Nancy Lopez-McHugh tends the bar today, and mixes us a non-alcoholic Orange Spritzer.
Text And Photos By Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Spritzer (Spritzen) is a German word that means a spray or a splash. The word is better know as a reference to a drink, usually consisting of wine and carbonated (sparkling) water. The carbonated water is mixed with the wine to make a light, fizzy and refreshing drink that is very popular on hot summer days. I have heard of and have actually seen people mixing cola with their red wines (blagh!). I love wine, specially red wine. I’m not passing judgement but I just can’t bring myself to “ruin” a good wine by adding carbonated water. Thankfully Spritzers also come in non-alcoholic versions using fruit and/or vegetable juices.

If you are like me and choose not to drink soda, you will really enjoy drinking fruit and vegetable Spritzer versions. I hate the taste of soda because it is way to sugary for my taste and not to mention very caloric. Instead I prefer to drink water, unsweetened tea, and 100% fruit juices. Since I’m not a fan of overly sugary drinks I always mix my juices with sparkling water. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is for my favorite way of drinking orange juice, an orange spritzer!

Non-Alcoholic Orange Spritzer

When you are selecting orange juice or any other juice it’s very important to read the labels. You need to make sure that it’s 100% orange juice without any added sugar. There are many juice brands out there that though say they are 100% juice, have a lot of sugar or fructose or sucrose added to them, avoid those. Of course you could also use fresh squeezed orange juice, which will yield a slightly different taste. If you have kids this is a great drink to give them as an alternative to soda. They’ll like the fizziness like a soda and it is still sweet, but not too sweet. Moms will love the fact that the drink is still very nutritious. Orange juice is very high in Vitamin C, which our bodies need to help heal wounds faster, for strong bones and teeth and to help fight off infections. Vitamin C is also great for our immune system, helping to make it strong. See orange juice is much healthier than soda. Though I’m showing you my favorite juice spritzer it can really be made with any of your favorite juice flavors. Have fun and experiment.

5.0 from 3 reviews Orange Spritzer Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins A non-alcoholic drink to refresh you and quench your thirst. Author: Nancy Lopez-McHugh Recipe Type: Drink Ingredients

  • 100 % Orange juice
  • sparkling (carbonated) water
  • 1 orange, for decoration -optional
  • ice cubes, optional

Instructions

  1. Take the orange and either slice it thinly or cut it into wedges, set aside. In a large pitcher mix equal parts orange juice and sparkling water, if you are using ice cubes you may want to add those first. OR You can also mix 2 parts orange juice to 1 parts carbonated drink. It’s really about finding the right mix and taste for yourself.
  2. Serve with a fresh slice or orange wedge. Serve right away,to keep the drink fizzy.

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If mom and dad need a little kick to go with their orange spritzer why not add some vodka? Think of it like a fizzy vodka screwdriver. Again the amounts are really up to the individual’s taste but, I mixed 2 parts orange juice, 1 part sparkling water and 1 shot/part vodka. Cheers!

Orange Juice Cocktails

Have you ever made a personal discovery that led you to believe—for a brief sliver of time— that you were a genius, a radical free thinker that had blazed a ferocious trail into the unknown? A few years ago, I started making a coffee drink that I call the Spritzy Americano, a mixture of seltzer, espresso, and orange juice. For a second, I thought I was a trailblazer, but then I moved past my delusions of grandeur and realized that people have probably been making a carbonated version of the Americano for quite some time.

And they have. Espresso soda has been a thing in the Americas since the 1800s and even earlier than that in Europe. But the more I posted it on Instagram and carried it around the office, the more people asked me what the hell I was drinking. The citizens were curious.

Espresso and orange give the Spritzy Americano its flavor.

Photo by Chelsie Craig

The Spritzy Americano is a straightforward, refreshing, lively way to start—or keep moving through—your day. This is a cold, balanced, bitter beverage. Now, before you think, Ooofff, bitter? Bad coffee is bitter. Plain baking chocolate is bitter. Burnt Garlic is bitter. I hate bitter. No. Thank. You. Sir, let me clarify. The Spritzy Americano is bitter in the way that a Negroni, a bar of beautiful dark chocolate, or a complex Italian amaro is bitter. The bitterness is an integral part of the beverage, balanced by the other elements, in this case, sparkling water, orange juice, and orange peel.

Most specialty mixed coffee drinks are sweet. Frappuccinos are milkshakes. Coffee tonics had their moment. Lattes topped with cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin shavings exist. This is not a coffee tonic or a milkshake or a declaration that the seasons are changing. The Spritzy Americano is not any of that. Here’s how you make it:

You want approximately 5 oz. of seltzer water, 2 oz. of espresso, and 2 oz. of fresh orange juice. This lineup is flexible, but being within ½ oz. of those measurements will give you the right balance—just enough sweetness from the orange juice, and a body that feels neither thin nor sludgy. The texture of the Spritzy Americano is smooth and lightly carbonated. If you’re the type of person who needs a sweet coffee beverage, a splash of simple syrup is acceptable.

This is going to get a little nerdy for a second, but the temperature of the liquids matter here. You don’t want to use cold seltzer. You should use room temperature seltzer that is poured over ice. Room temperature water will not shock the espresso when you add it to the Americano. Shocking the espresso with cold water will bring out intensely bitter flavors in the coffee, masking the fruity, roasted chocolate flavor. Letting the espresso and the seltzer cool together will make for a better drink. The liquid should be added in this order: Ice. Room temperature seltzer. Espresso. Orange juice.

Contents

Sparkling Blood Orange Rosemary Water

This sparkling blood orange rosemary water is the perfect way to liven up a drink recipe without adding calories! It’s perfect for brunch or a mocktail.

Alex creates the drink recipes in our household (basically all the beverages). So it’s no surprise this sparkling blood orange rosemary water was invented by him! Alex devised this rosemary water as a drink for our vegetarian brunch menu. Blood orange juice has the most beautiful electric pink hue, which made it look stunning next to the other brunch items. It could also work as a sort of mocktail. Sparkling water recipes are our favorite for making drinks delicious without adding lots of calories or sugar. Keep reading for the blood orange rosemary water recipe and the menu for our vegetarian brunch!

Related: Lemon Herb Cucumber Water Recipe

How to make rosemary water

This rosemary water has subtle flavors and an understated, refreshing flavor. Feel free to add more blood orange juice or honey if you’re looking for a more intense flavor. To make our sparkling water, we used our SodaStream (which we’re obsessed with!) We bought it to make healthy alternatives soda pop, and we ended up falling in love with the refreshing bubbles — we usually mix the water with lemon or lime juice, or use it to make drinks like these. You can also use a plain or flavored canned sparkling water: just make sure that the flavor is complimentary and won’t clash with the blood orange and rosemary.

