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I Tried TikTok’s Healthy Coke and Added an Ingredient

Healthy Coke with Balsamic Vinegar Healthy Coke with balsamic vinegar and sparkling water is the breakout drink of the summer, at least for now- and it has people talking. With so many users raving about it on TikTok, this longtime Diet Coke fan had to test it out. 

A drinking glass filled with healthy coke.

TikTok has been food obsessed before, and they didn’t steer me wrong with baked feta or Emily Mariko’s version of the salmon bowl, so I figured I would give the drink a shot.

WHAT IS HEALTHY COKE ON TIKTOK?

In a viral video, viewed over 6 million times, user Amanda Jones (@mandyvjones) shared a recipe for “Healthy Coke.” Jones attributes this healthy alternative to Coke to her pilates instructor, who drinks it almost every day; it combines a “splash” of balsamic vinegar and a can of sparkling beverage that she says “tastes just like Coke.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE RECIPE

An image of ingredients for healthy coke with balsamic vinegar.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: I use Colavita balsamic vinegar, the same one Jones uses in her video.
  • Sparkling Water: The TikTok creator tells viewers to use any flavor of sparkling water; I use berry-flavored La Croix, while in the video, she uses guava. I also experimented with other brands and flavors but ultimately landed on the berry-flavored La Croix.
  • Caramel Drops: While I tried the original recipe, I felt it lacked flavor. Two drops of liquid Monkfruit did the trick for me and provided needed sweetness. 

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY COKE

Fill a drinking glass with ice.

Add 1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

Top with a can of sparkling water.

Top the glass with a can of sparkling water. Then, finish the drink with 1-2 drops of liquid Monk fruit. Stir, and enjoy!

 

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OTHER HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO COKE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does balsamic vinegar and sparkling water actually taste like coke?

It tastes nothing like Coke to me, but I am a die-hard diet coke fan, so it was going to be a tough sell. That said, if you find kombucha or tart-flavored drinks refreshing, you may want to give this a try for yourself. I’m not giving up Diet Coke any time soon, but adding liquid caramel Monk fruit sweetener helped the drink a ton!

Is healthy coke actually healthy?

While it could be a substitute for sugary carbonated beverages, this is not something you want to drink every day. Research suggests drinking beverages with carbonation and vinegar can negatively impact tooth enamel.

Can you use other flavors of sparkling beverages?

Absolutely! Jones asserts in her initial video that you can use any sparkling beverage. I tried her concoction with various brands, seltzers, sparkling waters, and flavor combinations. La Croix Berry had the best outcome overall.

Can I sweeten the drink to make it less tart?

I did the experimenting for you and settled on using liquid caramel-flavored Monk fruit. It does the trick of sweetening the drink to make it taste more like pop.

Other TikTok creators have chimed in and suggested experimenting with different flavors of balsamic vinegar- berry, fig, and pomegranate seem to be popular choices.

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A drinking glass filled with healthy coke.

I Tried TikTok’s Healthy Coke and Added an Ingredient

Tressa Jamil
Healthy Coke with balsamic vinegar is the breakout drink of the summer; try this quick sparkling beverage made with only three ingredients!
3 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 14 kcal

Equipment

  • Drinking Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can sparking water
  • 1-2 drops Monk Fruit, liquid, caramel

Instructions
 

  • Fill a drinking glass with ice.
  • Add 1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
  • Top the glass with a can of sparkling water. Then, finish the drink with 1-2 drops of liquid Monk fruit. Stir, and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1DrinkCalories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 3gSodium: 4mgSugar: 2g
Keyword healthy coke with balsamic vinaigrette, healthy coke with balsamic vinegar
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Recipe Rating




RJ

Sunday 16th of October 2022

My new favorite healthy drink. Thank you for posting this. I like it better than pepsi.

TW

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Definitely not coke, but it's kind of refreshing.

Tressa Jamil

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

That's what I thought too!