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Lilt or Ting (grapefruit sodas) in NYC?

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cjd260 Apr 5, 2010 01:10 PM

Too many years abroad, combined with the hot weather, have left me craving two sodas of my youth: Lilt, an English grapefruit-flavored soda, and Ting, a similar one from Jamaica. Both are blessedly sour and refreshing, unlike the "citrus" sugar-water sold by Sprite. Does anyone know where you can purchase either of these in New York? I'm willing to travel if necessary (though not to London).

  1. bolletje Apr 5, 2010 07:23 PM

    Almost every store in Flatbush sells Ting. My supermarket sells it--the Pioneer on Parkside Ave, it's next to the Q train stop at Parkside Ave (get out of the train in the middle of the platform and go up the steps). In Flatbush most of the bodegas and any other place selling more than the most basic selection of beverages seems to have it. They do sell it at Golden Krust bakeries too, all over the city.
    I have never seen Lilt, but I'm going to look out for it.

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      ESNY Apr 5, 2010 03:59 PM

      They sell Ting at Golden Krusts... there are a bunch of them around the city.

      Also, in a similar vein, is the mexican soda Jarritos which comes in grapefruit flavor called Toronja. I've seen them at many of the Mexican bodegas like Zaragoza (13th and Ave A) and Tehzuingo (10th ave and 47th st.)

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      Golden Krust
      601 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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        Peter Cherches Apr 5, 2010 02:22 PM

        I'm guessing most West Indian groceries in Brooklyn, e.g. Flatbush/East Flatbush, or probably Richmond Hill Queens too would have Ting. I've never heard of Lilt. When I was a kid there was Wink (the sassy one, from Canada Dry), which was sort of like Ting.

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