Drinking Pineapple water is all the rage right now and for good reason – it's delicious! Not to mention, it's a great way to stay hydrated. In this blog post, I'm going to show you how to make fresh pineapple water at home. It's really easy, so don't worry! Keep reading for instructions.
Drinking pineapple water is a delicious way to enjoy a virtually zero-calorie hydrating drink, as it is plain water and can be enjoyed with your meals instead of soda, and drink during detox days, as it promotes healthy digestion.
Just as drinking water this is a great way to stay hydrated during the day if you want an option of fruit juice, water, or lime juice.
I love using everything in my kitchen, and it is a great idea to avoid waste while extracting the best flavors from all the fresh produce, so we make pineapple water, pesto sauce with carrots tops, and even watermelon rind gazpacho, and they are delicious!
If you like the topic, check out our post on how to make the best of your meal leftovers.
This typical Panamanian drink simply consists of fresh pineapple water. It doesn't get simpler than this recipe. We call it agua de piña (also called agua fresca in Mexico); it has great cleansing properties and Vitamin C.
With the same technique but adding rice to the mix, we make a delicious arroz con piña, a chilled creamy pineapple, and a rice milk smoothie.
Making pineapple water requires only two ingredients
- Ripe pineapple peel (from the whole fruit) - to imbue the water with pineapple flavor
- Fresh water - the less water, the more pineapple flavor.
Optional extra flavorings (not necessary):
Fresh ginger, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, or lemon.
🔪 How to make pineapple water for weight loss
To make this pineapple skin water recipe, peel the whole pineapple and reserve the flesh to eat on its own, or freeze the pineapple chunks for a pineapple coconut smoothie, or a strawberry pineapple smoothie.
If you plan to drink your pineapple water on its own, without any other flavoring or sweetener, leave a little bit of flesh on the rinds so the pineapple taste is more concentrated.
Otherwise, you can simply pick one or two small frozen or fresh pineapple chunks to add to the pineapple-infused water.
Tip: you can reserve the rind frozen in a plastic bag or plastic wrap in the freezer and make your pineapple water later.
Check out how to make a perfect pineapple and cucumber smoothie for weight loss.
Put the pineapple rind in a large saucepan and fill it with enough water. I use about a half-gallon (2 liters) for a medium pineapple.
Add any other flavoring you might want to add. I suggest you try pineapple water on its own the first time so you get acquainted with the flavor before trying out any other flavorings.
Bring to a boil for about 15 minutes. Psst! Your kitchen will turn into a dreamy Caribbean afternoon with the pineapple scent.
Remove from heat and let the pineapple-infused water cool down.
Note: you can enjoy the pineapple-infused water as tea as well. In this case, you can serve it immediately in teacups.
Straining the fruit-infused water isn't necessary as any particles usually decant to the bottom of the bottle, but if you want to ensure you have 100% clear pineapple water, pass it through a fine-mesh strainer.
Tip: I usually squeeze the soggy pineapple rinds with my hands to extract all the flavor before straining the pineapple water.
Although I learned to drink pineapple water as a sweet drink as a child, I find it completely unnecessary. Pineapple rinds will infuse some sweetness into the drink, and no added sugar is necessary.
But until just fifteen years ago, I drank tea with sugar, not anymore.
If you want to add some extra sweetness, you can add a tablespoon of date paste, maple syrup, agave nectar, or coconut sugar into the drink. The drink will darken a bit, depending on the sweetener you use.
I like bottling the pineapple water in a large jar and enjoying it chilled on warm days. I also like serving this refreshing and hydrating drink in a glass with ice cubes and the remaining boiled pineapple chunks for extra fiber.
After savoring the delicate flavors of your pineapple water, take the next step with those pineapple pieces with other kitchen staples.
Grab a pitcher and create a tantalizing infused pineapple ginger cucumber lemon water, a Delicious detox drink
But why stop there? You can elevate this into a third recipe by using the infused produce to whip up pineapple cucumber ginger lemon juice.
This approach is a great way to fully utilize your ingredients, ensuring nothing goes to waste while adding an extra layer of zest to your juice. Each sip is guaranteed to be a refreshing and delightful experience!
