Sparkling water, seltzer, soda water, carbonated water, fizzy water... is basically just spring water (usually) with carbon dioxide dissolved in it to make it effervescent. I tend to over-think things in general, and my search for a sparkling water was no exception. I went to a few local stores and grabbed all the brands - if I don't try them all, how will I know what I like?
I divided them into two categories: regular sparkling, and mineral. Taste tests were performed over a series of evenings. The verdict? Of the mineral waters, I preferred Gerolsteiner. Of the regulars, I guess Voss was the crispest. But to be completely honest, they all pretty much tasted the same.
|The regular line-up.|
|The mineral waters.|
However, they are a nice alternative to plain water. You get fun fizzies in your mouth (that also helps you to feel a bit more full - for those of you on the Tyler Hamilton diet plan of a bottle of seltzer water and go to bed), and you seem so refined sitting with a glass of bubbly. Which is oh-so-important when I'm sitting on the couch in sweatpants, hair still sweaty from a run, watching Wipeout on tv. Pass the sparkling water!