Alcoholic seltzer has proved it's here for the long haul—and we're not mad about it. But before you reach for this bubbly libation, there are a few things to keep in mind. For one, while you might assume all hard seltzer is gluten-free (since, you know, regular seltzer is gluten-free), that's surprisingly not the case. "If you're gluten-sensitive, look for malt, which is made from gluten-containing barley, and opt for a non-malt option," says mbg Collective member Jess Cording, R.D..
Next, make sure you actually enjoy it. This might seem like a no-brainer, but there are so many different types of low-calorie hard seltzer out there—you just have to find what unique flavors you like. Here, we've rounded up our favorites, all of which are gluten-free, low-sugar, and big on taste.
Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water
White Claw Pure Hard Seltzer
Sometimes you just want to keep things simple—we get that. For those occasions, White Claw's lineup is just the thing. Pure (5% ABV), the first plain hard seltzer on the market, has a refreshing clean taste and clocks in at zero grams of sugar and two grams of carbs. It's also perfect for adding your own flavor twist, like a splash of juice, drizzle of elderberry syrup, or dash of bitters.
Truly Hard Seltzer
Truly Hard Seltzer's Berry Mix Pack is perfect for when you're feeling a bit indecisive. The clear standout, however, is the Blueberry Acai (5% ABV)—a sophisticated spin on mixed berry. With one gram of sugar and two grams of carbs, it competes with the best of 'em for low-carb queen.
Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer
If you're drawn to natural fruit and botanical flavor combos, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer (4.5% ABV) is the brand for you. While our personal fave is Pear Elderflower, herbal enthusiasts may also enjoy Black Cherry Rosemary or Clementine Hibiscus. With zero grams of sugar and one to two gram of carbs, we really can't complain.
The Shell House Sparkling Hard Seltzer
Is there anything Trader Joe's can't do? The Shell House (5% ABV), their own line of hard seltzers, is unsurprisingly delicious and available in three flavors: Meyer Lemon, Pomegranate, and Raspberry (available at TJ's locations where beer is sold). With five grams of carbs and sugar, it might not be the top pick for keto dieters, but it's still a light, refreshing, and totally delicious option. Pro tip: The Meyer Lemon is like a boozy sparkling lemonade.
Stephanie Eckelkamp is a writer and editor who has been working for leading health publications for the past 10 years. She received her B.S. in journalism from Syracuse University with a minor in nutrition. In addition to contributing to mindbodygreen, she has written for Women's Health, Prevention, and Health. She is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a passion for natural, toxin-free living, particularly when it comes to managing issues like anxiety and chronic Lyme disease (read about how she personally overcame Lyme disease here).