Topo Chico has proved itself in the significant Texas market, where it’s leading the flavored water category. Beverage professionals at Carnivale in Chicago, Harlowe MXM in Dallas, and J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa all recommended this sparkler, as many guests have started asking for it by name.
“As a mixologist, I use sparkling mineral water that is unflavored. It gives me the opportunity to make my own simple syrups with organic and sugar-free options,” says Maxx Kleiner of Carnivale. “I love Topo Chico the most. It has a beautiful story behind it, and, for me, it mixes great with a lot of the spirits I use.”
Alex Fletcher of Harlowe MXM shares Kleiner’s sentiment. “Topo Chico has taken over the bar culture,” he says. “It’s tough to beat those bubbles.”
In terms of popularity with bartenders we polled, Fever-Tree definitely wins the prize here. Bartenders rave about the dependability of the brand’s range of tonics and sodas.
“We love Fever-Tree, especially their Ginger Ale and Elderflower Tonic,” says Susi Zivanovic, corporate sommelier and beverage director at 14-location chain Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille.
“Fever Tree products have been our companion all along,” says Matt Harwell of Carson Kitchen in Las Vegas, calling the brand’s club soda exceptional.
While it’s not seltzer per se, professionals note the light, crisp, not-too-sweet qualities of Fever Tree’s products. “They make a clean impact on you drinks,” says Ben Rouse of Nashville’s Henley.