Beverage Universe’s Best-Loved Soda Brands

Most Popular Soda Brands

Pop, cola, soda — no matter you call it, there is no denying that Americans love soft drinks. This favorite carbonated beverage has been thrilling taste buds around the world since the 1800s, and in 2016, carbonated soft drinks accounted for 80.6 billion dollars in sales. The soda industry powerhouses Coca-Cola and Pepsi consistently rank in the top 20 most popular brands worldwide and offer sodas in almost every flavor — from the classic smooth and sweet cola to the more unique ginger lime and spicy cinnamon.

While there are hundreds of soft drinks available, a few rise to the top as America’s most popular soda brands. Here are our top 10 soda brands and some interesting facts you may not know about your soda of choice.

1. Tab

Tab soda

The top-selling soft drink at Beverage Universe is one you may not have heard of unless you are a true diet soda fanatic. Tab was the first diet soda created by the Coca-Cola company in 1963 — two decades prior to the release of the now hugely popular Diet Coke. Recognizable by its signature pink can, Tab was marketed primarily to weight-conscious young women with commercials that urged them to stay slim.

When Tab first hit the market, its only competitor was the low-calorie soft drink Diet Rite cola. Tab quickly gained popularity in the 1960s and 70s, and several different flavors were released. Tab even took the silver screen when the hero Marty McFly ordered one in the 1985 film Back to The Future.

However, Tab took a major hit when Diet Coke was released in 1983. Because Diet Coke was formulated to taste the same as sweet and sugary non-diet sodas, the popularity of the new diet soda skyrocketed. Tab, on the other hand, had a clean and tart flavor that did not imitate the taste of classic cola. Although it may have led to the soda’s downfall in the 80s, the unique citrus flavor of Tab may also be the reason it has developed a devoted cult following that remains today. Coca-Cola continues to produce smaller batches of Tab that are consumed by pockets of dedicated fans across the country. If you have never tried a Tab, we recommend you give it a taste for yourself.

2. Diet Coke

In the late 1970s, the popularity of low and no-calorie drinks was rising, so the Coca-Cola company needed to do something to keep up with consumer trends. Although the Coca-Cola trademark had not yet been extended to another brand, the company took a risk and created Diet Coke.

Prior to its release in 1983, Diet Coke was advertised in a flashy commercial filmed in New York City that featured the Rockettes performing at Radio City Music Hall. By the end of 1983, Diet Coke had become the most popular diet soft drink in the U.S. and the most popular soft drink for women. Diet Coke has consistently ranked in the top three most popular sodas in the U.S., according to an annual report by Beverage Digest. There are now twelve variations of Diet Coke, including Fiesty CherryGinger LimeTwisted Mango and Zesty Blood Orange.

3. Coca-Cola Classic

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are infamous rivals in the soft drink world, defining the industry with the sweet, fizzy flavor of their classic dark cola beverages. However, Coke was first to grip the market in 1886 and has consistently held the number one spot as America’s most popular soda — with Pepsi nipping at its heels in second place. Coca-Cola is also ranked as the number one most popular brand in the world and is purchased about 5.8 billion times per year, according to 2018 Brand Footprint report from Kantar Worldpanel.

The Coca-Cola company also earned a spot on Forbes’s list of the most valuable brands in the world in 2018. Coming in at sixth place with a brand value of 57.3 billion dollars, Coca-Cola is the only food or beverage company to crack the top ten. The brand’s namesake soda and our number three best-seller, Coca-Cola Classic, holds the largest share of the carbonated beverage market at 17.6 percent.

Below are a few more fun facts about America’s best-loved soft drink:

  • Coca-Cola was created in 1886 by a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia and was sold for just five cents a glass.
  • Coke has been featured in hundreds of films and television shows, including the 1933 classic King Kong, the science fiction thriller Blade Runner from 1982, the holiday favorite It’s A Wonderful Life and the popular Netflix series Stranger Things.
  • If you tasted one of the nearly 3,900 beverages made by the Coca-Cola brand each day, it would take over 10.5 years to try them all.
  • In 1985, the Coca-Cola Space Can boarded the Space Shuttle Challenger to become the first soda consumed in space.

