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15 Easy Substitutes For Water That'll Make Your Hookah Way, Way Better

Make sure your sheesha isn't a drag.

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1. Ice

This is the most common addition to a hookah base. A few cubes of ice with water makes the smoke smoother and easier to drag.
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This is the most common addition to a hookah base. A few cubes of ice with water makes the smoke smoother and easier to drag.

2. Juice

In addition to flavour, fruit juices also add thickness to the smoke.
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In addition to flavour, fruit juices also add thickness to the smoke.

3. Red Bull

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This hookah mix is sure to give you wings.

4. Vanilla Extract

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A few drops of extract to water adds to the flavour of the hookah.

5. Wine

Using one of your expensive bottles isn't recommended for this, but a cheap table wine in the base can enhance your smoking experience to no end.
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Using one of your expensive bottles isn't recommended for this, but a cheap table wine in the base can enhance your smoking experience to no end.

6. Cola

Make sure you keep the drink open and let it go flat before adding it to your hookah, because the fizz can spoil your pipe.
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Make sure you keep the drink open and let it go flat before adding it to your hookah, because the fizz can spoil your pipe.

7. Coffee

This is a traditional hookah base in Cairo. Just chill some dark coffee and add to the base to add some great body to the smoke.
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This is a traditional hookah base in Cairo. Just chill some dark coffee and add to the base to add some great body to the smoke.

8. Margarita Mix

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Add a little mix and ice in the water to get a sweet and tangy touch to your smoke.

9. Sugar Syrup

In addition to making the smoke taste sweeter, syrup can also add thickness to it.
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In addition to making the smoke taste sweeter, syrup can also add thickness to it.

10. Frozen Fruit

Not only does this add to the flavour, the fruits also double up as a coolant.
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Not only does this add to the flavour, the fruits also double up as a coolant.

11. Lemonade

A refreshing alternative to just plain water. Lemonade with ice adds to the tanginess of the smoke.
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A refreshing alternative to just plain water. Lemonade with ice adds to the tanginess of the smoke.

12. Food Dye

This doesn't add to the flavour or the smoke, but it will make your sheesha look really funky.
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This doesn't add to the flavour or the smoke, but it will make your sheesha look really funky.

13. Popsicle

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You can really go all out and experiment with this one till you find a flavour that floats your boat.

14. Mint

A few mints in the base will give a cool aftertaste to the smoke.
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A few mints in the base will give a cool aftertaste to the smoke.

15. Milk

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While some people swear by this, milk has a tendency to bubble up and get into the pipe. It's recommended that you mix it with water before adding to the base. You're guaranteed to enjoy thick clouds of smoke with this mixture.

Of course, sheesha smoking comes with its share of health risks, so enjoy responsibly...

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Don't go up in smoke, yeah?