perrierMy life of late has been lubricated by tap water, sparkling water, tonic water, juice, tea, and the occasional Coke or root beer. Much in the way I once chased the best cocktails around town, I now track down whatever can slake my thirst minus the buzz.

I’ve tasted alcohol-free wines and beers. I’ve dabbled — with some success — in making mocktails and sipping sparkling teas. But now? I’ve found the world’s most perfect water.

I give you: Pink Grapefruit Perrier!

Grapefruit is my favorite citrus fruit. It’s also my favorite juice, favorite Izze, favorite Fizzy Lizzy, and favorite lip balm, so when I found grapefruit La Croix sparkling water in Minneapolis, it started a deep craving. Since I found it on the official site, I knew that grapefruit Perrier existed, but I never saw it in stores.

I must’ve been babbling about it a helluva lot, because the other night Mathra came home from Safeway and with great triumph and excitement voila’d six bottles of Pink Grapefruit Perrier. (Zee labelle, eet iz so so Franche and calls eet “Pamplemousse Rosé”)

“Ooooh!” I cooed, stroking the metallic pink label, “You found it!”

Is it weird to describe sparkling water as having a bouquet? Because this one totally does. Without verging into grandma’s perfume territory, it’s fresh and floral and not as fake smelling as the lemon or lime Perrier flavors. Ditto for the taste. The stringent grapefruit is refreshing, not at all cloying, and it’s simply…Perrier perfection. It’s the the ideal antidote to hauling 20 extra pounds around in 102° heat.

(For the record, I never found any Perrier flavor to smell or taste fake, but after Pamplemousse Rosé entered the picture, a deep disdain for poor lemon and lime was sadly cultivated.)

Safeway had 750 mL bottles on sale 4 for $10.00, and after downing 6 bottles in two days during the April Hellwave of 2009, we went back and cleaned out the rest of their stock.

I hope they take the hint and reorder.

Pregnant Pause: Pink Grapefruit Perrier 22 April,2009Stephanie Lucianovic

  • sam

    OK – you’ve got me. I am a pamplemousse fanatic. Which Safeway did you clean out so I can go to a different one? I don’t go to Safeway ever or like flavoured waters usually – but I am going to make an exception for this. Thanks for the tip…

  • Just the one down in Menlo Park on El Camino. All other Safeway’s should be safe from my plundering ways. (For now.)

  • Amy

    I googled Pamplemousse Rose Perrier because I too am pregnant, am desperately trying to fill the evening glass of wine void, and discovered this at Albertsons in San Diego. Alas, my desperate craving lead to my insistence that my sweet husband find me more. He scoured all of Los Angeles’s grocery stores to no avail. I want more!!!!!

  • I have found the pink grapefruit perrier at the airport in new york and denver has any been found closer to MI/?

  • jz

    I agree completely–it has a bouquet! I cannot get enough of the stuff. Safeway seems to be the only place to find it on the west coast…Gristedes Market too here in NYC.


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for,, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

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