What Is Seltzer Water in The UK and Where Can You Buy it?
To put it simply, seltzer is just carbonated water. So in other words, water with a bit of a kick. Just like sparkling water, seltzer water is natural spring water that’s infused with CO2 under pressure to make it fizzy. Sparkling water, carbonated water and seltzer are terms that can be used interchangeably, with seltzer water being more commonly used in the US, and sparkling water favoured in the UK.
Seltzers and sparkling water are often flavoured with fruits to give them added flavour, making them a healthy and refreshing alternative to soda. DASH infuses all of its sparkling water with real, wonky fruit, making it the perfect refreshing pick me up throughout the day.
Benefits of Seltzer Water
Because it’s made with natural ingredients, there are many benefits to seltzer water:
- It’s hydrating - Seltzer water is made with natural spring water, so it hydrates you the way a regular glass of still water would
- No calories, sugar or sweetener - Many seltzer waters, like DASH, don’t contain calories, sugar or sweetener, making it a healthier option
- It’s a great substitute for fizzy drinks - Seltzer waters still allow you to get your fizz fix, while avoiding any nasty additives
- It’s a perfect soft drink to serve at a party - Seltzer water and sparkling water can feel like an elegant option, which is why they’re a popular soft drink to serve at weddings
- Diabetes friendly - Seltzer waters that are free from sugars and calories can be drank by people with diabetes
What Are The Differences Between Normal Seltzer Water and Hard Seltzer Water ?
The difference between normal seltzer water and hard seltzer water is pretty straightforward. Hard seltzer water is just normal seltzer water that’s been mixed with alcohol for an extra buzz. Hard seltzers are an excellent alternative to other alcoholic drinks as they are usually lower in calories, lower in sugar and more hydrating than the likes of beer or wine. It’s also often lower in alcohol than other drinks, and is usually safe to drink for people with specific diets such as vegan.
Hard Seltzer Recipes
If you’ve got an occasion coming up and you’re looking for a lighter way to drink alcohol, hard seltzer is definitely something to try out. There are plenty of pre-made hard seltzers you can buy in the supermarkets, but it can be way more fun and personal to make your own at home. And because seltzer is just like sparkling water, you can use DASH drinks to make them, too. We’ve included a few recipes to give you some inspiration down below.
Cucumber-lime hard seltzer
Light and refreshing, a cucumber-lime hard seltzer is the perfect tipple for a summer’s day.
What You’ll need:
- 3 slices of cucumber
- 1 handful of ice cubes
- Juice of a whole lime
- 25 ml of vodka or another spirit of your choice
- 1 can of DASH cucumber sparkling water
Grab a glass and fill it with a handful of ice cubes and your garnish of 3 slices of cucumber. Pour in the 25 ml of vodka, then squeeze in the juice of a full lime. To finish, pour in a cold can of DASH cucumber sparkling water, stir and enjoy.
Raspberry gin hard seltzer
Fruity and delicious, A homemade raspberry gin seltzer is the perfect alternative to a cocktail!
What you’ll need:
- 1 handful of raspberries
- 1 Handful of ice cubes
- 1 slice of lime
- 25 ml of gin
- 1 can of DASH raspberry sparkling water
Grab a glass and pop your handful of raspberries in the bottom. Muddle them up until they form a puree, this helps intensify the flavour of the drink. Once this is done, pour in a handful of ice cubes and add in the 25 ml of gin. Top off with a can of DASH raspberry sparkling water and a squeeze of fresh lime.
Lemon & Basil Hard Seltzer
Citrusy with a twist, this homemade lemon and basil hard seltzer will definitely pack a punch!
What you’ll need:
- 2 fresh basil leaves
- 25 ml of vodka
- 1 Lemon flavoured can of DASH sparkling water
- 1 lemon
Take your glass and pop in your two fresh basil leaves, then crush them up slightly in the bottom. Add your ice, 25 ml of vodka and can of lemon flavoured DASH sparkling water and stir. Finish it off with a slice of fresh lemon and get sipping!
Where To Buy Seltzer Water In The UK?
There are plenty of places where you can buy seltzer water or sparkling water in the UK. For example, DASH sparkling water is readily available to buy in bundles online, or you can even start a subscription and receive 20% off with each purchase. Bundles are also available in a variety of different flavours, whether you’re after a range to try from or you’re just looking for a restock on your favourite. You can purchase DASH sparkling water in popular UK supermarkets, too, including Tesco and Waitrose.