Related: How to Make Kombucha

Vegetarian brunch menu

This blood orange rosemary water was created as the drink (basically a mocktail!) for our vegetarian brunch menu. We created the brunch menu with our friend Shelly from Vegetarian Ventures. We hope you might consider it to celebrate with loved ones on this Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion that calls for a special morning meal. We love this comment from reader Katie on our last brunch post: “Brunch is my favorite meal to entertain because it’s casual and usually anything goes so we can have sweet and savory all at once.” We hadn’t thought about it that way, but it’s completely true! Here’s our vegetarian brunch menu:

Two-Potato Hash with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Blood Orange and Quinoa Muffins (at Vegetarian Ventures)

Sparkling Blood Orange Rosemary Water

Coffee

Looking for more sparkling water recipes?

Are you looking for sparkling water recipes that are a healthy alternative to soda pop? That’s why we got our SodaStream and we love making inventive soda alternatives! Here are a few more sparkling water recipes around the web:

  • 10 Sparkling Drinks Superior to Diet Soda
  • Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
  • Sparkling Mango Water

Looking for more blood orange recipes?

Blood oranges are such a beautiful fruit to work into your cooking. Their vibrant pink color is eye popping! Blood oranges can be found in the winter in many mainstream groceries. Here are a few other blood orange recipes on A Couple Cooks and beyond:

  • Blood Orange Granita
  • Orange & Fennel Upside Down Cornmeal Cake
  • 15 Brilliant Blood Orange Recipes
  • Blood Orange Jam

This recipe is…

This sparkling blood orange rosemary water recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, and refined sugar free.

Description

This sparkling blood orange rosemary water is the perfect way to liven up a drink recipe without adding calories! It’s perfect for brunch or a mocktail.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 small sprigs rosemary, divided
  • 3 large blood oranges (enough for 1 cup juice)
  • 750 mL sparkling water (we use the SodaStream)

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons water and 3 sprigs rosemary over low heat for about 1 minute until fully combined. Allow to cool on the stove, and then discard the rosemary.
  2. Juice 3 blood oranges. In a pitcher, combine the honey mixture, orange juice, and sparkling water. Garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Rosemary water, Blood orange recipes, Sparkling water recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

10 Drinks That Will Kick Your Soda Habit For Good

My diet soda addiction started in college. It was my fuel to get through exams and tough swim seasons. I used to fill up my Nalgene water bottle up with Diet Coke to get through the day–thinking about that now makes me literally shudder.

After college I decided it was time to clean up my diet (sorry pizza, I can’t have you every night) and cut back on the soda. I found the less I drank Diet Coke, the less I craved it. (Unfortunately I can’t say the same thing for pizza!) Eventually I found myself kicking my soda habit to the curb and swapping in healthier alternatives that still gave me that soda feeling—but weren’t loaded with chemicals, calories and added sugar. It’s a lifestyle change for sure, but if you too are looking to kick the habit, here are some of my favorite sips.

1. La Croix

You’ve heard the rumors and yes it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. This stuff has zero calories, zero sweetener and zero sodium, but 100% effervescence. It’s so refreshing you will have a hard time not saying “Ahhhh” after each sip.

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2. Bai Sparkling

With only five calories and one gram of sugar per can, Bai is bubble perfection. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants and super fruits so it’s tasty and good for your body. The Jamacia Blood Orange is a must-try flavor.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $20.89 (Pack of 12)

3. Kombucha Wonder Drink

Ever heard of kombucha? Me either, until a few years ago when a friend suggested I try it to aid in digestion, and now I am hooked! Like the name, this fermented tea is wonder in a can.

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4. Pellegrino

You’ve probably experienced the luxury of this carbonated mineral water before. But have you ever poured it in a wine glass? Try it and you’ll immediate feel fancy.

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5. Smartwater Sparkling

Smartwater just got a bubbly upgrade. In addition fizz, this vapor-distilled water features electrolytes for ultimate hydration.

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6. Kevita Organic Sparkling Probiotic Drink

This stuff is a win-win because it tastes like a mocktail in a bottle and is also seriously good for your gut. With 4 strains of live probiotics, sipping on Kevita is like cheers-ing to your health.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $2.69

7. Found Infused Sparkling Water

Naturally sparkling from rich minerals and flavored with natural aromas, extracts and a little beet sugar and you’ve got yourself a simple yet indulgent drink. The sleek bottle is also totally Instagram-worthy!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $46 (Pack of 12)

8. SAP Maple Seltzer

Sparkling sap. Sounds weird, tastes amazing. Comprised of 100-percent pure maple sap has naturally occurring electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients that refresh and hydrate the body so it’s great post-workout or mixed into smoothies.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $10 (Pack of 4)

9. Izze Sparkling Juice

This fun drink is 70-percent pure fruit juice with a splash of sparkling water. With no added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, it’s the perfect blend of fruit and bubbles. Kids will go crazy for this soda-alternative, too!

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10. Spindrift Seltzer Water

With only zero to 15 calories per can and no artificial ingredients, you can enjoy this subtly sweet drink with zero guilt because it’s just real fruit squeezed into sparkling water. We can’t wait to sip this all summer long…maybe adding a splash of vino or vodka, too.

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20 New Drinks That Make It Easy to Quit Soda

It’s no news that soda can derail your fitness goals. What increases the risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease? If you guessed soda, you’re spot on. (Did the headline give it away?) According to a Journal of the American College of Cardiology report, the bubbly beverage really does live up to its villainous reputation. And if you think you’ve got nothing to worry about because you only sip a can or two per day, you’ve got things all wrong. Researchers had found that drinking just one serving of pop a day can increase the risk of fatal heart disease or heart attack by a whopping 35 percent. No fizzy drink is worth that risk—which is why you should seek out soda alternatives ASAP.

However, diet soda drinkers aren’t safe either, mainly because the beverages are filled with potentially carcinogenic chemicals like caramel coloring (which is present in the regular varieties, too) and artificial sweeteners. “Even though diet drinks are calorie-free, they cause insulin to be released in your gut because their artificial sweeteners are sweet like sugar,” says registered dietitian Miriam Jacobson. “Insulin is your body’s primary fat-storage hormone, so consuming it will cause the body to hold onto any extra fat.”

While your go-to source of hydration throughout the day should be water, it can be tough to go cold turkey if soda’s been a part of your routine for a while. While coffee, detox water, and tea can make the transition to a soda-free life easier, sometimes you just want to grab something with a bit of fizz or flavor that’s ready-to-drink. Thankfully there are tons of new healthy soda alternatives flooding the market that fit that very description, and we’ve got the scoop on the best of them.

1

Spindrift

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Nutrition, per can: 2-17 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0-20 mg carbs, 0-2 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

There are nine different flavors of Spindrift sparkling soda, all of which contain between zero and two grams of sugar. Eight of such flavors all embody delicious fruits, with fruit puree sweetening the fizzy drink. The flavor that sticks out among its counterparts is the Half & Half variety, which is a sugar-free lemonade and iced tea mixture. Fresh lemon juice and brewed black tea are splashed in carbonated water to achieve a refreshing drink.

2

Pepsi Bubly

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Nutrition, per can: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

Bubly is Pepsi’s sparkling water brand, and the cheerful cans aren’t the only thing that’ll make you smile. The line comes in 12 different flavors, including grapefruit, apple, orange, and cherry just to name a few. Replace a sugary soda with this carbonated beverage, and your flat belly goals won’t seem as unattainable.

