Taste Test: Polar Seltzer Valentine’s Day Flavors

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Red Hearts and Black Hearts are Polar Seltzer's limited-edition flavors for Valentine's Day

Red Hearts and Black Hearts are Polar Seltzer’s limited-edition flavors for Valentine’s Day. / Photo by Madeline Bilis

UPDATE, February 2020: These cute bottles are back on shelves for Valentine’s Day.


Love is in the air: Polar Seltzer just released a couple of fun, new flavors. Launched this week for Valentine’s Day, Red Hearts and Black Hearts are the latest small-batch flavors from the Worcester beverage makers. The esoteric names and minimalist labels instantly appeal to both V-Day lovers and haters—but what do they actually taste like?

As is tradition at Boston magazine, a crew of editorial staffers tried them at our offices and present to you, dear readers, our extremely thorough and informative tasting notes. Check out our tasting notes to see if you’re a red heart, a black heart—or maybe just thirsty.

Red Hearts

From Polar (emphasis theirs): “small-batch recipe made with natural flavors, featuring passionfruit & loving peach”

Black Hearts Seltzer

From Polar (emphasis theirs, and sic.): “small-batch recipe made with natural flavors, featuring blackbury & champain

Both new flavors would make great mixers for vodka, white rum, or tequila, with a slice of lime (Red) or lemon (Black).

The eye-catching labels don’t look like a typical Polar liter, with cute, subtly different heart-faces on the front, and customizable “to” and “from” labels on the back. A series of cold-and-hot messages ranging from “You quench my thirst” to “I’d rather drink alone” grace the wrappers—it’s not exactly a conversation heart, but we’ll take it.

Like Polar’s past small-batch bottles Seltzebrate and Unicorn Kisses, the adorable Hearts bottles are totally Instagram-ready. Red Hearts and Black Hearts have started hitting shelves around Greater Boston and beyond; check out Polar Seltzer’s product locator to find it near you.

Red Hearts and Black Hearts join this winter’s crop of seasonal flavors, alongside Polar’s regular lineup of bubbly water. Stay hydrated, lovers.

Red Hearts and Black Hearts Polar Seltzer

Red Hearts and Black Hearts Polar Seltzer. / Photo by Madeline Bilis

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