For anyone trying to booze it up without ingesting massive calories, spiking a glass of seltzer with booze is nothing new. So it was only a matter of time before someone cut out the middleman: You can now buy your seltzer pre-spiked, no mixing required. As the next iteration in the flavored-water trend, it couldn't be more obvious an idea.
Several brands have already jumped onboard. SpikedSeltzer is now available at Whole Foods, and Smirnoff has announced an upcoming Spiked Sparkling Seltzer line.
But are these drinks even remotely healthy, at least more so than a straight-up cocktail? They may actually serve a useful purpose, says one nutrition expert.
“I've always suggested that if my patients are planning to consume alcohol, that they order a spirit such as vodka, tequila or gin with club soda,” Alix Turoff, a registered dietitician with Top Balance Nutrition, tells The Feast.
But while this works at a bar, it's not exactly portable. The fact that alcoholic seltzers are becoming popular is a promising step for casual drinkers who want to watch their weight, says Turoff.
“Here's the thing: These seltzers contain about six percent alcohol and 140 calories for a 12-ounce serving," Turoff notes. "I suggest that people keep their drinks to less than 150 calories if they're planning to have more than one. Calorically, these fit the bill but to get tipsy, you'll likely need a few of these at only six percent alcohol. If you're looking for something stronger, a vodka soda clocks in at around 100 calories but closer to 35 percent alcohol."
Aha. Still, she notes, "these are a great alternative to beer, since they contain only five grams of carbohydrates and are gluten-free, versus a typical beer, which contains 12 grams of carbohydrates. These are perfect and refreshing for a day at the beach."
If you're planning on catching a buzz, though, better clear some space in that cooler.
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