You probably already know that sipping cucumber water is healthier than drinking just water. But that’s not the sole reason to prep a pitcher of this simple infused beverage. I’ve also seen it a lot lately in hotel lobbies as a welcome amenity for guests while they’re waiting to check in or on their way out. But what exactly are the health benefits of cucumber water? And why should you make infused waters part of your daily wellness plan?

The most obvious reason is that hydration is vital to good health. Since infused waters taste nice, you’ll likely drink more throughout the day. The fact that you’ll feel a little like you’re relaxing at a luxury every time you take a sip is just a bonus.

In this post, I’ll discuss why you should make cucumber water part of your wellness plan. I’ll also share ideas for infused cucumber water recipes, tips for selecting the perfect cucumber, and some interesting cucumber facts. I’ve also compiled a list of questions people have asked me about why it’s such a healthy drink that I have answered through expert references.

Cucumber infused hydrating water with thyme and lime on rustic old wooden table.
Thyme and lime infused cucumber water

The Many Health Benefits of Cucumber Water

Is cucumber water good for you? Absolutely! Is it easy to make? It sure is. Should you drink it while on vacation? Definitely.

1. It Keeps You Hydrated

We all know that drinking enough water is a major wellness DO, but chugging down plain tap water all day long gets pretty boring, pretty quickly. Deliciously infused waters make drinking your six to eight glasses easier before bedtime rolls around. Plus, cucumbers have a high water content of about 95%. You’ll be surprised how energetic you feel when you’re truly hydrated.

2. Cucumber Water Is Good for Your Muscles

Surprised? Cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy. When you infuse your workout water with a few cucumber slices, you’re getting a little infusion of silica along with that bright, fresh flavor and meeting some fitness needs.

3. It Boosts Bone Health

Cucumbers are rich in vitamin K, which helps transport calcium to bones. Just one unpeeled cucumber contains about 22% of your daily recommended intake, so feel free to nibble on the cukes in your glass of cucumber water.

You’ll also reap the benefits of the silica and manganese minerals in cucumbers — both of which can also help strengthen your bones and possibly even lower your risk of developing osteoporosis.

4. Cucumber Water Is Good for Your Skin

Staying hydrated is the number one key to beautiful skin, but the silica and antioxidants in cucumbers can also help skin stay clear and prevent breakouts. The pantothenic acid or Vitamin B-5 in cucumbers may also calm acne when you wash your face with cucumber-infused water or apply the chilled cucumbers from your glass directly to any areas of redness or inflammation. Vitamin K, as mentioned above, is also an essential nutrient for skin health.

5. It Is Low in Calories

An entire cucumber averages about 45 calories, which means that sliced cucumbers in your water won’t add many additional calories. Freshly infused cucumber water has a vibrant flavor but is so much better for you than sports drinks or soda and more appropriate for any weight loss program.

6. It’s Full of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that can prevent or even repair cell damage that can lead to illness. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C, manganese (a key part of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase), beta-carotene, molybdenum (which activates antioxidant enzymes), and other flavonoid antioxidants.

7. Drinking Cucumber Water Supports Brain Health

Did you know that cucumber may boost your brainpower? Cucumbers also contain a flavonol called fisetin that, in studies, has been shown to keep aging mice (even those prone to Alzheimer’s) from developing memory loss and learning deficits.

We don’t know yet whether it can do the same in people, but even the possibility is inspiring.

8. Cucumber Water Is a Detox Drink

I’ve been encouraged to drink cucumber water and other infused waters, like lemon water, during my juice cleanses. This is why cucumber lemon water is so popular. Cucumber and lemon water are natural diuretics and detox waters, which help the body pass toxins through urine.

And if you nibble a little cucumber while you drink, the fiber in this super vegetable will sweep toxins from your digestive system, too.

9. It Lowers Blood Pressure

Cucumbers are a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps regulate blood pressure. When you drink cucumber water, the potassium will help your body eliminate the excess sodium that can contribute to high blood pressure.

