The Best-Tasting Water

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Water makes up so much of what we eat and drink—why not obsess a little bit over getting the best-tasting water possible?

Note: To make measuring out the tiny quantities of minerals needed easier on you, we recommend first making a concentrated "electrolyte solution" and then adding just 10g (10mL or 2 tsp) of that solution to 1 L of distilled or otherwise purified water.

Calcium chloride is available from most homebrew or winemaking shops. Magnesium chloride is available as a dietary supplement. Go for the liquid form if possible; solid pills may contain bulking agents such as calcium.

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The Best-Tasting Water

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 liter
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
Special equipment:Digital scale capable of 0.1 g resolution
This recipe appears in: Is Tap Water Ruining Your Homemade Cocktails?

Ingredients

  • 2 liters distilled or purified water, divided
  • 1.5 grams magnesium chloride (see note above)
  • 1 gram sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • 1 gram calcium chloride (see note above)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine 1 liter water, magnesium chloride, baking soda, and calcium chloride in a large bottle or jug and stir to dissolve to form electrolyte solution.

  2. 2

    Add 10 grams of the electrolyte concentrate to remaining 1 liter of water to dilute. Serve or use for cocktails. Remaining electrolyte solution can be stored in a sealed container for future dilution.

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