Are you trying to cut back on your soda intake or attempting to drink more water every day? If you want to do either one or both of those things, you’re probably looking for fizzy substitutes for soda and tasty alternatives to plain old water. Luckily, seltzer is a great replacement for soda and, when you infuse some creativity in your drink, can be a flavorful alternative to plain water.
Even if you already love seltzer water on its own, the drink is like a blank slate for creating signature drinks you can enjoy anytime of day or night. If you want to jazz up your seltzer water, check out our five must-try sparkling seltzer water recipes below.
1. Chia Fresca
Popular in Mexico and Central America for years, Chia Fresca is as healthy as it is yummy. To make this simple drink, add some chia seeds, a bit of lemon or lime and a dash of honey to your seltzer. If you’re using lemon or lime-flavored seltzer to start, you won’t need to add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your drink.
As you’ll quickly see, the chia seeds will absorb some seltzer water, making them gelatinous and your drink thicker. This will cause your beverage more substantial and filling. In addition to adding some mouth-pleasing texture to your drink, the chia seeds will provide some health-enhancing omega-3s, protein and fiber to your beverage.
2. Mocktail With Seltzer Water
If you’re wondering what to mix with seltzer water when you’re throwing an adult party and don’t feel like consuming alcohol, you’ll love this simple mocktail recipe. Grab your favorite seltzer water and just add some bitters to your drink.
While this mocktail is easy to make, it has a complex flavor profile you’ll want to enjoy repeatedly. When added to your seltzer water, bitters will release the taste of botanical extracts, making your beverage both bitter and sweet at the same time.
3. Not Exactly Your Usual Sangria
This is one of our favorite flavored seltzer water recipes for people who want to enjoy an alcoholic drink while cutting calories. To make a sangria-like drink without all the calories a typical sangria has, mix some lime-flavored seltzer with your favorite sauvignon blanc. Then add some fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries or blueberries — or all three – for an even fruitier enhancement.
4. Popping Soda-Like Pop
This is one of the best fruit-infused sparkling water recipes you’ll find if you have some frozen fruit in your freezer. While some people may scoff at the notion of using frozen fruit in their drinks, frozen fruit is versatile and affordable enough to use in any seltzer beverage you want to make.
To make a soda-like pop that literally pops with flavor, add some frozen raspberries and peaches to your sparkling water. Cover your pitcher and put it in the refrigerator for two to three hours before serving to let the fruit thoroughly infuse the drink with flavor.
5. The Stress-Ender
If you’re looking for sparkling water drink recipes that will help you unwind after a stressful day at the office, you’ve come to the right place. While loosely based on a mojito recipe, this recipe combines healthy ingredients in an ideal blend of yumminess. Just remember to make this drink several hours ahead of time, as it will have to chill in your refrigerator before you drink it for all the flavors to come together.
To make this beverage, pour your favorite lime seltzer into a pitcher. Add some fresh mint leaves, being sure you squeeze them before you drop them into your pitcher. Add pre-sliced rings of lime and orange to your pitcher, making sure they’re completely submerged. Finally, sit back and prepare for the stress of the day to vanish once this soothing beverage crosses your lips.
Get Your Seltzer From Beverage Universe
At Beverage Universe, we sell a wide array of seltzer waters that are quite tasty without having to add anything to your beverage. From lemon-lime to mandarin orange, pomegranate-cherry to raspberry, black cherry and many more, you’ll find just about any flavor you can think of in our generous lineup of seltzer waters. Enjoy them on their own or pair with other ingredients from our sparkling seltzer water recipes above!
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