Long before even hard seltzers, sparkling water cocktails were there to quench our thirst. They lacked the convenience of cans, but sparkling water helped dilute the booze and give a carbonated boost. Sparkling water cocktails let the flavors of the spirits take over as well. They can help mask an overwhelming burn.
Sure, there are a plethora of great hard seltzers on the market now, but some of the most quintessential cocktails include sparkling water as a key ingredient.
Best Vodka and Sparkling Water Cocktails
Probably the easiest and most well-known cocktail made with fizzy water. There’s no real recipe, it’s up to personal preferences. Like a lot of vodkas? Pour heavy. Like a pucker? Add an extra twist of lime.
- 2 ounces of vodka
- Top with soda water
- Squeeze of citrus
Method: Fill up a glass with ice, add your favorite vodka, top with sparkling water, and squeeze in your citrus juice of choice. Classic.
On a hot sunny day, there’s nothing like a slice of cold watermelon. But what if your pureed that melon, then added some vodka and sparkling water? A refreshing cocktail with natural sweetness.
- 2 ounces vodka
- Chunks of watermelon
- Soda water
Method: Another unscientific recipe, puree some ice-cold watermelon, add it to a glass with vodka, and top with sparkling water. Ratios up to the drinker.
Best Whiskey and Sparkling Water Cocktail
Another classic cocktail that’s nearly as simple as cracking a can of seltzer.
- 2 ounces of whiskey
- 4 ounces of sparkling water
- Squeeze of lemon
Method: Add whiskey to a tall glass with ice, top with sparkling water, and a twist of lemon. Stir.
Read more: Classic Whiskey Cocktail Recipes
Best Gin and Sparkling Water Cocktails
A Gin Rickey is one of those cocktails that sounds much fancier than it is. Simplicity, however, often just means tasty.
- 2 ounces of gin
- .5 ounces of lime
- Top with sparkling water
- Garnish with a few wheels of lime
Method: Add gin to a tall glass full of ice and lined with lime wheels. Top with sparkling water and squeeze of lime.
A Tom Collins is like a Gin Rickey, but change the citrus and sweeten it up a bit.
- 2 ounces of gin
- .5 ounces of lemon juice
- .5 ounces simple syrup
- Sparkling water
Method: Add gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a tall glass of ice. Stir. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry, if desired.
Read more: Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes
Best Rum and Sparkling Water Cocktail
Few cocktails say a day at the beach like a mojito. The chilled mixture of rum, sugar, lime, and mint almost requires an “ahh” after each sip.
- 2 ounces white rum
- .5 ounces simple syrup or 1 sugar cube
- .5 ounces lime juice
- Several mint leaves
Method: Add mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup — or sugar cube — to glass; muddle. Add rum and crushed ice. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Read more: Essential Rum Cocktails
Best Tequila and Sparkling Water Cocktails
It’s probably the cocktail of 2021 if you’re in the know. It sounds kind of weird, whether you think it’s water with ranch dressing or water from a cattle ranch. But really, the simple tequila cocktail is a delicious and refreshing way to imbibe on a warm afternoon.
- 2 parts tequila
- 1 part lime juice
- Sparkling water (Topo Chico preferred)
Method: Grab your vessel of choice; add ice, tequila, and lime juice. Top with sparkling water.
It’s like less boozy, more fruit-forward ranch water. While it’s supposed to be grapefruit, any citrus fruit will do, really. And while grapefruit juice and sparkling water is the best way, a grapefruit soda would work.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- Sparkling water
- squeeze of lime
Method: Add tequila and grapefruit juice to glass with ice; stir. Add ice, top with sparkling water, and squeeze of lime. Garnish with a lime wedge or grapefruit slice, if desired.
Read more: Classic Tequila Cocktails
Best White Wine and Sparkling Water Cocktail
White Wine Spritzer
Wine is great on its own, but sometimes like any spirit, it could be enhanced by a little extra.
- 3 parts white wine
- 1 part sparkling water
- Citrus garnish of choice
Method: Add a splash of cold sparkling water to chilled white wine. Garnish with a citrus slice of choice.
Other Sparkling Water Cocktails We Love
It’s not the coffee version, but in a similar fashion, the sparkling water helps cut the intensity of the star of the show.
- 1 part Campari
- 1 part sweet vermouth
- Sparkling water
- Orange twist
Method: Add Campari and vermouth to a tall glass filled with ice. Stir. Add sparkling water to the top. Garnish with an orange twist or slice, if desired.
Nothing says a fantastic sunny meal on a patio is on the way like an Aperol Spritz. It has the perfect palate-cleansing ability to prep taste buds for whatever tasty plates are on the way.
- 3 ounces sparkling white wine, preferably prosecco for the Italian effect
- 2 ounces Aperol
- 1 ounce sparkling water
- Orange slice
Method: Add wine, Aperol, and sparkling water to a glass of ice. Stir. Add an orange slice for a delightful snack.
Read more: Spritz Cocktail Recipes
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