Mixers can often be cloyingly sweet sugar bombs; not so here. Betty Buzz is free of artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners, and you won’t need to Google the ingredients to understand what you’re drinking. (The Meyer Lemon Club Soda, for example, contains carbonated water, Meyer lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors and sea salt.)
Unlike some sparkling sodas, which taste more like carbonation than anything else, the flavors shine through. Overall, they’re all light, crisp and refreshing, albeit a bit bitter. Our taste score is an average of all five varieties, with grapefruit and ginger beer being the surprising breakout hits. Here’s a breakdown of how each one tastes:
- Meyer Lemon Club Soda — Like bubbly spa water, with just the slightest hint of acidity and bright, lemon flavor on the backend (Taste: 16/20)
- Sparkling Grapefruit — A liquid roller coaster, starting out sweet and citrusy, ending with a slightly bitter kick (Taste: 20/20)
- Ginger Beer —All the nasal-clearing zing of kombucha, none of the fermentation (Taste: 19/20)
- Tonic Water — Crisp and fizzy, with a clean aftertaste that makes it a solid bev on its own (Taste: 18/20)
- Sparkling Lemon Lime —The scent may inspire you to wash your floors with it (uh, don’t), but the flavor is milder. Less Sprite, more infused-water vibes (Taste: 17/20)
Each 9-ounce bottle varies from 0 to 70 calories apiece (Ginger Beer and Sparkling Grapefruit are on the higher end of that spectrum), so they’re not total gut bombs.