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Taste Test: We Try Every SodaStream Soda Syrup Flavor

Maggie Hoffman 33 comments

If you want to make soda with your SodaStream seltzer maker, you have 59 different flavor options. We tried them all. More

We Try 7-Eleven's New Diet Coke FROST Cherry Slurpee

Fast Food Drinks Adam Lindsley 3 comments

My wife is a Diet Coke fanatic, so I took her with me to test out the new Diet Coke Cherry Slurpee at 7-Eleven. More

Cool Soda + Surprising Booze: How to Make Trick Dog's Awesome Highballs at Home

Maggie Hoffman 8 comments

You're probably familiar with a handful of highballs: the classic Gin & Tonic, the Rum & Coke, the Paloma. Not many folks are working at expanding the booze + soda = drink genre. But Morgan Schick of San Francisco's Trick Dog is—a handful of unusual highballs have appeared on every menu since the bar's opening. More

We Try New Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Limeade

Nick Guy 5 comments

Mountain Dew Kickstart was originally marketed as a morning beverage, but the new flavors, Black Cherry and Limeade, are supposedly designed for nighttime. We tried them both (and then tried them both with vodka.) More

We Try Mountain Dew Game Fuel Electrifying Berry

Nick Guy 3 comments

In the proud tradition of flavors celebrating video gaming touchstones, Pepsi is back with its latest limited edition Mountain Dew Game Fuel, this time to coincide with the launch of Microsoft's Xbox One. We tried the upcoming limited edition Electrifying Berry. More

We Try All the Flavors of AriZona's Soda Shaq from 7-Eleven

Nick Guy 3 comments

Shaquille O'Neal already represents Reebok, Icy Hot/Gold Bond, Buick, and Zales. Clearly, cream soda is the next logical step. So we checked out the whole lineup of Soda Shaq AriZona cream sodas from 7-Eleven. More

The Best Sodas We Tried at Galco's Summer Soda Tasting in Los Angeles

Where to Drink: Los Angeles Farley Elliott 3 comments

The annual Summer Soda Tasting at Galco's gives you the chance to expand your soda palate, and meet some of the soda-brewers themselves. Here are 6 of the best sodas we tried at this year's event. More

Thums Up for Indian Cola

Sam Hughes 6 comments

Rather than go head to head with the marketing machines of the big boys, the Parle group sold Thums Up to Coca-Cola in 1990. The labels of the two colas might seem similar, but Coca-Cola Classic and Thums Up do actually have quite distinct flavor profiles. More

First Look: Barrel-Aged Root Beer and More at Eleven Lincoln Park, Chicago

First Look Anthony Todd 3 comments

At this new Lincoln Park diner, Brad Rubin is serving barrel-aged root beer, plus milkshakes, phosphates, and egg creams made with refurbished antique equipment. More

What To Do With a 17-Year-Old Can of Pepsi Kona? Drink It.

Sam Hughes 24 comments

The Summer of 1996 was a good time for me. The Sony Playstation and the X Games were still novelties, Beck's Odelay was on the boom box, Beavis and Butthead were about to Do America, and Pepsi test-released a coffee/cola hybrid called Pepsi Kona in my region. Granted, I wasn't an avid coffee drinker back then, but any kind of new soda was an exciting prospect to me. More

Hot Stuff: Agrarian's Cherry Cherry Bomb Bon Soda

Brian Yaeger 6 comments

The Cherry Cherry Bomb Bon from Agrarian Ales is a soft drink flavored with a neighbor's cherries—but the real secret ingredient is the cherry bomb chili peppers bursting with sweet and savory flavors and a mild heat. This pink-hued soda opens with a burst of fruity sweetness but the distinct sweet-hot chiie flavor gives it a wild kick, and the bubbles lend longevity to its tingling effect. More

