Taste Test: Flavored Water

We tried nearly 80 low- or no-sugar flavored still waters. Here are the five that made a splash with kids and their parents.
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We tried nearly 80 low- or no-sugar flavored still waters. Here are the five that made a splash with kids and their parents.

Spiced

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Ayala's Herbal Water Cinnamon Orange Peel

Cinnamon and orange extracts give this grown-up pick a pleasant, spicy floral twist -- without adding calories. "Refreshing! Tastes like fresh orange slices and cinnamon sticks," one taster praised. ($1.59 for 16 fl. oz.)

Grown-up recipe: Rose Sangria

Lightly Sweetened

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365 Everyday Value Pomegranate + Polyphenols

Adults and kids fell for this wallet friendly pink drink fortified with vitamins and polyphenol extract (good-for-you antioxidants). With a sweet-tart combo of cranberry and pomegranate, it earned perfect scores and little heart drawings from satisfied testers. ($0.79 for 20 fl. oz., at Whole Foods Markets)

Grown-up recipe: Try it in The All-American

Kid Fave

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Hint Strawberry-Kiwi

"Mom, please buy this!" begged an 8-year-old panelist, who gushed that it "smells and tastes like real strawberries!" Mom said yes because she liked the unsweetened, calorie free water's tanginess and short ingredient list: just purified water, strawberry, kiwi and other natural flavors. ($1.79 for 16 fl. oz.)

Grown-up recipe: Try it in Strawberry Sucker

Diet Berry

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Skinny Water Sport Shape Goji Black Cherry

We loved the bright cherry and goji berry flavor of this "diet" water. "Takes me back to the fruit punch juice boxes of childhood!" one panelist said. Sucralose (aka Splenda) keeps the calories at zero without the harsh aftertaste. Bonus: The drink's enhanced with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. ($1.25 for 16 fl. oz.)

Recipe idea: Frozen Grapefruit Shirley Temple

Tropical

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Bom Dia Coconut Splash Tropical Mango

Mango puree and passion fruit juice ramp up the tropical factor in this coconut water: "Yum -- reminds me of a piña colada!" one taster raved. Even with added juice, this drink is relatively low in calories (60 per serving), thanks to zero-calorie stevia, a plant-based sweetener. Try it poolside or for breakfast -- after all, bom dia means "good morning" in Portuguese. ($2.49 for 15.2 fl. oz.)

Recipe idea: Try it in Coconut-Orange Smoothie

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