I ♥: Flavored Sparkling Water

9 Dec

Swedish tap water is of excellent quality, and many people have carbonator machines at home to make their own sparkling water.  Our Swedish producer explained to me that, in order to stay in business, sparkling water companies (Ramlösa and Loka are the big ones) have developed clever flavor options to keep their products appealing and interesting.  Although there are flavored sparkling waters in the US (sugar-free, all natural, sparkling), the flavor options in Sweden are far more extensive and go beyond the typical lemon/lime variety.  Recently, I found rabarber — rhubarb.  It’s faintly sweet (there’s no sugar in it — it’s more an essence and aroma of rhubarb).  It’s nice, and I like it, although I wonder if the idea of rhubarb sparkling water is what really piques my interest, rather than an actual “taste.”  There’s just something… magical?  Scandinavian?  Cozy?  about a rhubarb-flavored sparkling water.

The other interesting ones I’ve tried are Kaktus (cactus — more like aloe?) and Fläder (elderflower).

Of a more “common” flavor profile, I quite like Vitamin Well Sparkling Water in the Persika flavor — peach.  (Full disclosure: when I bought the Persika Vitamin Well Sparkling Water, I thought it might be PEAR flavor… but upon drinking it, learned that Persika is Swedish for peach.)

I am not sure how much flavored sparkling water Swedes really buy (although there seems to be a big market for it), but I for one  love them!   They are fun and refreshing at the same time, and I look forward to trying a variety of unusual flavors.

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3 Responses to “I ♥: Flavored Sparkling Water”

  1. Teresa March 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I love flavored sparkling water. Sometimes the only way to get water into me is by giving it to me carbonated. I have a machine that carbonates my water as well…some people just need bubbles. I am going to see if I can get some of this shipped to me in California so that I can try it.

    • tomoko March 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      I love sparkling water, too. I am finally looking into buying a carbonating machine — what kind do you have?

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