Zingy Salted Lime Soda

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This is such a simple and refreshing drink – my dad loves it so much, he bought 10 limes all at once!

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What is the difference between Club Soda, Seltzer Water, Sparkling Mineral Water and Tonic Water?

Club soda – water, artificial carbonation, and some minerals
Seltzer water – water, artificial carbonation
Sparkling mineral water (e.g., San Pellegrino, Perrier) – usually naturally carbonated mineral water
Tonic water – water, artificial carbonation, quinine, and typically some form of sweetener (to cover up the bitterness of quinine)

Generally, you can use club soda, seltzer water, and sparkling mineral water interchangeably, unless you’re really particular, because the minerals only change the taste very slightly. However, always check the ingredients as some waters are flavored with artificial flavors (e.g., lime, lemon). Tonic water is different to the other 3 – it has a distinct bitter flavor from the quinine and typically has added sugar.

So, use club soda, seltzer water, or sparkling water for this recipe, but don’t use tonic water!

Zingy Salted Lime Soda
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Beverage
Serves: 1 glass
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 and ¼ cups chilled seltzer water (amount can be adjusted to taste)
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  1. Juice 1 lime and add the chilled seltzer water and salt to the lime juice.
  2. Stir gently to dissolve the salt.
  3. Serve chilled.




  1. Paul says

    Sounds great any medicinal benefit as real tonic water is helpful for leg cramps but, now that they are adding “high fructose corn syrup” to it diminishes the effect dramatically and I won’t ingest that garbage.

    By any chance is there a Paleo recipe for tonic water?
    Thanks, Paul

      • Aven Brauer says

        This is my go to drink for hangovers or when I have the flu and stomach issues via the flu or a virus. I was recommended the recipe by Mexican friend, in Mexico it is used as a hangover cure and general elixer first I used it for my sickness issues now its become a a healthier non alcoholic cocktail option much like the virgin mary, or homemade lemonade, so I drink it regularly and it feels good. I use sea salt, real limes that I cut up, and mineral water the mixture of sea salt, fresh lime juice, and mineral water adds many electrolytes and vitamins and minerals to the mix. Delicious drink.