This Austin-made sparkling water is like a local LaCroix

Forget kombucha and shrubs and kefir: LaCroix was the buzziest beverage of 2016, by a Wall Street mile.

The Florida-based LaCroix is the bestselling domestically made sparkling water in the country, and it’s recent boom in popularity is causing even the Coca-Colas of the world to reinvent their sparkling water game, and an Austin company is now in on it.

First off, a few weeks ago, we tried some of those new LaCroix flavors, as well as the Dasani- and H-E-B-made knock-offs, in a Facebook livestream.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I find out about a locally made drink that might as well go after the LaCroix market.

Two years ago, Sway Water hit the market with a line of bottled water that had been infused with various fruits and even some vegetables. That bottled water is unsweetened and naturally low in calories, and this year, they are launching a similar product, but with bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles.

Sway Water is an Austin company that is now making sparkling bottled water that has been infused with flavor from fresh produce. Contributed by Sway Water.

In this week’s Facebook livestream, we tried three new Sway sparkling flavors: mango, strawberry and grapefruit peach. (There’s another flavor, lemon ginger, that I didn’t include.)

The carbonated water comes in four flavors: mango, strawberry, grapefruit peach and lemon ginger. The drinks, which cost about $1.69 each, are like a mix of Topo Chico and La Croix but locally made, and each had a mild taste with very little sweetness and lots of bubbles.

You can find them at People’s Rx, Royal Blue Grocery, Central Market, Ingredients, Arlan’s Market, Fresh Plus, Snap Kitchen, Wheatsville and Daily Juice.

More than 100 Austin schools carry Sway’s still water products, so the sparkling water could soon be available for purchase there, too. You can find out more about the brand at swaywater.com.

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