People seem to have a lot of opinions about seltzer. But not me. In fact, if someone had asked me what my favorite sparkling water flavor was precisely one year ago, I would’ve said none of them. You see, until very recently, I did not understand the entire concept of seltzer. It’s water, with bubbles. And the flavors? They’re sad, bad, whispery imitations of actually delicious things that I would much rather eat than drink. Give me a glass of plain tap water and a handful of berries over a berry-flavored sparkling water any day. But my attitude changed when I found the actual best flavor of sparkling water ever known to man: LaCroix Hi-Biscus!
Hi-Biscus! (which I’ll refer to as hibiscus from now on for our collective sanity) is the only flavor for me, and here’s why: Like real hibiscus tea, which is made from part of the roselle hibiscus flower, it’s tart but not too tart. There’s no bitterness or unpleasant, lingering, artificial aftertaste. It hints at sweetness, but since it’s LaCroix, there’s no sweetener involved, artificial or otherwise. And like all delicious things, it’s just elusive enough to keep things interesting. (I.e., there are two grocery stores within walking distance of my home, but only one of them carries the flavor.) Even the can beckons you in with its dramatically rendered hibiscus illustrations and friendly exclamation point that says “I’m non-threatening” like an overly friendly work email.