Some people swear it tastes exactly like Coca-Cola, some people get bored.
A simple homemade recipe of sparkling water sprinkled with balsamic vinegar has gone viral on social media.
The “healthy coke” recipe was originally shared by TikTok user Amanda Jones, who said she learned it from a palette instructor. In three days, the video has been viewed more than 5.9 million times. Since then it has become a trend on TikTok and beyond, as people film their reaction by taking a sip of their phase and vinegar.
“I’m not kidding you, it tastes just like coke,” said Jones, who used sparkling guava-flavored water to make the drink. “And it’s healthy, and it’s good for you.”
“It’s too much vinegar,” said Hooda Kotb, The host of the USA Today show, who mixed it with black cherry flavored soda, got bored after the first sip.
Nutritionist Dr. Rosemary Stanton says: “It may be better for your back, but it may not be better for your teeth.
“But if you are using flavored soda water and it contains sugar, it is bad for your teeth and back.
“Then the only thing you’ll avoid is caffeine, and it’s probably the least of the three coke problems.”
Oral health expert Dr. Mikaela Chinoti says that even if there is no sugar in the sparkling water, this drink is still a problem. Acidic acid in both balsamic vinegar and carbonated water removes tooth enamel.
“I don’t know where they’re getting the healthy portion from,” she says. “Nowhere does anyone suggest drinking one of these for your health, let alone mixing them.”
We made a round of “healthy coke” with plain carbonated water at the Guardian Australia office to test it. Verdict: This is an acquired flavor.
“The strangest thing I can really understand is why people think it tastes like coke; all the bad parts of coke,” said one staff member. Of the eight corralled tasters, he was the only one to see the resemblance. “There’s this weird artificial sweet taste.”
“It tastes like a salad dressing, like a fresh salad drink,” said another staff member, who happily polished the entire glass. “If it were given to me I would drink, but I would not go out of my way to make it a cure.”
A few crew members pursued their lips in disgust after the first few hours. “At first I thought it tasted good, but now I think it’s unpleasant,” said one. He was happy to see the rest of his glasses being poured under the sink.
Other staff members will drink it again, but suggest adding a little extra. One made his version at home, with Vanilla Balsamic who had been “bothering my pantry for years”. When he compared the result to a pleasant, alcohol-free spirits, he said, “There was a ton of sediment in the vinegar, so; [the drink] It was annoyingly hard. “
Another staff member said: “It’s great. It’s amazingly good. It smells like balsamic vinegar, though. I’ll do it again, of course. I think it could be with something else.” Yes, like lime extract.
If you want to try this drink for yourself, Samantha recommends using sparkling drinking water that has a flavor of flowers or fruits, such as strawberries or raspberries.
“When you think from a food standpoint, we always put strawberries and the like in balsamic vinegar, so we know it works really well.”
“Balsamic vinegar already has an inbuilt caramelized sweetness that gives it such a beautiful, dark brown color and you get those really nice caramel sweet notes,” says Peine.
But she is unlikely to add it to the pair’s menu anytime soon. “My initial reaction was, ‘Lord, why is this one thing?’
The decision to drink is that vinegar-based beverages are not new, especially when it comes to apple cider vinegar and “somewhat” camouflage. In Korea, vinegar drink, which is made to dilute like cordials, is a kind of whole product.
“I personally think only of myself. There are better examples of ‘healthy’ coke,” says Peene. “It’s made by brewers.”