Review: Truly Spiked & Sparkling Water

Review: Truly Spiked & Sparkling Water


Well folks, we’re at peak, er… peak something. How do I know? Because in this world of alcohol-spiked oddities including Mexican frescas, whipped cream, and sports drinks, now we have the ultimate in ready-to-drink concoctions: spiked water.

Truly is — much to my surprise — not a malt beverage, but rather gets its alcohol from a cane sugar distillate. Low in calories (100) and sugar (1 gram), these are designed for the “club soda with a twist” set… but who decide they want a splash of the hard stuff in there after all. Four flavors are available, in both bottles and cans.

We tasted a trio of offerings from the available mixed pack. Thoughts follow.

Truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime – A dirty G&T, very fizzy with a bit of lime zest that hits the palate. Surprisingly refreshing, with almost no discernable alcohol character to it. If I was going to drink a “hard seltzer,” this is probably what I’d choose. B+

Truly Spiked & Sparkling Pomegranate – On the nose this has that immediately evident strawberry-sweet berry note, which follows through as a vague candylike character on the palate. This is short-lived, however, eventually giving way to a similarly neutral, ultra-fizzy finish. B- 

Truly Spiked & Sparkling Grapefruit & Pomelo – By far the most fragrant of the bunch, with a big floral nose that doesn’t immediately say grapefruit but which eventually kinda-sorta resembles it. The body is more flavorful than the above as well, though it comes across with a sweet-and-sour kind of note that ultimately feels somewhat off-putting. C

$8 per case of 12 oz. cans or bottles /

Truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. A. I. on August 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Great stuff!

  2. horris on September 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm


    • Anonymous on December 16, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Please elaborate, you drank too much and you blame them? Or it made you ill after drinking just one? I’ve had plenty and had no ill effect, so I can only assume that it was self induced on your part.

  3. Lisa on January 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    It’s the company’s fault that you drank too much??

  4. Anonymous on March 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I bought the pomegranate flavor and its nasty

  5. Forrest Frantz on June 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    This stuff is nasty bad. I bought a case from Costco Kirland Signature thinking that all of their Kirkland products are top notch. Wow … can’t believe that Costco put this stuff under their name and on the shelves. Tastes horrid!

  6. uila on June 25, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    This is the WORSTI Ican handle drink Ive ever had maid me see double worst hangover with just three and min you I can handle my drinks quite well this is something I would someone that I hated ITS POISON ! if you like this good for you enjoy Ill pass and from now on Im only drinking 100% blue agave TEQUILA never get a hangover this made me feel miserable tons of inflammator responses from thi on

  7. JAN BRAVEMAN on July 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I just tried Truly spiked Grapefruit/Pomelo as was only flavor Ralph’s market carried for some reason.. not good, very bitter, will be returning it in morning..may give other brands a try, especially in lime/lemon. Very disappointed as I looked forward to this stuff since I need low carb and is 107 outside!

  8. Penelope Lastinger on July 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I feel like you’re not speaking english.

  9. Griff Ellingsburg on September 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

    This stuff is the worst tasting beverage i have ever had, tastes like rubbing alcohol with a splash of flavor. Not sure what flavor, sure as hell wasn’t raspberry. Will not buy ever again.

  10. Anonymous on September 25, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Nice refreshing beverage

  11. Anonymous on November 30, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Truly Spiked and Sparkling is fantastic. It isn’t sweet. It doesn’t taste nasty like hard liquor. It’s not filling like beer. It’s like Perrier with a twist of (whatever), with a slight alcohol taste. It packs a punch so be careful with quantity consumed. It makes me burp a lot, I wish they made an unsparkling version too, or just one with less gas.

  12. Like them all on January 22, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Excellent flavor not sweet.

  13. Jessica Hughes on February 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I drink, I’ve drank and I’ve gotten drunk but truly by far is the most amazing experience in a drink because it don’t take you too far but just enough. Kinda like a night with a man who plays n all the right ways without over bearing or too weak n satisfying all the right body parts!!! Complete Orgasm of all buzzes. Afterall being able to feel good and maintain is TRULY an amazing experience!! Try

  14. Jimmy on June 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Not good, I’m a bartender and this is not tasty at all, very artificial flavors, not something that you want to keep on drinking, taste like pure GMOs , it might be good as a chaser or a cocktail topping but to have fun just with it, shucks big time, so sorry I spent 17 $ in this crab I couldn’t even drinks

  15. D helton on June 29, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Disgusting. Mostly you taste the seltzer. It has a salty taste, I had to throw my out. A total waste of money

  16. George on July 3, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    wife bought a case a Costco about 10 months ago. we still have most left over. so terrible i might just put it out in the alley and hope its keeps someone from withdrawing. not worth anything else than that. yuck!!!!

  17. Ken on September 12, 2019 at 2:33 am

    This has to be the worst tasting beverage of any kind I have ever tasted. Bought two 24oz cans. Took 1 drink from both and poured each out in turn. Absolutely awful.

  18. MARIBEL WHALEN on January 8, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I like it! Please send all unused cans to … LOL

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