Club Soda vs Seltzer
All over the world, carbonated water is being consumed by people in the form of cold drinks and soda. In fact, fizzy cold drinks with carbon dioxide gas under pressure added to them are a craze among people, especially kids. But, we are more concerned with club soda and seltzer; both are examples of carbon dioxide added water, and used by people in homes and in clubs to add to alcoholic beverages or to drink as such. There are scores of people who remain confused as they encounter club soda in some clubs, and seltzer water in other clubs. Is there any difference between seltzer and club soda, or are they just different names for the same thing? Let us find out in this article.
Adding carbon dioxide to water is a process called carbonation that makes the water sparkle because of the presence of Co2 bubbles. Seltzer is a German town famous for its water springs, and Seltzer reminds one of these spring where water comes down with a lot of bubbles. Thus, seltzer water is a flavorless natural water containing Co2. Club soda is also essentially, the same thing being carbonated water, and if anything, it can be said that the club soda is made in factories, while seltzer is naturally effervescent water. However, this distinction does not hold water these days as even seltzer water is being man made.
If one goes to seltzer in Germany and tries to analyze seltzer water, he finds that water coming out of the ground passes through layers of minerals that have some types of carbonate mixed with them, and this carbonate gets added to the water making it fizzy. In the case of club soda, it is carbon dioxide added to water under high pressure. Another difference between the two is that club soda also has some amount of sodium added to it which is absent in seltzer.