How To: Make seltzer water

Make seltzer water

Sick of spending your hard earned money on the bourgeois bubbly water? Why spend extra money on bottled seltzer when you can make it at home? Plus, by using fewer plastic bottles, you can reduce your carbon footprint.

You Will Need:
• Water
• A seltzer bottle
• And a soda charger
• A seltzer kit (optional)
• A carbon dioxide tank (optional)
• And a plastic 2-liter bottle (optional)

Step 1: Set up bottle and charger
Make sure your seltzer bottle – also called a soda siphon – and charger are compatible. Chargers come in screw-in and snap-on varieties.

Step 2: Fill seltzer bottle with water
Fill your seltzer bottle with tap water or filtered water according to preference.

Step 3: Load the charger
Fit the charger – a small canister containing pressurized carbon dioxide – onto the spray nozzle on the seltzer bottle. When it screws in or snaps on, you'll hear a "whoosh" as the water carbonates.

Step 4: Press plunger to serve seltzer
Press down on the seltzer bottle's plunger and serve your homemade seltzer water. It's that easy!

Trivia: Years ago, seltzer water was delivered to people's doorsteps in glass siphons; empties were picked up to be refilled.

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