Spa Water

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Made with crisp cucumber, sweet mint, and tangy citrus fruit, this chilled Spa Water is easy to make and incredibly refreshing. It’s the perfect beverage for a hot summer day.

Spa water is in a pitcher; a glass of spa water just behind it.


This spa water is inspired by a similar version I tried at my local spa. I loved it so much that, of course, I had to try to make my own version at home. It ended up being pretty easy! And the results? SO gorgeous and insanely refreshing.

The chilled water is just ever so subtly flavored with cooling cucumber, tangy grapefruits, and sweet tangerines. Then there’s this tiny hint of mint that, for me, turns it into one of the most delightful beverages I’ve ever tasted. What are you waiting for? Make a big pitcher, put on your favorite face mask, and sip away. It’s such a treat.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Wonderfully refreshing. Ice cold and lightly flavored with refreshing cucumber, citrus, and mint, there’s frankly nothing better than a cooling glass of spa water on a hot day.
  • Easy to make. Just some slicing, peeling (only if you want), and a night’s worth of refrigeration, and that’s it! This is a super easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • Visually appealing. The gentle green of the cucumber and the bright pops of pink and orange from the citrus are sure to draw you in. Remember, folks, we eat (or drink, in this case) with our eyes first!
  • Highly customizable. I went with cucumber, citrus, and mint, but you are more than welcome to experiment with other fruits and/or herbs. Check out the section below titled “Tips and Variation Ideas” for inspiration.
Spa water in a glass with a straw. Several more straws sit beside it.

What is Spa Water?

Spa water is simply good, clean, filtered water infused with cucumber, fruit (in this case, citrus), and mint. It’s made by filling a pitcher with those ingredients and letting them all sit together overnight in the fridge. The flavors of the cucumber, citrus, and mint infuse into the water, leaving you with a delicately flavored, very refreshing beverage.

It’s called spa water because many spas serve it to their customers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at home!

Spa water in a pitcher.

Ingredient Notes

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make this fruit infused water. Here’s a shopping list for you. For precise measurements, scroll to the recipe card below.

  • Grapefruits – Wash and slice them. No need to peel the grapefruits. The rind actually adds to the flavor of the water.
  • Tangerines or oranges – You can wash and slice them (peel on) OR peel them and slice them into segments.
  • Cucumbers – Leave the peels on. Just give them a thorough rinse before slicing and adding to the water.
  • Fresh mint leaves – Gently rinse the mint before using. Fresh basil leaves would be a fun addition as well.
  • Filtered water – The fruit and cucumber won’t cancel out the taste of chlorine-y city water or sulfur-y well water. So make sure to start with good, clean, filtered water.
Spa water served in a glass with a straw.

Tips and Variation Ideas

  • Wash your veggies. This might seem like an obvious one, but you really want to make sure your spa water is free of dirt and debris. So wash your ingredients thoroughly (if not peeling) before adding them to the water.
  • Let the flavors meld. Ideally, you’ll want to combine all of your ingredients and let the fruit water sit in the fridge overnight. This gives the flavors of the cucumber and citrus a chance to infuse into the water. Cutting the time short will result in less flavorful water.
  • Use filtered water. Seriously, folks. Unfiltered water from the sink often has a less-than-pleasant taste to it. Start with quality filtered water for the best result.
  • Switch up your fruit. This is a wonderfully flexible recipe. You can really use any fruit you’d like. Sliced pineapples, mangos, cherries, or berries (I vote strawberries) would all be great options. Feel free to mix and match!
  • Consider basil. I love the mint here, but you could just as easily use fresh basil leaves or even a combination.
  • Add some bubbles. If you’re a bubbly water person, you are more than welcome to add a splash to your glass of fruit water.

What Goes With Fruit Water?

I love this spa water poolside or on a warm spring or summer day at the park, served alongside a light sandwich and/or salad. Cucumber sandwiches or my Creamy Dill Chicken Salad (as is or between two slices) would be perfect. So would my this Chopped Salmon Salad. Otherwise, it’s pretty amazing on its own following your favorite self-care activity. Bubble bath, anyone?

Spa water in a pitcher near a glass of spa water.

How Long Does Spa Water Last?

This light, refreshing beverage will stay good in the fridge for up to 2 days. I don’t suggest letting it sit for any longer. The water will start to lose its crisp, refreshing flavor, and the fruit will start to spoil.

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Spa Detox Water Recipe

Spa Detox Water – Simple, healthy, and delicious spa detox water recipe prepared with citrus fruits, mint, and cucumbers.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 whole grapefruits, washed and sliced (you do not need to peel it)
  • 2 whole tangerines or oranges, washed and sliced into thin rounds OR peeled and segmented
  • 2 whole cucumbers, washed and sliced
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, washed
  • 8 cups filtered water
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  • Transfer all the prepared fruits, veggies, and mint to a large (80 to 90-ounces) glass pitcher.
  • Add water to the pitcher.
  • Cover the mouth of the pitcher with a lid or plastic wrap. You can also cover it with just a paper towel. 
  • Let sit overnight.
  • Drink an 8 ounce glass in the morning, and try to drink up to 3 glasses of this detox water every day.


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 2kcal | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 14mg | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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  1. Asha says:

    I have been making these infused waters for year now and I can’t imagine my day without drinking it.

    1. Stephanie Green says:

      Does this send you too bathroom

  2. l selib says:

    Just made a batch yesterday. This is very refreshing and looks so pretty. Brightens a winter day for sure.

  3. Cindy says:

    I don’t like mint. What do I do about that

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I would still give it a try because mint helps with bloating and indigestion, but if you absolutely can’t stand it, you can try it with parsley.

  4. Sarah says:

    How long is the water good for once it’s been made?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I refill it at least 3 times, and have found that the water is good even if you’ve refilled for 2 to 3 days.

  5. Mari says:

    Do you keep adding water to the fruit/veg as you drink it or are you to throw out all fruit/beg once water is gone?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Yes, I have found that the water is good even if you’ve refilled for 2 to 3 days.

  6. Betsy says:

    You’re right this is beautiful!

  7. lyzze says:

    Is the prepared water to sit at room temperature or refrigerated overnight? this water sound delicious.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi! I prefer it cold so mine is always in the fridge, but it’s also okay if you let it sit in room temperature.

  8. Barbara says:

    What can I do , if I am not allowed grapefruits, because of meds I am taking ? I would love to try this Water!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi! Any other citrus fruits would be OK. I’d try replacing the grapefruit with lemons and oranges. Lemons are great for digestion, hydration, and are good for colon health.