If you are looking to enjoy an adult beverage but not looking forward to the empty calories, these LOW CALORIE COCKTAILS and adult beverages will add some SPARKLE to your eyes.
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
SPARKLING WATER COCKTAILS
I was never really a fan of sparkling water because I felt that you can make your own infused water.
Plus the price tag didn’t seem worth it to me at the time but that all changed when we moved to Arizona.
Staying hydrated is a challenge and anything I could do to make drinking water easier is a plus. Enter sparkling water!!
After trying a few different flavors, and adding them to my cocktails, I was hooked. So was Brooks!
Now I try all the new flavors and brands that come out and keep track of my favorites, and try new flavor combinations for skinny cocktails.
IS DRINKING SPARKLING WATER GOOD FOR YOU?
Because drinking water is so important to our overall health and hydration, I would think that water with bubbles would be good too.
Being that I was a big fan of sugary sodas, anything with bubbles that gets me to drink more water is a good thing!
From what I have read, I can find no evidence that sparkling water is bad for you, your health, your teeth, or your bones.
I am not a medical professional so please seek a licensed medical professional for advice.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SODA WATER AND SPARKLING WATER?
Sparkling water and soda water are really just different names for the same thing. Most people these days are more familiar with club soda which is not the same.
Sparkling water/soda water is just plain water with carbonation added to it. It doesn’t contain any acids or added sweeteners.
Club soda is carbonated water with something added to it that gives it a slightly salty taste. These might include actual table salt, sodium bicarbonate, or potassium bicarbonate.
Tonic water, also used when making cocktails, is carbonated water that has chemical called quinine added to it, giving it a bitter taste.
CAN YOU USE SPARKLING WATER IN COCKTAILS?
You bet your butt you can! Especially with all the flavored ones on the market right now.
Adding them to cocktails gives them some bubbles, adds additional flavors you might have to get with sugary mixers like juice, and has no additional calories.
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HOW DO YOU MAKE FIZZY DRINKS?
You can make sparkling drinks just by adding the bubbles! Use the carbonated water in place of say lemon lime soda, juice, or lemonade/limeade.
There is no shortage of brands of sparkling water on the market right now. LaCroix started the flavored sparkling water mania but many of others have jumped in to join the frenzy. Including the generic store brands!
I have one or two that I tend to lean toward when buying it, but please try as many as you can to find your favorite. I find that many different brands have the same flavors available but one brand is better.
Lime is my favorite on to use and tastes great with say Brand A. But my second favorite flavor is coconut and Brand A isn’t a great as a different brand. So try as many as you can to see what works for you.
Keep stocked and make fun mocktails for kids of all ages!
If you are looking to join the carbonated water bandwagon, here are some great brands to try.
There are always news ones popping up so keep your eyes open!
WHAT LIQUOR IS BEST WITH SPARKLING WATER?
That all depends on the liquor. Here is he ultimate list of low calorie cocktails, made with sparkling water, grouped by your favorite spirit.
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Vodka has roughly 85 calories per ounce of 70 proof vodka and has zero carbs. Keep the calories low and make your drinks healthier by using sparkling water to make your drink.
Vodka is such a universal spirit because of its low-key to nonexistent flavor profile. Plain vodka goes with just about anything but all the new flavors available like lemon and grapefruit make thirst-quenching cocktails when paired with flavored sparkling water. Try a few or all of these delicious adult beverages made with vodka and sparkling water.
Let me introduce you to the Slick Rick Cocktail! The adult version of my Lime Rickey Soda childhood favorite is made with lime juice, lime sparkling water, vodka, and grape juice ice cubes which make it grown up AND fun at the same time!
This sparkling lemon drop martini is much more than a shake and a stir. Fresh lemon juice, vodka, and sparkling water make this drink tart, sweet, and easy to drink!
Sparkling Water Tequila Drinks
Tequila is an amazing spirit and it doesn’t just go with lime anymore! I love mixing my tequila with sparkling water, not only to help me stay hydrated while drinking cocktails, but for the great flavor combos. Check out these great ways to mix tequila and sparkling water for easy cocktails to enjoy!
Tequila has a low 64 calories per ounce and has zero carbs. Keep the calories low and make your drinks healthier by using sparkling water to make your drink.
Our Sparkling Tequila Cocktail is a refreshingly tart drink that will have you dreaming of tropical islands and warm sunny beaches. A simple cocktail of grapefruit juice, tequila and lemon lime soda served over crushed ice. Add a sugar rim for a sweet touch.
Sparkling Wine Cocktails
Wine is a wonderful beverage all on its own but when I am poolside or the weather gets hot, I can’t drink too much at one time. I have found that wine spritzers are a great way to enjoy all the varieties of wine while staying hydrated. Red, white, or rosé, they all make great wine spritzers! Not to mention all the fun bubbles!
Whether you are entertaining or just love drinking sangria, you will find that not only is this recipe super simple and refreshing but it will also allow you to enjoy sangria without guilt or fear of not fitting into skinny jeans this fall.
My current favorite is a riff on a summer staple, a wine spritzer. It’s only fitting though that I swapped out white wine for red wine and added season appropriate flavors like blackberries and cranberries.
This crisp cucumber mint gin cooler with a homemade sour mix is the perfect way to feel like you are enjoying a spa refreshment but still adulting with a cocktail!
Sparkling Water Cocktails with other spirits and cordials.
Aside from the traditional spirits like vodka and rum, sparkling water pairs well with other cordials like amaretto and brandy. If you are looking for a few way to use sparkling water to up your cocktail game, check out these refreshing adult beverage alternatives!
Classic cocktails are great when you’re feeling nostalgic but when you need something lighter and brighter try my Sparkling Amaretto Sour. Amaretto, homemade sour mix, and lemon sparkling water bring the same flavors and some bubbles. Don’t forget the cherry garnish!!!
A sparkling limoncello cocktail that’s perfect for warm sunny days. It’s sharp, juicy, so refreshing and made with only 3 simple ingredients and garnished with mint leaves and freshly cut lemon slices.
Then, after a little mixology, I came up with the refreshing, not overly sweet, Cherry Lime Sparkle. Want to have one on the deck tonight?
If you are gearing up for the summer with plans to stay hydrated and enjoy your adult beverages at the same time, check out all these sparkling water cocktails!
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where is the recipe card ?????? You say, "easy Sparkling Water Cocktails – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card."
Wednesday 12th of August 2020
Considering that there are more than 50 cocktails listed, I can't fit all 50 recipes in a recipe card. While you are scrolling down the post you can see each individual cocktail available and a button under each one. You click the button that says "Get the recipe" under the cocktail you want to try and it will take you to the recipe.
Sunday 7th of June 2020
Amazing recipes, thank you!
Virginia L. Fabritz
Thursday 19th of March 2020
Don't forget the flavored seltzer water. It has no sodium or sugar of any kind. I think it's also a little less expensive. I usually buy the store brand.
Tuesday 2nd of April 2019
Seriously so many fun ideas to make .... just in time for summer too. Now if it would just warm up a bit Id be able to drink them outside!
Monday 1st of April 2019
Yep! I’m a sparkling water cocktail sipper too! So light and refreshing for summer weather. Wow, this list is awesome. Looking forward to trying some!