I love carbonated drinks. Especially when the weather is sweltering hot, an ice-cold fizzy drink helps to break the heat and perk me up.
However, a lot of the ready-to-drink soda in the market are either loaded with lots of sugars or might be pricey and leave a heavy carbon footprint because they are using natural spring water flown from the Alps.
What if you can DIY your own soda?
What if there is a device that you can use to carbonate ANY beverage?
Introducing Drinkmate. You can use it to carbonate ANY beverage (note: without any solids such as pulp) safely, reliably and affordably, from morning green teas to your preferred nightcaps — so you can drink “soda” everyday without the emotional or financial guilt.
Drinkmate was first invented in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, and has been innovating the home carbonation category since 2014. The company is headquartered in the USA, and operates in 12 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
Drinkmate arrived in Singapore in 2021, and is exclusively distributed by local soda lovers, The Soda Lovers Co. with a mission to make healthy sparkling beverages more affordable and convenient for everyone.
Being chosen as the preferred carbonation system for the Johnnie Walker Challenge in the 2021 World Class Global Bartender Finals, as well as the device Xing Fu Tang uses for its Calpis Soda drinks, goes to show that Drinkmate is not just made for the casual users at home, but also a perfect fit for bars, restaurants and the industry’s top professionals.
Conventional carbonating machines are either unable to or are potentially hazardous when used to carbonate certain beverages such as alcohol, so Drinkmate offers a real solution for the F&B industry.
Stellar consumer ratings aside, Drinkmate is a major proponent of eco-friendly beverage solutions, by engineering its CO2 cylinders to be locally refillable and reducing the need for usages of cans, glass or one-time usage plastics.
On top of that, Drinkmate’s CO2 cylinder refills are also designed to be compatible with popular soda makers in the market (like Sodastream for instance), which means that you can now save about 20-30% of the cost you would originally have spent. All these passive benefits translate to sizable savings for your wallet and also carbon footprint saved for the environment.
I also love the fact that Drinkmate requires no electricity to operate. No messy wires and power plugs. You can bring in anywhere and carbonate your drink anywhere.
I used Drinkmate to carbonate several different beverages from oolong tea to milk to red wine and I did not encounter any issue. Below is a simple tutorial on how to make a Grapefruit Gin Fizz with Drinkmate:
The Drinkmate device is intuitive to use and can be easily activated with the push of a button. Cleaning and storage is easy too, with different bottle caps for storage and for injecting the fizz.
The Drinkmate Sparkling Water & Soda Maker is available in four colours – Black, White, Royal Red and Arctic Blue, with a retail price of S$125. It is available for online purchase via the official website or at the following physical locations for purchases or for CO2 exchanges.