3

Polar Seltzer

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

Do you know what the difference between club soda, seltzer, and sparkling water is? Believe it or not, the words are not interchangeable even though there are only very slight differences between the three. Seltzer has roots in Germany and, at the time, was pulled from a natural spring. While that may not be the case for all seltzer waters you see on the market today, Polar Seltzer water offers a long list of different, refreshing flavors, none of which cost you any calories.

4

Humm Kombucha

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Nutrition, per can: 25 calories, 0 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 5 g sugar

Added sweeteners: Agave nectar

Kombucha is the bubbly, antioxidant-rich, and probiotic-infused drink that serves as a great alternative to soda. Soda falls under a category of food and drink called empty calories because it literally provides zero nutritional value, but costs you a good amount of calories and tacks on an inordinate amount of added sugar. Thankfully, Humm, based out of Bend, Oregon, recently released a lower-sugar kombucha, with two flavors including Ginger Juniper and Raspberry Hops.

5

La Croix Sparkling Water

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

Sure, the cans may look like something that’s filled with the latest boozy drinks coveted by festival-going college kids, but ask anyone who’s tried a can of the stuff (both young and old) and they’ll tell you: LaCroix sparkling water is straight up delicious. The bubbles are light and frothy and the flavor is just intense enough to be pleasing. It’s really no wonder that the drink has assumed a cult-like following.

6

Bai Lemonade

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Nutrition, per bottle: 5 calories, 5 mg sodium, 6-9 g carbs, 1 g sugar

Added sweeteners: Erythritol, stevia extract

The bulk of Bai’s beverages are made with white tea extract (which has been shown to break down fat) and various fruit extracts, and they’re all addictively delicious. Some of our favorites are the lemonade varieties. Burundi Blueberry, Limu Lemon, and São Paulo Strawberry Lemon make us feel like we’re drinking a far healthier version of a summery lemonade.

7

Perrier Sparkling Water

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Nutrition, per can: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

Perrier has been around since 1863, making it the longest standing company on this list. Today, the sparkling mineral water company produces eight different flavors of sparkling water, including green apple, peach, and even a hybrid of lemon and orange cleverly called, L’Orange. You won’t miss the sugar in these bubbly beverages.

8

Sparkling Bitters

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

While the name may be a bit off-putting (who wants to drink something bitter?!), don’t let that scare you away from this trendy elixir. This drink is made by blending sparkling water with the highly concentrated liquid extractions of herbs, roots, and fruit. (If you’re into craft cocktails, you’ve likely had bitters in boozy drinks like the Manhattan and the Sazerac.) Think of these bottles as the cooler younger sibling of tired seltzer.

9

Runa Zero Energy Drinks

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 1 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

If you want something that’s totally free of calories and sugar, Runa has got you covered. The company boasts six different flavors of energy drinks, three of which fall under the Zero energy drink category. The blood orange, watermelon, and lime varieties all have zero calories and sugar. What separates this energy drink from others, though, is that they’re all made from guayusa leaves—a plant that’s native to the Amazon rainforest with double the antioxidant capacity as green tea. They also all have 150 mg of caffeine, which is much more than the typical 95 mg a standard 8-ounce cup of coffee houses.

10

Upruit Sparkling Cold-Brew Coffee

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Nutrition, per can: 45-60 calories, 5-10 mg sodium, 12-15 g carbs, 9 g sugars

Added sweeteners: Maple syrup

Perhaps the best way to receive a burst of energy instantly (and in a healthy manner) would be to drink a cup or two of coffee. Ditch the added sugar-filled can of soda and opt for a can of Upruit’s naturally flavored sparkling cold-brew instead! We love this drink because you get that desired fizzy of texture along with 100 mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to what you would get in a cup of coffee. The only added sweetener in these drinks is maple syrup, but even then the 11-ounce drink has nearly 4.25 times less sugar than what a 12-ounce can of Sprite contains at 38 grams.

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Tickle Water

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

It may be the first-ever sparkling water for kids, but even we are big Tickle Water fans. One staffer who tried the stuff said the cola flavor tasted “like sparkling water with a splash of Coke” but still thought it was a great soda alternative despite the less-intense flavor.”

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Vertical Maple Water

Nutrition, per container: 15 calories, 10 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 3 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

Before Maple tree sap is boiled down to the consistency and sweetness of pancake syrup, it’s far thinner and less sugary. So, a handful of companies began pasteurizing and bottling the stuff, which they’ve aptly named maple water. It’s more or less like water, but it’s slightly thicker and carries a hint of sweetness. It carries a bit of added nutrition, too. A bottle provides 30 percent of the day’s manganese, a trace mineral that staves off disease-causing free radicals, reduces inflammation, and helps to maintain proper nerve function. According to the company’s website, “Vertical Water is 100 percent pure and is the only U.S.-sourced maple water that is Non-GMO Project Verified.”

13

Hint Kick

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

Hint Water may not be carbonated, cola-flavored, or sold in 64-ounce Big Gulps, but these new(ish) flavored bottled waters do have 60 milligrams of caffeine derived from coffee beans. That’s more than you’ll find in Diet Dr. Pepper (41 mg) or Mountain Dew (54 mg), so you’re sure to get the jolt your of energy your body needs—without having to down a bunch of chemicals or brew up a cup of coffee. Try the Lemon Cayenne Hint Kick (and don’t overdo it, since caffeine can dehydrate you), and you’ll probably never go back to Coke again.

14

Wtrmln Wtr

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Nutrition, per bottle: 60 calories, 0 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 12 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

One of her albums may be called Lemonade, but Beyoncé promotes another kind of drink, too. Queen B has invested in WTRMLN WTR, a pressed juice with just three ingredients: watermelon flesh and rind, and lemon. Not only is it light and refreshing, but it’s also a functional beverage to boot. In a study of Spanish athletes, researchers found that watermelon juice can diminish post-workout soreness, likely thanks to its high potassium and magnesium content, two electrolytes that aid hydration, muscle relaxation, and restorative sleep, explains Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN. Sure the sugar count in the beverage is higher than in some flavored waters, but all of the sweet stuff comes from fruit. Simply put: Don’t sweat it.

15

Sparkling Live Drinking Vinegars

Nutrition, per bottle: 15 calories, 0 mg sodium, 3-4 g carbs, 2-5 g sugar

Added sweeteners: Stevia

By combining carbonated water, apple cider vinegar (ACV), coconut, whole fruit juice concentrate, and stevia, Sparking Live has created a gut-happy beverage that’s light in calories yet full of flavor. For years, health foodies and svelte celebs have said that ACV is their flat belly secret—and research published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, Biochemistry explains why. In the study, participants who were given two tablespoons of ACV over a 12-week period lost more weight, body fat, and inches from their middle section than participants that were given just one tablespoon or a placebo. While the results were not terribly dramatic (they only lost about 3.7 pounds), the participants were not given an exercise or diet regimen to follow, which would have helped them shed additional weight.

