Congratulations! You've got a hookah, and I'm sure you're asking yourself, "What the heck am I going to do with this?" Well, rest easy, because here are some tips and tricks that are sure to keep all of your friends impressed with you new-found hookah serving ability.
For the twenty-one and up crowd, you can experiment with different types of liquors in the base, in varying strengths. For instance, rum with coconut shisha (hookah tobacco) is always a crowd-pleaser for the tropically minded. Peach Schnapps with banana shisha makes the best fruit smoothie ever. (Always exercise caution when smoking hookah with alcohol as you should limit the time you inhale alcohol. Before trying this, you may want to consult with your physician.)
But it doesn't just end at liquor! Ever tried orange juice? Apple juice? Mixed fruit juice? They all add a myriad of shisha shop to the tobacco. V8 Splash is also an all-around crowd pleaser. Pour it in the base. Notice how much thicker it is than water? Good! Thicker fluids make thicker, more flavorful smoke.
Try dropping some ice in the base, or even refrigerating the hose (yes, you read that right). The cooler the temperature, the cooler the smoke, the easier it goes down.
You can even use a hollowed out apple in place of the bowl. Hollow out an apple, leaving a taper towards the bottom. Place it on top of the stem and sprinkle the tobacco in. The tobacco should be layered in a circle around the inner wall of the apple. To do this, you will need a quality tobacco like Havana Moassel or Al-Fakher. Cover with foil, and place the coal on top as usual, and that's it! Mixing it with the other servings suggestions is a sure-fired way to flavor up your night!