4. Diet Sunkist Orange

Sunkist Orange Soda was born in the late 1970s when Mark Stevens of the Sunkist company saw the potential to expand into the soft drink industry. Sunkist was, and remains today, the largest citrus cooperative in the U.S. In 1978, when Sunkist Orange Soda was created, Sunkist produced nearly half of the oranges sold in the country.

To promote the new orange soda, Sunkist chose blue and orange branding and used the popular Beach Boys’ song “Good Vibrations” as the soda’s theme song. The sunny California beach vibe of Sunkist Orange Soda quickly made it one of the most popular orange sodas on the market. This fizzy citrus favorite is now available in Diet Sunkist Orange, which ranks as our fourth most popular soft drink.

5. Canada Dry Ginger Ale

Canada Dry Ginger Ale

In Toronto in 1904, John McLaughlin created Canada Dry Ginger Ale when he was just 25 years old. The young pharmacist saw potential in the soda pop industry and began selling fruity carbonated beverages with names like Happy Hooligan and the Japanese Thirst Killer. McLaughlin’s soda fountain had produced a spicy and dark ginger ale for a long time, but it was not until 1904 that he produced the paler and lighter Canada Dry Ginger Ale that consumers know today.

This ginger ale closely resembled ginger beer, and Canada Dry quickly gained popularity. During prohibition, the spicy ginger soda was popular as a mixer to cover the bitterness of homemade liquors. In honor of its Northern roots, the soda was first marketed with a beaver and map of Canada on the label. The label changed to the familiar crown and shield emblem in 1907 when the soda was appointed to the Royal Household of the Governor General of Canada.

6. Sprite Zero

Another result of the perpetual rivalry between the Coca-Cola and Pepsi companies, Sprite was created by Coca-Cola in 1961 to compete with Pepsi’s 7-Up. The lemon-lime soda was smartly branded with bright green colors and a bottle featuring unique dimples. Due to its bold look and successful marketing, Sprite quickly left 7-Up in the dust.

Sprite is now advertised as a thirst-quenching drink, with commercials featuring popular celebrities and athletes, including Drake and LeBron James. Along with Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Sprite also boasts a spot as one of the top 20 most popular brands worldwide.

The zero-calorie variation, Sprite Zero, was first produced in 1974, but was marketed under the name “Sugar Free Sprite.” The fizzy citrus soda was then renamed “Diet Sprite” in 1983 before finally becoming “Sprite Zero” in 2002. Sprite Zero features the signature fizzy lemon-lime flavor of Sprite without any of the calories, making it our number six best selling soda.

7. Coca-Cola Zero

Consumers have continued to seek low and no-calorie beverage choices, and the Coca-Cola company has continued to provide — Coke Zero is just one of Coca-Cola’s many sugar-free options available today. Coca-Cola began developing Coke Zero in the late 1990s as they searched for a low-calorie carbonated option that would appeal to male soda drinkers.

While Coke Zero would eventually become extremely successful, it was not popular right away. When it debuted in the U.S. in 2005, Coke Zero featured white packaging that many male consumers associated with more feminine diet drinks. When the company switched to black packaging in 2006, Coke Zero earned its spot among the greats of low-calorie sodas. The zero-calorie zero-sugar drink is now sold in 159 countries and is available in the popular flavor Cherry Coke Zero.

Here are a few more interesting facts about Coca-Cola Zero:

  • Coke Zero’s signature black cans were first launched in New Zealand to appeal to fans of the country’s national rugby team the All Blacks.
  • Coke Zero earned the nickname “Bloke Coke” in Australia due to its popularity among young males.
  • A few months prior to its official launch, a sample pack of Coke Zero was sold on eBay to create excitement around the new product.