Also, this great recipe is easy to modify and adjust, giving it different flavor twists.
Add star anise, fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, lime, or lemon to the water while it boils. You can also add fresh mint leaves when the fruit-infused water is already chilled, as the leaves darken with heat.
Add your choice of sweeter, like coconut sugar, date paste, maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia leaves, or regular sugar.
We make a horchata (rice base drink) called Arroz con Piña, simply adding half a cup of rice to the boiling water. Then remove the rinds and blend in a high-speed blender with cinnamon, vanilla, oat milk, ice cubes, and sweetener.
If you feel like adding some extra nutrients, Vitamin C, antioxidant content, and anti-inflammatory benefits to your drink, add a tablespoon of chia seeds and let it infuse overnight.
Add painkilling effect
You can include in the boiling water a tablespoon of fennel seeds. Fennel has been found to help relieve pain. A study from Bangladesh found that fennel extract reduced pain symptoms to a level close to what aspirin does. (source)
If you want are looking for drinks that may help alleviate pain try this juice.
✅ Benefits of drinking pineapple water
By changing the regular sugary drinks in your diet for this zero-calorie drink, you can easily remove a good amount of calories from your daily intake. If you love pineapple and trying to lose weight, this juice may be for you.
You can use a weight loss calculator to estimate how long it might take to reach your weight loss goals and determine the appropriate calorie deficit needed to achieve them. These calculators take into account factors such as your current weight, height, age, gender, activity level, and desired weight loss rate to provide an estimate of how many calories you should consume daily to achieve your goals.
Inflammation is important in the development of cancer. It helps with the transformation of cells, the growth of tumors, and the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.
Scientists have found that if they can control chronic inflammation, it can help reduce cancer incidence and also slow down cancer progression.
Bromelain in pineapple has been shown to decrease inflammatory mediators and has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory effects in many different conditions. (source).
Studies found that pineapple peel could be a promising candidate for human intestinal function and health. (source)
So don’t throw away your pineapple peels, and give this delicious Pineapple Water a try. Not only is it refreshing, but you’ll also get all the health benefits of drinking fresh pineapple juice. Cheers to staying hydrated!
If you like tonics and infusions, you need to try this anti-inflammatory powerhouse, turmeric, and ginger tea that is part of our morning rituals.
Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, both of which are crucial for supporting immune function.
Cut added sugar intake
Creating carbonated pineapple water may help in reducing the intake of added sugar commonly found in most sodas, while still offering the fizzy sensation many enjoy. Fruit-infused sparkling water is a satisfying, low-sugar, and low-calorie alternative to soda that delivers the same gratifying fizz, making it a great substitution for sugary beverages.
While drinking pineapple water generally poses no problems for most people, those with certain medical conditions should exercise caution. The acidity of pineapple may cause heartburn or digestive issues for some, and the bromelain it contains may interact with certain medications. It is advisable to consult a doctor or pharmacist if there are any concerns. According to Stefanow, adding fruit infusion to water is a healthier way to enhance flavor than juice, making it difficult to overindulge.
Infused water is an ideal option for those who are not fond of the taste of plain water or anyone who enjoys drinking flavored water.
By combining fruits and herbs in water and letting them infuse for several hours, a delicious and subtly flavored drink can be enjoyed, with the best results obtained after leaving it to infuse overnight.
🍍 More pineapple recipes
And if you like this type of infusion, you will surely love our sorrel drink (made out of hibiscus flowers).
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How to Make Pineapple Water
- 1 pineapple Peel of a whole pineapple, you can use frozen pineapple peels.
- ½ gallon water
- Peel pineapple. If you plan to drink your pineapple water on its own, without any other flavoring or sweetener, leave a little bit of flesh on the rinds so the flavor is more concentrated.
- Boil. Put the pineapple peels in a large saucepan and fill it with water. Let it boil for 15 minutes.
- Cool down. Let the infused pineapple water cool down if planning to drink it as a cold drink. Then transfer it to a bottle and then to the fridge; otherwise you can serve it hot as a cup of tea.
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