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Join the Craze and Try These 4 Texas Sparkling Water Brands

By Erin Fornoff 6.8.20

We may be Dr Pepper nation, but our iconic soda is not the only carbonated beverage that’s taken Texas by storm. Sparkling water is rising to the surface as one of our state’s top trends.

Not your grandmother’s old-school seltzer, the new fizzy waters are artisanal, unique, and local — and Texas has an impressive array of them. Why has Texas emerged at the forefront of the sparkling water revolution? No one really knows! But we’re not complaining. In fact, we’re here to share a few of our favorites.

These waters range from unique Texas flavors (prickly pear, jalapeño) to pure; they come from deep in our natural springs and fall from the sky; and they each surprise and delight. Check out our guide to get your fizzy fix and choose your own favorite sparkling water brand and flavor.

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For: The variety seeker.
About: Austin’s Waterloo has a delightful array of fruity flavors. You’ll never get bored picking from grapefruit, mango, coconut, watermelon, strawberry, black cherry, grape, and blueberry. Their crisp flavors and large assortment are great for fickle palates.
Our favorite flavor: Watermelon — it’s fun, refreshing, not too sweet, and it just feels so much more festive than drinking water.

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For: The purist.
About: Started by an Austin group, Rambler came on the scene as a Texas limestone-filtered upstart ready to raise bubbles. This brand eschews the flavor trend to focus on pure, original, bubbly water.
Why we love it: A portion of their proceeds goes to our beloved Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, so you’re doing a good deed with every sip.

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Big Swig

For: The adventurer.
About: Big Swig offers flavors of some ambition. They call themselves “unapologetically Texan,” and their flavors prove it. Party pickle, jalapeño pineapple, chile mango, ruby red grapefruit, watermelon and mint, prickly pear cucumber — the whole menu just sounds (and tastes) exciting.
The best part: You can also propose new flavors to the team if you have a concoction you’d like to see canned and carbonated.

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Richard’s Rainwater

For: The naturalist.
About: Richard Heinichen has been filtering and bottling pure rainwater in aptly named Dripping Springs since 1998. Called “America’s first bottled rainwater,” it’s known for extra-small bubbles, which make for a more refreshing, subtle finish.
Fun fact: As Richard says, “Rain is local, everywhere.” So you’re not only drinking water from a product made locally in Texas, you’re drinking local Texas rainwater.

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Topo Chico (Honorable Mention)

For: The historian.
About: Bottled in Monterrey, Mexico, Topo Chico only counts as a Texas brand if you harken back to 1836, when Texas was still part of Mexico. We’re not living in the past, but we’d be remiss to leave Topo Chico out of any sparkling water conversation, as it’s something of a long-time Texas obsession.
Why it’s so special: Bottled from a medicinal spring, it’s famed for its larger-than-average bubbles and a vaguely salty tang.

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