10. Cucumber Water Curbs the Appetite

One of the best benefits of drinking cucumber water is that it helps you feel full, which makes waiting for your next meal more bearable. Plain water alone won’t necessarily help you kick your between-meal cravings. However, the fresh flavor of infused water can trick your brain and belly into thinking you’ve had a snack, so you’re hopefully less tempted to grab a bag of chips between meals.

11. It May Help Prevent Cancer

There is research that suggests cucumbers could help in the fight against cancer! Antioxidants like those found in cukes may prevent cancer, and they also contain compounds called cucurbitacins and a group of nutrients called lignans — both of which may play a role in stopping cancers before they can start or slowing the progression of certain cancers. A recent study suggested that dietary flavonoid fisetin found in cucumbers might help slow prostate cancer progression.

12. It’s (Usually) Inexpensive

Cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. However organic cucumbers cost a bit more than other organic fruits and vegetables, but they are generally less expensive than other veggies.

13. It Fits Various Diets Like Keto, Gluten-Free Diets, and Vegan

If you have dietary restrictions, you’ll likely be able to enjoy glasses of water with cucumber slices in them.

14. Guests Love It at Home and in Hotels

Adding some extra “wow” to your table with a beautiful pitcher or carafe of chilled cucumber water is so easy. This will make even an impromptu afternoon get-together with friends feel just a little luxurious!

When I have time to prep, I include cucumbers in a sparkling water bar so guests can make their own infused waters with various fruits and herbs, like fresh mint leaves. I’m also a fan of using mason jars for infused water.

And this is a big reason why many hotels and resorts will have it available. It costs them almost nothing and guests like me appreciate it so much.

15. And, Finally, It’s Delicious!

Too many people skip plain water and reach for sugary coffees, sports drinks, and sodas when they feel thirsty. This tasty beverage has a fresh but subtle flavor that you’ll love. And you might drink more water if it tastes good.

Two bottles of infused water with lemon, cucumber and rosemary.
Lemon and cucumber water benefits pack a punch.

How to Select a Cucumber for Your Infused Water

Cucumbers should be firm, not wrinkly, and a medium to dark green color. Grocery stores sometimes put edible wax on the skins of fruits and vegetables that otherwise might store poorly. English cucumbers are popular, but, truthfully, any kind will work.

Five whole cucumbers lined up on a table.
Yes, even smaller cucumbers will work.

This wax helps retain moisture and serves as a barrier to bacteria and algae, but its texture leaves much to be desired, and the wax can make the cucumber’s skin look unpleasant.

However, there is so much good stuff in cucumber skin that I can’t recommend peeling organic cucumbers. Conventional waxed cucumbers might retain more chemicals than organic waxed cucumbers. I peel conventional cucumbers.

How to Make Cucumber Water

You don’t really need a recipe because you can make it to taste. However, here is a rough guideline and a few easy-to-make drink recipes with minimal prep time.

Yield: 6

Easy Cucumber Water Recipe

Find easy cucumber water recipes with health benefits here.

Sure, it takes just a few minutes to fill a pitcher (or glass) of water and slice a few cucumbers into it. However, cucumber water and other infused waters will be far more refreshing after it sits in the refrigerator for several hours.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • One medium cucumber
  • Large pitcher of water (60 oz)
  • Ice cubes if you need to serve immediately
  • Lemon, lime, mint, strawberries or other ingredients (optional)


  1. Wash the cucumber and slice it into 1/4–1/2" slices.
  2. Place as much sliced cucumber as you like into a pitcher.
  3. Reserve a few extra cucumber slices for garnishes.
  4. Place other optional ingredients into the pitcher.
  5. Fill the pitcher with water.
  6. Let the flavor infuse into the water by leaving it at room temperature for 1-2 hours or in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours before drinking.
  7. Strain the cucumbers out of the water (or leave them in, if you like).
  8. Garnish the glass with a cucumber slice or let a slice or two simply float in the water.


Don't leave cucumbers in the water for more than 12 hours as they will tend to soften. In fact, a good rule of thumb is if you have any infused water left over after a day, remove all fruit and herbs before refrigerating the rest.

I also prefer infused water to be cold, so if you don't have time to chill the water in advance, pour it over ice cubes.

