Fizzy Water

The unnatural history of a carbonated drink.  

Episode 217: Fizzy Water: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink by Distillations Podcast

We all know hydration is important to health, but many people find water boring to drink. Juice and Coke aren’t boring, but they aren’t very healthy either. One way to transform water into a more exciting drink is to add bubbles. For centuries carbonated water from natural springs was used as a medicine. Now lifestyle and health concerns have combined to drive fizzy water’s renewed popularity.

Join us as we unpack the long history of carbonated water, from natural mineral springs, to the invention of artificial carbonation by a radical 18th-century chemist, to the fading tradition of seltzer deliverymen in New York City.

Show Clock

00:01 Intro
00:24 The rise of fizzy water 
04:30 Seltzer Boys
06:40 What's the difference between seltzer, mineral water, and club soda? 
08:22 The history of carbonated water  
11:55 Seltzer and health


Hosts: Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy
Producer:  Mariel Carr
Associate Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez
Reporter: Rigoberto Hernandez
Additional Production by Kyrie Greenberg 

Special thanks to Alex Gomberg and Brooklyn Seltzer Boys.


Music courtesy of the Audio Network.