Lemon Cucumber Water (Detox Water)

There are a few of you reading this wondering why someone needs a recipe for Lemon Cucumber Water, yet here you are reading! No judgement.

Lemon Cucumber Water in a glass pitcher


Detox Water

I tend to overthink simple things and flavored water is one of them. Believe it or not, there are better ways to make it and tricks for getting the most out of your cucumber water.

Sliced cucumbers and lemon wedge

Lemon cucumber water is commonly referred to as detox water because of the nutritional elements of both lemon and cucumber. And of course, water, which is essential to, well, life . Similar to a Lemon Ginger Cinnamon Tea, but cold and perfect for summer months.

Lemons and cucumber in an ice cream tray

Benefits of lemon water

  • Support heart health
  • High vitamin C
  • Supports healthy weight
  • Soluble pectin fiber helps you feel fuller longer
  • Prevents kidney stones
  • Aids in iron absorption
  • Improves digestive health
Lemon cucumber water in a short glass

Benefits of cucumber water

  • Linked to lower blood sugar
  • Low in calories while satisfying
  • High in antioxidants
  • Potentially anticarcinogenic
  • Linked to weight loss
  • Linked to being anti inflammatory
  • Flushes out toxins

Considering it is so simple to add these elements to your daily water intake, the real question it, why not?

glass of lemon cucumber water

Fancy Water & Ice Cubes

Flavored water is also a fabulous way to elevate your usual spread for a ladies lunch, brunch, luncheon or other party. An added element that elevates the regular to spectacular, like being at a 5-star spa.

Take your Lemon Cucumber water up even further by making it into ice cubes!

Use a good old fashioned ice cube tray and freeze small chunks of lemon and cucumber slices in the tray.

detox water in a pitcher with copper stirring stick

Add this to plain tap water or pre-made Lemon Cucumber Water. It will look pretty, but the actual ice cubes won’t melt in time to have value added to the actual water you are drinking.

PRO TIP: Letting your water sit for too long before serving will result in cloudy looking water with a muted flavor.

Overhead of cucumber water


ONE. I suggest using a seedless cucumber, but don’t be surprised if your seedless still has a few seeds. They won’t hurt.

TWO: I like to add a little mint- it breaks up the flavors and makes it taste more like a refreshing beverage and less like a face mask. I will forever associate the smell of cucumbers with a peel-off face mask we used at every teenage sleepover.

Other flavor add-ins :

  • Grated ginger or ginger slices
  • Kiwi
  • Raspberries
  • Mint
Close up of lemons and cucumbers in an ice cube tray

THREE. The longer your water sits, the more time it has to allow particles from the lemon and cucumber to release. To have clear water, don’t allow it to sit for more than 2 hours.

You can also run it through a fine mesh sieve, discard the original lemon and cucumber and add fresh slices before serving. Then you get the flavor and the beauty. This is also why I don’t recommend muddling.

Lemon Cucumber Water for Pinterest

More Favorite Beverages:

Questions you might have about how to make Lemon Cucumber Water:

Can I use carbonated water? Sure! I love bubbles! Keep in mind that carbonated water will go flat, so you are best off adding your fruit closer to the time of serving.

Can I put it in a fancy infused water bottle? Sure- just put the fruit in the center thing and go.

What is infused water? Infused water is just plain old water with flavor added.

Can I use bottled lemon juice? I don’t suggest it, but you totally can. Any type of citrus starts to lose its flavor potency the moment it is juiced. Therefore, freshly sliced lemon is best.

Bottled lemon juice will also give you a cloudy look from the start.

Close up of lemon water - detox water
glass of lemon cucumber water

Lemon Cucumber Water (Detox Water)

4.54 from 13 votes
Add a little something extra to your drinking water with this Lemon Cucumber Water! It's one of the best detox water recipes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Add lemon and cucumber slices to a large pitcher.
  • Add the cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


Calories: 13 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 26 mg, Potassium: 92 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 39 IU, Vitamin C: 15 mg, Calcium: 28 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 13
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: detox water, lemon cucumber water, lemon water
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Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this water recipe,
    I do have a question do you need to add new lemons and cucumbers for every time or can you re use the cucumber and lemons?

  2. 5 stars
    Love the Lemon flavor any day. So very refreshing. This is definitely the best option to help drinking lots of water for a healthy living. Thanks for reminding…

  3. 5 stars
    I never realised this was so easy to make! I’ll be making this for my fitness class tonight, thanks for the recipe!