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Homemade Hard Seltzer

Learn how to make homemade hard seltzer easily this summer. This easy DIY White Claw Copycat is sure to keep you quenched in the hot months!

It’s hot out there!

You deserve a refreshing drink. But, don't just settle for any old beverage. Make your own with this easy recipe that will have you feeling satisfied in no time.

This is the perfect drink for those who want to feel like they are on vacation while at home or enjoying a day outside. All it takes is some vodka, fruit juice or puree, carbonated water, and ice cubes (optional). The best part? You can make as much as you want because you've probably got all these ingredients in your kitchen!

This homemade hard seltzer is dedicated to hot weather.

Homemade hard seltzer in a mason jar.

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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> Make your own juice with the steps in the recipe below, or buy 100% juice of any flavor you like!

No. 2 --> Get creative... Check out some of my great (not provided in the White Claw variety pack) flavor options.

No. 3 --> Freeze your fruit juice or puree into ice cubes, they make the perfect portion for an individual hard seltzer whenever the mood strikes!

Homemade White Claw with a straw in it.

Soda Water Vs Sparkling Water Vs Seltzer Water

Club soda is artificially carbonated and contains added minerals, this can affect the flavor

Seltzer is also artificially carbonated but does not contain any added minerals, the flavor is more neutral. This can easily be made at home with a SodaStream or other home infusion machine.

Sparkling water is naturally carbonated. Sparkling water, like club soda, has minerals in it which can affect the flavor.

You can use whichever you like. I personally use a SodaStream Fizzi and filtered water from our reverse osmosis water filter to make homemade seltzer water.

I would personally avoid tonic water as it has added sugar!

Key Ingredients

Carbonated water: As mentioned above, choose your favorite fizzy water!

Simple syrup: This easy to make beverage booster is perfect for adding a bit of sweetness to your cocktail, especially if using tart fruit.

Fruit: Use nearly any fruit you like. For this recipe, I used the same flavors from the variety pack of White Claws I picked up. Cherry, lime, grapefruit, and mango.

Key ingredients for white claw copycats.

How To Make Homemade Hard Seltzer

  1. Pick your flavor and make the juice! Once made, transfer the juice to a small airtight container, as you're unlikely to use it all at once. I like to use mason jars.
    • MANGO: Blend 1 cup of mango chunks in a blender until completely smooth.
    • BLACK CHERRY: Blend 1 cup of pitted dark sweet cherries in a blender until completely smooth.
    • GRAPEFRUIT: Juice 1 fresh grapefruit.
    • LIME: Juice 3-4 limes.
  2. Prepare your cocktail:
    1. In a cocktail glass, add your desired fruit juice or puree.
    2. Transfer to a cocktail glass.
    3. Add one ounce of vodka.
    4. Top the cup with ice.
  3. Make the seltzer water:
    1. If you're using a SodaStream, fill the carbonating jar with cold water. If you're not, open a can of seltzer water, and pour it into a prepared cocktail glass.
    2. Install the jar into the machine and carbonate the water as much as you like. For me, that's 3 3-second bursts.
    3. Remove the jar from the SodaStream and fill your prepared cocktail glass.

Batch + Storage Information

Batch:

As written, this recipe makes up to 4 homemade hard seltzer in each flavor. This recipe can be scaled easily and the prepared juice can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you've got extra fruit juice or puree, freeze them in ice cube trays for even easier homemade hard seltzers next time!

Storage:

I recommend drinking your DIY White Claw once it's made, but if you cannot finish it, simply transfer it into a small mason jar and close the lid tightly to conserve the carbonation. Store it in the fridge until ready to enjoy.

Flavor Suggestions

As previously mentioned, I started by duplicating the flavors in the White Claw variety pack I purchased, but don't let that stop you! Get creative! Here are a couple flavor ideas I am going to try next:

  • Pineapple mint: make or buy pineapple juice, and muddle with some mint leaves
  • Lemonade Hard Seltzer: Freshly squeezed lemon juice and some simple syrup or carbonate some instant pot lemonade!
  • Strawberry: make strawberry juice, strain out the seeds
  • Rhubarb: make rhubarb simple syrup!
Homemade hard seltzer in a mason jar with a white claw in the background.
  • Blender: I have and love a Vitamix blender. It's a decade old and hasn't skipped a beat once. Not to mention the incredible Vitamix customer service. I am so happy with my purchase!
  • SodaStream: We've got a SodaStream Fizzi at home, and it's a great little machine for adding some zing to plain water. We've used it extensively, and it's perfect for this DIY Hard Seltzer recipe!

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Homemade hard seltzer in a mason jar.
Yield: 1

Homemade Hard Seltzer

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Learn how to make your own homemade hard seltzer. This easy recipe will save you time and money this summer! Choose your favorite flavors and try new ones too!

Ingredients

mango:

  • 1 cup mango chunks

black cherry:

  • 1 cup pitted dark sweet cherries

grapefruit:

  • 1 large grapefruit

lime:

  • 4-5 limes

For 1 white claw:

  • 1 oz vodka
  • handful of ice
  • 10 oz carbonated water

Instructions

Pick your flavor and make the juice

Once made, transfer the juice to a small airtight container, as you're unlikely to use it all at once. I like to use mason jars.

  • MANGO: Blend 1 cup of mango chunks in a blender until completely smooth.
  • BLACK CHERRY: Blend 1/cup of pitted dark sweet cherries in a blender until completely smooth.
  • GRAPEFRUIT: Juice 1 fresh grapefruit.
  • LIME: Juice 3-4 limes.
  • Prepare your cocktail:

    1. In a cocktail glass, add 2 tablespoons of your prepared fruit juice or puree.
    2. Add one ounce of vodka, stir to combine.
    3. Top the cup with ice.

    Make the seltzer water:

    1. If you're using a SodaStream, fill the carbonating jar with cold water. If you're not, open a can of seltzer water, and pour it into a prepared cocktail glass.
    2. Install the jar into the machine and carbonate the water as much as you like. For me, that's 3 3-second bursts.
    3. Remove the jar from the SodaStream and fill your prepared cocktail glass.

    Notes

    Batch:

    As written, this recipe makes at least 4 homemade hard seltzers in each flavor. This recipe can be scaled easily and the prepared juice can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days

    Storage:

    I recommend drinking your DIY White Claw once it's made, but if you cannot finish it, simply transfer it into a small mason jar and close the lid tightly to conserve the carbonation. Store it in the fridge until ready to enjoy.

    flavor suggestions:

    • Pineapple mint: make or buy pineapple juice, and muddle with some mint leaves
    • Lemonade Hard Seltzer: Freshly squeezed lemon juice and some simple syrup
    • Strawberry: make strawberry juice, strain out the seeds
    • Rhubarb: use RHUBARB SIMPLE SYRUP!

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

    This nutrition information is skewed because it includes all of the fruit options.

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    Nick

    Sunday 11th of July 2021

    The Drinkmate works really good for this. Carbonates everything, not just water.

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