What Is Club Soda?

By Shana Bitterman

From sparkling water to seltzer, carbonated water is a great way to change it up when flat water just isn't quite quenching your thirst. Club soda, which is another type of carbonated water, contains salt to mimic the taste of mineral water and can be used in a variety of ways, from replacing sugary sodas to improving the texture of breakfast foods.

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Tall glass of club soda

Dress Up Your Drinks

Infused with a splash of fruit juice, club soda makes a refreshing low-calorie substitute for sugar-packed sodas. It's often mixed with lime juice and bitters for a "mocktail," or alcohol-free cocktail. It can also be used in traditional alcoholic beverages, often mixed with lemon or lime juice and gin or vodka.

Enhance Your Food

Club soda can stand in for water or milk in waffle and pancake batters to produce extra light and fluffy breakfast treats. A couple splashes does the same for scrambled eggs. Try soaking oysters in club soda for about five minutes to help make shucking easier. When making tempura batter, adding club soda instead of water or milk creates a light and airy batter.