Cucumber Infused Water + Plus Other Ingredients

Fresh drink with cucumber, ice and rosemary herb
Add fresh rosemary to your cucumber water.

Who says you need to limit infused water to just cucumber slices? Other fruits and herbs definitely add extra flavor to a glass of cucumber water to make it even more of a refreshing drink. Add these flavor variations to the above cucumber water recipe:

  • lemon slices
  • lime
  • orange
  • fresh mint leaves
  • strawberry
  • kiwi
  • rosemary sprigs
  • thyme
  • lemon verbena
  • lavender
  • watermelon
  • raspberries
  • mint

The most popular combinations in my house are cucumber lemon water and cucumber watermelon water. My backyard has an unruly mint plant, so I sometimes add a few sprigs to make cucumber mint water. If you can keep these ingredients in the kitchen, you’ll always have access to the health benefits of cucumber water

How to Drink It When You Travel

One key to a successful trip is staying hydrated, and if you need a little help, there are some ways. It’s obviously easier if you have a vacation rental with a kitchen. Unless a drink dispenser in the lobby or spa is already prepped, it’s a little more challenging in a hotel.

If I order a salad, I ask for a few extra slices or slip a few in my water if the salad is undressed. I’ve also done that with room service bagel plates that come with smoked salmon, capers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and the like.

Truthfully, when I’m on the road, it’s a little easier (and free) to ask restaurants and in-room dining for a side of lemon to drop into some water.

FAQs About Cucumber Water

Keep it in a pitcher.


Cucumbers can be infused overnight (or for up to 12 hours), at which point you should remove them from the water. Then, your infused water can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. However, I’ve been known to leave cucumbers in our refrigerated jug at home for a few days.

How long is cucumber water good for?

In my experience, if you choose to leave your cucumbers in water, they will start to go soft and get a little strange the following day. They’re still edible and taste fine. If you leave them in for longer, the water may start to fog up, which is not ideal. You’ll want to throw them out if this happens.

How many cucumbers should I put in my water?

There’s no one perfect amount of cucumber. You’ll get the health benefits of drinking cucumber water, whether you add a little or a lot, as long as you let your cucumber water infuse for a few hours.

Is lemon and cucumber water good for you?

Yes. Lemon and cucumber water is good for you and one of the most popular infused water combinations. Lemons have health benefits and add Vitamin C and essential minerals to the water. In combination with cucumber’s Vitamin K and antioxidants, you’re getting a by adding both fruits.

Cucumber infused ready to drink clear water served in transparent glasses with straws, front view
Matching straws!

See also: Are There More Health Benefits in Lemon or Lime Water? and Turmeric Lemon Water: Your Daily Detox Drink

What other fruits and herbs do you add to your water? If there is a cucumber water recipe featuring an ingredient other than those above you love, please share in the comments!

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  3. I wash an entire cucumber, leave the skin and cut it all in slices, throw them in the blender with water (about 24oz) and that’s how I drink it. Might not be the most pleasant flavor but thats the way I prefer it.

  4. I recently started drinking cucumber water with lime, lemon and mint. I have always loved water with lemon and never had a problem drinking enough. However, when I added the cucumber and mint it has made such a difference! I am barely hungry and feel so energized!

  5. I used to go to an Indian restaurant that put coriander and mint in cold water…it was incredibly refreshing next to a curry and such a distinctive taste. I’ll have to try cucumber water as I know how effective cucumbers are for keeping your skin healthy. What does it taste like ? I figure it might not have a strong taste as cucumbers are pretty bland but maybe I’m in for a surprise !

  6. how long can you use the cucumbers, lemons, limes and mint in your water? I also put orange slices in my mix and it is a great addition.

    1. Good question, but I figure to do the whole thing in the blender and then pass it through a sieve and send the pulp out to the compost bin.
      I may have to dilute it with a bit of water every time I pour a glass. That’s cool.

    1. Nope. Lemon is fine. Just don’t use mint leaves. Mint will decrease your supply. Lemon water will help with food cravings also.

