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- Betty Buzz is a line of non-alcoholic sparkling drinks created by Blake Lively.
- You can use them as cocktail mixers or as an alternative to flavored seltzers.
- I tried all five and was impressed by the carbonation and balanced flavors.
Making a great cocktail can be a challenge in balance and creativity. The spirits get most of the attention, but a high-quality mixer can take a drink to new heights. With this in mind, actor Blake Lively created Betty Buzz, a line of sparkling mixers that are delicious enough to drink on their own. I tried all five flavors — lemon-lime, Meyer lemon, grapefruit, ginger beer, and tonic water — and was impressed.
How Betty Buzz cocktail mixers work
Each Betty Buzz bottle contains 9 ounces, which is enough to make two or more cocktails depending on your tastes. One of the drinks’ major selling points is the fact that they don’t include any artificial sweeteners, only juice, agave syrup, and cane sugar. The one exception is the Meyer lemon club soda, which has no added sugar, just carbonated water, Meyer lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors, and sea salt. Because of Betty Buzz’s all-natural ingredients, you may see particles clouding the liquid after it’s been stationary for a while. When this happened to me, I just flipped over the bottle and successfully cleared it up.
All of the flavors deliver a pleasant level of carbonation. That being said, it’s not quite as bubbly as seltzer (although if was I craving seltzer and didn’t have any at home, a Betty Buzz would be a solid replacement). One night I even used plastic wrap and a rubber band to “seal” the bottle and it did stop the drink from going completely flat by the next day.
I liked all five flavors, but the ginger beer was a standout
I loved the ginger beer. It was incredibly refreshing with its warm, lingering ginger taste. As someone new to liking gingery dishes and drinks, I thought this was an accessible and interesting starter ginger beer. However, it likely isn’t strong enough for hardcore ginger fans.
The sparkling lemon-lime mixer was definitely my second favorite. With a combination of lemon and lime juices, it had a tangier, stronger flavor than the Meyer lemon club soda. A shot of vodka and a wedge of lime made an easy cocktail, though the alcohol came through stronger than it did with the grapefruit mixer.
Grapefruit is a tricky flavor to perfect, and I thought Betty Buzz’s sparkling grapefruit drink struck just the right balance between bitter and sweet. The flavor was strong, but tamed by the effervescent fizz, making it my favorite to pair with gin.
I liked the Meyer lemon club soda, though it had the weakest flavor. This was the closest to a traditional flavored seltzer – you know lemon is in there somewhere, but you’re mostly in it for the bubbles. While the tonic water was fresh and not overpowering, it didn’t blow me away compared to other tonic waters out there.
The bottom line
Betty Buzz mixers are a great option if you want to switch up your homemade cocktails or add another non-alcoholic drink to your bar cart. I wasn’t blown away by any of the flavors, but I enjoyed having a low-calorie, flavorful drink on hand.
Pros: Great carbonation, strong flavor in the sparkling grapefruit, sparkling lemon-lime, and ginger beer varieties
Cons: Pricey, cap isn’t resealable