Sparkling water is a refreshing soda alternative for people who are trying to drink fewer soft drinks. Although there are many brands with a variety of flavors, it’s super easy to spruce up plain or flavored seltzer water at home. And yes, you can make flavored seltzer even better by adding additional ingredients.
Sparkling water recipes allow you to treat yourself to something refreshing and sweet, while also keeping you healthy. By adding natural flavors and nutrients, you can craft drinks that will make your taste buds water, literally.
Here are a few ways to make some tasty drinks using seltzer:
Fresh fruit and Herbs
This is our favorite and the healthiest way to spruce up your sparkling water. It may sound odd, but fruit and herbs are the perfect way to enhance your drink. A few of our favorite combinations include strawberries, mint or citrus, and rosemary. You can also leave the herbs out and add a bunch of berries to your glass of sparkling water.
It’s important to watch your portion sizes for using juice. There is a lot of sugar and calories present in juice, as a 12-ounce container of juice contains about 165 calories which may be more than you think. There’s nothing wrong with juice, however, the extra calories and sugar may make it hard for dieters to lose weight. To start out try a 1 to 3 ratio of juice to sparkling water.
Lemonade generally has a higher amount of added sugar than most beverages. Again, it’s important to mix at a 3 to 1 ratio to start out to cut down on sugar and calorie intake. We bet you’d love lemonade with a bit of carbonation added to it. This is a tasty beverage!
Most people opt for sodas and juice to mix alcohol with. However, we bet you didn’t think to add a few drops of alcohol to your sparkling water. Our favorite recipe is a spicy margarita using sparkling water. Mix a bit of seltzer with tequila, lime, orange juice, and chile liqueur for a summer splash drink. It’s the perfect way to cool off by the pool as the temperatures start to rise in the Phoenix area.