Here’s a secret – the easiest way to stay hydrated is to upgrade what you drink.
Caffeinated sparkling water brings the refreshing taste of sparkling water and the buzz of coffee in a bottle.
It’s a flavorful fizzy drink charged up with just the right amount of caffeine to help you get through the day, minus all the bad stuff.
It’s a viable low/zero-calorie choice for anyone who wants a caffeine kick without having to guzzle down a disturbing amount of coffee or sugar-loaded soda.
With flavor options galore, you can never get bored of this refreshing beverage.
In this post, we will go over 7 delicious caffeinated sparkling water brands that outclass their competitors in terms of both taste and value.
7. Pep Talk Caffeinated Sparkling Water
Pros: This lightly carbonated sparkling water contains 55 mg of caffeine which is nearly the same as what you’d get from a small cup of coffee. It’s a healthy and delicious alternative to soda and energy drinks to improve alertness and energy without feeling buzzed out.
It’s a keto-friendly, zero-sugar, zero-carb, zero-calorie beverage that comes in four refreshing flavors – lemon-lime, pineapple coconut, tangerine blackberry, and pink grapefruit.
Those with a taste for tropical drinks would probably love the pineapple coconut but I’m not that big on coconut-flavored drinks.
My personal favorite is the lemon-lime. It’s a well-balanced summer drink – not too sweet, not too salty, and just the right amount of tangy for my liking. The other two flavors aren’t writing home about.
Cons: The grapefruit and tangerine blueberry flavors are underwhelming and unpleasantly salty.
6. Perrier Energize Caffeine Yerba Mate
Pros: Perrier has been a long-time family favorite. It’s not one of those run-of-the-mill yerba mate-based beverages where the taste of the tea completely drowns out other flavors. For those who don’t know, yerba mate is a kind of tea leaf smoke-dried over a wood fire.
Plain yerba mate has a bitter smoky flavor which I am not particularly crazy about. One standard serving of Perrier contains 99 mg of caffeine, making it a great natural alternative to pre-workout drinks.
It’s just 35 calories per gram including 7 grams cane sugar, 8 grams carbs, and zero sodium, making it a much healthier alternative to Red Bull, Monster, and Diet Coke. It’s available in 3 flavors, namely tangerine, pomegranate, and grapefruit.
All the flavors are mellow, lightly sweet, and have a decent amount of fizz to them. It tastes quite refreshing when consumed ice cold on a scorching hot day.
Cons: I always skip the grapefruit one, though, because it doesn’t even have a hint of grapefruit taste. Palates accustomed to intense, cloyingly sweet energy drinks might find Perrier way too mild for their liking.
5. Bubly Bounce Caffeinated Sparkling Water
Pros: Here’s another zero-calorie option for those looking for a delicious, keto-friendly seltzer to stay hydrated. The Bounce is slightly less fizzy than its non-caffeinated counterpart but the flavors are absolutely spot-on without any sugar and the price is reasonable!
Among the three flavors – mango passionfruit, blood orange, and citrus cherry, mango passion was a clear winner for me. The blood orange was a close second.
Cons: There’s only 35 mg of caffeine per serving which is not sufficient to significantly impact my energy or alertness level. However, if you are someone with high caffeine sensitivity, Bounce would be a good option.
4. Sparkling ICE +Caffeine Sparkling Water
Pros: There’s 70 mg of caffeine in each serving which is just about enough to keep me alert. It’s a great alternative to diet soda as my mid-day pick-me-up. Each can contains a small amount of sucralose, a kind of artificial sweetener.
Even though it’s zero-calorie, it might be sickly sweet for people who have been avoiding sugary drinks all their lives. I have a sweet palate, so I don’t mind the sweetness. I’ve tried all of their flavors and Blue Raspberry is the one I keep coming back to.
The flavor isn’t too strong which is how I prefer my sparkling water but some of you might find it too bland.
Cons: Could be too sweet for some palates.
3. Yerbae Sparkling Water With Yerba Mate Tea
Pros: The caffeine in this sparkling water is derived from three sources – yerba mate, guarana seeds, and white tea. It scores brownie points for not having the typical aftertaste of yerba mate-based drinks.
With 100 mg of caffeine, you get a sweet kick of caffeine and a clean energy boost throughout the day without loading yourself up with tons of empty calories. As for the taste, all the flavors are lightly sweet, and pleasantly mild with a decent amount of carbonation.
I even use the pineapple and coconut flavor as a mixer for my cocktails. I also enjoyed sipping the orange cherry pineapple flavor. It’s tart and crisp and is an incredible thirst quencher on a long day.
Cons: Could be too strong for someone with high caffeine sensitivity.
2. Limitless Lightly Caffeinated Sparkling Water
Pros: Limitless ginger mint is hands down the best mint flavor seltzer I’ve ever had. Grapefruit hibiscus is my go-to when ginger mint is not available. Cucumber pear isn’t too bad either. It tastes exactly the same as cucumber detox water with lots of carbonation – subtle and refreshing.
Moreover, I don’t have to worry about consuming a chock full of sugar or aspartame as it doesn’t contain any sweetener whatsoever. There’s only 35 mg of caffeine per serving, therefore, the caffeine effect is minimal. Even if I end up downing 3 to 4 cans only a few hours apart, I don’t get jittery at all.
Cons: Caffeine strength is barely noticeable.
1. Phocus Caffeinated Sparkling Water
Pros: Phocus is a no BS sparkling water- no sweetener, no harmful additives, just great flavors, and a nice fizz. Each can contains 75 mg of caffeine derived from green tea extract. It’s strong enough to keep me alert without giving me caffeine jitters.
Since I’m trying to cut back on coffee and energy drinks, this seltzer helps me curb my caffeine cravings. It even includes L-theanine which is an amino acid mainly found in black and green tea.
L-theanine has scientifically proven calming, stress, and anxiety-reducing properties. So brownie points to the brand for upping their game.
If you don’t like the acidic, salty taste of regular sparkling water, this one’s for you. They are subtle, crisp, and lightly sweet – overall, a very pleasant experience. I love all their flavors, especially peach and yuzu (a citrus fruit native to East Asia). They work great as cocktail mixers too!
Cons: Not enough caffeine strength to keep you awake at night.
Caffeinated sparkling water is hands down, the healthiest alternative to just about any caffeinated beverage. It keeps you alert and hydrated without subjecting you to the terrible side effects of refined sugar, artificial flavors, and additives.
However, not all caffeinated sparkling water brands are created equal. So, keep experimenting with different brands and flavors until you find exactly what your taste buds seek.