We all know how important it is to drink water, but some people just can’t handle the taste … or lack thereof. If you find it hard to look forward to a glass of hydration, why not try adding a little magic to plain H20? Try one of these 15 quick ‘n easy recipes and see if your taste buds change their mind.

10 Ways to Make Water Taste Better

1. Coconut Water

Skip tap water and go for the best! Coconut water contains electrolytes, which can help reduce fatigue and stress. It hydrates the body even more than regular water and is low in calories and high in potassium. It also tastes like a tropical holiday.

2. Cucumber Slices

Add a slice of this underrated vegetable to add a crispness to your glass. Cucumbers are 95% water and high in antioxidants. They are also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, manganese, molybdenum and many flavonoid antioxidants.

3. Lemon/Lime Juice

Make it a mocktail (almost?) by adding some lemon or lime. These ellipsoidal fruits are good sources of vitamin C and can improve skin quality, support weight loss and aid digestion. Starting your day with a glass of lemon water will also help your body absorb the nutrients of your breakfast more effectively.

4. Mint Leaves

Mint not only masks the flavour of tap water, but it’s another source of antioxidants. Mint also soothes the stomach and has a cooling effect, so next time you have indigestion or a sore stomach, add mint leaves in boiling water to receive the full medicinal benefits.

5. Frozen Fruits

Freeze chunks of fruit like strawberries, oranges or apples in an ice cube tray and pop in your water for a burst of summery flavour. Alternatively, infuse your water with fresh fruits such as pineapple. Let the fruit infuse in the water for 1-2 hours before drinking.

6. Tea Leaves

If you don’t like the taste of water but you love a good cuppa, just make a bottle of tea and chill it, or drink at room temperature throughout the day. Tea is the same as water in terms of hydration, so stock up on your favourite tea bags and pick a flavor to set the tone for the day.

7. Basil Sprig

This is another one to add to hot water, before cooling or drinking as is. Basil is high in antioxidants and is antibacterial. Buy a pot of basil from the local supermarket and leave it to grow on your windowsill.

8. Vegetable Water

After boiling veggies for dinner, save the water! Vegetable water is high in nutrients and can be a savoury alternative for those who prefer something heartier.

9. Bottled Water

If you don’t want decorated water, just plain water that doesn’t taste like old pipes, opt for bottled water. Investing in water coolers is an economical choice as one bottle can store 15 litres of fresh water.

10. Filtered Water

Last but not least, why not try filtered water? It’s easy to find water purifiers and water filters online, and they will make tap water taste better while removing chlorine and bacterial contaminants.