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Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

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Ferrarelle
0
No votes
Gerolsteiner
2
6%
Jarritos Mineragua Club Soda
0
No votes
La Croix
10
29%
Mountain Valley Sparkling Water
0
No votes
Perrier
1
3%
Polar
6
17%
San Pellegrino
6
17%
Topo Chico
10
29%
Voss Sparkling
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 35

Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby catwoman on Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:41 am

Lime La Croix is my go to.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby SecondEdition on Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:39 pm

Of the options, it's Topo Chico. Perrier as runner-up.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby enframed on Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:46 am

Topo Chico is super hip with "craft" bartenders right now. I give it a year until the next geeky fizzy water moves in. Fucking trends.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Antero on Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:54 am

enframed wrote:Topo Chico is super hip with "craft" bartenders right now. I give it a year until the next geeky fizzy water moves in. Fucking trends.

It's hip because it's fucking excellent. It's bubbly as a motherfucker. I have opened a bottle of Topo Chico and abandoned it on the table overnight and it still held the fizz the next day.

Also, tastes very good with tequila.

My grandmother lived in an odd chunk of Brooklyn that had the last remaining seltzer delivery. Weekly drop-offs of those weird siphon bottles, most of which were decades and decades old themselves. Huge bubbles, hot as fuck - would burn your mouth when it was fresh. Fucking legit. That's some good soda water. I'm glad I have that weird thing in my sense memory.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Redline on Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:10 am

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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Me Again on Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:49 am

P.J., you inadvertently sold me on picking up an SNES Classic Edition, but when I tried a Topo Chico this past summer it was okay but not really mind blowing. Was half-expecting it to be some Sweet Titty Nectar of the Gods, or something, although maybe the point of seltzer water is that you're not supposed to get too excited about it. Unless you're super thirsty.

catwoman wrote:Lime La Croix is my go to.


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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Mason on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:16 am

I've got my favourites, but very few of these options are available in Canada in the first place, so I can't cast a vote.

Can I instead offer a warning?

The Italian grocery stores in town are good for finding relatively obscure European fizzy waters. There aren't any near me, so I seldom go myself, but I know people who go regularly for their Radenska and such.

Yesterday FM pastlives brought an Italian Centre fizzy water to band practice. A Russian jawn called Zapovednik Zdorovya. It styles itself as a kind of restorative tonic—the name translates to "Reserve of Health." The rest of us sampled it off his reaction.

It is the worst thing I've ever drank. I'm familiar with European fizzes that have a stronger mineral thing going on, but nothing about this was recognizable as water. Or minerals.

It's like drinking a salted Duracell battery. It's like drinking out of the hand sink at an auto garage, if the car they were working on had been fished out of a lake.

It's like drinking the pot liquor after boiling some greens, if what you were boiling was pissed-on algae.

It's not as bitter up front, of course, but it is an order of magnitude more upsetting than Malört, which never bothered me at all.

I'm so mad at this water. Fuck you this water.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Boombats on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:27 am

I got a Russian tonic recently on 189th St or thereabouts, in a kinda Russian neighborhood. It was like 50% quinine, 2% lime and 48% bubblewater. Was pretty brutal.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Teacher's Pet on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:45 am

Antero wrote:My grandmother lived in an odd chunk of Brooklyn that had the last remaining seltzer delivery. Weekly drop-offs of those weird siphon bottles, most of which were decades and decades old themselves. Huge bubbles, hot as fuck - would burn your mouth when it was fresh. Fucking legit. That's some good soda water. I'm glad I have that weird thing in my sense memory.


This still exists! I got a guy named Ronny Seltzer, he comes every two weeks.
I wanted the kids who visit my house to learn the true NYC seltzer.
And the old graphics on the bottles are super cool.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Redline on Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:49 pm

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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby enframed on Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:22 am

Antero wrote:
enframed wrote:Topo Chico is super hip with "craft" bartenders right now. I give it a year until the next geeky fizzy water moves in. Fucking trends.