  7. My morning mix consists of lemon and cumber water! Today is day 1 and I am looking forward to a better health.

  8. I take coumidin ,and there are so many foods that I have to be careful of. Does anyone know how cucumber water re acts with the coumidin?

  9. I remember my wife and I went to a Japanese sushi restaurant in Santa Rosa area, theyou add cucumber in the water and it was good. Now I am reading the article, I better buy it to add water with it 🙂

  10. Wow cucumber water with lemons so different in todays world I saw my zumba class mate drinking this and I was amazed ! She shared the health benefits with me. Later I saw my roommate drinking it so it more and more common for people to drink it.

    1. I just started drinking cucumber water last week and now I can fly. I jumped off a 8 story building and flew around 5 miles before getting tired. This stuff is great !

  11. Lemon cucumber water is the best!! it will staisfy you taste buds, v.good for digestion, natural and most of all you will loose weight in a week. That’s a guarantee; Just make sure to drink atleast 2 liters a day.

  12. How many times or how many days can you reuse the cucumbers? I’ve been refilling the container with water and using the same cucumbers. There is still flavor.

    1. I don’t really know the answer to this. I just eyeball it. But I reuse them for days, too!

  13. I have been drinking this for the past two weeks and really its working, my tummy has also reduced …thank you so much

  14. Pls send full recipe of lemon/ cucumber water. Can i use lime which is comon & readily available? Raymond Adegboyega

      1. I was looking for a way to drink more water and this seems like what I want! I just want to know, though, what about just eating the cucumbers? Is adding it to water somehow better than just eating it? Just curious and would be grateful for an answer here. Thanks.

    1. a recipe? Water, 3 slices cucumber, 1 slice lemon.
      PUt all three in your 8oz glass (or larger if you prefer) and drink! Enjoy

  15. how much time we have to keep this cucumber lemon water before consuming.
    do we have for keep the refrigerator or we can keep in normal room temperature.

  16. I’ve been doing this for a while, I reuse the cucumber and freeze them when I’m not at work. It was mentioned that after having them soak in water for three to four 8 hour days and freeze when not in use, that not eating the cucumber is wasting it. (Suppose to compost)

    The thought of eating them disgust me, am I overreacting? What do you guys do with the cucumber when you’re done drinking off them, how many times do you reuse them?

    1. I don’t reuse it a single time ,after drinking off i just through it away because it becomes so slippery

  17. Hi There,

    I am also sipping cucumber water and I am so motivated with the comments, I was reading. I am a bread lover. Should I also stop eating breaking during this process?

    I am thinking of drinking the lemon and cucumber mixture when I am going to sleep, will that help me in loosing weight.

    Should I drink the mixture with cold or hot water.

    I thank you in advance for your reply.

  18. how much quantity is best to drink cucumber if we mix a large quantity is there any more benefits of drinking cucumber water.I like to drink cucumber water but not everyday sometimes only.

  19. Hi been drinking lemon hot water for the past week v good no more constipation visit man’s three to four times a day I love it

  20. I’ve truly enjoyed all of the comments. I am going to make a pitcher of cucumber water immediately! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Is it possible to drink too much cucumber water? I take a blood thinner Coumadin. If I add it to my diet will it affect my INR TEST RESULTS.

    1. That’s a great question. The best person to ask about that is your doctor since everyone’s situation is different.

  22. I just started drinking cucumber water today, but added red grapes to it. I can only taste the cucumbers. I enjoy the taste. I will add different fruits next time.

  23. Thanks for all the info on the benefits of warm lemon water and cold cucumber water. I am going shopping!

  24. Lately I have been hooked daily on slicing 1 Persian cucumber, adding enough water to cover & blending with an immersion blender. Once liquified I add 1 cup of frozen strawberries & blend again. I add water to fill my 20 oz. cup and stir. I find I feel very refreshed & hydrated.

  25. I take two cucumbers, the juice of two freshly squeezed limes, put it in the blender and add water. After blending you pour it into a pitcher and add water to the top. Chill and serve over ice. It’s so refreshing and very tasty! (May need too add more water when filling.)