8. Schweppes Ginger Ale

After ten years of experimenting, the amateur scientist Jacob Schweppe became the first person to successfully capture bubbles in water to invent soda water in 1783. Schweppe’s soda water was instantly popular among doctors and pharmacists as a treatment for upset stomach and many other ailments.

In 1851, Schweppes soda water became the official drink of the Great Exhibition in London which was held in a crystal palace built specifically for the event. The fountain at the entrance of the event is now pictured on the brand’s packaging. In 1870, Schweppe invented the Indian Tonic Water and Ginger Ale that consumers still enjoy today.

Schweppes sodas were briefly unavailable during the Second World War in England, however the brand continued to advertise without a product. Their print ads aimed to create optimism about post-war times when the fizzy drink would return to shelves. When Schweppes Tonic water became available again in 1947. The Swiss brand has since gained international popularity, and Schweppes has featured several famous brand ambassadors, including Nicole Kidman in 2009 and Uma Thurman in 2011. Schweppes Ginger Ale comes in as our number eight most popular soft drink brand and is also available in Diet Schweppes Ginger Ale.

9. Pepsi Zero Sugar

The story of Pepsi began in North Carolina in 1893 when drug store owner Caleb D. Bradham created a sweet, cola beverage that he dubbed “Brad’s Drink.” The beverage, originally marketed as a health drink to help digestion, became popular almost overnight.

In 1898, Bradham changed the name of Brad’s Drink to Pepsi-Cola, hoping to maximize on the recent success of Coca-Cola, and Pepsi has been a worthy competitor of Coke ever since. The Pepsi company ranked number six as one of the world’s most popular brands in 2018 and second most popular soft drink in the U.S.

Pepsi Zero Sugar ranks as our ninth best-selling soda and is a worthy rival to Coke Zero. Formerly named Pepsi Max, Pepsi Zero is a ginseng-infused soda with the same great taste of Pepsi-Cola, but none of the calories. Pepsi Zero Sugar also competes well in the energy drink market as it contains more caffeine than many of Pepsi’s other soft drinks.

Here are a few more interesting facts about Pepsi you may not know:

  • In Japan, Pepsi has an official mascot named “Pepsiman.” This faceless superhero wears the Pepsi logo and appears in commercials to deliver soda to thirsty people. Pepsiman has appeared in a dozen commercials and even starred in his own 1999 video game for PlayStation. In the Pepsiman video game, players dodge dangers and collect cans of Pepsi as they help Pepsiman deliver soda to a person in need.
  • Pepsi has also made a splash on the silver screen in films like the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World, the cult classic Fight Club and the 1990 comedy Home Alone.
  • Over the years, there have been many unique flavors of Pepsi, including the limited edition Pepsi Fire and a 2007 flavor Pepsi Ice Cucumber released only in Japan.
  • In 2016, Pepsi released Pepsi 1893, a bold soda that returns to Pepsi’s roots with a bold blend of malt, aromatic bitters, real sugar, sparkling water and Kola nut extract. Pepsi 1893 is now available in several rich flavors, including Black CurrantGinger and Citrus.

10. Fresca Peach Citrus

Fresca Peach Citrus

Another diet soft drink that was early on the scene, the light and citrus-flavored Fresca was released by the Coca-Cola company in the mid 1960s. It was advertised as a chill and refreshing beverage, perfect for a hot summer day — the soda’s name even means “fresh” in Spanish.

Fresca is available in several taste-tingling flavors, including Original CitrusBlack Cherry and our most popular flavor Peach Citrus. With a revamped marketing campaign and fresh new packaging, Fresca is sure to gain momentum in 2018, so you may want to snag yours today.

Buy the Best Soda Brands at Beverage Universe

buy soda at beverage universe

At Beverage Universe, we carry all of the top soda brands, so you can always find your favorite. As the World’s Largest Online Beverage Store, our selection of soft drinks includes unique and rare sodas you won’t find just anywhere.

