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Do you drink soda pop?

I refused to drink it for years, because I'd only ever had Sprite or Diet Pepsi. These days, I'd rather have a cold Cherry Coke or root beer than dessert.

Do you drink soda? If so, what kind?

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  1. I'm with you, sometimes a soda is my dessert. My faves are Coke, Cherry Coke, Cherry RC, Pibb Xtra and root beer. I'm trying to cut back on sugar, but I can't stand almost all diet sodas, but Pepsi Next isn't too bad, and I actually really like diet A&W root beer. When I get burned out on soda, I drink sparkling water with a good splash of lemonade added.

    1. I try to avoid sweet drinks as much as I can - the calories add up. But when I do drink pop, I tend to like the dark ones best - Coke (over Pepsi), rootbeer, sarsparilla, Dr Pepper. I also enjoy ginger-ale and ginger beer, and I drink ginger-ale or sprite when I've got an upset stomach.

      I love Cherry Coke, but don't care for the vanilla or lemon versions (adding vanilla or lemon to coke tastes much better). I don't generally drink flavours like orange/grape/melon/cream soda, as I find them way to sweet.

      And I actively dislike every diet pop I've ever tried - they all taste metallic and flat to me. The only circumstances under which I drink diet pop is when there's nothing else, and it's not safe to drink the water.

      My default cold drink, though, is plain carbonated water.

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      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

        Wow, I thought I was the only person who experienced that metallic taste.

      2. I wasn't raised with sodas at all - so whether or not that matters, I can't really tell the difference between diet soda and non-diet. So for calorie reasons, I drink only diet soda. And for reasons that I'm sure aren't good for my health (if not my specific weight), I drink tons of soda.

        My regular go-tos are Diet Sprite followed by Diet Coke/Coke Zero. But beyond that I love ginger ale, Fresca, the Hansen diet sodas (that include rootbeers, tangerine lime, grapefruit, vanilla, black cherry, strawberry kiwi, etc.), chocolate/chocolate cherry sodas, etc. For years I assumed it was because of having immature tastes and a really strong sweet tooth, but now I also really like drinking tonic water, sparkling water, and club soda. So there's also something about the bubbles that I enjoy.

        1. Very, very rare that I drink pop. Growing up, we always had it in the house, esp Coke for my brother. I never liked the flavour of cola and I never liked the feel of the carbonation in my mouth. To me it hurts.

          I'm glad I never got into the habit. I have enough problems keeping the calories down.

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          1. re: Sooeygun

            That pretty much sums it up for me, too.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              I agree with sooey and mucho, never touch the stuff.

              1. re: Val

                Same for me. I can't stand the thought of drinking my calories. Would rather eat more or have a glass of wine or beer! So if I do have it, it's diet. I have used every artificial sweetener there is in my coffee (currently on stevia, because at this moment that's allegedly the best choice) again, because I don't want to waste calories on beverages. So artificial sweetener doesn't bother me. But I have sleeping issues and don't do caffeine after noon. I have no need to keep it in my house (unless I'm hosting something) so opportunity to drink it would be in restaurants or others' houses...but both of those rarely have diet AND caffeine free, so I stick to water...or wine or beer, ha!

          2. I drink it on the weekends only. I like San Pellegrino grapefruit, lemon, or blood orange, or Mexican Coke/Throwback Pepsi

            Strictly sugar sweetened. To me HFCS pop is sickly sweet and has a lingering funny taste. YMMV

            During the week my pop cravings are satisfied with flavored seltzers like Polar or La Croix

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            1. re: coney with everything

              Agree, anything with HFCS tastes nasty. I can totally drink the Mexican versions of Coke, Fanta, and Sprite with contain sugar but never can stomach their American corn-syrup sweetened counterparts.

            2. I drink fernet branca mixed in good spicy ginger beer, and one of the few desserts I'll make room for is a root beer float. Aside from that, soda was the first thing to go once I got old enough that I couldn't effortlessly metabolize 3500 calories per day, and to be honest, I don't really miss it.

