As more and more of us are kicking our soda habits, we turn to seltzer and club soda to get our fizzy fix. (Yes, LaCroix addicts, we see you!) Both beverages are bubbly classics that add some well-needed texture to any drink and taste refreshing in their own right. While the two might seem completely interchangeable, there are actually some notable differences between them. (Though they’re barely perceptible, so we can’t really blame you for not noticing.)

We’ll start with club soda. The drink consists of carbonated water that contains the addition of mineral-like ingredients to enhance the flavor. If you read the label carefully, you’ll probably notice the inclusion of items like potassium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate. Seltzer, on the other hand, completely lacks these additives. As a result, club soda sometimes has sodium which isn’t found in other carbonated beverages.

But do the extra minerals found in club soda have any impact on the flavor? The answer really depends on how sensitive your tastebuds are. Most people can’t detect a difference, though a selective few say otherwise. However, the fizzy liquids can essentially work in lieu of one another in most mixed drinks. Tonic water, however, is in a whole different category. It has a distinct, bitter taste, as it contains quinine and can’t be interchanged with other carbonated beverages. It also goes without saying that nothing else goes better with gin.

Now that we’ve established the similarities and difference among these mixers, try using them in the cocktail (and mocktail) recipes below.

Green Apple Sparkler

Green apple syrup and sparkling water combine for a sweet, yet tart taste that is beyond refreshing. Kids will especially prefer it to boring, old apple juice. Get our Green Apple Sparkler recipe.

Pink Gin Fizz

If you’re looking to go beyond gin and tonics this summer, try out this cocktail, which utilizes club soda and grenadine instead. It’s a more colorful and less bitter drink perfect for these warm weather days. Get our Pink Gin Fizz recipe.

Kiwi Soda

Fresh kiwi and lime juice lend a tropical flair to any sparkling water you choose to add them to. Get our Kiwi Soda recipe.

Mutticano Cocktail

This playful take on the Americano cocktail contains a refreshing mix of vodka, Campari, orange juice, and club soda. Get our Mutticano Cocktail recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Soda

Add some fizz to your strawberries this summer with this fun, all-ages drink. Get our Homemade Strawberry Soda recipe.

Guinness Cream Soda

Here’s a boozy version of cream soda that utilizes club soda, vanilla liqueur, and the froth of a Guinness stout for a drink that’s unforgettable. And no, it’s not too heavy for summer. Get our Guinness Cream Soda recipe.

Gin and Tonic 

This classic cocktail is a summertime staple and obviously it’s the best way to use up any leftover tonic water you’ve got sitting in your fridge. I mean, is there any other use for it? Get our Gin and Tonic recipe.

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