It's hip because it's fucking excellent. It's bubbly as a motherfucker. I have opened a bottle of Topo Chico and abandoned it on the table overnight and it still held the fizz the next day.


This ability is not unique to Topo Chico. I like Topo Chico just fine, I just don't think it's the mind-blowing thing it's said to be.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby P.J. Craven on Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:56 pm

Breaking the rule I imposed on the thread, but Perrier Orange is pretty good.

Also, any belly I had is nearly gone. Making the effort to replace beer and soda with these can be pretty effective.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:50 pm

Madman Munt wrote:There was a Dennis the Menace strip where he was blowing bubbles and Walter the Softy was running away from the hard bubbles.

That's how I feel about Perrier: too hard bubbles.


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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby P.J. Craven on Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:25 pm

I liked Gerolsteiner the first time I had it, but I got it again yesterday and it literally left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. The bubbles just aren't strong enough for me.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby P.J. Craven on Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:02 pm

Mountain Valley will do in a pinch. No weird aftertaste, decent bubble sharpness.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:13 am

I guess I could have shared this elsewhere, but has anybody ever rolled their own? Honorary FM for life Chris Onstad shared this in a public Facebook post.

It now costs $1.20 just in deposits* when you buy a case of sparkling water, so I decided to beat La Croix and Polar at their own "basically-zero-calorie" game, while making a better drink.

To up the ante a bit, I'm using real-fruit-distilled citrus oils instead of synthetic lab flavors, because I find them better-tasting, as well as energizing. Being a Person of Soda and Beverage Chemistry Ideas By Day, Hmbl**, it's Important to me that drinks do something more for you than just hydrate, if you're going to invest time and money in something beyond just water. Besides, real oils are delicious without sweeteners, and lab flavors typically need plenty of sugar/etc to taste anywhere near realistic or satisfying.

Without further bloviation, my La Croix-Killer recipe:

1-2g honey, in liquid state (this amount of honey is about the size of a marble; warm it up in the microwave for 5 seconds to help it absorb the oil). Honey is a great emulsifier/liaison to help the oil mix into the water, but you can use vegetable glycerine or a few drops of high-proof alcohol instead.

3-4 drops pure food-grade essential oil (not in a carrier oil). I've experimented with a dozen brands over the years at Portland Soda Works but the only ones I'll take internally are this Young Living brand Demarie buys -- if you use oils, you know they need a food grade classification.

8-12 oz chilled sparkling water, from my SodaStream (deposit-free!)

Tiniest pinch citric acid, if you're Nerdy, like this man (not required)

Procedure:

Warm honey very briefly in glass (5 seconds in microwave). Drop oil onto honey, stir with tip of spoon for ten seconds. Top with 8-12 oz sparking water. Stir until honey is dissolved. Pinch in citric acid if using. Add ice.

Yes, it takes a small amount of work, but you end up with an entirely better product. A happily differentiated product, you might rightfully say.

Do you do anything similar? Got improvements to the process? Critiques? I am Soda Man, Come At Me.

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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Redline on Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:06 pm

I'm 2/3rd's into mowing the lawn, I'm sweating like Rosie O'Donnell, and I gotta tell ya, LaCroix Key Lime is really great. In fact, I challenge any of the PRF LaCroix Lime fans to try the Key Lime flavor. It blows lime away, I tell ya...
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby travis k on Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:10 pm

Orange La Croix is my go to , lately.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby travis k on Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:11 pm

Remember Mandarin Orange Slice? Feels like a public art/watered down whiskey version of that. Very pleasant and not too intense.
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Re: Poll: Let's Rank The Fizzy Waters

Postby Redline on Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:13 pm

travis k wrote:Orange La Croix is my go to , lately.

The LaCroix oranch is good..I like the Tangerine, too.

It kind of has a funky aftertaste, but it rawks.
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