How to Use a Seltzer Bottle

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How to Use a Seltzer Bottle
Make your own fizzy water with a seltzer bottle. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you love the fizzy flavour of soda pop but you want to avoid added sugar and sweeteners in your diet, try making your own fizzy drinks with fruit juice and fizzy water created in a seltzer bottle. These bottles, also known as soda siphons, use the gas from small CO2 tanks to turn ordinary tap or bottled water into bubbly soda water. While seltzer bottles may seem complicated, they're actually very simple to operate. If you can turn a knob and pull a lever, you can make fresh and bubbly soda water in a seltzer bottle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tap or bottled water
  • CO2 cartridges

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  1. 1

    Remove the top from the seltzer bottle by unscrewing it and pulling it off. Unscrew the holder for the CO2 cartridge and remove that from the top.

  2. 2

    Pour cold water into your seltzer bottle up to the indicator line. If your local tap water doesn't have a good flavour, use bottled or filtered water.

  3. 3

    Replace the top onto the main body of the seltzer bottle. Screw the top on securely.

  4. 4

    Drop or screw the CO2 cartridge into the holder. Screw the cartridge holder onto the bottle top. You will hear fizzing as the top punctures the tip of the CO2 cartridge and gas flows into the bottle. Keep twisting the cartridge holder until it is completely connected.

  5. 5

    Shake the seltzer bottle for about 20 seconds. Hold the bottle with the nozzle centred above a glass. Squeeze the handle to allow carbonated water to shoot into your glass.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment around with different fruit juices and other flavourings to make your own soft drinks.
  • Keep extra CO2 cartridges locked away from small children and others who may abuse them.

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