10 Sparkling Drinks Superior to Diet Soda
Simple Grapefruit Soda
Forget guzzling down liters of high-fructose corn syrup-laced sodas! This hydrating Simple Grapefruit Soda from the blog Back to Her Roots relies on a bit of seltzer, ice, and a few squeezes of pink grapefruit for that same bubbly effect. It only takes five minutes to mix up—great for impressing last-minute guests.
Sparkling Strawberry Basil Limeade
Anything with "sparkling" in the title is a solid pick when you're craving a swig of something thirst-quenching. The strawberries and lime in this drink from the blog Half Baked Harvest give it a tart, spring-y taste, while the basil keeps it from feeling too zesty. (Plus, strawberries are full of good-for-you fiber. For more delicious, fibrous recipes, check out Healthy Recipes Featuring High-Fiber Foods.)
White Peach Lavender Soda
Pack this "soda" from Emma Christensen's blog to bring along to all of your spring picnics. And don't be afraid to experiment by swapping out the peaches for plums or nectarines.
Orange & Mint Spritzer
A little carbonated water gives this Orange Mint Spritzer from the blog ShopCookMake a refreshing effervescence. And doesn't the soft orange hue remind you of a perfect spring sunset?
Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer
The blog Drizzle and Dip's recipe for this Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer looks divine. Top if off with a splash of ice-cold mineral water to take this healthy drink to the next level. (If you didn't already know, ginger aids in digestion and stops bloating. Get familiar with the 30 Greatest Flat-Belly Tips of All Time.)
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
Like baseball and grilling, lemonade is a summertime staple. With the addition of fresh raspberries and cold sparkling water from Cookie Monster Cooks, this twist on a tried-and-true classic is at once sweet, tart, and incredibly addicting.
Mint and Celery Soda
You add celery to your morning green juice, so why not a summer soda? This recipe from The Bojon Gourmet adds lemon, cane sugar, and soda water to the mix, and the result is perfectly light and refreshingly cool. (Psst...don't toss that pulp after juicing your celery! Turn it into something delicious with 10 Tasty Ways to Use Food Scraps.)
Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water
A little savory and a little sweet, this brilliantly-hued sparkling water from A Couple Cooks is bound to become your go-to brunch beverage. Sweeten with honey or add more orange juice if you desire a more intense flavor. (Pair with one of 15 Brilliant Brunch Recipes for Your Best Weekend Ever.)
Refreshing Lavender Soda
This simple, three-ingredient soda from Hello Natural is the ideal fix for when you're craving something fizzy. The lavender is surprisingly flavorful, and a few squeezes of lemon or lime will make this easy recipe all the more tasty.
Black Cherry Fizz
When you're tired of downing water to stay hydrated, whip up a Black Cherry Fizz from the blog The First Mess. The recipe calls for sweet cherries, but swapping in a few sour ones would give the drink an extra-yummy kick.