresh ingredients will provide the most flavor and nutrients to your infused water.
When using fresh lemon, make sure to wash it thoroughly and slice it thinly or squeeze the juice into the water. For rosemary, use fresh sprigs and gently crush them to release more of their flavor and aroma. It is also important to use clean and filtered water to make your infused water, as this will ensure the best taste and quality.
What else can I use instead of lemon to make lemon and rosemary infused water?
You can use lime, orange, or grapefruit instead of lemon to make citrus-infused water with rosemary.
Each of these citrus fruits has its own unique flavor and nutritional benefits, so feel free to experiment and find your favorite combination.
Lime is tart and refreshing, while orange is sweet and juicy. Grapefruit has a slightly bitter taste that can be balanced with the intense flavour of rosemary. Orange will be much sweeter than lemon or lime, but it will still go well with the slight bitterness of rosemary.
When using these fruits, slice them thinly or squeeze the juice into the water and add fresh rosemary sprigs. Allow the ingredients to infuse for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator, and enjoy a flavorful and nutritious drink.
How to make lemon & rosemary water
Boil water and pour over the crushed rosemary twig or leaves. If you have the time pour over the whole litre and leave it to cool down. If you don’t have the time, double the amount of rosemary, crush the leaves and pour about 250ml of boiling water over it.
Once the water is cooled, put it through a sieve or take out the rosemary twig (if it’s intact)
Add juice of lemon to your taste.
Mix, add ice cubes (if you like) and enjoy!
How best to infuse water with rosemary? Hot or cold?
I’ve always made my rosemary water with hot water, simply because it’s quicker and I was mainly after the rosemary flavour. But recently I’ve learned that cold water might be better, because it preserves all nutrition and minerals in the rosemary.
The decision is yours, there are benefits to both ways of making this lemon rosemary water.
The best way to infuse water with rosemary is by using room temperature or cold water. Hot water can cause the rosemary to become bitter and can destroy some of its beneficial compounds.
To infuse water with rosemary, simply add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to a pitcher or glass of water, and let it sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. The longer the rosemary sits in the water, the more flavorful and nutritious the water will become. You can also gently crush the rosemary to release more of its flavor and aroma.
What are the benefits of lemon and rosemary drinking water?
Lemon and rosemary drinking water has plenty of health benefits. Lemon water can add vitamin C and antioxidants to your diet, and can help you cut back on sugary drinks. It can also aid in weight loss, digestion, and reducing the risk of cancer.
Rosemary lemon water is refreshing and a perfect addition to any dinner table (and it look amazing in a tall glass or a water jug, especially if you use a fresh rosemary to decorate the water and a slice of lemon on the side). In addition to its detox benefits, the water can also help with digestion, so it’s perfect to drink in the morning or through the day.
Why add rosemary to your drinking water?
Rosemary is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron. It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help with digestion and boost the immune system.
I also think, it makes the lemon water more interesting, flavour wise and of course the fresh twigs of rosemary look great in the water with a few ice cubes and lemon slice.
Does lemon help to detoxify body?
Yes, absolutely! Lemon water is often used as natural detoxifier, and there is some evidence to support this claim. Lemon contains vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can help neutralize harmful toxins in your body.
It also contains citric acid, which may help stimulate the liver to produce bile, which is important for digestion and detoxification. On top of that, lemon water can help increase urine production, which can help flush out toxins from the body.
However, it is important to note that the body has its own natural detoxification system, and there is limited scientific evidence to support the idea that lemon water can significantly enhance this process. Drinking lemon water can be a healthy and refreshing addition to your diet, but it should not be relied upon as the sole means of detoxification.
How much water with lemon and rosemary you should drink?
There is no specific recommended amount of lemon and rosemary water that you should drink, as it can vary depending on your individual needs and preferences.
However, it is generally recommended to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces or just under 2 litres) of water per day to stay hydrated and maintain optimal health, so you can safely drink up to 2 ltrs of Lemon & Rosemary Water a day if you wish.
Lemon & Rosemary Drinking Water
- 1 litre water 4 cups of tap or filtered water
- 1 twig fresh rosemary slightly crushed + 1 extra twig to decorate
- lemon juice to taste 1/2 lemon
- Boil water and pour over the crushed rosemary twig or leaves. If you have the time pour over the whole litre and leave it to cool down. If you don't have the time, double the amount of rosemary, crush the leaves and pour about 250ml (1 cup) of boiling water over the rosemary leaves.
- Once the water is cooled, put it through a sieve or take out the rosemary twig (if it's intact)
- Add juice of lemon to your taste.
- Mix, add ice cubes (if you like), decorate with extra rosemary twig or lemon slice and enjoy!
Cold water infusion
- Alternatively, just add slightly crushed rosemary into 4 cups of water (1 litre) and leave for few hours or overnight to infuse. Add lemon juice to your taste and serve decorated with extra rosemary twig and lemon slice.
This recipe was originally written on 29 December 2020 and last tested and updated on 15 June 2023