Six alternatives to drinking water

Thirsty but not a fan of water? There are loads of other alternatives.

Flavoured water

flavoured water

Although you can buy the pre-flavoured still or sparkling ones found in store, we prefer making our own. Add lemon, mint and/or cucumber or even berries to your water and let it soak for a bit. This lightly flavours the water and adds some vitamins to your drink.


Fruit juice


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Buy 100 % fruit juice or squeeze your own fresh juice (oranges or grapefruit are easiest). If it’s too sweet for you, mix it with water. You can even mix it with sparkling or soda water for a more sophisticated drink.




This can count as a drink, snack or breakfast. Mix your favourite fruit with milk, cream, joghurt or even ice. Great combinations are papaya, banana and passion fruit/grandilla or kiwi, banana and apple. Check out this video with three easy recipes, here.


Ice tea

Ice tea

Before you grab that bottle of Lipton’s, make your own ice tea. It’s so easy! Take your favourite tea (mine is rooibos, flavoured rooibos and green tea) steep about five bags in a 1,5 litre jug, wait for it to cool and add 250 ml juice. Berry, cranberry and apple, grape or plain apple juice works really well with most teas.

If you go for rooibos, I’d suggest using plain apple and adding some mint or even a bit of lemon juice. Green ice tea tastes slightly bitter compared to the normal ones, so you can add a bit more juice.




If you’ve ever had a jug of Mugg & Bean’s lemonade or a sip of Dry Lemon/Lemon Twist, you’d know lemons and water make a surprisingly refreshing drink.

You can make your own simple lemon syrup by mixing a cup of sugar into a cup of water and bringing it to the boil. Turn the heat to low and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature and add one and a half cups of lemon juice. Store it in an airtight container (a jug or bottle would be best) and mix with water, soda water or sprite.


Coconut water

Coconut water

This may seem a little foreign to locals, but thanks to the banting craze you can find coconut water and milk in most supermarkets these days. It tastes like watered down milk with a touch of coconut and is tasty in a tall glass over ice. It is low in calories and packed with nutrients such as antioxidants and vitamins.



Retha Nel

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