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Zevia Sodas & Energy Drinks

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Nutrition, per can: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: Stevia

This small company, founded by soda-loving parents who wanted something healthier for their children, distributes a variety of classic flavors, from cola to ginger ale to grape, without using artificial sweeteners or colors. Depending on which you pick, some of these sodas have a touch of caffeine. The flavor Dr. Zevia, for example, packs 42 milligrams of caffeine, which is about a little less than half of what a cup of joe would offer. The strawberry flavor, however, doesn’t have a single trace of caffeine, which makes it an ideal option for those later afternoon soda cravings without having to jeopardize your sleep.

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Bai Bubbles

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Nutrition, per bottle: 5 calories, 10-40 mg sodium, 9-11 g carbs, 1 g sugar

Added sweeteners: Erythritol, stevia extract

Bai Bubbles, which comes in flavors like Guatemala Guava, Jamaica Blood Orange, and Bolivia Black Cherry, are sweetened with fruit juice, erythritol, and stevia and powered by 45 milligrams of caffeine, thanks to the tea and coffee fruit. They’re delicious enjoyed straight-up or as a mixer.

18

Sparkling Ice

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

There are 16 different flavors of Sparkling Ice, all of which pack various different vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and D and even biotin. These beverages are both fantastic on their own and also make for great mixers!

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S. Pellegrino

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Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

Added sweeteners: N/A

This classic sparkling drink is made purely from natural mineral water. Similar to Perrier, S. Pellegrino has been around for more than 100 years, with its foundations beginning in Italy in 1899. Pop open a bottle of this smooth, fizzy, no-calorie refreshment.

20

Detox Water

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Nutrition, per bottle: 30 calories, 29 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 8 g sugar

Added sweeteners: Organic agave nectar, organic stevia

By adding fruits that have detoxifying properties in their flesh and peels to water, you can sip your way slim with the right kind of detox water. What could be more awesome than that? Well, Detox Water comes close by taking the legwork out of the equation. To create their signature beverages, the drink combines water, agave, fruit juice flavors, and aloe vera (a potent skin firmer and fat burner), stevia and vitamins (like 14-18 percent of your day’s vitamin B6 and B12). While it’s more caloric than making a batch of detox water at home, it’s not a bad runner-up if you don’t have time to make it yourself.

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8 popular drinks from the Coca-Cola system and their low or no sugar alternatives

Do you love your favourite soft drink but want to cut down on your sugar intake? Well did you know that all our sparkling soft drinks that are part of the Coca-Cola system have a reduced sugar or sugar-free buddy?

Take Coca-Cola Zero Sugar – its new and improved recipe means it tastes even more like Coca-Cola Classic. Under its previous name of Coca-Cola Zero, 5 in 10 people didn’t know that the drink actually contained zero sugar. We’re now actively encouraging more people to make a no or lower sugar choice so its new name and look makes it even clearer that Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is sugar-free.

Here are 8 low or no sugar companions for your favourite soft drinks:

1. Coca-Cola Classic

Coca-Cola Classic has been enjoyed since 1886 and is the world’s favourite soft drink.

Looking for a lower sugar, or sugar free alternative to Coca-Cola Classic?

Over the years we’ve developed lots of tasty Coca-Cola variants, including Coca-Cola Vanilla and the much loved Coca-Cola Cherry. But you can also take your pick from a range of no and reduced sugar and options…

  • Coca-Cola Zero Sugar tastes even more like Coca-Cola Classic and is sugar free
  • Diet Coke has a lighter taste than Coca-Cola Classic with its own unique blend of flavours and is sugar and calorie free

2. Sprite

The crisp, citrusy taste of Sprite first hit shop shelves back in 1961 and is now enjoyed in over 190 countries. In 2013 we added stevia plant extract, reducing the sugar content of Sprite by 37%, compared to its previous recipe.

If you’d like to enjoy Sprite with no sugar, try…

Sprite Zero. It was first developed back in 1974 and was known as Sugar Free Sprite. It has the same citrusy, sharp taste but it’s sugar-free, calorie-free and caffeine-free.

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Did you know? Stevia has been used in South America to flavour drinks for more than 200 years.

3. Dr Pepper

The sparkling blend of 23 fruit flavours has been around for well over a century. It was created by Texas pharmacist Charles Alderton in 1885, who gave a sample of the first batch to Wade Morrison, a local shop owner, who then agreed to stock the drink.

Would you love it if Dr Pepper had a sugar-free friend?

Dr Pepper Zero was originally launched in the US way back in 1962 – known at the time as Diet Dr Pepper. This sugar-free choice still has the same bold, fruity taste and is available worldwide.

4. Fanta

The tingly fruity taste of Fanta Orange makes it a popular favourite. It’s made with 5% juice and in 2007 we changed the recipe, meaning it now contains 33% less sugar than the original.

There are more than 90 flavours of Fanta globally and in Great Britain you can enjoy Fanta Lemon and lots of other taste varieties.

Which of these Fanta varieties have less sugar?

The zesty orange flavour of Fanta Orange Zero means you can enjoy the refreshing Fanta taste with zero calories!

Did you know that Fanta was first introduced in 1940 and is our second oldest brand of The Coca-Cola Company?

5. Lilt

Inspired by the flavours of the Caribbean, we reformulated the Lilt recipe in 2006, reducing its sugar and calorie content by 56%.

Want to try Lilt with even less sugar?

Lilt Zero has no added sugar and zero calories but it’s still made with the same real pineapple and grapefruit juices as Lilt and has the same delicious tropical taste!

6. Powerade

Looking for a delicious way of replenishing the energy and fluids your body loses during exercise? Powerade Berry & Tropical is a still, isotonic sports drink that’s been developed by sports scientists.

Get optimum refreshment and adequate hydration without the sugar!

Powerade Zero Berry & Tropical is equally as refreshing during those lower intensity workouts, and has zero sugar and calories.

7. Oasis

With seven delicious flavours, Oasis is the UK’s number one on-the-go juice drink. We also offer three Oasis Mighty Drops flavours, where all you need to do is add a few drops to your bottle or glass of water.

Looking for a fruity low-sugar choice?

A 250ml pour of Oasis Light Peach and Passionfruit or Oasis Summer Fruits Light has only 2g of sugar, just 2% of the daily recommended intake based on an average adult (8,400kJ/2000Kcal).

8. Schweppes

Schweppes Indian Tonic Water is part of the Schweppes Mixers range and can be enjoyed as a mixer or on its own.

Fancy a mixer with no sugar?

Try Slimline Indian Tonic Water, Diet Lemonade, Slimline Canada Dry Ginger Ale or Slimline Bitter Lemon. Our Schweppes range also includes stand-alone zero sugar options, like Slimline Tonic Water with Lemon Zest and Low Calorie Elderflower Tonic Water.

Did you know that Schweppes Lemonade is delicious when mixed with fruit juice or poured as part of a perfect serve?

Want to learn more? Here are 5 ways we’re helping you enjoy less sugar.

