AriZona’s New Santa Fé Sparkling Water Is Ridiculously Refreshing
We’ve sucked down more 99-cent tall boys of Mucho Mango and Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey than we can count. But AriZona just released our newest beverage obsession this summer: Santa Fé sparkling water.
The all-natural drinks clock in at less than 20 calories per can. Each flavor is also low-carb, low-sugar and gluten- and preservative-free.
Before you call it seltzer, here’s a fun fact: The main difference between sparkling water and seltzer is typically the source of carbonation. Seltzer is artificially carbonated, while sparkling water’s bubbles are usually naturally occurring. In addition to their fizz, the Santa Fé drinks contain a splash of real juice. This gives them a bit more flavor and body than other sparkling waters or seltzers, making them just as viable for mixing into a cocktail as they are for sipping straight from the can. And if you’re someone who just can’t get into any kind of bubbly water—no matter how hard your La Croix-obsessed friends try to convert you—these are worth a try. They don’t have that um, nothingness taste that juice-free sparkling waters and seltzers can have.
You can buy each individual flavor or a combo pack by the dozen online, or keep an eye out for single 16-ounce cans at a deli, grocery store or bodega near you. Solo, they’ll cost you $1.99 to $2.49 a pop. A little pricier than the OG AriZona drinks we grew up with, but the more nuanced flavor is worth it (plus, those cans are pretty Instagram-worthy, no?)
We tried all five flavors, so you don’t have to totally wing it when you buy. You’re welcome.
This is the most deliciously simple and refreshing of the bunch, boasting only 1 calorie and 0 grams of sugar per can. All its lemon flavor comes from lemon juice concentrate and lemon oil. It smells like crisp, mellow carnival lemonade. Its lemon flavor is super fresh, juicy and—dare we say?—realistic without being sour. All you people who put lemon wedges in your gym water bottles, this one’s for you.
2. Pink Grapefruit
OK, it smells freakin’ beautiful. Like an oozy, drippy, ripe halved grapefruit. That’s in large part to its second ingredient (after carbonated water), grapefruit juice concentrate. It’s also got lemon juice, orange and lemon juice concentrates, hibiscus and rosemary extracts and grapefruit oil. The drink also has an authentic hint of grapefruit’s unmistakable, signature bitterness. Bonus: She’s got 16 calories and 3 grams of sugar per can.
3. Raspberry Lime
Smells like farmers market raspberry jam or the gooey inside of a warm berry pie. Once again, we’re impressed by how well these sparkling waters imitate their namesake fruits on the nose and tongue. If you like raspberries when they’re on the tart side, add this flavor to your cart, stat. There’s real raspberry puree in it (hey there, pretty pink hue), as well as raspberry essence, raspberry and lemon juice concentrates, lime and rosemary extracts and lemon oil. It’s only got 13 calories and 1 gram of sugar per can to boot.
4. Orange Mango
Mango puree, peach essence and peach puree concentrate will knock your nose out at first sniff—visions of mango sorbet are still dancing in our heads. Citrusy and bright with lemon and orange juice concentrates, rosemary extract and orange oil, it has 17 calories and 3 grams of sugar per can. The orange half of this flavor seems to come through stronger taste-wise than the mango, despite its distinct tropical scent.
5. Arnold Palmer
It’s no secret that AriZona knows a thing or two about Arnold Palmers. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Arnold Palmers are a half-and-half mix of iced tea and lemonade. If you’ve never tried one, this is a pretty uncanny teaser. It smells *exactly* like the real thing and tastes like it too, only half as intense and twice as refreshing (thanks, bubbles). This is the first sparkling version on the market, and it’s even healthier than its sugary namesake coming in at only 1 calorie and 0 grams of sugar per can, making it and Lemon the healthiest flavors of the bunch. It’s flavored with tea extract, tea essence, lemon juice concentrate, rosemary extract and lemon oil.