Yes, I know that water doesn't have a flavor (or shouldn't), but for the past few years I've been trying to drink more water and I sometimes get bored with plain old water all the time. Fortunately, there are lots of companies that make flavored seltzer water, and I've tried them all. My favorite, however, is black cherry (or any cherry), a taste I loved as a child, and a taste (water-wise) I developed on trips to the east coast 3 times within the past 4 years.
There's a company there, Polar Beverages, that produces dark cherry seltzer (no sugar or sweeteners, just water and flavor, exactly what I'm looking for). Even better, it comes in 12-ounce cans, a convenient size and method of delivery (I'm not partial to plastic).
Unfortunately for me, despite the fact that I live in the Chicago area (Chicago has a population of almost 3 million and if you throw in the entire metropolitan area, about 9.5 million, the 3rd largest area in the country), apparently no one sells cherry-flavored water in my area (at least not the unsweetened kind).
So it's become a bit of a quest for me to find some. I contacted a company that sells lots of flavors of sparkling water in cans, including coconut, cran-raspberry, peach-pear and something called pamplemousse (grapefruit?), but no cherry. When I asked about it, they told me, more or less, that the flavor was too common, despite the fact that I can't find it here (isn't that the definition of not common)? I pointed out that they sold orange, lemon, lime and plain old "pure" water, all pretty common flavors, but they were adamant that cherry didn't interest them. If I could come up with a flavor they could combine with cherry and create something more exotic, they might keep it in mind. Um...no, that's not what I'm looking for.
Sigh. I really, really don't want to act like a spoiled child, so until my next trip east, I'll just give up my search and drink plain water with occasional servings of flavors other than cherry. Because sometimes you just have to settle for what's there in your own backyard. It's the right thing to do. Quest unsuccessful, but lesson learned.
Have you ever set out on a quest for something that doesn't exist? What was it? And what's your favorite flavor for water? I'm guessing that for 99.9% of people, it's just tap water. Which is probably a good and frugal thing.(Hey, there's the bright side. I'm saving money)!