Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Call it clear beer, Call it hard water, Whatever you call it, Spiked Seltzer is a welcome new gluten-free alcoholic beverage option.
The fizzy, low-carb Spiked Seltzer is not gluten reduced or a beer made with ancient grains. It's brewed with purified water, and the alcohol is derived from citrus essence and sugar. Yet it's not cloyingly sweet. I preferred the West Indies Lime and Valencia Orange flavors (Indian River Grapefruit and Cape Cod Cranberry are the other seltzer-style flavors) and enjoyed them straight from the can, but they can also be mixed with juices and spirits to create a variety of cocktails. All of them have a kick (6% ABV, comparable to a strong cider).
Spiked Seltzer has a heavy presence in New England, but is rapidly becoming available elsewhere along the East Coast. In New Jersey, the beverages are sold at wine-and-spirits stores throughout the state. A Facebook reader mentioned that The Bottle Shop in South Philadelphia stocks them as well, though there are no Pennsylvania locations currently listed on the company's product finder page.
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