How to Make a Glass of Water More Exciting

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How to Make a Glass of Water More Exciting

Are you thinking about drinking tap water but the thought of it makes you gag? Are your children living on soda and dyed juice type drinks, both filled with high fructose corn syrup? Is the high cost of bottled water just one more thing destroying your limited budget? Although water is necessary for life on this planet many people will not drink it - it must come to us disguised as something else.

Then we struggle with the eco-friendly issue of bottled or tap.

Although, the mayor here in New York City and other elected officials tout NYC drinking water as some of the best in the country, NYers aren't easily sold. Especially since it was recently reported that the City spends $2.1 million dollars annually on bottled water to supply its own offices. Even if it is good water, and I do think it tastes pretty good, there is the issue of ancient plumbing in old office buildings and apartment buildings - not to mention the addition of fluoride. So Nyers go ahead and consume 856 million bottles per year according to the Container Recycling Institute (container-recycling.org).

Millions of bottles of water are sold annually despite the fact that the plastic bottles fill our landfills and it takes 1,000 years for the bottles to break down chemically. Equally bad is the fact that these plastic bottles have BPA (Bisphenol A)*

Bottled, tap, filtered, ionized, etc., with water being of prime importance to our bodies, some folks just won't drink plain water.

If you still cannot bring yourself to have a glass of water and you know the children in your life absolutely must drink it, it may be time to make drinking water at home fashionable and interesting. If nothing else you will save a bit of money.

How can you serve water to make it more appealing?

- do what the trendy restaurants do - here in Brooklyn they often serve water in recycled milk and wine bottles. I prefer water to all other liquids and I do like a good presentation (see photo of vodka bottle filled with water) so I collect various bottles from my folks. Somehow the water tastes extra cool and crisp (an added bonus to using wine and liquor bottles is that there may still be some residue in the bottle).

- Can't drink a full glass? Try it in a shot glass and just throw it back. Done! I have these little cups from Korea (see photo of wine cups - for adults only). Everything tastes special in these little cups. I find children love little bottles, cups, glasses.

(Here's a random thought: What if we always served our children water in shot glasses - then when they go off to college the idea of drinking anything other than water in a shot glass would appall them!)

You can also make water more exciting by:

- slicing cucumbers to go in a pitcher of water. I'm often served this in restaurants during the summer. I find this very refreshing or maybe it just looks refreshing. Be sure to peel the cukes first.

- slicing lemon to go in a pitcher of water and squeezing just a bit into the water - again very refreshing.

- a bit of sugar - on a hot summer day this beats those sugary energy drinks.

- a sprig of mint - after getting mint from my daughter-in-law's garden, I used it to make hot tea, to add to iced tea (see two toned iced tea link), and just throwing a sprig in a pitcher of water - it is actually kind of sensual with that minty smell!

- warm water seems to give water a whole different personality. About a year ago I started drinking a cup of warm water in the morning and now I find I cannot eat until I have that water.

Now that you are drinking water once again how much should you drink every day?

- for the longest time we've been advised to drink 8 glasses per day. But lately we have begun to think for ourselves and know that a person who weighs 180 pounds probably has hydration needs that are different from the person who weighs 130 pounds. Surely, too, an active person needs more water than a person who wears a couch.

More recently the suggested amount of water to drink depends on your weight. You should drink in ounces 1/2 your body weight. So if I weigh 150 pounds I should drink 75 ounces of water per day.

Meanwhile hydration can come in other forms:

- in watermelon - which is 98% water

- coconut water - which is excellent for hydration (see link below)

- Asian pears are surprisingly watery

- watery soups

- some say coffee and tea, others say no because they are diuretics

- sorry I don't think booze counts

- water is still number one as it detoxifies

Where should you get your water?

- Many people will swear by bottled water no matter what the cost, damage to the environment, or the chemicals leaching in to the plastic bottles. Read the labels. Some claim to be spring water but other bottled waters are no more than purified tap water.

- There is always tap water - you can find out the condition of the tap water in your community through the U.S. Geological Survey at usgs.gov

- Some people swear by boiling their water

- You can buy filters that attach to your faucet or under the sink

- You can buy the popular filtered pitchers

As for me I believe in varying my poisons and will try a variety of ways

I have had the opportunity to drink pure spring water directly from springs in various locations around the world (Senegal and S. Korea) and there is nothing like it. I've had the opportunity to drink well water in the South (when I was a child) - that was water!

