The hard seltzer market is really taking of at the minute and right one of the most popular at the moment is Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. This is a Coca Cola product and based on the ever popular mineral water
Many will be new to the space so have a lot of questions about this new breed of alcoholic drink. Not least is just what goes into a Topo Chico Seltzer to make it alcoholic, what kind of alcohol is in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer?
What kind of alcohol is in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer?
The alcoholic base in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer is a pure spirit which is distilled from agave. Agave is not an unusual base for a spirit, it is classically used in tequila, but will initially make a pure and flavoured alcohol to mix with the seltzer flavours.
Is the alcohol in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer vodka?
Vodka is basically a pure alcohol from a distilled grain with water added to reduce the alcohol by volume. It is usually colourless and odourless and added to many drinks to make them alcoholic. So is the alcohol in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer a vodka?
It is easy to think any drink can be made alcoholic by adding vodka and you probably can! Vodka is made from rye, wheat or even potatoes. The name vodka means “little water” meaning water in integral to the recipe.
The agave based distilled spirit added to Topo Chico Hard Seltzer is added neat, without water added but in a small quantity to keep the ABV to 5% meaning it would not be a vodka. It is a tequila.
What other grains can be used to make alcohol?
All alcoholic spirits are made from something that can provide sugar to make alcohol that is then distilled to increase the alcohol by volume.
The main category is the cereals – barley malt, rye and wheat being the main ones but by no means the only.
Sugarcane is popular for a base for many spirits but famously it is used for rum.
All sorts of fruits can for the base of a spirit as the are full of sugar but the pick would be the grapes used in brandy and cognac.
Which alcoholic drinks are distilled from which grain?
Below is a list of some of the most popular alcoholic spirits and the sugar base used to make the alcohol.
|Drink||Base for make alcohol|
|Vodka||Rye, wheat, potatoes|
|Scotch Whisky||Barley malt|
How many Topo Chico Hard Seltzer to get you drunk?
The CDC states it takes the average 160lb adult male, 4 standard beers to get drunk. A standard beer is 12fl oz and 5% ABV which only slightly more than Topo Chico Hard Seltzer. It would take 4-5 Topo Chico Hard Seltzer to get drunk. If you are a female or lighter then it will take less Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, if you are a significantly heavier male, it may take 5+ Topo Chico Hard Seltzer to get drunk.
My full math can be found in this dedicated article.
Is the alcohol in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer gluten free?
Topo Chico Hard Seltzer is made from a agave based alcohol meaning it is gluten free.
Even is Topo Chico Hard Seltzer was made from a grain containing gluten such as wheat, the distilling process would remove all the gluten. Distilled alcohol has no gluten
Is the alcohol in Topo Chico Hard Seltzer vegan?
Topo Chico Hard Seltzer is entirely vegan as per the company and Barnivore.com