If you have a sparkling water maker at home and want to know how to make the most of it, you’ve come to the right place. Sparkling water is one of the most versatile beverages on the market and, with the right ingredient combination, it can add a great deal of sparkle to your life. In this article, we explore the fascinating nature of this bubbly drink and share our favorite sparkling water flavors.
What is sparkling water?
Sparkling water is plain water that has been made fizzy through the application of carbon dioxide gas to water under pressure. It differs from club soda in that it, in its purest form, contains no added salts or chemicals. Due to the various natural flavors that can be added to it to enhance its taste, it’s also considered a great substitute for sugary colas and a worthy medium for cocktails.
Is it OK to drink flavored sparkling water every day?
Drinking unflavored sparkling water every day is no different than drinking regular water daily. However, because sparkling water has added carbon dioxide, it might make you more bloated than usual.
You also need to consider the type of sparkling water you are drinking. While naturally-flavored sparkling water is fine to drink every day, you should be aware of the sugar levels that are present in commercial brands of this fizzy beverage. As with other drinks, drinking sparkling water with high sugar levels can be bad for your dental health as well as your blood sugar levels.
How to make your own flavored sparkling water
There are many things you can do to make your sparkling water taste better. From adding syrups to using fresh fruit to naturally flavor your drink, the possibilities are endless. Below are different ways that you can make your own flavors for sparkling water.
Infuse your beverage
Infusing your sparkling water with flavor is the best way to add some extra fizz to your drink. There are numerous reasons why this is the best option. To begin with, it adds layers of pleasure to your drinking experience. By adding ingredients of your choice during the carbonation process, you subject them to the same level of pressure as the water, thereby intensifying the infusion. It is also a cost-effective way to make your drink more flavorful, as you can add ingredients that are already present in your refrigerator or pantry.
Muddle your ingredients
Another way to jazz up your sparkling water is by muddling your ingredients, prior to addition, in order to get the most out of them. Muddling means you are doing by hand what the carbonation process is doing in the machine. In other words, you are applying pressure to the ingredients to release the flavors. Muddled fruit works best but many flavored water recipes also involve muddled herbs. These often pair extremely well with fruits. For example, muddling strawberry and mint together makes for a delicious flavor combination.
Use a syrup
You can also use syrups to add flavor to your sparkling water. While these often contain artificial sweeteners, they can be convenient, if you don’t have much time on your hands. Besides, if you miss the taste of sugary sodas, a syrup-based sparkling water every now and then can satisfy that craving. All you need to do is buy flavored syrups and add them to your water once it’s fizzy.
Top 5 sparkling water flavors
From combining fruit to blending herbs and spices, there is so much you can do to your sparkling water. Transforming tasteless water into a taste sensation is simple, just follow these simple recipes.
Apple, cinnamon, and orange
With Christmas on the way, why not turn your sparkling water into a festive treat? Forget about egg nog and mulled wine. An apple, cinnamon, and orange sparkling water drink will satisfy all your Christmas cravings, and will also be a lot healthier.
All you need to do is add 1/4 of a granny smith apple, 1 cinnamon stick, and one slice of orange to your water bottle, and fill it with cold water before putting it in your machine and watching the magic happen.
Orange, turmeric, and ginger
If you are feeling under the weather, orange, turmeric and ginger is the ultimate combination. The vitamin C in the orange, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, and the ability of ginger to promote digestion makes this the perfect concoction to treat colds or flu.
All you need is a slice of orange, an inch of ginger with the skin on, and a teaspoon of turmeric, and you are set. The best way to incorporate it into sparkling water is through infusion. You could even add some honey syrup to the final product for additional health benefits.
Cucumber-melon gin fizz
To make a cucumber-melon gin fizz, you will need 4 cucumber slices, fresh mint leaves, 4 cubes of melon, tap water, and as much gin as you want. Put them all into your sparkling water maker and you have a delightfully fresh gin fizz on your hands.
Citrus fruits work well with sparkling water. In this recipe, all you need to do is mix water with citrus fruit juice before adding it to the sparkling water machine. With the freshly squeezed juice of an orange, 2 lime slices, 2 lemon slices, and some chilled water, you have a refreshing summer carbonated beverage.
Pineapple-coconut rum punch
Another boozy beverage, this take on pina colada is a showstopper with half the calories. Get yourself 2 cups of coconut water, half a cup of pineapple juice, the juice of half a lime, 2 oz of rum, and refrigerated water. Put it into your carbonated water machine and watch it infuse into a miracle cocktail.
Make your own sparkling water at home
Making your own sparkling water at home has never been easier with Spärkel. The perfect solution for cutting carbonated sodas out of your life, Sparkel allows you to easily make a wide range of flavorful sparkling water beverages in the comfort of your own home.
Not only is this a cheaper alternative to buying bottles of water from the store, but it’s also a lot better for the environment. Our water bottles use 97% less plastic waste than store-bought alternatives, and, through our eco-friendly delivery processes and dedication to clearing the world’s oceans of plastic, we take steps to ensure that our carbon footprint has a minimal effect on the world.
Spärkel is the first ever carbonated water machine to not use a CO2 tank. In addition, our innovative technology allows you to choose from 5 different levels of bubbles in order to ensure you can create the exact drink you want.