I drink water every day. It’s the best beverage.
When I turn on the kitchen sink, I don’t know the interior condition of water pipes from the source, but I assume that the municipal 6-inch pipes under the street are routinely maintained and replaced. However, from the street into my apartment building sink, the pipes are older and may not be as clean. Because of this, I own a Brita long-last filter pitcher to reduce the water gunk before drinking it.
My problem with drinking sink water is the unpleasant taste even after filtration. I suppose I could buy lemons, limes, and oranges, and slice them into each glass (or into the pitcher) but I’d need a lot of fruit to mask the taste. Besides, I think that drinking still water is boring; and I don’t want to be nonstop drinking iced tea or coffee either.
This is why I buy cans of seltzer water while doing routine food shopping. It may not be environmentally friendly to buy manufactured cans all of the time, but I’m not going to invest in a do-it-yourself carbonation machine so I feel like I’m actually saving money.
There are lots of brands in the supermarket aisle, and I’ve learned which brands are best for my palate in terms of natural flavor and carbonation bubbliness. For instance, generic supermarket brands are usually just as tasty as big-name brands like La Croix Canada Dry. And, they cost significantly less to purchase.
Last year, three different people wrote reviews of Wegmans-brand seltzer water and ranked them from worst to best. It’s fascinating to read how and why each person ranked each flavor in the order they did. For instance, newspaperman Will and vegan blogger Mimi ranked Orange Pineapple as their favorite flavor whereas Doctor Amy ranked that in 12th and Ginger in first.
I agree with Amy. Ginger is reminiscent of ginger ale. I haven’t drank soda in forever and I like the subtle spiciness of each sip. The carbonation is spot-on. I found this flavor a few weeks ago (before looking up web lists) and I’m glad I did. This will be a new staple in my kitchen.
Because Will and Amy loved Orange Pineapple, I bought a box. It’s okay as a first-drink-of-the-morning drink while sitting outside, but it’s definitely not my favorite flavor. Maybe in the top 10. I can taste both flavors while the liquid swirls in my mouth. Drinking this concoction allows me to imagine I’m in the tropics.
Lemon, Lime, and Lemon Lime would probably be better if mixed with alcohol. I don’t drink alcohol so I’m guessing. Alone, these flavors are satisfying but not memorable. Lime used to be my go-to flavor, but once I started branching into other flavors, I lost that Lime addiction. Lemon Lime as a combined flavor is not bad.
Orange has a poor after-taste for me. I hope that Wegmans can improve on it. I prefer buying this flavor from the Schweppes brand.
Grapefruit is the same as Orange. It’s okay when drinking it from the can, but the moment I swallow, my face scrunches into an eww. It’s a tolerable flavor but probably better as a mixer.
I haven’t tried the other Wegmans flavors and I really have no interest in them.