Wondering what seltzer water tastes like? We'll tell you all about it, including what makes it different from sparkling water and how to create the most fabulous natural sodas with it.
Let's get started...
What Does Seltzer Water Taste Like?
Plain, non-embellished seltzer water tastes a lot like regular ol' still water. It's pretty tasteless, though there is something slightly acidic about it.
Flavored seltzer waters are hugely popular. These are usually mild without any particular sweetness, though sometimes fruit juices or sugars are added in small amounts. Fruity essences are most common.
Seltzer Water Texture
The fun part about seltzer water is the texture. It's super fizzy with tons of tiny bubbles you can hear crackling and see rising to the surface when you open up a bottle.
Because it's carbonated, seltzer water can produce a tingly sort of feeling in your chest, especially if you take a big gulp. The less carbonation it has, the less chance there is that you'll get this feeling.
What Is the Difference Between Sparkling Water and Seltzer Water?
Sometimes these terms are used to refer to the same carbonated beverage, but there are differences between sparkling mineral water and seltzer.
Sparkling mineral water gets its bubbles from a water source with naturally-occurring carbonation while seltzer water is infused with bubbles by an artificial means.
Seltzer is more like plain water in that it doesn't have added salt while club soda usually does (along with other minerals). For reference, club soda is the go-to fizzy stuff in cocktails.
What Is the Best Tasting Seltzer Water?
Every seltzer drinker has a favorite, whether it's cranberry, raspberry or orange. We wouldn't want to lead you astray by telling you what we think the best tasting one is, so we'll tell you about some of the popular flavors and brands and let you decide.
Poland Spring and Schwepps make the classics, including pomegranate, grapefruit and berry flavors, while LaCroix has been delivering fresh spins with coconut and tropical fruits.
Still other brands are venturing way out, like Sap!, a brand getting creative with birch and maple seltzers. There are plenty of other brands to try these days, so now's the perfect time to get into seltzer if you've been wanting to.
How to Make Soda with Seltzer
Making homemade sodas with seltzer water is one of the most exciting things you can do with it. Watch these videos to get acquainted with a couple of tasty options.
Here's a fantastic recipe for a vegan strawberry cream soda. Kick back and relax with this cool drink on a hot summer day.
The ingredients are as follows:
- Oat milk (or vegan milk you like)
- Soy cream (or any vegan cream)
- Vanilla extract
- Agave syrup
- Ice cubes
- Sparkling water
This one will surely spice up your day: ginger and citrus soda.
Here's what you'll need:
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Fresh ginger
- Lemon zest
- Lime zest
- Stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
- Seltzer water
Seltzer is pretty much just like plain water, just fizzy. It comes in so many different flavors that you'll have a tough time trying to taste them all, but the good news is that there's never been a better time to be a seltzer fan with all the different brands coming out with cool, new flavors. Don't forget to have fun with natural sodas this summer—who knew you could make your own vegan cream soda with seltzer?