Carbonated drinks and sparkling water has come a long way since the days of a club soda and a slice of lime. These days, sparkling drinks come in a rainbow of flavors and recipes – some offering an energy boost and others treating you to a dose of vitamin-infused fruit juices. There’s literally a sparkling water out there for any set of taste buds. Here are four carbonated drinks we enjoy.
A game changer
I’m not kidding: In an attempt to drink fewer colas, I’ve been trying out all the Sparkling Ice drinks, but I’m completely addicted to their orange-mango flavor (with black cherry and classic lemonade pulling in the silver and bronze medals). Each flavor is sugar- and calorie-free and is fortified with a variety of vitamins and antioxidants. Rumor has it – because I’m afraid to look – that there are some amazing cocktail recipes to make with these drinks too.
Party in a can
This 24-pack of 16-ounce cans has zero sugar and zero calories but plenty of energy. Curious about the taste? Monster touts is as a slightly less sweet version of their original drink, but we detect the lovely addition of some citrus notes. It’s like a fine wine – only carbonated, in a can and daring you to stay up all night.
The 24-count variety pack includes cans of blackberry, grapefruit, clementine and apple. They’re aren’t no-calorie drinks, like some of the competing brands, but they do contain 70 percent fruit juice and no added sugar or preservatives.
Flavor via France
Perrier is the big name in the carbonated mineral water field and for good reason. The bubbles and mineral bland give their drinks a truly sensational flavor. That’s why we’re so dazzled by this watermelon edition. It’s perfect for any time of the day – and great for mixing into cocktails.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.