I like drinking water. I religiously go through at least 3 litres a day (that’s not including herbal teas or juices) and when I get bored I chuck some cucumber or lemon slices to trick my taste buds. However unlike me there are many people that don’t like drinking water – hence the current fad for hip water alternatives. Coconut water is probably one of the most popular ones and although I love fresh coconut I’m not a fan of the flavour of mass produced coconut water. This was confirmed after a holiday to Nigeria where I regularly drank fresh coconut water, which was delicious! I know I’m not alone when it comes to an aversion to the commercialised coconut water so I decided to try out some other plant-based waters…
DRINKmaple Pure Maple Water (Click here for our full review)
Price: £2.49 (250ml)/£2.59 (335ml)/£3.99 (946ml)
Stockists: Equinox, Gymbox, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Ocado, Planet Organic, Revital, Selfridges, Virgin Active & Whole Foods
They say: ‘Amazing water doesn’t grow on trees it grows in them’. Unlike maple syrup the tree’s water isn’t high in sugar, in fact maple water has only about half the sugar of coconut water (less than 1.5g per 100ml), but does contain 46 other nutrients, including more manganese than a cup of kale – a nutrient which plays an important role in our bodies’ energy systems.
We say: As the makers state this drink is no way near as sweet as maple syrup – it definitely has a faint hint of it and much like coconut water I found that it has an acquired taste. Oh, and it smells divine! The first time I tried the drink it was room temperature and although it wasn’t unpleasant it was much nicer when I chilled it. The drink is marketed at gym goers and athletes and rightly so. You get that nice kick of sugar that’s needed after a good workout which will stop you craving less healthy sugary snacks.
What A Melon Watermelon Water (Click here for our full review)
Price: £2.29 (330ml)
Stockists: Abokado, Amazon.co.uk, Holland & Barrett, itsu, Planet Organic, Sainsbury’s & Whole Foods
They say: Never ever from concentrate, we’ve made it exactly the way it should be, with no added sugar and of course, absolutely nothing artificial. People say it’s a delicious alternative to coconut water since it’s packed full of rehydrating electrolytes, but the truth is, it’s even better than coconut water (although you didn’t hear that from us!). Unlike coconut water, watermelon water contains the awesome antioxidant lycopene and the muscle loving amino acid citrulline which means it’s perfect for your post-workout parch AND your summer party groove!
We say: This was another first for me. I love watermelon and only like eating it when it’s in season (it’s sweeter) so was excited to try the watermelon water. First impression was that it was very tasty and the added lemon is a nice touch because it takes away some of the sweetness which I can imagine would make the drink taste less like a water and more like a fruit juice. My first thought was that this would be great in cocktails so I will definitely be trying this out as a mixture as well 🙂
true nopal cactus water (Click here for our full review)
Price: £1.69 (330ml) £3.49 (1L)
Stockists: As Nature Intended, Boots Nationwide, Ocado & Waitrose
They say: true nopal cactus not only survives in the desert it grows, it thrives, and even produces a fruit called the prickly pear. From it, comes the true nopal cactus water. With a refreshing fruity taste, true nopal cactus water is 100% natural with no added sugar or preservatives and it also has half the amount of calories compared to other leading coconut waters… Not bad for something that grows in the dessert!
We say: I’ve never had the opportunity to taste cactus water but for some reason I imagined it to have an almost sour aftertaste much like aloe vera. Considering the product has no added sugar the cactus water had a touch of sweetness. It reminded me of a melted ice pole after you’ve sucked the majority of the juice out. So there is a hint of flavour but it still feels like you’re drinking water as opposed to fruit juice. I tend to add water to most of my fruit juices so this flavour was great for me.
TreeVitalise Organic Birch Water (Click here for our full review)
Price: £2.49 (250ml) Original, Mint or Lemon
Stockists: Budgens, Holland & Barrett, Revital, Selfridges & more
They say: No longer nature’s best kept secret, TreeVitalise birch waters are organic and unsweetened. But there’s more. With each of them you get nature’s own blend of nutrients, brewed inside a tree! TreeVitalise Original is birch sap tapped straight from the tree – a burst of spring freshness. To make our organic TreeVitalise birch water infusions, we don’t use artificial flavourings. Instead, we simply infuse the sap with organic mint leaves and lemon, for a pleasant variety and added soothing or extra fresh taste.
We say: I tried both the lemon and mint version. The mint version (the mint is very subtle) actually has a slightly sweet aftertaste but has citcic acid in it so has a good balance. The lemon version (which was my favourite) has a very pleasant taste and is the right side of sharp for me to make it very refreshing drink. Aesthetically the drinks looks impressive as it comes in little glass bottles.