Soda water or water that is carbonated has quickly become the latest beverage trend due to the health conscience movement that has bombarded society.
Water companies are now beginning to make carbonated versions of their water or either add more flavors to accommodate our thirsty pallets for this no calorie drink.
Early adopting brands such as Schweppes, Canada Dry and Perrier have created a path for new coming giants like La Croix helping us avoid sugary drinks while quenching our thirst simultaneously. In fact there are many companies like the Soda Stream are making it easy to make your own carbonated water at home.
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Carbonated Water Guide
For those of you who think mineral water, club soda, seltzer water, and tonic are the same … here is a guide to carbonated water.
Sparkling mineral water comes from a natural spring which contains various minerals, like salts and sulfur compounds. It’s defined by its “constant level and relative proportions of mineral and trace elements at the point of emergence from the source.” Minerals aren’t added to this water and neither is carbonation (with the exception of San Pellegrino, which has additional carbonation added by the bottler). That means that the bubbles in these bottles are completely natural. You would typically drink this water as is (not mixed in a cocktail), since it’s a tad expensive and has a slight mineral-y taste.
Seltzer water is just plain water that has been artificially carbonated. This water, which contains no sodium salts, gets its name from the German town of Selters, which was renowned for its natural springs. Seltzer water was first introduced as a cheap alternative to sparkling mineral water — and it still is an economical option today.
Seltzer water and club soda are very similar, but there is a notable difference between the two. Unlike seltzer, mineral-like ingredients are added to club soda to enhance the flavor. If you look on the list of ingredients, you’ll likely see potassium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate listed. Regardless, you could still swap one for the other without really being able to pick up on a difference of taste (though according to some, it can be detected).
Just because it contains the word water in its name and is carbonated doesn’t mean that tonic water is in the same category as bubbly waters. Unlike the other carbonated options, tonic water has a distinct flavor and it certainly can’t be swapped out (or in) for carbonated water. Tonic water is a bitter drink (a result of the addition of quinine) which pairs particularly well with gin. Also unlike the other waters, Tonic contains calories — about 130 for 12 fluid ounces.
Guide Provided by Huffington Post