hintwater4The Little Luxury: Hint Water

Relationship Status: Old flame turned nostalgic reunion – when I was in college and needed to spend meal plan points lest I lose them, I stocked up on Hint water at one of the on-campus cafes (the peppermint – now sadly discontinued – and cucumber flavors were tops and were always part of the starting lineup in my cube fridge.) I try to stay away from disposable plastic water bottles these days, both because I abhor paying for something that I can get for free by sticking my gaping maw under the sink and because I suffer daily semi-crushing guilt about global warming. But when Hint sent flats of water over for the Spa Week Media Party gift bags, I was a goner. I resolved to recycle my empty bottle and snatched up the Pomegranate-Tangerine flavor.

Hint Water, You Scoundrel…We Meet Again. The thing that I found so addicting about Hint in the first place is the fact that it’s full and flavorful without tasting like a sugary juice (I hate juice, for what that’s worth.) A chilly bottle of Hint is like the fruit-infused water you might get at a high-end spa – while it tastes delicious and a little indulgent, it’s still refreshing, gulp-able, and won’t leave your teeth feeling like they sprouted fur.

Pomegranate-Tangerine?: Was predictably tart and tasty, although I must confess I prefer the weird, unexpected savory combos – I want to try their Honeydew-Hibiscus flavor, and for the love of all that’s holy, BRING MINT BACK! But really, you can’t go wrong flavor-wise.

Who It’s Good For: People who want to stay hydrated without the calories of sugar, juice, etc. People who don’t like the taste of water. People who don’t like the taste of juice. Weirdos like me who want to drink the flavor of flowers and vegetables and wood essence and stuff.

Parting Thoughts: Since Hint is unsweetened, don’t go expecting a soda, but if you go into it expecting water, you’ll find yourself drinking some really delicious water.

Good Things Come In Small Packages: Hint is available at grocery stores of all stripes, including Whole Foods and HEB. You can also buy it at Starbucks. Prices may vary but expect to pay between $2-$4, depending on where in the country you live and what store you’re at. Scope out flavors at DrinkHint.com.

Hot Stone Scale: 6 out of 6


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