Beverage Universe offers many sizes of cans, bottles and cases, so you can stock up for a party or order just enough for your family to enjoy. Our convenient online store and home delivery makes it easy to keep your fridge full of the drinks you love. Shop our soft drink selection to taste the most popular soda brands today.

Vegan Drinks

Pressed Green Juice

When you follow a vegan diet, you have to be a lot more mindful of what you eat compared to those who don’t have as many dietary restrictions. But what exactly is veganism? And, what kinds of popular drinks can you drink if you follow this lifestyle?

What Is a Vegan Diet?

A vegan diet avoids all animal products and by-products. They do not consume meat, eggs, milk, honey or any other products that came from an animal. That includes wearing clothing that comes from animals, such as leather shoes or handbags.

Veganism is an increasingly popular lifestyle choice that people adopt for a number of different reasons. Health benefits, ethical reasoning and environmental concerns are the top reasons people choose to follow a vegan diet.

Veganism has a few different types of diets, with different vegan options that are the focus. Some diets focus more on fruits and vegetables, while others revolve around starches like potatoes and corn and some have carbs as the primary food.

Vegans must take more care to ensure they’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need for a balanced diet. Another issue is making sure every food that they consume is in line with vegan requirements.

Vegan Drink Options

It’s easy to control your diet at home — you can grocery shop with care, reading food labels and making sure everything you buy is vegan. But, eating out can be more tricky. Lots of restaurants have limited vegan options or have dishes and drinks with hidden ingredients that are animal byproducts.

Most drinks should be vegan, but some do violate a vegan diet. Here are some popular beverages that are safe for vegans to drink:

  • All sodas made from Coca-Cola, including Coke, Barq’s Root Beer and Sprite
  • Powerade drinks
  • Regular Pepsi
  • Almond Breeze non-dairy milk
  • Redbull energy drinks

And here are some popular drinks to stay away from if you’re a vegan:

  • Sunkist Orange Soda (contains gelatine, which is made from an animal byproduct)
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Monster coffee-flavored energy drinks (includes cream)
  • Some red-colored soft beverages (contains cochineal, made from a type of insect)
  • Certain beer, wine and liquor (can be processed using animal byproducts)

When you think about veganism, you’re probably focusing mostly on what vegans eat. But, vegans have to be just as careful about choosing drinks. While some of these drinks may have all-vegan ingredients, they could be undergoing processes that are using animal byproducts.

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If you follow a vegan diet, the best thing you can do is always double check whether a drink is vegan. If you’re looking to buy vegan beverages in bulk, be sure to check out our vegan options at Beverage Universe.

Buying Soda for a Party

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No matter the occasion, hosting a party is a fun opportunity to visit with friends and family, celebrate a holiday or birthday or reconnect. You can see friends or family who you don’t get the chance to see as often, play games and enjoy each other’s company.

Planning a party can be a little hectic, especially if it’s on the bigger side. You want to make sure you have enough seats, food and drinks for everyone.

Lots of people have soda at parties, but do you often buy too much or too little for your guests? Here’s our quick guide for buying soft drinks for parties.

Try to Get Something for Everyone

We all have our favorite sodas, but make sure you’re buying with your guests in mind. If you can, try to have a variety. Get some Pepsi or Coke, of course, and don’t forget the diet! Then, add some Sprite or 7-Up and a few other options, like Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper or orange soda.

You can always ask your guests ahead of time which drinks they like the most and try to buy each type in the right amounts.

It’s Better to Buy Too Much Than Too Little

You wouldn’t want to completely run out of drinks halfway through your party — you’d leave your guests thirsty or have to run out and pick up more drinks. Save yourself the trouble by buying a little more than you think you’ll need. The worst case scenario is that you’ll have some leftover to enjoy. Or, you can even send some of your guests home with the extra soda.

