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joy314 Aug 18, 2010 03:24 PM

I recently visited Barcelona where I was introduced to clara....a remarkably refreshing mixture of beer and lemon soda. They make it with Fanta Lemon over there but I can't find it in the grocery stores here. I suppose I could use lemon-lime soda or lemon seltzer, but my Spanish friends tell me the "real" way is to use lemon soda. Anyone know where I can buy it?

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    Indy 67 Aug 18, 2010 03:41 PM

    Lemon soda: Limonata
    Brand: San Pellegrino
    Available: at Balducci's (and likely other gourmet grocery stores)

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      woodleyparkhound Aug 19, 2010 06:45 AM

      I'm pretty sure I've seen this for sale at Vace. (Bethesda and Cleveland Park.)

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        HilkaryIC Aug 19, 2010 09:15 AM

        I got this at Wegmans

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          chowser Aug 19, 2010 10:51 AM

          They also carry it a Costco.

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            kris9 Aug 20, 2010 04:48 AM

            For that drink that you are describing you should be careful with this Limonata. It is nowhere near as sweet as Fanta Limon that is so delicious. I have also tried this soda trying to recreate drinks that I had in Spain with Fanta Limon with no success.

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              justaddwater Aug 23, 2010 12:45 PM

              I'm pretty sure I've seen fanta limon from mexico at the Salvadoran markets, maybe even Shoppers.

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              Lori D Aug 20, 2010 06:42 AM

              I've even seen San Pellegrino soda in my local Safeway.

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              jacquelyncoffey Aug 19, 2010 07:09 AM

              Sunkist makes a carbonated lemon soda in regular and diet - look for it in the grocery store next to the Sunkist orange soda.

              1. joy314 Aug 19, 2010 09:59 AM

                Thank you all very much! I'm off to buy some lemon soda! And, for those of you who haven't tried clara, you really should give it a try. It sounds bizarre.........but its refreshing and delicious! (1/2 beer, 1/2 lemon soda). Thanks, again.

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                  lukasr Aug 20, 2010 05:53 AM

                  Let us know what tastes best. Im looking for the same type of lemon/lime soda to make a Radler. In Germany, this type of drink is called a Radler ( German for "cyclist"). In england, a Shandy..and so on and so on..many countries have variants.

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                    flavrmeistr Aug 23, 2010 09:35 AM

                    Forget beer. Try SP Limonata with Maker's Mark bourbon. Now THAT is an excellent summer cocktail! Harris-Teeter also has liters of house-brand Italian lemon soda, which is quite tasty.

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                      Bob W Aug 23, 2010 01:29 PM

                      Our Harris-Teeter no longer carries the Italian sodas (which we liked a lot) and I was told they have been discontinued. Other sources for Italian sodas: Trader Joe's, Wegmans, and Target.

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                        flavrmeistr Aug 25, 2010 05:57 AM

                        Too bad. They were about half the price of SP Limonata, although sweeter. I prefer the tartness of the Limonata, which is about $7 a six-rack at the Giant Eagle.

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                    justaddwater Aug 19, 2010 05:50 PM

                    Vale! The real thing is made with "Casera" brand lemon soda. Fanta is available at many Salvadoran markets, though any citrus soda will probably do. The american "summer ale" beer is frequently flavored with bitter orange and lemon peel. Same idea, a low alcohol, refreshing drink for hot weather. It goes down REAL easy...

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                      joy314 Aug 22, 2010 12:25 PM

                      Do you know where to get Casera around here?

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                        justaddwater Aug 23, 2010 11:56 AM

                        I don't think you will find it here. I think any good quality lemon soda will do fine. I know Balduccis carries several "craft" sodas like Stewart and I saw a lemon one there yesterday. Also, the Italian brand noted above. The hispanic markets or Shoppers may have a Fanta brand. Do you remember what beer they made it with? Was it fixed at your table, or did it come out already prepared? If you remember the place you got it at, I may be able to find out. I think more important than the soda is the correct beer and the correct proportion between the two. It was most likely a lager or pilsner, though any light colored beer of low bitterness (suitable for summer drinking) would probably work well. You could try making an "American" version of this drink. Right now on the shelves are "Summer Ales", Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam make them among others. These are light colored beers with some wheat and lower alcohol, suitable for guzzling on hot days. You may want to try it with these, though the one you had was almost certainly a lager. Also, Damm, a popular lager in Spain, makes a premade clara in a bottle with a 60% lager beer 40% lemon soda mix, see here:


                        You may want to start with 1/4 lemon soda and work up from there. The serving temperature is also important, 5-7 degrees C.