DIY vs. Buy: How to Make Your Own Orange Soda

DIY Projects Marcia Simmons 4 comments

Most orange soda has more in common with orange the color than the fruit, but that doesn't stop me from craving it. The reason I drink soda isn't because I think it's full of vitamins and minerals. I drink it because it tastes good. My idea of the perfect orange soda is the fast-food fountain Orange Crush and Sunkist that I grew up with, even though as an adult I know it's just a bunch of corn syrup and artificial flavoring. Luckily, DIY orange soda delivers the same satisfying combination of sweet and tart you get from the commercial version without the questionable ingredients. More

We Love Oogave's Agave-Sweetened Sodas

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Their Watermelon Cream flavor is smooth and delicious, not heavy or syrupy, and the taste is remarkably accurate: this is the closest you'll ever come to drinking carbonated juice straight from a melon. The Strawberry Rhubarb is another knockout. More

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Boiled Coke with Ginger and Lemon

Robyn Lee 4 comments

Boiled Coke with ginger and lemon started off as a popular cold remedy in Hong Kong, but now it's a popular anytime drink that's found at pretty much all Hong Kong diners. As a first-time, not sick drinker, I found it surprisingly pleasant. The cold and fizzy are gone, but you're left with sweet, spicy, a little tart, a smidge medicinal—all things that would feel restorative on a cold day or in a stream of warmth going down a sore throat. More

The Pear Delicatessen, A Soda Mecca in Seattle

Leonard Pierce 8 comments

If you're as into soda pop binges and flavor overdoses as we are, there's probably someplace in your town that stockpiles a variety of brands and hard-to-find tipples. And if you happen to live in Seattle, that place is the Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe. More

Sioux City Soda Gets Fancy With Prickly Pear and Cherry Mint

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Sioux City's excellent sarsaparilla is famously name-checked in cult favorite The Big Lebowski, but in reality, the movie's 1991 setting would have made it practically a brand-new product, and not the weathered and time-tested brand the mustachioed cowpoke narrator seems to be looking for. Goodness knows what Sam Elliott's seen-it-all range rider would think about Sioux City's latest additions to the line. More

Essential Sodas: Jarritos Tamarindo

Jed Portman 20 comments

In the years following World War II, as Coca-Cola climbed to international superstardom, Don Francisco Hill had an idea. A native of Mexico, a country long enamored with aguas frescas made from water, sugar, and fruit, Hill envisioned a line of Mexican-made soft drinks that would capture the same fresh and simple flavors. To me, tamarind (the second-best-selling of all Jarritos flavors) is the be-all and end-all, the single must-try, the Alpha and the Omega of the venerable collection. More

Sugar-Sweetened Sodas from Dublin Bottling Works, Makers of Dublin Dr Pepper

Leonard Pierce 3 comments

Decades ago, when most soda manufacturers made the switch to high fructose corn syrup, Dublin Bottling Works—a small plant in central Texas that has been producing carbonated drinks for over 120 years—was a rare holdout. They vowed that the Dublin Bottling Works would stick with Texas-made Imperial sugar in the Dr Pepper they produced, simply because they liked the taste better. In 2012, the culmination of years of lawsuits and demands by Dr Pepper's corporate arm led to the revocation of Dublin Bottling Works' license to the beverage. With many other companies, the story would have ended then and there, but DBW wasn't about to lay down and die. They could no longer make Dr Pepper, but they rolled out a dozen-strong line of new vintage-themed soda flavors—all sweetened with cane sugar. More

Mamosi Soft Drinks: Mocktails in a Bottle

Leonard Pierce 6 comments

Mamosi is a new line of non-alcoholic soft drinks that aims to replicate the experience of getting hammered on 90s-era girly drinks without the risk of a hangover. More

Morning Becomes Dew: We Try Mountain Dew Kickstart

Leonard Pierce 13 comments

If nothing else, Kickstart—the new breakfast beverage from Mountain Dew's fortress of extremitude—wins points for sheer ambition. Positioning itself as "a fresh alternative to the age old morning question of 'coffee or juice'" (for people who have never heard of every other beverage in the world, I suppose), it promises to provide a highly caffeinated spike to your usual morning routine of ski-jumping, body-surfing, or radical commuting. More

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