Have Other Options Available

Some people don’t like soda or have medical conditions that prohibit them from drinking it. On the other hand, some of your guests might not be in the mood for a soda the day of your party. Be sure to have some other options available, like iced tea, lemonade and water.

If you need to stock up on sodas for your next party, Beverage Universe has everything you’ll need, all in one place. Browse our site to find the right options for your gathering today.

3 Must-Try Iced Teas

From unsweetened to sweet and plain to flavored, there are lots of different iced teas out there. This drink is usually loved or hated — you typically won’t find someone who feels so-so about iced tea.

If you’re a fan, here are three iced teas you should try.

1. Fuze Mango Orange Iced Tea

Shake up the subtle tea flavors with fruity mango and orange in this tasty tea. Whenever you’re craving some flavors other than plain iced tea, fruit iced teas are always a great pick.

The mango and orange flavors will make you feel like you could be in a tropical place, sitting on a beach and sipping your tea as you watch the waves break. It’s the perfect summer iced tea.

FUZE Mango Orange Iced Tea

2. Pure Leaf Iced Tea — Mint

When you’re looking to try something different, try this iced tea infused with mint flavors. Both the tea and mint are less intense flavors, but they make a great combination. In fact, it may just become your new favorite drink.

PURE Leaf Mint Iced Tea

3. Arnold Palmer Lite Half & Half

If you’re not the biggest fan of iced tea, an Arnold Palmer could be the solution.

Arnold Palmers combine iced tea and lemonade evenly, and the flavors complement each other perfectly. The herbal tea taste with the slightly tart yet sweet lemonade makes a drink that is perfect for any occasion or season, whether it’s summer or winter.

Arnold Palmer Lite Half and Half

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How Are Soft Drinks Made Fizzy?

Right after the taste, the best part about soft drinks is their satisfying fizz. Any soda fan will agree that a flat soda isn’t the same as a fizzy one — but what gives a soda its fizz?

Why is Soda Fizzy

The Science Behind Soda Fizz

The satisfying pop you hear when opening a can or bottle of soda comes from the carbonation inside. Soft drinks manufacturers combine carbon dioxide gas with water to the soda at very high pressures. When they add carbon dioxide to the soda, the liquid does not have the bubbles you see after you’ve opened the container.

Even after adding the carbon dioxide, the drink would still look like a flat soda until you’ve opened the bottle or can. There may be some bubbles, but not many. The carbon dioxide stays dissolved in the liquid until you relieve the pressure.

The bubbles that come to the surface of your soft drink are caused by the carbon dioxide escaping from its liquidy prison. The longer the container of your soda is opened, the more carbon dioxide escapes. That’s why you don’t want to leave your drink open very long.

Even an opened soft drink isn’t safe forever from becoming flat — it may take several months, but even an unopened bottle or can of soda will become flat. An opened bottle will get flat in just a few days — maybe a few more if you’re lucky.

The temperature of your soda will also affect how long it stays fizzy. If it’s cold, the carbon dioxide gas will escape less quickly than a soda that’s at room temperature.

Opening a soft drink’s container releases the pressure between the water and carbon dioxide, giving it the bubbles you love. One way to add bubbles to a soft drink before opening is to shake it up — but we don’t recommend doing that unless you want a sticky soda shower and a big mess.

Originally, yeast was used to give soft drinks their fizz. Today, soft drink manufacturers have big machines that add the carbon dioxide gas.

Why Add the Fizz?

You may be asking yourself if adding the carbon dioxide is necessary — simply put, yes it is, unless you like flat soda. But does anyone actually enjoy flat soda?

Without the carbon dioxide, you’ll still get the same flavor of the soda. But, the best part about cracking open your favorite soda is the bubbles! The carbon dioxide gas gives the soft drink a bit of an acidic taste and their satisfying mouthfeel.

Now, when you’re on your next date and buy a soda at the movies or are drinking a Coke at a family party, you can share this interesting trivia with your friends and family.