Sparkling water is one of my favorite weight loss secrets. When people come to me asking for help losing weight, they’re usually willing will drop every bad habit, except for one: They can’t seem to get rid of their beloved sugary sodas or diet sodas.

It is an epidemic, this obsession with sodas. Believe me, I know. I was a disciple for many years.

However, the week I finally gave up my diet sodas for water, I lost 10 lbs!

In the end, I found that it was not the soda flavors I missed or craved — it was the bubbles.

So, here’s my collection of homemade sparkling water sodas. These drinks will help curb your sweet tooth and encourage you to drink more water. Like detox water, this is not a sweet drink: Expect just a hint of flavor.

Special Tip: I own a SodaStream, so I can make my own sparkling water at home.

For those who don’t have a SodaStream, simply pick up some sparkling water at the store.

What Is Sparkling Water?

Sparkling water, also called carbonated water, is water that has had pressurized carbon dioxide gas added to it to give it bubbles.

Sparkling water is the term often used for club soda, soda water, seltzer water and fizzy water. It also includes naturally carbonated sparkling mineral water like Perrier and Pellegrino.

Tonic water is a bitter form of carbonated water that contains a compound called quinine, along with some type of sweetener. Steer clear of tonic water and stick to carbonated water if you’re looking to lose weight.

Key Point: Sparkling water goes by many names, but it’s basically water that has had carbon dioxide added under pressure to create bubbles and fizz.

Benefits of Sparkling Water

Like plain water, the health benefits of sparkling water are numerous:

  • It helps boost your metabolism for faster weight loss.
  • Helps relieve constipation.
  • Improves your mood.
  • Helps your liver detox your system.
  • Fills you up so you don’t eat as much junk.
  • Naturally helps your body release fat cells for water weight loss.
  • Keeps food moving through your system.
  • Keeps your organs healthy while you’re sweating.
  • Reduces muscle fatigue while working out.
  • Helps you recuperate faster from a workout.
  • Keeps you from feeling groggy in the afternoon.

Key Point: Drinking water, including sparking water, is very good for your health.

Is Carbonated Water Bad For You?

Drinking more water is generally a good way to improve your health and weight loss efforts, but some concerns about whether it affects your teeth and bone health.

This concern comes from the fact that when you combine carbon dioxide and water, carbonic acid is produced, which is considered a weak acid. It creates a slight burning or prickly sensation in your mouth, similar to mustard. (1)

There is not a lot of research on this topic, but one study showed that carbonated water is not bad for your teeth. The study showed that water carbonation damaged tooth enamel only slightly more than plain water (2).

It also showed that sparkling water was 100 times less damaging than sugar soft drinks.

Regarding bone health concerns, a study showed that sugary sodas were the only drink responsible for significantly lower bone density. Sparkling water appeared to not affect bone health (3).

Key Point: While drinking sugary sodas has been shown to be bad for tooth enamel, carbonated water has been shown to be good for your health and does not harm teeth.

Sparkling Water Recipes

Here are some of the most popular sparkling water recipes. Always feel free to experiment with new ingredients, and you’ll never be bored with water again.

#1. Cucumber and Lime Sparkling Water

This is a classic sparkling water recipe that’s so easy to make. The flavors of the lime and cucumber blend so perfectly, and it makes an excellent drink for a hot summer afternoon.

Cucumber and Lime Sparkling Water Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Wash cucumbers and slice into long thin strips. Pour carbonated water into a large container and add the cucumber strips. Add lime slices for flavor.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#2. Strawberry Mint Soda

I had some strawberry mint water at a family wedding a few years ago, and it is still on my mind!

If you want to make this as regular, flat water, by all means do so, it’s delicious.

Strawberry Mint Soda Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 4 liters of seltzer water
  • 1 tray of ice cubes

Divide the mint leaves between each of the liters of seltzer water, squeezing them as you drop them in to help release the oils. Divide the strawberries between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#3. Raspberry Peach Pop

This is recipe features frozen fruit. Don’t shy away from frozen fruits: They are picked and frozen at the height of the season, ensuring the fullest flavor.

Raspberry Peach Pop Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Divide the raspberries and peaches between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#4. Citrus Mojito Soda

The combination of lime and mint has hit me hard and stayed with me. It was inevitable that I would make a Citrus Mojito Soda water infused with these lovely flavors.

Remember, it won’t taste like an actual mojito (wouldn’t that be great?), but it will whisk you away from a stressful day.

Citrus Mojito Soda Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced into rings
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Divide the mint leaves between each of the liters of sparkling water, squeezing them as you drop them in to help release the oils.

Divide the lime and orange rings between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#5. Cherry Overflow Pop

This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen cherries, but please stay away from the florescent red ones in a jar.

I enjoy frozen cherries, but you can also use frozen pomegranate seeds in this anytime treat.

As an extra garnish, add a vanilla bean.

Cherry Overflow Pop Ingredients:

  • 20 frozen dark cherries, split in half
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Divide the cherries and pomegranate seeds between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#6. Strawberry Vanilla Soda

What can I say? I’m a sucker for all things strawberry! This reminds me of my childhood, strawberry sodas and the smell of sweet vanilla.

Vanilla is a great way to add flavor without calories. I suggest you order the beans online because they can be a bit pricey at the store.

Strawberry Vanilla Soda Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. Cut the 2 long pieces into 4 small pieces by cutting once more in half. Do not scrape out the seeds: That’s where most of the flavor lies.

Add one piece of vanilla bean to each of the liters of sparkling water then divide the strawberries between the 4 liters. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

*A note on the vanilla beans: Just like in vanilla bean ice cream, your water will have little black beans smaller than the strawberry seeds. They are safe and don’t be put off by them. They pack a ton of flavor!

#7. Peaches and Cream Soda Water

I keep frozen peaches in my freezer so I can have the pleasure of making this recipe anytime.

Do the same and you can curb your sweet tooth all the time with this delicious soda water.

Peaches and Cream Soda Water Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. Cut once more in half so that you have 4 thin sticks. Do not scrape out the seeds — that is where most of the flavor lies.

Add one piece of the vanilla bean to each of the liters of sparkling water then divide the peaches between the 4 liters. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

*A note on the vanilla beans: Just like in vanilla bean ice cream, your water will have little black beans smaller than the strawberry seeds. They are safe and don’t be put off by them. They pack a ton of flavor!

Conclusion

Sparkling water is a fun and healthy way to drink more water, which helps improve your weight loss efforts.

I recommend purchasing a SodaStream so that you’ll always have the ability to make fresh carbonated water at any time.

Just remember to keep trying new ingredients and combinations to find out what you really like, and don’t like. The goal is to drink more water.

Strawberry Mojito Sparkling Water

This Strawberry Mojito Sparkling Water is a light refreshing mocktail that is perfect for summer.

I love water, I prefer it over other drinks, so when we began to cut sodas out of our life it wasn’t hard for me. MG on the other hand missed having something bubbly to drink. Enter sparkling water. It has become the #1 drink on our house. We no longer buy soda, except on that rare special occasion, and MG hasn’t looked back.

