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« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2008 10:27:57 AM »

I don't like still water, but I love sparkling water and drink it more than any other beverage (hot tea being a close second).

I was excited to see a positive review of the Soda Club that carbonates your own water . . . I've always wondered if these things work.  I need to go buy one!

Other than that, lime wedges are my favorite flavor enhancer. 
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« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2008 07:10:07 AM »

Yes, cucumber is lovely and so is fresh herbs like rosemary, or lemon verbena, lavender, even rose petals! Just make sure everything is pesticide-free. I pick herbs from my garden in the morning (they are most potent then) put the fresh herbs in a glass carafe and fill with ice water and sip all day.
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« Reply #32 on: July 02, 2008 09:34:00 AM »

What a great thread!  My favorites are peppermint extract (be careful though- only use a tiny drop!), cucumber, or chunks of fresh pineapple or watermelon.  The flavors will absorb better if the water is room temperature, but will stay fresher longer if kept in the fridge, btw. 
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« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2008 04:22:38 PM »

Lemon and fresh basil are a great combo for water--I put them in a pitcher in the fridge and refill the water for a couple of days before I change it out.......yumm!
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« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2008 07:04:43 PM »

The website for True Lemon has a free sample available/ I'm waiting for my samples now. I usually drink the To Go packets, too, but I want to get away from all the artificial sweetners. I like adding lemon or lime but I find that I don't use the whole fruit and hate all the waste, so I'm hoping this will be a good substitute.

http://www.truelemon.com/sample.html
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« Reply #35 on: July 09, 2008 06:49:50 PM »

I don't know if you're in the US, but Giant Eagle (a supermarket that some areas don't have) now has a bottled, flavored water called Fruition.  There are all sorts of flavors, like peach, white grape, strawberry kiwi, lime, lemon, pretty much everything!

What's great is that there are no calories, fats, sugars, nothing!  Just water and the flavor.  It's only about a dollar a bottle, which is why my dad loves it (that and he's trying to lose weight  Cheesy). 

I usually just squirt a little lemon into a cup of ice, and then pour the water.  Much more flavor.  I'll also have to try the cucumber.
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« Reply #36 on: July 12, 2008 02:02:05 PM »

I vote for the cucumber.
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« Reply #37 on: July 14, 2008 07:21:15 AM »

Mint leaves, slices of lemon, lime, orange or any sliced fruit will give a slight taste to you water..

Wow! I never thought of adding mint leaves! That would be awesome!

I like to drink water with a tiny bit of peppermint oil just because it makes it taste better, but it's also supposed to improve concentration... Never thought of mint LEAVES though. That's a really great idea!

I ALWAYS drink water with cranberry juice. Water with Ocean Spray Cran Raspberry seems to taste the best. Again I never thought of freezing the juice into ice cubes. I'll have to try that.

I'm always worried abouty using plastic ice cube trays though. And cranberry juice is so acidic that I'm worried it will degrade the plastic even further... I guess I'll have to go thrifting for a metal one...
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« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2008 10:28:25 PM »

The metal ice cube trays are aluminum usually, which will react even worse with acidic juices. They will taste *nasty*
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« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2008 09:15:43 PM »

For a great sweetener that isn't artificial, check out stevia.  When I brew iced tea I usually throw in 1 tea bag of it.  The brand I use is Wisdom of the Ancients (it's also the brand of Yerba Mate that I get, and it too is sweetened with stevia), and I find it at the better stocked grocery stores.  I've grown it in the past as well, but haven't in a few years.
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