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Best Soda Combinations

Since it hit the market in 2009, the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine has successfully redefined what it means to enjoy a fountain beverage. A Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage dispenser allows thirsty patrons to create their own drink concoctions by mixing the sparking and still drinks it offers.

Soda Combinations

Do-It-Yourself Mixed Beverages

While having access to a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine certainly makes it easy for you to try a nearly endless number of mixed beverages, you can still try out some tasty drink combinations on your own without it. Just place an order with Beverage Universe and have the beverages you want to mix delivered directly to your home or office.

Here are some of the best soda combinations you may want to try with the beverages you order from the world’s finest online beverage store:

  • Fruity Canada Dry: Combine Canada Dry with just about any fruity soda, such as Crush Mexican Orange Soda or Fanta Pineapple.
  • Root Beer Float Sans Ice Cream: Mix some A&W Root Beer with Vanilla Coke. Worried about calories? Use Diet A&W and Vanilla Coke Zero.
  • Cherry Cream: Combine some Cherry Coke with A&W Cream Soda or Boylan’s Creme or Boylan’s Diet Creme Soda.
  • Everyone in the Pool Punch: Mix together every fruity soda you can order from Beverage Universe to create this tasty punch, being sure you don’t duplicate flavors. Fanta Grape, Fanta Orange, Fanta Pineapple and Fanta Strawberry combine to make a good starting point for this beverage.

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Comparison of Coconut Waters: Which Brands Are the Healthiest?

Since coconut water started being commercially produced in 2004, the beverage has gained tremendous popularity as a tasty drink that’s highly effective at rehydrating the body. While coconut water’s hydrating abilities have made it the go-to drink for some endurance athletes, the beverage’s nutritional components and potential health benefits have made coconut water a sought-after drink among the masses.

Healthiest Coconut Water

Healthy Components and Health Benefits of Coconut Water

While the numbers will likely vary by brand, one cup of coconut water contains about 46 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 6.3 grams of sugar and two grams of protein. Because coconut water contains little protein, it’s not effective at helping people recover from a workout on its own, despite its ability to rehydrate athletes after intense training sessions. When mixed with a protein powder or served with a protein-rich snack or meal, however, coconut water can facilitate your recovery from a workout.

Coconut water naturally includes several components your body needs to remain healthy. Here are some of them:

  • Electrolytes
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Phosphate
  • Vitamin C
  • Selenium
  • B Vitamins
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Iron

With coconut water being so rich in vitamins and minerals, it’s only natural that the drink is widely believed to provide meaningful health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits that many people often attribute to coconut water:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Facilitates healthy weight loss
  • Prevents the formation of kidney atones
  • Balances pH levels in the body
  • Helps to regulate blood sugar levels
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents diseases related to the aging process

Which Coconut Water Brand Is the Healthiest?

While a general discussion of coconut water like the one provided above may be all you need to motivate you to replace your sugary sports drink or soda with coconut water, it’s important to know that not all coconut waters are created the same. As a result, some are better for you than others.

Clearly, the best source of coconut water is a coconut. More specifically, young coconuts are the ideal source for fresh, rehydrating, flavorful coconut water. The issue? Most consumers don’t have direct access to coconuts, and many might struggle to open them even if they did.

If you’re wondering which is the healthiest coconut water to drink, then you should understand that the answer to that question is relative. If one coconut water is healthy but tastes awful, its healthy qualities won’t really matter because you won’t drink it.

On the other hand, if a different commercially produced coconut water is tasty but has been processed to the point that it has lost most of its vitamins and minerals, what would be the point of drinking it from a health standpoint? Similarly, regardless of how healthy a given coconut water is, it won’t matter if it’s not immediately accessible in your area.

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Luckily, Beverage Warehouse offers a full line of some of the healthiest coconut water brands available anywhere, and we can ship them directly to your home or office.

