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.
- 2 liters distilled or purified water, divided
- 1.5 grams magnesium chloride (see note)
- 1 gram sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
- 1 gram calcium chloride (see note)
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.
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.
Digital scale capable of 0.1 g resolution