What Is Soda Water? And How Is It Different from Club Soda?

Water is a great drink! People are always saying you should drink more of it. You get it free at most restaurants. You get to say cool stuff like, “No thanks, I’ll just have the water.” Is there any way to make this tasteless, odorless, versatile beverage even better? Put some bubbles in it. But what do you call this bubbly concoction: bubble water; fizzy water; club soda; sparkling water? A lot of folks just go with soda water. But that leads to even more questions. What’s in soda water? How do you make soda water? Is club soda the same as soda water? Let’s dive in.

What is soda water?

Soda water is simply a generic term for carbonated water. It’s what carbonated water was called when it was popularized in the late 18th century. Soda water is a catch-all term. If you ask your server for a soda water, they may bring you a sparkling water or a club soda, unless you get a little more specific. 

Is club soda the same as soda water? 

Club soda is like soda water plus. Club soda is carbonated water with added sodium salts and/or potassium salts like sodium bicarbonate, potassium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate, or sodium citrate. 

So, what’s in soda water? 

Basic soda water is just regular carbonated water. You can buy it or, if you’re wondering how to make it, you’ll need a soda siphon or a machine like a Sodastream. These tools essentially force CO2 from a cartridge into water. 

Does soda water have sugar in it?

Soda water does not have any sugar, unless you add some to it. 

Does soda water have calories?

Unless you add sugar or flavorings, standard soda water contains no calories. All of those fancy flavored sparkling waters may include added fruit juice or other ingredients, so be sure to always check the labels. 

Does soda water hydrate you?

Soda water will definitely hydrate you. It is just water after all. 

With all the bubble water confusion settled, hopefully you know the differences and can confidently drink whatever you enjoy while calling it by the right name. As for me, I just like to order plain water and blow bubbles in it.

About the Author

Will Morgan

Will Morgan, a freelance contributor to Sporked, is an L.A. based writer, actor, and sketch comedy guy. Originally from Houston, TX, he strongly believes in the superiority of breakfast tacos to breakfast burritos. Will traveled the world as one of those people that did yoyo shows at elementary school assemblies, always making a point to find local and regional foods to explore in whatever place he was, even in rinky-dink towns like Tilsonberg, ON. Will spends his birthdays at Benihana’s. Let him know if can make it.

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