Here are some of the coconut water brands we’re proud to sell:

  • Coco 4 USA
  • Core
  • Grace Coconut Water
  • Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
  • Jax Coco
  • LaCroix
  • Taste Nirvana
  • Verday
  • Vita Coco
  • Zico
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    How to Make the Perfect Mojito

    Perfect Mojito Recipe

    When you’re looking for a cool cocktail to satisfy your summer cravings, a refreshing mojito is just the drink to soothe your senses and encourage some evening relaxation. Wondering how to mix up the most balanced blend of citrusy sweetness, cool mint and carbonation with a tasty twist? It’s simple. Here’s how to make the perfect mojito:

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 ounce lime juice
    • 1 bottle lemon-lime seltzer
    • 2 ounces white rum
    • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
    • 3 mint leaves

    How to Make:

    1. In a small-sized Collins glass, mix your lime juice with 1 teaspoon superfine sugar, stirring until sugar granules are smoothly integrated into the liquid.
    2. Next, add your mint leaves and mash them against the sides of the glass until they’re broken up, then stir.
    3. Fill the glass halfway with cracked or crushed ice, then pour the rum on top.
    4. Top your perfect mojito with your tangy lemon-lime seltzer and enjoy!

    4 Tasty Twists on Sangria You Have to Try

    Fruity Sangria Recipes

    With summertime just around the corner, nothing sounds more satisfying than sitting in the sand, by the pool or on your patio, soaking up the sun and sipping on a refreshing, fruity cocktail that just screams seasonal flavor. If you’re looking for fruit, fun and a touch of extra excitement in your summer drinks, sangrias are the perfect solution to keep you relaxed and rejuvenated from June to September. Whether you’re entertaining and looking for an easy sangria recipe for a crowd or hoping to catch some me-time with a cocktail in your hand, these fruity sangria recipes with red or white wine are sure to satisfy.

    Sparkling Peach Sangria

    Looking for something a little light and sweet? This bubbly take on a traditional sangria incorporates the sweet, summery flavors of peach and raspberry for the perfect party crowd-pleaser or private enjoyment. Here’s how to make your own:

    • Ingredients: 3 cups sliced or diced fresh peaches, 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 cup peach schnapps, 25 pinot grigio, one bottle any champagne or flavored sparkling water, 1 cup simple syrup
    • How to Make: In a large pitcher, combine your raspberries and peaches and mix gently to evenly distribute the fruit. Next, pour the simple syrup, wine and peach schnapps over the fruit and stir. Place your pitcher in the fridge and allow to sit for at least one hour, or overnight for a stronger taste. When you’re ready to serve, choose your favorite wine glasses or summery mason jars and combine equal amounts of your wine and fruit mixture with your champagne or sparkling water. Sip away!

    Watermelon-Strawberry Summer Sangria

    This bright, bold drink offers a burst of berry flavor and summer melon with a twist! Here’s how to mix up your own:

    • Ingredients: 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon, 1 pound sliced strawberries, one bottle rose wine, 1 cup vodka, 1 cup blood orange juice, 1/2 cup orange liqueur, one sliced orange, one sliced lime
    • How to Make: Combine strawberries and watermelon in a blender and mix until liquid is smooth, then strain into a pitcher and combine with orange juice, vodka, rose wine and liqueur. Stir gently, then add the lime and orange slices and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill. When you’re ready to serve, top with some sliced strawberries for a sassy and delicious garnish.

    Citrus and Melon Sangria

    Craving something sweet, citrusy, tart nd tangy? This combination citrus sangria is the perfect solution. Here’s how to mix one for yourself:

    • Ingredients: 3 cups rose wine, 3 ounces triple sec, 3 ounces tequila, 3/4 cup lemon-lime seltzer, 1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice, one cubed lemon, one sliced orange, 4 pounds cubed cantaloupe
    • How to Make: Combine your orange, cantaloupe and lemon in a large pitcher, then stir in tequila, triple sec, rose wine and grapefruit juice. Refrigerate for one to eight hours to chill and distribute the flavor, then add your lemon-lime seltzer and serve with ice. Pucker up and enjoy!

