18 La Croix Cocktails: What Liquors To Add To Popular Flavors

If we could only drink one thing for the rest of our lives, it would probably be La Croix. Not only do all of the brand's carbonated water offerings feature the perfect amount of fizz, but La Croix also offers a host of delicious flavors — and we've tried nearly every option on the market. We've also had years of experience bartending and creating cocktails, so we can vouch for the pairing possibilities the La Croix lineup presents.

From no-brainer combos to more unexpected matches, we're here to share the best ways to create two-ingredient drinks that feature a simple base spirit and a can of La Croix. Using La Croix as a mixer is not only delicious, but it's also relatively healthy since all of La Croix's flavors are sugar and calorie-free. You don't need fancy ingredients or bar tools to whip up beverages that are refreshing and tasty — all you need is La Croix and a little know-how.

Vodka and Lemon

We're not reinventing the wheel here, but this pairing is a winner for a reason. If you love the crisp, clean taste of a vodka soda, this one's for you. If you've ever ordered a vodka soda at a bar, you've probably noticed they're usually served with either a lemon or lime. If you've ever squeezed the citrus garnish into your beverage, you already know how much of a difference a little zing can make when it comes to spicing up an otherwise neutral vodka soda.

Lemon La Croix is tangy and delicious, and it serves as the perfect bright, zesty mixer for your favorite vodka. Though the bubbly stuff will provide a nice dose of flavor, we still recommend squeezing a fresh lemon wedge into your drink to amp up the lemon flavor. It's an easy, simple pairing that's hard not to like. Plus, Lemon La Croix is a versatile option to have on hand if you're hosting (or attending) a party and you aren't sure what kind of mixers you'll need.

Gin and Lime

Though you might think that the only two-ingredient gin beverage worth drinking is a gin and tonic, we implore you to consider trying a gin and soda if you're a fan of botanical flavors. While we love a good plain gin and soda, we also love mixing gin with Lime La Croix when we want something a little more exciting.

Tonic is extremely sugary (and it's important to use the best tonic water brands out there if you do want a G&T), and although the bittersweet taste pairs beautifully with gin, sometimes you want something a little lighter, and La Croix lacks the sugar content that can weigh you down. The lime flavor combined with La Croix's perfect amount of effervescence makes for a mixer that tastes great with a wide range of gins. It's flavorful enough to make you feel like you're drinking a cocktail, but not so overwhelming that you can't taste the nuances of your base gin.

Rum and Passionfruit

First of all, we think Passionfruit La Croix is an extremely underrated flavor and that more people should have it in their fridges. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, we also want to encourage you to try pairing Passionfruit La Croix with rum if you want a light, refreshing drink that tastes like a tropical getaway. Whether you are lucky enough to actually be lounging on the beach or you just need a pick-me-up to fight the winter blues, pairing rum and Passionfruit La Croix is your ticket to making a drink that will put a smile on your face.

Rum comes in a range of styles and varieties, and some rums are more flavorful than others. The best rum to pair with Passionfruit La Croix ultimately boils down to personal preference, but we like a standard, light rum that isn't too funky. Add a squeeze of lime for balance, and you'll have a delicious, makeshift tiki drink you'll keep coming back to.

Campari and Pamplemousse

When it comes to ranking La Croix flavors from worst to best, Pamplemousse (which is grapefruit) wins the number one spot. This crowd-pleasing flavor is undeniably delicious on its own, but you might be surprised at the possibilities it provides as a canvas for adding liquor. Of course, you could go with a standard option like vodka, but there's another great option out there that most people overlook — Campari.

This bright red, bitter Italian aperitif is a staple in drinks like Negronis, but it can also be mixed with soda water for a bracing, relatively low-ABV cocktail. It's hard to describe the flavors of Campari since it's so complex, but there are noticeable hints of grapefruit that stand out amongst the other bitter flavors, which makes Pamplemousse La Croix an ideal mixer. Try drinking Campari and Pamplemousse La Croix before dinner to stimulate your appetite. With just two ingredients, it's a great, easy alternative for other aperitivo hour-inspired drinks like an Aperol Spritz.

