When Tonic Water, Club Soda and Seltzer Collide

January 26, 2017

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Club soda, tonic water and seltzer a may look the same but not carbonated is created equal.  There is a world of difference between these versions of water.  let’s take club soda, which is an actual trademarked name, but it essence it is just water with carbon dioxide for bubbles along with sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, and potassium sulfate minerals for a slight mineral taste.  It usually is next to tonic water on store shelves, which is mostly the same a club soda with one twist.  Yes, tonic water is carbonated water but it includes quinine, originally used as malaria medicine in topical South America.  Legend says British soldiers started mixing the bitter stuff with soda water, sugar and gin, to make it go down easier. Seltzer water is, SURPRISE, carbonated water! But unlike club soda, seltzer has no mineral added to it. But like club soda, seltzer was a trademarked brand name, but when European immigrants arrived to Americ, they brough seltzer with them and, like club soda, became a generic name. So now you know your carbonated water!  Prepare to dazzle guests at your next party with your knowledge of bubbly water!

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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