One of the things we like most about sparkling water is all of the different flavors it comes in. Recently we discovered Vintage sparkling water, it comes in six flavors, Cucumber Melon, Lime, Lemon, Original, Pink Grapefruit, and Coconut. MG almost couldn’t choose! Lime, pink grapefruit, and coconut, are some of his favorite flavors in general and Vintage uses only 2 ingredients, carbonated water, and natural flavors. Those “natural flavors” may be an essence, extract or oil from the actual fruit that is listed on the label and they give the water a clean, fresh, taste.

We still like to play around with flavors and add some of our own to the sparkling water. Last weekend I had some freshly picked strawberries from the farmer’s market, and mint from my garden so we made ourselves a Strawberry Mojito mocktail, using lime flavored Vintage sparkling water.

Sparkling water is carbonated so we couldn’t infuse the water with flavor by letting it sit for a few hours, or overnight. Instead we filled a glass with some mint leaves and strawberries, then crushed them, bruising the leaves and breaking up the fruit to let the flavors out.

We filled the cup with ice and then poured the lime sparkling water over it. I added a few slices of strawberries and some lime, then garnished the whole thing with a fresh strawberry and mint. The drink tasted just as good as it looks!

Vintage sparkling water contains no high fructose corn syrup, no sugar, and is calorie free, simple and refreshing. We bought Vintage sparkling water at Kroger (a grocery store in Nashville) but if you don’t have one near you try Vintage’s product locator page. Make sure you download a COUPON before you head out to buy some of your own!

Servings: 1 Prep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 5 mins A light and refreshing summer drink, this strawberry mojito mocktail is made with lime sparkling water and fresh herbs and berries. 5 from 1 vote

  • 1 can Lime Vintage Sparkling Water
  • 5 Strawberries, sliced
  • 4-5 Mint leaves
  • 2 Lime slices
  • Ice
  • Put 4 sliced strawberries and mint leaves in a glass and crush them until the fruit is broken up and the leaves are bruised.
  • Add ice to glass.
  • Pour lime Vintage sparkling water over ice.
  • Add lime slices and the last of the strawberry slices to the drink.
  • Garnish with fresh mint and a strawberry.

Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary. Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell Course: Drink

For more Vintage sparkling water recipes check out their website!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Soda Water

Soda water, especially when flavoured with a bit of citrus tastes delicious—and it’s a great way to increase water intake. But did you know soda water has many other uses besides delicious hydration?

1. Clean Car Windshields

Soda water is great for removing bird droppings and greasy stains from the car windshields. Keep a spray bottle of soda water ready to go in your car. The carbonation makes it easier to clean—especially on the fly.

2. Give Plants a Mineral Boost

We’re not the only ones who like carbonated water—plants love it too. The minerals in soda water help green plants grow. You can use soda water once a week on both indoor and outdoor plants.

3. Remove Fabric Stains

Soda water is a great stain remover for fabrics. As soon as you spill something, pour club soda on the spot and gently rub it in. For tougher stains you might to scrub for vigorously. Most restaurants and bars have soda water so keep this in mind if you ever get something on your clothing while eating out.

4. Improve Cast-iron Cleanup

If you have a cast-iron, you probably know you’re not supposed to use soap on it. If you don’t scrub immediately after cooking in it, food gets caked on and cleaning becomes a real chore. The carbonation in soda water acts like soap bubbles to remove tough food spots without damaging to coating. Of course, just like hot water, it works better you apply it right away after cooking.

5. Clean Precious Gems

Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds can all be cleaned with soda water. Soak your precious gems in soda water to give them a nice sheen. All you need to do is drop them in a glass of soda water overnight, and you’ll have beautiful, shiny gems waiting for you in the morning.

6. Restore Hair Color

If you have blond hair, you’ve probably experienced green hair after swimming in a pool with chlorine. There’s actually a simple fix for this. Instead of rushing how to shower, give your hair a quick rinse with soda water and it will be back to normal in no time.

7. Sooth an Upset Stomach

Whether you ate too much, ate something you shouldn’t have, got the flu, or are hungover, soda water can tame your upset tummy. For extra effect, add a dash of bitters—this combination works wonders.

8. Clean Your Kitchen

Soda water can be used for to clean all your kitchen appliances. Pour it directly on countertops, stovetops, and in sinks. Let the bubbles work their magic before wiping it off with a soft cloth. To clean other appliances like the fridge, pour the soda water onto a soft cloth and start wiping. For a deeper clean, add a bit of salt and remember to rinse the area with water afterwards.

9. Remove Rust

Did you know soda water can be used to loosen rusty nuts and bolts. The carbonation works away at the rust, making it easier to loosen things up.

10. Eliminate Urine Stains

Just like soda water can be used to clean stains on your clothing, it can also be used to clean urine stains from your carpet. Before applying to soda water, blot as much urine as possible. Once you’ve poured soda water on the area, blot again to absorb more urine. This will remove the stain as well as the stench.

11. Make Pancakes Fluffier

Do you struggle to make your pancakes and waffles airy and light? Substitute soda water for the liquid called for your recipe and you’ll be amazed at the results!

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Sparkling Water Uses You May Not Have Thought Of

Sparkling water is a great thirst quencher. On a hot summer’s day, the bubbles really hit the spot. Mix with cordial and it’s refreshing, zesty and always a hit. However, there are plenty of other uses for it too. Carbonated water may seem fairly inconspicuous, but as well as being great for drinking, it can be used for cleaning, gardening and cooking! Here we’ll look at the 10 most surprising uses for sparkling water.

Stain Removal – A mother’s method that actually works. Sparkling water can be used to lift particularly tricky stains. Next time you spill something, try rubbing the affected area with carbonated water. It works on wine, food and more. Remember, if you have a spillage while you’re eating out, most restaurants will have soda water so make sure you ask for some!

Cooking – Sparkling water can be used instead of still water in several ways in the kitchen. When cooking pasta, if you boil fizzy water instead of still, the cooked pasta will supposedly have a lighter texture! Similarly, if you use sparkling water instead of milk when making pancakes they will be lighter and fluffier when cooked.

Cleaning – Getting stains and dirt off bathroom surfaces such as porcelain can be tough. Sparkling water acts as the perfect cleaning agent to get rid of these tricky marks. Just clean with a cloth and wipe dry afterwards to prevent water stains.

Windscreen Washing – Carbonated water is great for getting rid of bird droppings and muck on your car. It can also help remove any greasy stains or fingerprints. Just spray your windscreen with sparkling water, and the carbonation will help to lift the mess.

Restore Hair Colour – Chlorine can, unfortunately, mess up artificial hair colours. If you’re an unnatural blonde, you may be familiar with green hair after swimming… If this happens to you, rinse your hair with carbonated water. Your hair will quickly return to its normal shade.

Stop Indigestion – Upset stomachs often feel like they will never go away. However, there is a solution. Sparkling Water! Alongside CO2 which is what makes the water fizzy, it can also contain sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate is renowned for helping to settle upset stomachs.

Stop Rust – Carbon Dioxide present in carbonated water wears away rust. Just pour some sparkling water on the rust and then allow to soak for 5 minutes for maximum effect. This can be handy for rusted nuts and bolts you need to get loose. The Co2 will wear away the rust and sediment build up, meaning you can loosen them easier.

