Prepare to Get Fizzy: Sparkling Everything Is THE Drink Trend of 2018
People love to sparkle, and I'm not just talking about swiping on extra highlighter. This year will be the year of sparkling everything in the world of drinks: from a surge of kombucha-like probiotic waters to an increased desire for guilty-pleasure "sodas" that are actually healthy, 2018 is all about getting fizzy. Perhaps the Kirakira craze has made its way to the food sphere — it's the edible version of the shimmer-and-glitter phenomenon, if you will. Or maybe it's just the fact that the word "sparkling" makes everything seem a little bit more fun, cold-brew coffee included (looking at you, Stumptown, which has debuted Honey Lemon Sparkling Cold Brew).
This year, we'll see more eye-catching sparkling waters on shelves than ever before; La Croix's comeback was only the beginning. Look out for Alta Palla, the brightly colored cans of sparkling waters and juices, at Whole Foods and Good Idea Drinks, the "Swedish sugar buster" that wants to help kick people's soda habits one Sparkling Orange Mango Water at a time.
If you're feeling adventurous, you might go for a pickle-flavored probiotic gut shot that tastes like garlicky pickle soda. Maybe you've thought about giving up coffee but still want the caffeine fix, and you'd be able to turn to Phocus, a Kentucky-based company that makes naturally caffeinated, calorie-free sparkling water (the secret is extractions from green tea leaves). Next-level machines will even translate the trend from stores for the masses to homes for the serious aficionados. Drinkmate can carbonate anything from lemonade to wine and will help satisfy seltzer cravings at a moment's notice.
Spark your interest (see what I did there?) by trying out some of the unique recipes ahead that put an unexpected fizzy twist on classics, like green tea "soda," homemade sparkling cold brew, and a bubbly fruit smoothie. Embracing sparkling everything is just one of the biggest trends of 2018.