The Best-Tasting Water Recipe

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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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Makes: 1 liter

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Ingredients

  • 2 liters distilled or purified water, divided

  • 1.5g magnesium chloride (see note)

  • 1g sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

  • 1g calcium chloride (see note)

Directions

  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. 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.

Special equipment

Digital scale capable of 0.1 g resolution

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)