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.
'orange soda' on Serious Eats
Some orange sodas are made with real orange juice, while others are a delightful combination of sodium benzoate, sodium hexametaphosphate, and wood rosin. But do the natural ones come out on top in a blind taste test? We tasted 12 brands of orange soda—was your favorite a winner?