There's a fierce kind of loyalty that comes with being a La Croix sparking water drinker. Fans of the popular sparkling water will swear up and down that the best flavor is apricot; no, grapefruit; no, lemon, obviously. Because we're all about taste tests—donuts, frozen desserts, hot sauce, you name it—we decided to gather as many different La Croix flavors as possible to find out which ones would be at the top of our list and which would do better at the bottom of a trash can.
We discovered a few things: classic flavors were favored far above random fruit combinations, many of the options tasted artificial and La Croix's Cúrate line needs a little work. Above all: drinking a lot of sparkling water in one sitting is definite grounds for a burping contest. Any takers?
La Croix can be purchased in most major grocery stores, as well as Target, Walmart, Rite Aid and La Croix's website. Prices for an 8-pack start at $3.39.
17 La Croix sparkling water flavors
Seth Kelley: "This one goes the best with my aura."
Kate Wertheimer: "Surprisingly refreshing! There isn't a strong smell, which I like. Very drinkable."
EK: "If you're looking for something plain that won't coat your mouth, this is solid."
SK: "This drink kicks you in the mouth a little like, 'Boom! I'm earthy,' but then backs off gradually like, 'JK, I'm sweet/kind."
EK: "This is one of the best in my opinion."
EK: "Smells like Sunkist! This is super refreshing and reminds me of that ride at Disneyland—Soarin' Over California, when they spray the orange mist."
EK: "This one smells like My Little Pony."
KW: "Smells like a Popsicle. Most likely to successfully trick kids into thinking they're drinking soda. Suckers!"
SK: "This tastes just like my grandpa's value-sized, discount shampoo."
JL: "Kind of tastes like munching on potpourri."
EK: "This flavor is like a kiwi Jolly Rancher at the end of its life."
KW: "Smells like a vacation—but, like, at a Sandals resort with a bunch of screaming, sticky children running around with virgin coladas."
SK: "Tastes like a flower, and while I generally do not drink flowers, compared to the others this one is fine."
SK: "This smells like feet and tastes like slightly less disgusting feet, so at least it tastes better than it smells!"
MJ: "Two-thirds of a Joanna Newsom song title, zero-thirds the likeability."
SK: "I give up."
JL: "Smells like apple, tastes like garbage. It has a strong clay taste for some reason."