    Grape and Plum Sangria

    If you’re searching for a richly flavored, deeply satisfying fruity sangria recipe with red wine, this sweet blend is sure to tantalize your taste buds this summer. Here’s how to make this velvety fruit cocktail:

    • Ingredients: Two bottles red wine, 4 cups blueberry pomegranate juice, four sliced plums, 1 cup halved grapes, a few diced watermelon cubes
    • How to Make: Combine your sliced plums, halved grapes and cubed watermelon in a pitcher, then pour red wine and pomegranate juice over the fruit mixture and stir gently to mix. Add some ice cubes to chill and serve generously for some summery evening enjoyment.

    Why Is It Important to Replenish Electrolytes?

    Why Is It Important to Replenish Electrolytes

    Our bodies are composed of many elements, all of which help us stay in balance when they’re in the proper amounts. This includes electrolytes.

    If you don’t remember from your science class from high school, electrolytes are basically forms of salt. However, they don’t come in a shaker at your favorite restaurant. The electrolytes in your body are generally more complex and include chloride, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphate and, of course, sodium.

    If you don’t have the proper blend of electrolytes, which allow electricity to flow inside us, you need to replenish them. Otherwise, you can find yourself in an uncomfortable, and possibly dangerous, situation.

    What Happens if You Don’t Know the Best Way to Replenish Electrolytes?

    You can lose electrolytes when you sweat, which typically happens when you play sports or when it’s a particularly hot day. But how do you know when it’s time to replenish your electrolytes? When your levels of electrolytes begin to plummet, you can expect to see several warning signs. These can include:

    • Muscle cramping. Athletes will often complain of serious muscle aches and pains, or the inability to recover quickly after a workout or game. Often, the core issue can be traced to electrolyte levels.
    • Headaches. Have you ever had a headache that goes away soon after you’ve drunk a product like AQUAhydrate, which restores your body’s electrolytes? That’s an indication that your headache wasn’t in your head at all, but instead was a response to your whole system being off.
    • Heart palpitations and irregularities. One of the scariest symptoms of being low on electrolytes is feeling like your heart is racing or somehow not beating correctly. Obviously, you’ll need to get to an emergency room quickly in this case to rule out anything else. However, don’t be surprised if they check your electrolytes and level of hydration.
    • Confusion. When you’ve been living with poor electrolyte balance for a while, you may lose your mental sharpness.
    • Tiredness. Does it seem like you’re exhausted all the time? Perhaps it’s a sign for you to learn how to get your electrolytes up! While everyone experiences fatigue at different moments, you shouldn’t have to live with it all the time if it’s caused by a lack of electrolytes.

    Certainly, the signals of low electrolyte levels in the body vary from person to person. Over time, you’ll begin to get accustomed to yours. Then, you can more quickly take the proper steps to reinvigorate your health with a little electrolyte replenishment.

    How Can I Replenish My Electrolytes?

    You can lose a lot of liquid through perspiration, vomiting, diarrhea, urination, dehydration or just day-to-day living. So what replenishes electrolytes? The fastest method to return electrolytes to your system is in liquid form. Body Armor, G2,Powerade and other drink manufacturers offer precisely formulated sports and activity beverages focused on returning electrolytes through convenient, tasty absorption.

    After taking in several ounces of your favorite electrolyte-boosted drink, you can re-evaluate what you’re eating. Good food sources of electrolytes include vegetables, bananas, raisins, canned tuna, yogurt, tofu and even a few types of grains and cereals. In other words, consume all the good stuff you know you should be putting into your body for the best results!

    Don’t allow yourself to get low on electrolytes. Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked up with electrolyte-packed items. You’ll be glad you did when you find yourself zooming through your days and evenings without losing a beat.