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Recipes for a Perfect Hookah Smoke

Experience even more pleasure with these tips.

  • Try putting ice in the glass base of your Hookah and get the water ice cold before smoking. This makes for a smoother, more enjoyable smoking experience.
  • Try mixing lemon juice, orange juice or some other flavor into the water in your glass base. It will enhance the taste of your Hookah smoking experience.
  • You can store your hookah tobacco at room temperature but it must remain in an air tight container (such as a TightVac, Stash Tin, Tupperware, a jar, zip lock bag, etc.) This will keep your tobacco from drying up and losing its flavor.
  • When you first start smoking your Hookah, try placing the charcoal on the outside of the bowl and working it around the edges of the bowl. The center of the bowl should be the last place your charcoal is placed.
  • Some people smoke the Hookah like you would a cigar while others inhale the smoke. Neither way is more correct than the other. It’s a preference thing.
  • For a sweeter and more flavorful smoke, you can add some orange juice to the top two inches of the water in the base of your Hookah. It’s a happier smoke and you can really taste the flavor!
  • Because of its consistency, shisha tends to clump up. Before you pack the bowl, crumble it up in your fingers to spread it out throughout the bowl.
  • Once you get the bowl packed, take a small square of aluminum foil (personally, I like Argeelah Sheets – Pre-cut thin aluminum sheets) big enough to cover the open top of the bowl. Wrap the foil over the top so that the surface is tight. Use a toothpick or something else very small to poke a bunch of tiny holes in the foil. Place the charcoal on the foil once it’s lit. It will still burn the shisha but it keeps any charcoal taste out.
  • When you place the foil tightly over the bowl, make sure the shiny side is facing down so it will retain more heat from the charcoal.
  • Try putting milk instead of water in the base to make the smoke thicker.
  • Mixing and matching flavors is a very fun thing to experiment when trying to create the ultimate flavor. Mixing mint with other flavors provides for a cool refreshing taste. If you think you have the best flavor then email us with your recipe so was can share it with the world!!
  • After you’ve done poking holes in the foil, cover the top of the clay bowl with the palm of your hand and blow through the bottom of the bowl, then release your hand and blow just a little longer. This prevents any shisha from getting into the holes of the bowl and makes your Hookah pull better.
  • It’s good to always blow out the smoke that collects in the glass base every once in a while so the smoke does not become stale. This gets rid of some of the harsh flavor from the stale smoke.
  • It is suggested to not run water through the hose. Simply blow air through the hose after/before each use to blow out the particles inside the hose. Occasionally, use a small amount of water/lemon juice and “swish” it around in your hose.
  • Never light a cigarette with the coals on your Hookah.
  • Always leave your Hookah at ground level.
  • Never pass the Hookah directly to another person. Always put it down, first, then let the next person pick it up.
  • Invite your friends and family to share your Hookah. To not ask is considered an insult!
  • Mix different flavors of Hookah tobacco together to create your own favorite hookah tobacco blend.
  • Clean your Hookah regularly – try using Orange Chronic or Formula 420. This will ensure that you are always getting the best quality smoke and a superior smoking experience every time you light up! For really tough cleaning jobs, try the Original Buddy 2!
  • When placing the foil on top of the Hookah bowl, make an elevated border to prevent the charcoal from rolling off.