Clean Jewels – Wearing your jewellery every day means that gems can become dull and metal can become scratched and darkened. To combat this and get your jewellery back to how it should be, heat a small amount of sparkling water. Place your jewellery in the warm fizzy water for a few seconds then scrub any residue or dirt away using a soft toothbrush. Your gems should be left sparkling.

Marinate meat – This one is new to us! Did you know you can marinate meats in sparkling water? It makes the cuts of meat softer and juicier. Simply use the same spices and seasoning you usually would and work them into the meat before allowing it to sit in the sparkling water for 30 minutes.

Take travelling – Often, if you’re travelling abroad, water won’t be suitable for drinking. Take some bottles of sparkling water with you for drinking, and also use it for brushing your teeth. Sparkling water helps keep your teeth and mouth cleaner because of the carbon dioxide and bubbles!

These are just a few of the uses. If you can think of any more, comment them below!

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Seltzer water has to be one of my favorite bubbly beverages – it’s zero calories, super refreshing and the perfect bubbly addition to your next a batch of cocktails. And unlike club soda or tonic water, seltzer water doesn’t contain any sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate or added sweetener. I’m not ashamed to say that my refrigerator is mostly filled with plain and flavored seltzer water (I’m just a little obsessed!).

Sparkling water is simply just carbonated water that you can buy flavorless or with some added natural flavors. Not only is it a tasty drink, whether plain or fruit flavored, seltzer actually has a lot of use in your cooking. The carbon dioxide bubbles expand when heated, which makes foods lighter and fluffier. Don’t believe it? Check out some ways you can replace regular water or milk for seltzer water in your cooking.

Make Your Own Carbonated Water

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With a SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker, you can have your own fizzy water with the touch of a button. Grocery store runs usually consist of buying several 12 packs of bubbly water. With a sparkling water maker, I’ll be able to carbonate up to 60 liters of water at home.

1. Pancakes

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What’s not to love about fluffy pancakes? In your pancake batter recipe, replace plain water or milk with sparkling water like Perrier for light and airy pancakes. You’ll love the cloud-like texture of your next stack of Sunday morning pancakes.

2. Crepes

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Crepes, whether sweet or savory, are incredibly decadent and satisfying. Have you ever tried replacing some of the milk for sparkling water? Your crepe batter will turn out even lighter from the carbonation in the plain seltzer.

3. Waffles

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Homemade waffles are another breakfast in bed favorite and by swapping out the water or milk for seltzer, it will result in waffles with a fluffy inside and crispy edges. You won’t even taste any carbonation from the sparkling water.

4. Scrambled Eggs

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Seltzer water will really step up your breakfast game! For fluffy and light scrambled eggs, add in a splash or two of plain seltzer water. Sure, milk or heavy cream can do the same thing, but seltzer is just as good. And don’t forget that it’s zero calories, too.

5. Batters

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Plain sparkling water almost works like cooking with beer, coke, or champagne, but it does have the added benefit of being flavorless and zero calories. A splash of seltzer added into a tempura batter or any other batter to coat fish, vegetables, and meat makes it crisp and airy once cooked.

6. Cake

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Tired of dry, dense cake? I know I can’t stand dry cake. Well, if you’re drinking seltzer while baking, add in a few splashes of seltzer water to the cake batter. The tiny air bubbles will expand during baking to keep cakes from drying out and will give it a lighter texture.

7. Smoothies

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If you take your morning routine seriously, make it way better by swapping out the liquid for seltzer water. It’s so easy to get bored with using regular milk, almond milk, or fruit juice in your smoothie. The carbonation from the seltzer will make your smoothie fizzy and sparkling and definitely something worth waking up for!

Whether you’re using plain seltzer water like San Pellegrino or something fruit flavored like La Croix or Polar, it’s going to be absolutely delicious.

8. Boiled Vegetables

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This tip might sound a little unusual, but boiling your vegetables in sparkling water will cut down on the cooking time and keep the color in the veggies more vibrant. Just fill a large pot with plain seltzer, bring to a boil, and toss in your fresh vegetables.

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Seltzer gets a bad rap for serving up boring happy hour drinks, but these budget-friendly bubbles can actually make some of the most delicious and refreshing libations. For those who want to cut back on sugar, it’s no surprise that seltzer water brings zero calories, sugar or carbs to the party. That means you’ll be saving yourself from the sneaky sugary mixers that find their way into many mixed drinks and specialty cocktails.

Feeling fancy? You can also consider flavored sparkling water, a healthier alternative to getting the same fruity, floral notes you’d find in a full-bodied wine or boozy IPA. Plus, you can get a whole lot more creative when you factor in a variety of spirits, fresh fruits, herbs and other Instagram-worthy garnishes. Ready to get the party started? Check out these flavorful and festive seltzer-based cocktail recipes.

RELATED: Spiked Seltzer: Your Key to a Healthier Happy Hour?

12 Low-Calorie Cocktail Recipes with Seltzer Water

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1. Blueberry Mint Fizz

We’ve got a serious blue crush on this fizzy drink, which features blueberries, mint, blueberry-flavored vodka and Saint Germaine liqueur. Saint Germaine liqueur is made from elderflower, which has a sweet and aromatic taste, so you don’t need to add simple syrup or another sweetener. Photo and recipe: Mandy Kellog Rye / Waiting on Martha

RELATED: 6 Sommelier Tips for Spotting Low-Calorie Wine

2. Sparkling Lavender Honey Bee

The bright days of spring are up ahead once you’ve got a sip of this sunny drink in your hand. Honey adds a touch of sweetness, while dried lavender gives this sparkling cocktail a fragrant aroma and a hint of floral. Garnish with lemon slices for a zesty kick! Photo and recipe: Amy / The Foodie’s Diet Blog

3. Spiked Strawberry Spritzer

A splash of LaCroix’s Cúrate Pomme Bayá (apple berry) seltzer adds boldness to the sweetness of the strawberries in this low-sugar libation. Some berry-flavored vodka is all you need to further enhance this robust drink, no liqueurs necessary. Photo and recipe: Krystal / Sunny Sweet Days

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4. Fresh and Clean Cucumber Gin Fizz

You’ll feel like you just spent a day at the spa as you sip on this cucumber gin drink. Muddling cucumbers helps infuse their refreshing taste into the cocktail. Fresh dill and lime heightens the juniper and coriander in gin, making this drink super flavorful. Photo and recipe: Lauren Herbert / Chat N Chow

5. Gin and Topo Chico

Topo Chico is a specialty sparkling mineral water made in Mexico that dates back to the time of Moctezuma. This wildly popular mixer is a good source of sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and manganese, but mixologists also like it for its unique complementary flavor. It may be difficult to get your hands on it if you don’t live in the Southwest, so you can substitute it with any seltzer of your choice. Photo and recipe: Katherine Hysmith / Young Austinian

