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Difference Between Club Soda and Seltzer Water

Main Difference

The main difference between club soda and seltzer water is that the club soda is carbonated water that is infused with added minerals. Seltzer is carbonated water that does not contain added minerals.

Club Soda vs. Seltzer Water

Club soda is known as carbonated water. It is infused with other minerals. Seltzer water is also carbonated water. But it does not contain other added minerals. This peculiarity gives it a more true water taste. Club soda contains sodium, whereas seltzer water does not contain sodium. The minerals that are commonly introduced in club soda are Potassium sulfate, Disodium phosphate, Sodium chloride, and Sodium bicarbonate. Some minerals are also absent that enhance seltzer water with flavorings like citrus. It also does not alter its taste.

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The flavor of club soda is more mineral than seltzer water. It has a clean taste. Seltzer water has a more clean taste. It is the most common variety of carbonated water that can be flavored with other ingredients like citrus. The amounts of the minerals in club soda are depending on the manufacturer or brand. These minerals give it a little salty taste. They also enhance the flavor of club soda. Seltzer water is similar to club soda, and because of this reason, it can be used as a cocktail mixer in place of club soda.

Club soda is similar to seltzer water, but it contains minerals in addition to CO2. Seltzer water is sometimes flavored with natural fruit essences and oils, as it is neutral. It can be seen as in popular brands like La Croix and Spindrift.

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Comparison Chart

Club SodaSeltzer Water
Carbonated water that is infused with added mineralsCarbonated water that does not contain added minerals
Sodium
Contains sodiumDoes not contain sodium
Minerals
PresentAbsent
Flavor
Mineral waterClean water
Uses
In everyday drinking; cocktails also used interchangeably with Seltzer WaterIn everyday drinking; cocktails also used interchangeably with club soda

What is Club Soda?

Club soda is one of the types of carbonated water. Carbonated water is the water mixed with carbon dioxide gas or CO2. It is one of the most common ingredients in these beverages. J.J. Schweppe developed the manufacturing process to carbonate the water artificially in 1783. The club soda manufacturer force carbonate water in this process. They do it by dissolving carbon dioxide gas into water.

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Before this process was introduced, there was only one way to get carbonated water, i.e., tapping it from the natural source. The water that is naturally carbonated is called “mineral water.” Carbonated water is gaining popularity every year. Club soda is carbonated water that includes dissolved salts and added minerals. The addition of these minerals enhances the flavor making its taste similar to the original mineral water.

Different minerals that are added to club soda include sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, disodium phosphate, and sometimes sodium chloride. All the club sodas contain some amount of sodium. Club soda has a mineral taste and a clean taste. The amounts of the minerals that are added to club soda depending on the brand or manufacturer. For example, the club soda of Schweppes contains sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, and potassium sulfate. It has 95 milligrams of sodium, 0 grams of sugar, 0 calories, and is caffeine-free.

Canada Dry’s flavors club soda contains sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium sulfate, and disodium phosphate. All of these minerals enhance the flavor of club soda and give it a salty taste. The common use of club soda is in everyday drinkings, like cocktails.

What is Seltzer Water?

Seltzer water is known as a type of carbonated water. Seltzer water is carbonated water that does not contain added minerals like club soda. This peculiarity gives it a more true water taste. Seltzer water is plain but artificially carbonated water. This water does not contain sodium salts. Seltzer water is deprived of any sodium. “The carbonated water which may or may not contain added flavors, and different amounts of sodium is called seltzer water.” (LaCroix’s definition of seltzer water)

Seltzer water originated in Germany. It gets its name from the German town of Selters (renowned for its natural springs). Due to its popularity, the European immigrants brought it to the US. Seltzer water is a less expensive alternative to sparkling mineral water. It is an economical option in place of carbonated water.

Seltzer water is occasionally flavored with natural fruit essences and oils, as it is neutral. Popular brands like La Croix and Spindrift do it. Seltzer water can be a substitute for club soda for use as a cocktail mixer because of its similarity with it. It has a very clean taste. It is the most common variety of carbonated water to be flavored with other ingredients like citrus. The absence of minerals in seltzer water allows the manufacturers to enhance it with flavorings like citrus. These flavorings do not alter their taste.

Key Differences

  1. Club soda is carbonated water infused with added minerals, whereas seltzer water is carbonated water, excluding added minerals.
  2. Club soda generally has sodium; conversely, seltzer water does not contain sodium.
  3. Different minerals are commonly added to club soda on the flip side; the absence of minerals in seltzer water allows it to be enhanced with many flavorings.
  4. The flavor of club soda is more mineral; on the other hand, seltzer water has a more true water taste.
  5. The minerals that are added to club soda include sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, disodium phosphate, and occasionally sodium chloride, while the flavoring used in seltzer water is commonly citrus that does not alter its taste.

Conclusion

Club soda and seltzer water are both types of carbonated water. But they are different from each other.

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