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I Tried 9 Spindrift Sparkling Water Flavors, and These Were the Best (And Worst)

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Sweeter Than Seltz

Ever since La Croix sparked a seltzer revolution, countless flavors and brands have competed for the market, offering zero-sugar alternatives to soda. Spindrift has tweaked the recipe a bit, specializing in sparkling water combined with fresh-squeezed fruit juice. As a fan already, I dove even deeper into the wormhole and tried every flavor of Spindrift sparkling water I could get my hands on. Here's how they stack up.


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Lime

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Heck of a drink right here. This guy is tart, refreshing, and stunning over ice. But most importantly, it tastes like real lime and makes a killer mixer for gin. And, if you were also a 12-year-old kid who loved to suck on limes at Baja Fresh whenever your family took you there (I assume all of us were), you'll taste some nostalgia.


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Blood Orange Tangerine

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I tend to find that when something is blood orange or tangerine-flavored, it misses the mark. Tangerine often tastes too much like a peel, and blood orange can be quite bitter. Not here, though: The splash of each flavor is perfect and makes you want to say "aaaahhhh" after each sip.


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Spiced Apple Cider

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Talk about something I would not have expected to love this much. Spindrift's Spiced Apple Cider, a limited edition flavor available exclusively on the Spindrift website, isn't too far from a Martinelli's sparkling cider — which, as you know, is the most incredible compliment any apple-flavored drink can receive. I love the hint of cinnamon we've got going on here. Well done, Spindrift.

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Lemon

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Spindrift Lemon is a great option for somebody looking to kick soda. Somewhere between a Lemon La Croix and a San Pellegrino Limonata, it'll definitely scratch the itch for a sugary drink without the added calories.

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Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is a divisive beast, isn't she? Grapefruit lovers will get on board with this right away. I'm one of those grapefruit lovers, so I'm fully in. Spindrift Grapefruit with a little bit of mezcal over crushed ice is a cocktail I go back to time and time again.

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Half Tea & Half Lemon

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This is so close to being excellent. I suspect the best way to make an Arnold Palmer with sparkling water would be to pour some Spindrift Lemon over some actual iced black tea. Carbonated black tea doesn't fully hit that Arnie Palmie note that I love so very much.

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Raspberry Lime

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For a flavor with two different fruit juices, Raspberry Lime is pretty subtle. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the first five drinks here have flavors that make an impression. Raspberry Lime is good, but ultimately forgettable.

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Mango Orange

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This is a toughie, because I'm not a fan of the initial mango-soaked flavor that you taste. The finish, however, is quite nice. There's nothing wrong with this, but I'd like it more if Spindrift eased up a bit on the mango grenade.

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Pineapple

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Nothing breaks my heart more than to criticize a Spindrift product, but as you know, rankings are an important science that can't be censored. Pineapple is rough, and the worst part is that it tastes artificial. I know it's made with real pineapple juice, but what can I say? It doesn't taste that way. That said, you can bet your sweet bippy I'll be making a rum drink with this.