RELATED: 10 Tips for Lower-Calorie Cocktails

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6. Skinny Peach Mojitos

Diced peaches are muddled with mint, white rum, simple syrup and lemon-flavored seltzer. You can make this cocktail even healthier by forgoing the simple syrup for honey, agave, maple syrup or even coconut sugar. Photo and recipe: Philia Kelnhofer / Sweet Phi

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7. Grapefruit and Rosemary Sparkling Seltzer

Citrus fruits, like grapefruit, are in season during the winter, but this refreshing drink will make you want to book a hot-weather getaway. In this recipe, we use Ruby Grapefruit White Claw Hard Seltzer and some chilled Prosecco, but you can opt to use one or the other, if you want to cut back on the alcohol volume. Garnish each glass with a slice of grapefruit and a rosemary twig for a festive presentation with extra flavor. Photo and recipe: Gerry Speirs / Foodness Gracious

8. Raspberry Mint Seltzer Spritzer

Muddling raspberries and mint with fresh lemon juice brings out their sweetness and enhances the taste of hard sparkling water. Rosé raspberry ice cubes are a great way to chill the cocktails, while adding more fruity goodness and some “blush” to each glass. The best part is that this refreshing spritzer is only 100 calories! Photo and recipe: Erin Fairchild / Her Heartland Soul

RELATED: 8 Refreshing Cocktails With Superfood Ingredients

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9. Tequila Limeade

Your Taco Tuesday just got an upgrade with this deliciously zesty margarita-inspired drink. This low-sugar cocktail is made with tequila, limeade, mint and seltzer. (No sugar bombs here.) If you want to make your own limemade, simply mix freshly squeezed lime juice, agave and water or lime-flavored seltzer water together. Photo and recipe: Dan / Mantitlement

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10. The Citrus Spritzer Cocktail

You’re serving sunshine in a cup with this gorgeous winter spritzer, which includes blood oranges, limes and tangerines. Seltzer offsets the alcohol content and boosts the hydration factor, so you don’t wake up the next day wishing you didn’t have another glass. Photo and recipe: Claire Thomas / The Kitchy Kitchen

RELATED: What Is Blue Wine, and How Healthy Is It?

11. Red Wine Berry Spritzer

Perfect for all the malbec lovers out there, the frozen blueberries and raspberries in this recipe turn red wine into a frosty treat. If you like to pair your dinner with a glass of vino, this recipe is a creative way to think outside of the bottle and complement the spices and herbs in your dish. (Generally speaking, red wine is best with beef, pork and chicken.) Even better: Blueberries and raspberries are lower in sugar compared to other fruit, so their subtle sweetness won’t be off-putting to your meal. Photo and recipe: Aggie / Aggie’s Kitchen

12. White Sangria with Strawberries

Strawberries and rhubarb are not only a great pair for pie, but in this delicious sangria, too. We cut down on the sugar by swapping simple syrup with a natural sweetener and freshly squeezed orange juice. For the alcohol, we like chilled Prosecco or a dry sparkling white wine. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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Seltzer Water Drinks

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Infused sparkling water recipes are refreshing and healthy, and using sparkling water takes it to a party level! Here are many of my favorite combinations, and recipe for blueberries, lemon, mango, mint and even leafy green infused sparkling water!

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Infused Sparkling Water Recipes GUIDE

Infused Sparkling Water Recipes! Sparkling water is magical. Infuse it with fresh produce and it becomes more magical.

Not only is the bubbliness fun and interesting to drink, but it’s quite easy to infuse it with fruits and veggies and herbs, taking it to soaring heights!

Most of the combinations I recommend here push abundant nutrients into the water, including antioxidants, vitamin C, anti-aging Vitamin A and potassium in particular. Most also add anti-inflammatory properties, as well as actually prevent water retention (it’s water, though, go figure!) and are strong detoxifiers.

Can I Make My Own Sparkling Water?

Yes! La Croix is life, right? But no one really knows what the flavor ingredients are. So why take a chance? I use awesome home sparkling water maker. Making it at home is much better on your wallet and the environment. Still, some of us do still want to buy it, so you do you! I do both, which ever fits my schedule the best.

Oh, and while we are talking products. I use this pitcher now. Not the one pictured. This one allows me to pour with the infused fruits/veggies within the water. It is incredibly convenient!

The addition of seltzer to infused water really makes already-special infused water, super special.

The infused sparkling water recipe featured here is Blueberries Lemon Zucchini and Dill – rich with antioxidants from the blueberries, vitamin C from lemon, anti-aging properties from the zucchini, and fresh flavor from the dill – put it all in seltzer water, and you have one bubbly refreshing pitcher!

Here are More Infused Sparkling Water Recipes

Another favorite combo of mine is Kiwi Strawberries Cucumber. In this combination, kiwi acts as a great system purifier, strawberries provide strong anti-aging support, and cucumbers de-bloat and detox.

And here are even more combos I love:

  • -Strawberry Mango Mint
  • -Peach Ginger Lemon balm
  • -Lemon Strawberries Lavender
  • -Watermelon Cucumber Basil
  • -Blueberry Oranges Tarragon
  • -Honeydew Lime Dill
  • -Kiwi Strawberries Cucumber

Can I use Leafy Greens in Infused Water Recipes?

It may seem strange to push leafy greens into water to infuse, but it totally works, especially for sparkling water.

Use baby spinach or baby kale in leafy-green infused water. The baby type is important because the leaves are not as bitter as adult leaves. The best leafy greens for infused water are kale, chard and spinach.

Try leafy green infused water, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few nutrients you can expect from the baby-version of the following leafy greens in sparkling infused waters:

Kale is high in minerals such as folate, magnesium and potassium, which support in cell rejuvenation, blood purification, energy and DNA-building.

Chard is high in vitamins A and K and vitamin C.

Spinach is rich in folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamins A and E, protein, fiber, zinc, thiamin, calcium, and iron.

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Infused sparkling water is refreshing and healthy, and using sparkling water takes it to a party level! In this post, I shared many of my favorite combinations. Here is my recipe for blueberries, lemon, zucchini and mint, and many other combinations, even leafy green infused sparkling water! 5 from 4 votes Course: Drinks Cuisine: vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free Keyword: fruit, herbs, sparkling water Does it keep?: 1-week refrigerated Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes Servings: 8 Author: Dee Dine

Base Sparkling Water Recipe

  • 4 cups seltzer water (buy it or use the home sparkling water maker I link lower down)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tbs Baobab powder (This superfood adds a citrus flavor and huge amounts of vitamin C, good for skin and immunity)

Choose One or Two Fruit/Veggies to Infuse

Useful Equipment

  • Infused Water Pitcher with Built-in Strainer
  • Home Sparkling Water Maker

Make Each Recipe

  • Pour the seltzer water, ice and baobab into a pitcher. Add in one or two of the fruit/veggie/leaf choices. Stir again.
  • Cover and refrigerate for one hour at least.
  • Of course you can drink it right away, but the water will be more nutrient-rich the closer to 12 hours you wait. And yes, you can eat the fruit as long as it seems fresh to you! Enjoy this sparkling treat!

Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in immunological nutritional studies and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.

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