Seltzer, or sparkling water, is one of the fastest-growing beverage categories, outpacing soda and diet, vitamin-enhanced, and “functional” beverages. An appealing alternative to soda, which is often laden with sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavored seltzer water usually offers subtle flavor amidst the bubbles. Enter Spindrift, a Massachusetts-based company that makes four blends that stand out because they are bursting with the flavor of fresh fruit but have simple ingredients (filtered sparkling water, fresh-squeezed fruit juice, and natural flavor). They come in glass bottles and are free of sodium, syrups, juice concentrates, additives, and preservatives, with just a few calories per bottle.
The flavors include raspberry-lime, lemon, cucumber, and an out-of-this-world grapefruit. Grapefruit goes well with ingredients like avocado, ginger, honey, mint, pomegranate, arugula, miso, chicken, or seaweed, so sip it while enjoying recipes like Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches, Bobby Flay’s Miso Marinated Grilled Salmon, or this 15-minute Asian Rice Salad. (Note: it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before starting grapefruit juice if you take any medication as the two often shouldn’t be taken together).
For an easy DIY version, try mixing a splash of your favorite unsweetened fruit juice with plain sparking water. Cheers!