And so, I gathered 7 samples together (this mostly happened before quarantine) and set out to discover via blind-tasting which grapefruit seltzer was king. The Fresh Market is a chain of gourmet supermarkets with more than 150 locations, but their in-house, flavored sparkling water line might still need some tweaking. It has a hint of salinity to it, along with slightly herbaceous grapefruit juice flavors and a supporting hint of lime. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. It’s spritzy and fairly assertively flavored on the palate, with slight acidity that makes the citrus notes pop. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Sure, but this experience has probably made me less likely to seek out La Croix in the future. I really didn’t know much about this brand before heading into this tasting, but I leave it having found a new favorite in the seltzer field. This company—which actually has a much longer history than you’d expect—makes fruit-flavored seltzers that tend to be particularly good values, usually coming in a few dollars cheaper than the biggest name-brand competitors. Available in flavors ranging from juicy peach to sour black cherry, these fizzy drinks make hydration feel less like a chore, all while boasting their two-ingredient, zero-calorie nutrition label. Dr. Oz Strives to Get You Back to Sleep. In addition, Anheuser-Busch InBev is offering a variety pack -- Remix Edition. Anheuser-Busch doesn’t only offer fruit-flavored selzer. I’ve always thought the Polar brand had a tendency to stand out for its lack of ornamentation and rather bland can designs, but I do enjoy their seltzer!

Some drinkers like that in their seltzers, preferring the lightest possible fruit flavor profile for maximum drinkability, but in the context of Super Chill Grapefruit it just comes across as banal, mild and flat. After recently partnering with the Grammy Award winner for the Bud Light Seltzer “Drafterparty,” Bud Light brought on DJ Khaled. Subscribe to Dr. Oz’s free, daily newsletter and get his exclusive, personal tips for living your best life. Though grapefruit does not interfere with most blood pressure medications, it can cause a few medications to overcorrect blood pressure. I literally wrote the word “generic” in describing it. This one veers a bit in the direction of the previous La Croix, featuring bolder grapefruit flavors, but tinged with a noticeable degree of chemical-tasting artificiality.

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There was just something vaguely unpleasant here—a combination of “candy flavoring” and test tube vibes that gives the grapefruit flavor of Pamplemousse an aura of “Jolly Ranchers” or Life Savers candies.

Rather, this one has a very “generic citrus” profile that tastes a bit more like lemon-lime (it almost smells like 7 Up) than it does grapefruit, which on one hand is a bit concerning, but I must also concede that it’s pretty pleasant at the same time. A new study has found that quitting junk food can result in symptoms similar to drug withdrawal. Now, more than 65 brands are fighting for consumers’ attention and purchase. The Fresh Market Grapefruit Sparkling Water, 2. Thanks for visiting PennLive. Previously released flavors were black cherry, strawberry, lemon line and mango. Which led me to wonder: If I gave the typical Paste blind tasting treatment to a handful of popular, widely available grapefruit seltzers, which one would actually come out on top? Regardless, their take on grapefruit seltzer is one of the most unique of the bunch. With the wide choice of brands, Americans drinking healthier and seltzer marketing efforts taking media by storm, hard seltzer sales for home and in bars and restaurants should continue to grow, according to Nielsen. Our natural carbonation and quality ingredients like sparkling water, real cane sugar, and natural fruit flavor create a light and bubbly seltzer for any occasion. If it does contain real grapefruit juice then I wouldnt advise drinking it but you can double check with your Dr or better yet, your pharmacist. Not only are Bud Light Seltzers low in calories, they’re made with real cane sugar, natural fruit flavors and no artificial sweeteners. It’s almost entirely lacking in aroma in particular, which is somewhat disconcerting. Refreshing, crisp and recognizably citrusy, this entry is just more of a melange of flavors than it is recognizable grapefruit, and that turns out to not be such a bad thing when all is said and done. Though these artificial sweeteners usually aren’t listed on the side of the can, one mystery ingredient is usually prominently displayed: “natural flavors.” Rather than juicing a fruit and infusing it into the beverage, food chemists create natural flavors by cooking it in a machine called a still to extract its flavor, resulting in a calorie-free, concentrated liquid that’s added to the water, Petrucci says. Learn the good & bad for 250,000+ products. Most of these seltzers are likewise zero calorie and sugar free, but Trader Joe’s example is particularly crisp, with a drying finish that makes it both refreshing and distinctive. natural flavors must be derived from a plant or animal, Sneak Peek: Marie Osmond Shares Her Family's Health Struggles, Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Contest.

For years, I drank a rather abhorrent amount of soda. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). It has long been a running joke among some, and deeply concerning among others, that nobody really knows what the “natural essences” of various La Croix flavors are derived from, but I still never would have expected the iconic Pamplemousse to finish dead last in my blind tasting. Single-flavored seltzers often include more than solely the extract from one fruit; a grapefruit sparkling water may also contain flavorings from other herbs, barks, leaves, buds, or citrus fruits to enhance the flavor and give it a sensation that’s reminiscent of the real fruit, says Taylor Wallace, a food scientist.


Here are my results, presented from worst to best. Food Fact Check: Seltzer Boom — What’s Really Hidden in Your Favorite Seltzer? Using the term allows brands to keep their product labels short, sweet, and to the point, as a single natural flavor can include more than 100 ingredients, including flavoring substances, solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives, according to the Environmental Working Group. It’s easy, refreshing and delicious. Subscribe to PennLive. As it turns out, “serviceable” is indeed the word for Polar, as this entry was arguably the most down-the-middle, happy medium product in the tasting.

Bud Light is adding three new flavors to its hard seltzer family: cranberry, grapefruit and pineapple.. It felt like those kinds of brands would likely possess an unfair advantage, so you won’t find them here. The first handful of times I grabbed a La Croix out of the work fridge, it was hard to fathom what anyone saw in these drinks. If there are any preservatives and solvents in natural flavors, the amount is too small to be linked to any ill health effects, Wallace says. It was a slow process, to be sure. There’s a reason that grapefruit thrives as a seltzer flavor—it’s exotic enough to not be directly compared to most mainstream soda brands, but recognizable enough that customers aren’t afraid to sample it. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Bud Light Seltzer was first released in mid-January, and in less than a month, it became one of the country’s top-selling hard seltzer beverages. Bubly Grapefruit is immediately the entry in this field that most honestly evokes grapefruit on the nose, going beyond merely the “grapefruit candy” note to encompass more of the grassy and herbal notes present in grapefruit juice.
Polar Grapefruit is one of the handful of seltzers we tend to keep stocked in our own fridge at home, so I hoped it would perform at least serviceably in this tasting.

Bud Light Seltzer’s unique 5-step filtration process ensures a clean finish, with no lingering aftertaste.