Whiskey and Pure

We're not going to beat around the bush — this is just a plain old whiskey soda. However, there are several reasons why you should consider trying this combination. One of the biggest misconceptions many drinkers have about whiskey is that it can't be light and refreshing. While it's true that the spirit is often served with sugary sodas or in heavy, booze-forward cocktails, whiskey highballs (which is just a fancy term for a whiskey soda) are proof that whiskey can be effervescent and easy drinking, too.

Sure, you could technically use any type of soda you please to make a whiskey highball, but with so few ingredients in the mix, it's crucial to use high-quality options. It's hard to argue that La Croix isn't the cream of the crop when it comes to carbonated water, so reach for a can of Pure La Croix the next time you want a mixer for whiskey.

Tequila and Pasteque

La Croix loves to be fancy with the names of its flavors, so let's kick this one off by clearing up the fact that Pasteque is watermelon-flavored. Now that we're clear on the flavor in question, let's move on to why Pasteque is one of the best La Croix flavors to pair with tequila. The fruity, juicy flavor of the La Croix complements the sharp flavors of tequila. We like to think of this pairing as an ode to a watermelon margarita, especially if you add a little lime juice. You can also use this flavor of La Croix to top off an actual watermelon margarita, as it will help to cut the sweetness and lighten things up with the bubbles.

This combination is the perfect, easy-to-make poolside beverage, and we highly recommend serving it alongside some of the La Croix's namesake fruit. If you really want to make this pairing feel like a cocktail, you can rim your glass with chili-lime salt for an added boost of flavor and spice.

Chambord and Berry

If you like berries, you'll love the combination of Berry La Croix with Chambord. A staple in cocktails like a classic French Martini, Chambord is a sweet, blackberry liqueur that's made in France. Its blackberry flavor is far from subtle, and a little goes a long way. It's also extremely sweet, so if you like a more bitter beverage, this one might not be for you.

However, if a fruity, low-ABV (Chambord rings in at just 16.5% ABV) sounds up your alley, we highly encourage you to give this pairing a try. The Berry La Croix prevents the Chambord from tasting cloying, and the bubbles prevent it from feeling syrupy. It's a perfect choice when you want a hint of alcohol, but you don't really want to taste it. Once again, you can also add some lemon juice to help brighten things up and add some acidity to the otherwise very sweet pairing.

St. Germain and Mure Pepino

If you think you have to pull out all the stops to create a beverage that boasts complex floral notes, think again. All you need are two ingredients: St. Germain and Mure Pepino La Croix. The former is an elderflower liqueur, and the latter is a blackberry and cucumber-flavored offering that's part of La Croix's Curate line of flavors.

Pairing the two results in a beverage that's beautifully balanced and interesting. The floral undertones of St. Germain blend seamlessly with the bright and aromatic essence of the Mure Pepino LaCroix.

Since St. Germain is low ABV at just 20% ABV, this combination is another ideal option if you don't want anything too boozy. The effervescence along with the St. Germain make it reminiscent of a Hugo Spritz, with a nice dose of added fruit flavor. Don't skip the garnishes for this one! Slice up some cucumbers and throw in some blackberries to take this pairing from good to great.

Coconut rum and Coconut

Coconut lovers, listen up: If you want an easy beverage that's bursting with tropical flavor, try pairing coconut rum with Coconut La Croix. While sometimes pairings work because they combine contrasting flavors, sometimes they work because they rely on complementary notes, which is the case for this one. It's a great choice because while many coconut rum-based drinks are overly sweet and require a long list of ingredients, this one is quaffable and easy — so feel free to have more than one while you soak up the sun.

Although a big part of the beauty of using La Croix as a mixer is that it's a one-and-done add-in, you can also add a splash of pineapple juice for an even more delicious concoction. The splash of juice will result in a drink that has all the flavors of a piña colada, but that's still light and refreshing (and doesn't require breaking out the blender).

Jalapeño-infused tequila with Key Lime

If you love spicy cocktails, don't worry — we haven't forgotten about you! The first thing we want to recommend is that you get your hands on a bottle of jalapeno-infused tequila. Whether you buy it at the liquor store or make your own bottle (infusing tequila is easier than you might think), it's a great thing to have on hand for the next time you're craving a fiery libation. You can certainly use spicy tequila in a regular spicy margarita, but if you want something that contains less sugar and is easier to make, try mixing it with Key Lime La Croix.