*BPA - according to National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (niehs.nih.gov), this is a high volume chemical used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. There is growing public concern about its widespread use, especially in baby bottles. It is also used in the lining of metal cans - as in the canned goods you have stashed in the pantry. Its use is causing intense debate according to ourstolenfuture.org which cites heavy research from various sources on the toxicity and dangers of BPA (Bisphenol A)

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

This Hub caught my eye as I don't like drinking water.  I tend to gulp one glass of water down in one go only because experts say it cleanses the system.(I prefer my fizzy drinks, lol)  Nice Tips.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

What a great hub! I too like water already, but love the twists you put on drinking more. LOL Lemon is my favorite, but cucumber water looks interesting too. Also like the shot glasses for those who can't stand drinking water. I hope everyone gets away from the plastic bottles, no telling what poisons are entering their systems. Good writing job, BKCreative!

~Jen


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Lady_E, I think most folks don't like water because it really doesn't taste good - and no telling what is coming out of the tap - eww! But we do need it. Fortunately, we Americans have learned to be creative!

Jen's Solitude - The plastic bottles are scary especially since we know about the BPA. Glad you liked the shot glass idea! It does work.

Thank you both for the comments!


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jim10 7 years ago from ma

What a great idea. Water is pretty boring in its regular state. I have a Brita pitcher that helps make my water taste better. I really don't feel to safe drinking it right from the tap with all of the chemicals the state needs to use to keep out bacteria. The best water I have had is from a camp I take my son to for Cub Scouts. They have their own well and it is filtered by lots of sand. It is the most refreshing water I have ever tasted. Thanks for the suggestions to liven up my water.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Great Hub! I always ask for lemons in my water whenever dining out..


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

jim 10 - Once you taste water in a more natural state - it's shameful what we don't have. I've had water from a spring in Senegal and it just lights up your whole body wow! Then in S. Korea, up in the mountains there was always fresh water and taps so you can fill up bottles. Glad you liked the ideas - thanks!

DeBorrah K. Ogans - lemon is one of my favorites in water. Maybe it helps purify it a bit too. Glad you liked the hub! Thanks!


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hudsonliberty 7 years ago

I enjoyed New York Tap Water since I was a child. East Orange was next.

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

hudsonliberty - glad you like the water - just now on tv news and the web there is info about the dangers of bottled and why tap is better. I'll have to try East Orange - thanks for the tip!


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ajm5050 7 years ago from NY

There have been vast number of studies done on bottled water and they all end with the same conclusion, bottled water is not cleaner than tap water. Besides, these bottled water companies are pumping water from precious aquifers essentially for free. There is a cycle in which the aquifer has to replenish itself, but these companies will suck them dry and leave a dying ecosystem in their wake. Great hub Bk, you shed light on a subject that needs much attention. By the way, my favorite is lemon in the water.


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Brillaint Hub. Voted too. I liked the tips you have shared. Cheers


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks ajm5050 - unfortunately it's profit before intelligence here. Thanks for the info about the aquifiers.

Thanks for voting jayb23 - glad you liked the hub!


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vshining 7 years ago from Ellenwood GA

Excellent hub, totally enjoyed it! Please check out my hub about Kangen Water. Thanks so much for sharing!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much for the compliment vshining - I will check out your hub about Kangen water right now!


Erick Smart 7 years ago

I love a sprig of mint in my water. I grow some in my garden just for that purpose.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

How grand to have a garden Erick Smart. And fresh mint. I just bought a potted plant to have mint also! Thanks for your comment!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I like water, I don't have a problem drinking it.

In the summer, we often put a jug in the fridge with some mint and a few drops of lemon juice, and that's very refreshing.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Mint and lemon juice - sounds great. I'll try it. Thanks LondonGirl!


Lord Bryan 7 years ago

I love my water. I like the idea of the cucumber in water. I will try that tomorrow. My cutie drinks hot water at the start of his day. We have mint in the garden, and I'll try that next. Thanks for some great ideas.

Lord Bryan


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Lord Bryan - I have learned from my dear friend Roger to drink warm water in the a.m. - had no idea it would be addictive. Every now and then I add lemon if I have - and my mint is growing wild so I now have mint tea.

The cucumber is nice!

Thanks for writing!


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub! We have had some water issues in our community and our recent draughts brought the issue to h=a high level of concern. I have well water and the testing indicates it is very pure.

Robert "Putz" Ballard


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

That is great news! Pure well water.

It was thrilling when I visited NC as a child - everyone had well water - and some even had a pump outdoors - that pumped out the most magnificent cold water. Wow!

Glad everything is OK in NC. I have cousins all over the state. Thanks for writing!


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Suki C 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

I am lucky, living in the mountains of Andalucia, Spain to have spring water coming straight out of the ground just 5 minutes from my house - it tastes fantastic and is always available even in the driest summer :)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You are lucky Suki C! I've had the opportunity to taste real water a few times in my life - there is nothing like it. What a healthy treat! Glad you get to enjoy it!


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Excellent advice...adding to my last diet entry. I have such a hard time getting the liquid down my throat, some of these ideas may help. Thanks so much


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome pmccray! Thanks for the compliment. I have nothing else to drink in my house so it is either water or tea! Hope it works for you!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

oh those litle cups from Korea must be a nice way to drink the water, you're great BK, you can make simple things great, Maita


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Isn't it interesting, Maita, how you can make a common simple thing like drinking water, well turn it into something uncommon. All children love unique cups and will drink much more water.

