Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Black Cherry Soda Roundup

While doing my #30 day detox from alcohol, I was on a search for a more natural, flavored replacement beverage. Being on a mission to lose weight I wanted to find alternative beverages to drink that are packed with flavor and not sugar. As a kid I never liked sparkling water and rarely drank soda but now I appreciate the carbonation as an alternative beverage. Here's my sparkling bubbles roundup of black cherry flavored drinks. Many are sweetened with stevia which I've discussed in this post about artificial sugar

 Deer Park Sparkling Black Cherry
 It's a little bland because there's no added sugar, but it has crisp carbonation and a hint of cherry flavor. It's reasonably priced at $3 for a 6 pack of 16.9oz bottles.

Bai Bubbles is a sweetened water beverage with only 5 calories. It has a dark red color from cherry juice concentrate and has a nice cherry taste with bubbles, but the after taste is a bit sour. The sweeteners used are erythritol and stevia. It contains juice from coffee cherries,  the fruit around the coffee beans and is filled with antioxidants. Also it has a little caffeine in it, about the same as green tea. Their website lists cocktail recipes you can make with their drinks, I tried one last year. This was the most expensive to buy at $2.50 a can. 

Zevia turned out to my favorite in this taste test. It's a clear color and very sweet with strong carbonation. It has a nice cherry flavor and even smelled of it while containing no calories. It's sweetened with stevia and monk fruit. You can find concktail recipes on their website including this skinny margarita. They have a whole line of products I'm looking forward to trying their other flavors including  Ginger Root Beer, Mountain Zevia,  Dr. Zevia, Grapefruit Citrus, and Cherry Cola.
Honest Fizz  tasted a little flat to me, and the color was an ugly light brown from the added carmel coloring. This was my least favorite for flavor quality.

Izze Sparkling So technically this is blackberry but the flavor is close enough. The bottle has a label on it that says "no added sugar", but I didn't realize this had 130 calories in it and 29g of sugar! But it comes from the natural fruit juices they use, not added white sugar.

For more suggestions on what to drink besides soda check out this post.


  1. When I joined Weight Watchers I gave up soda and am now addicted to Crystal lite those!

    1. I like the Crystal Light Pure Lemonade because it's made without Aspartame.

  2. I'm a fan of the Bai 5 products. The coconut drink is delish. I never tasted the Black Cherry soda. I'll have to check it out. :)

    1. I haven't tried the coconut flavor, I will give it a try!

  3. Love this I do 3 detoxes a year and are always searching for the perfect none alcoholic drink that won't make me miss alcohol! hahha ;)

  4. Love the Deer Park flavored waters because they have just enough flavor to make it more than plain water, but aren't sweet. (But I also really like just plain fizzy water, so that probably has something to do with it.)


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