The brand's Key Lime flavor is a little more tart than the traditional lime, and it also has creamy notes of graham cracker and meringue. It stands up to the spice of the liquor while also providing some needed balance. Once you try this pairing, you may never turn to a margarita mix again when you want a cocktail that requires very little effort, but delivers big flavor.

Sake and Cherry Blossom

Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, according to Miranda Priestly, but in our opinion, there are few better ways to toast to the end of winter than with a flower-inspired cocktail. Thanks to La Croix, it's as easy as popping open a can of Cherry Blossom-flavored seltzer water and adding a splash of Japan's favorite alcoholic drink: sake.

While shared terroir certainly helps these flavors to play nice, a Japanese origin isn't the only factor that makes this flavor combo a winner. Like wine, sake's flavor profile can run the gamut from acidic and dry to super sweet, depending on how it was made. Pure rice sake, called Junmai, has no other ingredients added to the mix during the fermentation process, which results in a dry sip with savory notes that is best served warm or used in cooking. For a sweeter result, an extra dose of brewer's alcohol can be added in the final stages of fermentation to produce what's called Honjozo sake.

When it comes to picking the best sake to pair with Cherry Blossom La Croix, you'll want to err on the sweet side. Honjozo sake is extremely sippable on its own, but the effervescent fizz and light fruity flavor of the La Croix will highlight those floral notes. In short, it's the perfect two-ingredient cocktail to sip beneath the blooms during cherry blossom season.

Framboise and Black Razzberry

Berry flavors play nice with a wide range of alcoholic beverages. To coax the most fruit flavor out of a can of Black Razzbery La Croix, it's best to double down on the raspberry factor in the form of framboise. Technically, framboise is a general term used to describe any alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or liqueur) distilled from raspberries without the addition of sugar. You can find any number of spirits on the liquor store shelves bearing this label that can range from super-sweet and syrupy like Chambord or lighter and fruit-forward like Mathilde. No matter your preference, a splash of La Croix is sure to lighten up the tangy spirit with a pleasant side of fizz.

Not big on fruity tipples? Try swapping framboise for gin. The light berry notes of Black Razzberry La Croix help to mellow out the Christmas tree-like taste of juniper-based gin, resulting in a well-balanced, botanical sip. To go all in on flavor, add a splash of both spirits to the raspberry-forward La Croix for an easy and refreshing spin on a classic gin fizz.

Cognac and Razz-Cranberry

Cognac's woody notes of oak and vanilla pair beautifully with cranberries in holiday cocktails, so why not spread a little cheer all year long by combining the complex brown liquor with the effervescence of Razz-Cranberry La Croix? While you may not want to cut a pour of the premium stuff with seltzer water, there are plenty of top-rated cognac brands out there that will fit the bill without breaking the bank.

So what exactly is cognac? A storied French spirit, cognac is a type of brandy that follows strict development guidelines laid out by the French government called appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC). This legal designation protects the integrity of the product and ensures that when you buy a bottle of cognac, it meets those specific standards. To befit the label, the spirit must be made from grapes grown in the Cognac region of Southwestern France, be distilled twice in copper stills, and aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of two years.

While you may be afraid to water down all the work that goes into making a single bottle of cognac, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Essentially just a highball, this sip uses the extra-light fruit notes found in Razz-Cranberry La Croix to highlight cognac's unique flavors without overpowering the carefully crafted spirit.

Aperol and Tangerine

With its light hint of citrus and bubbly nature, Tangerine La Croix is perfectly poised to become an aperitivo hour favorite. While La Croix's flavors aren't known for their potency, the tangerine variety has a slightly stronger and sweeter flavor than its orange sibling, so it can stand up to the bold, medicinal flavors of Italian aperitifs.

When it comes to making cocktails, it's all about personal taste. Since Tangerine La Croix is still a seltzer with a fairly light dose of flavor, it tends to make a better pairing with a sweeter amaro like Aperol rather than super-bitter Campari. Plus, it makes whipping up an Insta-worthy Aperol Spritz as easy as popping open an orange-hued can.

While Aperol is certainly more sippable than its more medicinal cousins, the Northern Italian aperitif can still be a bit bitter for some palates. Watering down the orange liqueur with a splash of tangerine-flavored seltzer can help to tame those bitter notes without overly diluting those delightful citrus flavors. If you prefer your cocktails on the sweeter side, add a bit more La Croix to your cup to elevate the sweeter notes of the Aperol. If you're feeling extra fancy, you could even add a splash of prosecco to the mix for a more authentic spritz experience.