Thanks so much for commenting!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

brilliant hub with great ideas to help us drink morewater. thanks


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the lovely compliment Eileen Hughes. I'm a water drinker but I know so many who will not touch it - seems like we should. I know children who start out enjoying it but soon get turned on to all sorts of drinks. Maybe this will help.


Mark Moller 6 years ago

I like how you use a Kettle Vodka water bottle to recycle your filtered tap. Great and very unique hub, thank you!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You are very observant Mark Moller! I didn't get to enjoy the vodka though - I just asked for the bottle because it is so pretty! I would love to have a vodka cordial right now - you know made with fresh pineapples, or blueberries.

Thanks for writing!


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sanjeeta kk 6 years ago from India

Excellent articles written on subjects unimaginable! Keep it up. Great going, best wishes.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

I use tap water with a filter and my fridge filters water too. I do find if I'm trying to force myself to drink more water, it goes down more easily if it's room temperature. It's not as refreshing, but it allows me to drink more when I don't really want it.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I agree with you about the room temperature mulberry1. I love water but I can drink even more at room temperature. I often leave it on the counter top and have some as I pass by. Maybe more folks would drink it if they didn't think it had to be ice cold.


BenjaminB 5 years ago

BK this is similar to hiding a child's medicine in their food. Water is medicine and the most important to our well being. Great ideas to disguise it. I would not mess with it in the Vodka bottle though as I had a bad experience where my friends thought it would be funny to replace the last quarter bottle of Vodka with some good old Everclear, after which they goaded me to chug the last of the bottle. What happened after that is between me and the worm hole I traveled through,lol!

Adding lemon and or lime to water is my favorite way to dress it and I also only drink it filtered with a Brita jug,mmmmm,mmmm!

Great hub BK rated you up and useful.


BenjaminB 5 years ago

BK this is similar to hiding a child's medicine in their food. Water is medicine and the most important to our well being. Great ideas to disguise it. I would not mess with it in the Vodka bottle though as I had a bad experience where my friends thought it would be funny to replace the last quarter bottle of Vodka with some good old Everclear, after which they goaded me to chug the last of the bottle. What happened after that is between me and the worm hole I traveled through,lol!

Adding lemon and or lime to water is my favorite way to dress it and I also only drink it filtered with a Brita jug,mmmmm,mmmm!

Great hub BK rated you up and useful.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Ooooh so glad to meet someone who appreciates and enjoys water. Seems we don't think we need it anymore. You know about that beautiful vodka bottle - I've had friends over who have literally salivated waiting for me to offer them a bit of a good vodka. Now, I have to tell them right away - that the bottle is filled with water, and cut out all the attitude when I don't offer. Whew!

Thanks for commenting and the suggestions. I'm enjoying your hubs by the way!


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Sylvia Leong 5 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

Fascinating! I had no idea there were people in the world who don't like water. I live in Vancouver, Canada & water is delicious & plentiful. If fact, we are known as big wasters of water because it is so inexpensive & we're surrounded by it (it rains constantly).

Other ideas - don't stop at lemon, mix it up! Try a slice of lime, orange or grapefruit for variety.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Love your comment Sylvia Leong - and I am with you! Water is so good - and yes mix it up and have some fun.

Lucky you with good plentiful water!

Thanks for commenting!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hello BkCreative! It´s a great Hub. I love drinking water, pure one of course sometimes I put lemon slice on it. As I am a born Filipina I am used to drinking water before and after eating. Maybe that´s the reason why most of the Filipinos are slender people. Thanks for following me. Have a nice day;-)


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Great to meet you Thelma Alberts. It seems Americans simply do not drink enough water or will even opt to replace it with soda or juice. I start each morning with a cup of warm water and I do believe it plays a great role in keeping me healthy.

I'm enjoying your hubs!


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NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

I'm a big water drinker. I prefer it over sodas. I've always thought it woke me up like coffee would a coffee drinker. I always wonder if it's a personal preference or if it's a taste bud issue with water. My mom drank lots of water when I was growing and I really think that's why I'm okay with it. But it could differ from taste bud to taste bud.

It's rare I drink bottled water but the type I thought really had a great taste was the Fiji water. Man, if I could afford it Ha!, I'd drink it all the time. Great hub!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the compliment NiaG. Love that Fiji water - and if I see it on sale and it's staring me in the face I'll break down and buy a bottle.

How interesting that you mentioned water waking you up - for the last couple years before I eat or drink anything else, I'll have a warm cup of water in the morning - if I don't my day is just not right. It hydrates me and seems to calm me down too.

I'm a water lover too, yay!

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