Water is the stuff that covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface, but do you know how to make drinking water interesting or more flavorful? At LockerGnome.net, Drzgamer writes:
We all know that drinking at least eight cups of water a day is ideal. So I started drinking a lot of vitamin water. Just recently I learned that vitamin water is the same thing as drinking a bottle of soda. Other than drinking water, what else can I drink that is not bad for me?
Well, Drzgamer, there’s no way around it: a geek cannot live on coffee, alone, and your body really does need a regular intake of plain ol’ drinking water. Depriving yourself of this very basic need is like trying to do without clean air. Your body will eventually fail to filter out the impurities and you’ll break down. You should be working with your kidneys and liver instead of against them!
You’ve possibly already seen my rant on the matter (and if not, I’ve included two videos below), and what I think of soda in general. However, I have some suggestions that may make drinking water a lot more palatable to people who need some kind of flavor in what they drink. These are ways that you can “do” water.
Fruit and Vegetable Slices in Your Drinking Water
I kid you not. If you add a slice, or multiple slices of fruits or vegetables to water, it can make a world of difference. Cucumber that’s thinly sliced and fills half of your favorite decanter is exceptionally refreshing makes a drink that I absolutely adore. There are a lot of other fruits and vegetables that you can similarly add — like lime or lemon — to harmlessly give your water more flavor.
Drinking Water with Spices and Herbs
If you like a bit more spice or zing to your water, you can add some fresh ginger. I recommend that you use fresh root ginger that you slice yourself as opposed to powdered or grated ginger as it will give you a fresher and spicier flavor. Another tip is that if you pour boiling, instead of cold, water onto your ginger, it’s a great way to help soothe a sore throat.
As for herbs, you can use parsley, lemongrass, or mint (in any of its variations, like spearmint). They will add a touch of green to your water, and if they don’t give off enough flavor for your taste buds to enjoy, you can always crush them up before adding the water. The technical name for crushing in this instance is muddling. You can muddle ingredients at the bottom of the glass with a muddler, which can be anything, really. If you choose to use a toy in the shape of a certain kind of waterfowl, you might even call yourself a muddle ducker.
Tea is primarily boiling water, so it should come as no surprise that I’m adding it to this list. There is a proverbial smorgasbord of tea and tea varieties available to the modern consumer. There are green teas, oolong teas, and black teas. An example of a black tea is Earl Grey. Teas can be consumed hot or cold, and are refreshing.
Frozen Fruit as a Flavorful Ice Cube Substitute
This is similar to the above fruit and vegetable idea, but this time you can use frozen fruit like blueberries, blackberries (though I don’t recommend freezing your Z10), strawberries, cherries, etc. The reason for freezing them is twofold. The first is that, in place of ice cubes, they will keep your water cooler for longer, and the second is that they will slowly add their flavor. This is a perfect way to introduce yourself to flavored waters.
Fruit Juice and Drinking Water
Let me be clear, here: when I say fruit juice, I don’t mean something premade, like orange concentrate (which is really just a bunch of sugar). What I’m talking about here is actually squeezing or juicing your fruit and using it in a 50/50 mix with water. I haven’t tried this myself as yet, but it really is a nice way to get one or two of your five-a-day portions with little effort.
I am sure that there are a myriad of other ways to liven up your water that I haven’t mentioned in the scope of this post. If you have a Sodastream, as an example, you can make your own fizzy water, and that may be all it takes for you to enjoy water without additional ingredients. Or you can make fizzy water and jazz it up with one of the methods mentioned above — I know some people like fizzy tea. Hey, it takes all kinds!
And I wasn’t going to include it here because it falls more under the food than drinking water category, but lest you think I omitted it by pure negligence, you can also add a bullion cube to your water to make it nice and brothy if you’re into that sort of thing. Mmm, broth!
Community Question: Do you have any ideas for making drinking water more interesting?
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