Cointreau and Orange

For a not-too-sweet summer sip, try boosting the citrusy flavors of refreshing Orange La Croix with a splash of Cointreau. This classic orange-forward liqueur has a storied spot among the archives of cocktail lore — it's considered by many cocktail historians to be the first trademarked bottle of triple sec available on the market as early as 1885.

While there's plenty of history packed into a bottle of Cointreau, there's also a mouthwatering experience to match. Unlike many other triple sec brands on the market, Cointreau boasts a highly complex flavor profile. According to the brand, the spirit contains more than 40 unique olfactory notes that contribute to its well-balanced taste. Earthy, spicy, zesty, bitter, and even sweet notes harmonize under an overarching orange flavor, effectively profiling the lifecycle of the fruit in liquid form.

As it turns out, one of the most effective ways to taste all of those individual flavors is by adding carbonation. The bubbles from seltzer like La Croix help to literally elevate those aromatics from your palate into your nasal cavity, effectively enhancing the flavor experience. An added boost of orange flavor from your favorite La Croix flavor doesn't hurt, either.

Calvados and Peach-Pear

Who says that certain fruity flavors can only be enjoyed while they're in season? Peach-Pear La Croix blends the flavors of fall and summer into one effortlessly sippable seltzer that can be enjoyed any time of year. Now all you need is the perfect liquor to make a year-round cocktail — this calls for brandy.

The world of brandy is a wide one. Since the spirit can be made from just about any type of fermented fruit, more than a dozen types of brandy can be found around the world, each with its own unique qualities. In Northern France, for example, you're bound to come across calvados, an apple-based spirit with roots dating back to 16th-century Normandy.

At 40% alcohol by volume (ABV) content, apple brandy packs a punch. To bring the storied spirit down to a sippable consistency, we'd recommend the highball approach, and a can of Peach-Pear La Croix should just about do the trick. With its combo of fruity and floral flavors, Peach-Pear perfectly complements the spicy apple notes found in cider-based calvados while also giving the mix the effervescent lift it needs to attain year-round cocktail status.

Umeshu and Beach Plum

Not all cocktail pairings require intense scrutiny. For a glass of bliss on a budget, make a simple plum wine spritzer with a splash of Beach Plum La Croix. More boldly flavored than its other seltzer water siblings, Beach Plum is a love-it-or-hate-it-type flavor with a sweet, plum-forward note that works well as a simple mixer.

What makes this sip a little more complicated is the confusion around the name of the liquor addition. Even though it's sometimes labeled as such (especially in the U.S.), plum wine isn't actually wine at all. It's actually a Japanese plum liquor called umeshu made by infusing shochu, brandy, or sake with underripe ume fruit.

Further muddying the waters is the nature of ume itself. Though it's referred to as a Japanese plum, the fruit is actually a relative of the apricot that produces a more tart flavor sensation than a classic purple plum. The result is a sweet and sour spirit that works well in a number of classic cocktails but can also be simply mixed with a bubbly can of Beach Plum La Croix for a delightfully fruity sip that's sure to tickle your tastebuds — and maybe even impress your guests with your newfound cocktail knowledge.

Cachaça and Hi-Biscus

Floral flavors aren't for everyone, but those who love a dose of botanical goodness in their cocktails should stock up on Hi-Biscus La Croix. With its well-balanced and distinct hibiscus taste, the highly ranked La Croix flavor makes the perfect mixer for tropical tipples.

While rum might immediately spring to mind as the spirit of choice for island-inspired sips, we've got a slightly more localized twist in mind. The signature ingredient in Brazil's national drink of caipirinha, cachaça is a clear distilled liquor made from fermented sugarcane juice. Where rum is made from the byproducts of sugarcane processing, Brazilian-born cachaça is made directly from the sugarcane itself, resulting in a sweeter and slightly more floral spirit. When combined with the slight fruitiness of Hi-Biscus La Croix, cachaça becomes the refreshing highball cocktail of your swim-up bar dreams. All you need is a little cocktail umbrella for an added dose of photo-worthy kitsch. Simple, tropical, and delightfully sippable, the Hi-Biscus La Croix and cachaça combo might just be your new go-to summer tipple.