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The difference between Sparkling water, Soda, Seltzer & Tonic Water

by Gaurav Khemka on Jul 02, 2022

The difference between Sparkling water, Soda, Seltzer & Tonic Water

Not sure what the actual difference is between Sparkling water, Soda, Seltzer and Tonic Water?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. By the end of this blog, you’ll be an expert! 

P.s. We’ve linked the Instagram handles to some of our favourite Indian Brands under each category so that you can have a look! Please remember to support local brands. It means a lot to small companies! 

Sparkling water

Sparkling water is water with the added fun of fizz! It is made by infusing regular water with carbon dioxide. That's it. Sparkling Water also comes flavoured for an added twist.

Sometimes, the carbonation of water can occur naturally in certain springs and other times it is added manually during the manufacturing process. [1]

The misconception that “Fizz is bad for you”, actually stems from the fact that most fizzy drinks on grocery store shelves contain a lot of additives and sweeteners. Carbonation by itself is not bad for you. Contrarily, it aids in digestion! 

Polka Pop:

Polka Pop Bottles

Boca -

Boca Sparkling water


Why is it different from soda?


Soda is carbonated water in which minerals are dissolved. [2] These minerals enhance the flavour of the soda giving it a slightly salty taste. The carbonation levels are also very high in sodas giving it bigger bubbles and a much fizzer mouth feel when compared with the subtle mouth feel that sparkling water has. 

Duke's soda and Kinley soda

Soda types


But then what is Seltzer? 


Seltzer is very similar to sparkling water in that it is carbonated and does not contain any added minerals. Originating in Germany, seltzer is now often spiked with alcohol and sold as ‘hard seltzer'' popularly in the United States and other parts of the world. [3]

Bro Seltzer

Flo Seltzer -

Flo Seltzer


And finally, we have Tonic Water

Tonic water

Tonic water is another popular carbonated beverage often served as a mixer for gin. Its bitter taste comes from the addition of quinine and was initially served to British soldiers as a cure for Malaria. However, the Tonic Water you buy nowadays has a much lower content of quinine. [3]

What most people don't know is that Tonic Water contains high amounts of sugar and calories,i.e. almost 30g of sugar per can. [4] So it’s not the ideal option for you if you’re looking to make healthier lifestyle choices. 



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