                        600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                          joy314 Aug 29, 2010 09:49 AM

                          I ordered the clara at Sigardis - a Basque tapas restaurant in Barcelona. It came out premade so I don't know what kind of beer they used.

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                            justaddwater Sep 5, 2010 01:27 PM

                            I asked them how they make it, so we will see. Cidra seems to be the thing to get here. A basque place may not be too hip on serving catalan beers, we will see...

                    2. joy314 Aug 22, 2010 12:28 PM

                      Well, friends, I'm having little luck finding lemon soda. The Harris Teeter and Giant in my area (I'm in Columbia) do not have it. Giant had San Pellegrino Limonata and I bought some to try it, but I think that kris9 is right......its not as sweet as a regular lemon soda. I still haven't tried Vace in Bethesda. I'll go down there this week. Thanks to all for all the advice and suggestions.

                      3315 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20008

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                        orangemix Aug 22, 2010 05:17 PM

                        If you can find "Grown up soda" (GuS), they make a nice "Dry Meyer Lemon" that isn't as sweet, but might be a good accompaniment to the beer. Unfortunately, I only know of places in VA that have it: Wegman's (GuS); Eamonn's (Old Town, Alexandria); and the British Goods store in Clarendon area of Arlington.

                        Sometimes the Giant might have UK sodas in their International aisle (I've bought a lot of Euro chocolates at Giant).

                        DC places that might have it are: Ace Beverage or Rodman's.

                        A google search yielded 2 possible places in Gaithersburg, MD that might help: Taste of Europe (630 Quince Orchard Rd Gaithersburg, MD 20878) or Gourmet Market (12169 Darnestown Rd
                        Gaithersburg, MD 20878)

                        728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                          woodleyparkhound Aug 22, 2010 08:30 PM

                          Sorry, I think you misunderstood my earlier post. I meant that I thought Vace carries San Pellegrino Limonata. If you have already found that elsewhere and don't care for it, no need to make a trip to Vace.

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                            joy314 Aug 29, 2010 09:48 AM

                            Ok...thank you.

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                            justaddwater Aug 23, 2010 12:02 PM

                            Like I said in my longish post, Balducci's has real lemon sodas made with sugar, I saw some yesterday in the old town store.

                            Actually, go to Balduccis and also get 6 different lagers to test. They used to have a "make your own six pack" where you can choose from all of their different beers, but I'm not certain they still do that.

                            600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                              GraydonCarter Aug 24, 2010 08:55 PM

                              Find a Mexican bodega, a small grocer with latino customers.

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                                joy314 Aug 29, 2010 09:51 AM

                                You know, I think what I've learned through all of these posts is that I don't have access to very interesting grocery stores here in Columbia! (I've also learned that I love lemon soda - even without the beer.)

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                                  JonParker Aug 30, 2010 03:02 AM

                                  There is a small Latin grocery in the mall on Dobbin Road south of 175, the same strip mall where Sushi King and the MVA Express are. You might try there.

                                  There's also, and this is more related to your interesting store comment, a pretty nice halal grocery in the same strip mall where Bon Fresco is at Snowden River and Oakland Mills. Both of those are worth checking out. A bonus is that Bon Fresco makes some of the finest sandwiches I've ever had, and the Latin grocery sells quite respectable tacos.

                                  Columbia has come a long way from when i lived there.

                                  Sushi King
                                  6490 Dobbin Rd Ste F, Columbia, MD 21045

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                              justaddwater Sep 5, 2010 11:17 AM

                              Chiming in to report that I spotted Estrella Damm lager at Sherwood Gourmet in So. Alexandria, so it is available locally (Jaleo serves it too, but at $6/bottle!). This is "la cerveza de barcelona", best bet for the beer portion of this drink if obtained in Barcelona. Goes down real easy, even when not adulterated with lemon soda...


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