People are always asking us, “What else besides water can I put in my hookah base to add a dimension of flavor and thickness to the smoke?” Great question, and it’s one that we here at hookah-shisha.com have toiled with for years. So without further ado here are the top ten things to add to your base to improve thickness of smoke and/or flavor:
|6. Grenadine or Simple Syrup: Lime Rickey’s can now be had in your hookah! All you need to do is add a little simple syrup to your base and your hookah can host a cornucopia of flavors that could never be rendered in shisha.|
|4. Extracts: Bean or fruit extracts (vanilla, almond, lime, etc.) are dynamic additions to the water in your base. Only a few drops of any cooking grade extract can significantly alter the flavor of your smoke and enhance the experience.|
|3. Popsicles: The best of two great dimensions; the cooling affects of ice and the added flavor of fruit. Again we do not endorse any brand but green popsicles are the best!|
|2. Frozen Fruit: See above, only natural.|
And so there is our list of the best things to add to your hookah for a little extra kick. Please keep in mind that any time that you add something to your base, make sure to clean with extra care immediately afterwards (warm water and lemon juice with baking soda work best, or natural Bling Hookah Cleaner). Since we’ve covered the good, please forgive the pessimist in me for quickly running over the bad:
Milk: Milk may do a body good but doesn’t do the same for your hookah. While we’ve heard people swear that smoking your hookah with milk in the base will create thicker clouds of smoke, we’ve found that the bubbles from the milk are easily drawn into the hoses of your hookah, quickly creating a sanitation issue and ruining any potential benefit. It also stains the base and leaves an unpleasant odor that’s hard to eradicate.
Edit: We’re talking about using nothing but milk in your hookah base. A few of you have emailed us saying that adding a small amount of milk to the water won’t cause bubbles to get in the hose. We advise to use milk at your own risk!
Beer: For all things beer is great for (making bad decisions, improving looks and humor, etc.) adding flavor to your hookah is not one of them. Again, the bubbles and smoke do not bode well for the flavor of your favorite lager or the life of your hookah.
If you have tricks or treats that we neglected to mention, please let us know and we will be happy to amend our list. As always, happy smoking!