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Our Picks for Better-for-You Sparkling Water

Naturally flavored sparkling waters continue to fill the gap that soda once filled. Here are some of our favorites, with ideas for easy, refreshing mocktails, too.

By Live Naturally Staff

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Naturally flavored sparkling water continues to fill the gap that soda once filled. And with good reason: They’re free of sugar or sweeteners, sodium and other additives. Here are some of our favorites, with ideas for easy, refreshing mocktails, too. Indulge without the guilt!

Spindrift

Made with real, squeezed fruit. The company name is inspired by founder Bill Creelman’s years on Nantucket island, where “spindrift” is the spray that blows off a breaking wave. Available in 10 flavors.

Sparkling Watermelon Breeze

  • 2-3 medium-sized cubes fresh watermelon
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 can Spindrift Lemon

Add watermelon to a glass. Muddle with mint leaves, to make watermelon juice. Fill with ice cubes, and top with Spindrift Lemon. Garnish with a small wedge of lemon and mint leaf. Bonus: Freeze small squares of watermelon to make tasty ice cubes. Makes 1–2 drinks.

Waterloo

Purified carbonated water and natural flavors. Did you know that Austin, Texas (where the company is based) used to be called Waterloo? Hence the name. Available in 10 flavors.

Black Cherry & Lime Mocktail

  • 2 cans Waterloo Black Cherry Sparkling Water
  • 6 blackberries
  • 3 tsp lime juice
  • Fresh mint
  • Ice
  • 2 lime slices, for garnish

Fill two 12-ounce glasses each with 1 mint leaf, 2 blackberries and 1½ tsp lime juice. Muddle ingredients together. Fill glasses halfway with ice. Fill remaining with sparkling water. Stir together, and garnish with a fresh blackberry, lime slice and mint leaves. Makes 2 drinks.
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LaCroix

Pronounced “La-CROY.” All water is locally sourced from locations throughout the U.S. Available in 15 flavors, including new HI-Biscus.

Grapefruit Slush

  • 1 can LaCroix Apricot Sparkling Water
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1½ cups ice
  • 2 grapefruit wedges, for garnish
  • Blend together all ingredients, until ice is crushed. Pour into glasses and garnish with grapefruit wedges. Makes
    2 drinks.

Simple Truth

Made with carbonated water and certified organic, non-GMO natural flavors. Available in six flavors.

Strawberry-Watermelon & Mint Refresher

  • 2 cups watermelon cubes
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 cans Simple Truth Organic Strawberry Watermelon Seltzer Water
  • 6 whole strawberries
  • Blend chopped watermelon, mint and lemon juice, until smooth. Fill a glass with ice. Add 2–4 tablespoons watermelon puree and one can seltzer. Stir to combine. Garnish with a strawberry. Makes six drinks.

Is bubbly water bad for your teeth?

According to the American Dental Association, the answer is no. In a study using teeth donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it’s all just water to your teeth.

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