Every few months I return, like a dog to his patient, to the websites that peddle The Tap. New to The Tap? So please imagine a world where your favorite drink is at your fingertips. If your favorite drink is water then you are living the fantasy every day as a lucky citizen of the developed world. If your favorite drink is wine, you can get it in a box with its own little tap. If, like me, you are effortlessly cosmopolitan and European and your favorite drink is soda water, then you need The Tap.
It’s like a regular faucet, except sparkling water comes out of it. And boiling water, and ice-cold filtered water if your heart desires it. He lives on websites where things are so expensive that they don’t care to include the prices. There are some contexts where $ 8,000 for a kitchen faucet wouldn’t even appear on a sundries list on a renovation budget. He has probably appeared in a few episodes of Grand Designs. One day I long to take The Tap and swallow sparkling water until the last polished burp leaves my body.
I was introduced to sparkling water for the first time while vacationing in France and Spain, where I felt incredibly chic opting for the “con gas” option as opposed to the agua plate which I preferred in as lumpen bog maiden in Ireland. “Boy, bring us a round of Oranginas for the table too, por favor,” I added probably, losing my temper completely. I admit that I was not a fan at the start since a first initiation to sparkling water can be like drinking static or liquid pins and needles. Living in Spain for a while really developed my con gas palate as I sought to quench my thirst for the scorching heat – lumpen bog maiden, remember? – without always resorting to traditional soft drinks. And when coffee culture took off in Ireland, as a non-coffee drinker, I used soda water as a crutch among Americano and latte lovers.
Now I am addicted. I can’t get enough. I’m about to buy an affordable version of The Tap – a countertop SodaStream but not a SodaStream to keep me in stock. I am worried anyway. How long will the gas cylinder last? What if he runs out at a crucial moment when I’m about to settle in for a good glass of sparklers and a few episodes of Escape to the Chateau? But then I can’t go on like I’m doing now, drinking two-liter bottles as the planet burns around me, but if I could afford to move on to buying the glass bottles, then I could. allow me to install The Tap. I’m going to have to bite the bullet and buy the countertop carbonator. A friend has a Mysoda and says it gets the job done. Aarke is another brand that keeps popping up as the trend for sparkling water grows stronger and people continue to drain the stores of my elixir of life.
Sparkling water is huge in America right now, but when they say sparkling water they mean flavored sparkling water. The trend was started a few years ago by the delicious La Croix brand and now there are countless cans, bottles and flavors. Adding alcohol to sparkling water, or “seltzer,” turned out to be another lucrative decision, with White Claw leading the way in terms of colloquialisms. It was launched in Ireland in May 2020 and has become the drink to see while drinking at the social distancing pandemic picnic birthday party.
But listen, I just want to keep it simple. I want sparkling water on the tap. I want the prices of sparkling water to be standardized so that I can order it in a restaurant without playing Russian roulette on the price – will it be € 2.50 or will it be € 13? Speaking of restaurants, a few weeks ago a flurry circulated through my WhatsApp groups indicating that the Market Bar on Fade Street in Dublin not only offered free soda water, but also free bread as standard. Well we couldn’t have booked a table quickly enough to find out for ourselves and sure enough it was, as smooth as the Liffey after three days of rain. I was beside myself. Lord, maybe they’ve got the tap?
Can all this sparkling water be good for me? I asked a dietician and she couldn’t find any significant negatives. She said she heard it was bad for your teeth, a claim a friend also heard straight from a perfect dentist mouth. I did some intensive research through my dear uncle Google and he told me the rumor of the teeth was probably hogwash. Plus, I’ll take the eroded squeakers rather than giving up my beloved spicy water any day of the week. What is this boy? Is it € 17 a bottle? I’ll take two!