Easily Create Bubbly Beverages at Home

Easily Create Bubbly Beverages at Home - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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Product Reviewed: Drinkmate Countertop Sparkling Water and Soda Maker

I am constantly buying new flavors of sparkling water and love having a variety of choices in the fridge. However, I don’t love storing all the cans and filling up the recycling bin once they are empty. That’s why I was so excited to try the Drinkmate Countertop Sparkling Water and Soda Maker.

This at-home, carbonated beverage machine lets you turn any cold beverage into a sparkling drink. Using recyclable CO2 canisters, you can easily add a little bubble to a variety of drinks such as water, juice, coffee, tea and even cocktails.Easily Create Bubbly Beverages at Home -

When I first received the product and took it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised at how narrow the appliance is, making it great for counters where space is limited. The machine comes in a variety of colors and has a simple design, so it would fit in well with different kitchen décor styles. My only issue is that it is so tall that it just barley fits under the cabinets above my kitchen counter. To press the button for carbonation, located on top of the machine, I have to slide the machine out from under the cabinet. It’s not a huge issue but something to consider.

The only assembly required is attaching the CO2 cannister into the back of the machine. I was a little intimidated at first, worrying I was going to install it wrong. However, the instruction book is very easy to understand and it was simple to put together. Using the machine is so easy that my kids can now safely make their own carbonated water without my help. You simply fill up the Drinkmate bottle with whatever beverage you want to carbonate, attach the lid, slide it into the base and press a button.

My family and I have thoroughly tested this Drinkmate product and are extremely happy with the variety of uses. It differs from similar appliances because you can carbonate any cold beverage — not just water. We’ve made sparking juice, tea and even cocktails. One of my favorite uses is creating flavored water combinations. I fill up jars with ingredients such as lemon and mint, grapefruit and basil or blackberry and cucumber. After letting it steep overnight, I simply pour the fruit-infused water into the Drinkmate bottle, slide it into the countertop machine and create a delicious, refreshing bottle of sparkling flavored water in less than a minute. It’s been a great way to save money by cutting down on canned flavored water we used to purchase at the store.

The Drinkmate Countertop Sparkling Water and Soda Maker would be great for anyone looking to cut down on drinking soda. I also would recommend this appliance to family, friends or even clients. It’s easy to use, works well, doesn’t take up much countertop space and is family friendly. It would make a great gift as well.

The company even offers a great CO2 cannister recycling program. If you send back two empty CO2 bottles, they’ll give you a credit off your next CO2 cannister purchase. The bottles are reasonably priced and are designed to make 60 liters of carbonated beverage, which is approximately 250 cups.

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Brynn McDowell, RD, is a dietitian based in Livermore, CA, and owner of The Domestic Dietitian. She blogs at www.thedomesticdietitian.com where she focuses on helping people create a healthy lifestyle in their homes. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.