Homemade Hard Seltzer

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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 hard seltzers!

This is the perfect beverage 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. The best part? You can make as many as you want because you’ve probably got all these ingredients in your kitchen!

This homemade hard seltzer recipe is dedicated to refreshing.

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

Homemade Hard Seltzer

Allyson Letal
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!
4.47 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 115 kcal

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:

  • 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:

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

Make the seltzer water:

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

Serving: 1gCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gSodium: 5mgFiber: 5gSugar: 16g
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My girlfriend has been hooked on drinking hard seltzer’s for months and now I enjoy drinking them just as much. The problem is with how expensive they are. We are burning money on hard seltzer’s and I had the idea that we should start making our own. Had I known how easy it is to make your own hard seltzer’s I would have started making them myself. Thank you for the info and recipes. This is going to save us lots of money and I am sure we are going to have fun creating our own unique flavors.

  2. Thank you. I was too lazy to run 2 blocks away to buy a box of white claw.
    But I knew Pinterest could help. I searched “diy white claw” and came across your recipe. Simple easy and it’s a keeper. Carbonated water, lime, ice, vodka.

    1. It’s actually a little less, because we’re using 10 oz of carbonated water and about 1 oz of fruit puree, I did a couple quick back of the napkin calculations and I came out with about 3.5% if using 80 proof (40%) vodka.