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              1. re: cowboyardee

                "metabolize 3500 calories per day" You drank 25 cans of soda a day?

                1. re: FrankJBN

                  I was referring to my diet as a whole. It was a mere guess at that. I used to eat and drink a lot and never worried about weight or health because I played a lot of sports. Later, when I decided to cut a few empty calories out of my diet, soda and other sweet drinks (most sweet things in general, actually) were the easiest thing to let go.

              2. Yes, definitely! Although, i go for coke and root beer. But i would advice for everyone to go health juice!

                1. When eating fast food, I tend to stay with traditional Coke, Pepsi or Dr Pepper - more to cut the grease than for actual flavor. I normally drink water with other meals, but I need the colas to cut the grease of occasional burgers & fries.

                  At home, I like perhaps 2-3 drinks / week of various root beers (especially Virgil or Caruso), ginger ale (especially Blenhein when I can pick up a few six packs in my travels - otherwise Canada Dry) or either orange dry or pineapple from Polar - more as side treats / mid afternoon pic-me-ups than with a meal.

                  Over the past year, I been taste testing dozens of root beers. While there is perhaps just three or so colas, there are dozens of root beers ranging from quite excellent to really bland, including birch beers & sarsaparilla..

                  I'll never understand diet sodas - IMO, really putrid. Rather have water. Even Moxie is better than a diet drink - a drink I revisit about every five years to see if its as bad as I remember - It always is.

                  Caruso makes an excellent black Cherry, but I haven't been able to find any for several years. Dr Brown also makes some interesting soft drinks, but none are an ongoing favorite for me..

                  1. I started not drinking soda in restaurants because I'm a cheapo (that's where they getcha with profit margins) and eventually non-soda drinking took over the rest of my life. A nice example of two vices canceling each other out. These days I can't imagine a more refreshing beverage than freezing cold water.

                    1. I used to be a serious Diet Coke fiend -- I'm talking 8-10 cans a day, easy.

                      A few years back, I decided to cut back on my Diet Coke intake and replaced it with water, coffee, and tea. Every couple days, though, I'll still have a Diet Coke. I still really like the taste and carbonation. It's also very good after a hangover. The only other soda I really drink is the occassional Diet Cherry 7-Up; it can be pretty refreshing on a hot day, as can Diet Mt. Dew, both of which are tasty and effective tonics for cottonmouth. Maybe twice a year I will partake of a Diet Dr. Pepper.

                      My beverage has negligible calories unless their is alcohol in it.

                      1. Hardly ever. When I do, it's root beer or Dr. Pepper, and the low-calorie versions are OK. Not quite on topic, but I also like tonic water either with gin or straight from the bottle (chilled of course). Come to think of it, that's my "soda pop" of choice.

                        1. Never. The stuff is too sweet. My anti-sweet tooth says yuck.

                          1. Only occasionally. Never keep any of the stuff in the icebox.

                            I'll sometimes order a Coke with a Tex-Mex plate, and I like to pick up a cream soda or black cherry soda whenever I'm in World Market. I also will buy a cream soda or ginger beer when shopping at the local Indian grocery store.

                            1. Of the storebought soft drinks, Coke is still my go-to although I don't drink it nearly often as I once did (if the 7 or 8 ounce bottles were more readily available, I would probably enjoy it more often).

                              Other than that, and plain seltzer water, my favorite soft drinks are still home made root beer or ginger ale. My ginger ale is based on the original Vernor's (quite gingery and sweetened with stevia, just as the original Vernor's was many years ago).

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                              1. re: The Professor

                                Pardon me for jumping in, but please tell me how to make your Vernor's clone. I adore it, and nade ith Stevia, I'd be cutting out so much artificial sweetener! Please share. Pretty please? ;)

                              2. when i think soda pop (soda, soft drinks, pop, soda, etc) i think coca cola. when i was young my preference was bierley's orange soda, now long gone. i also like root beer - far superior for floats to colas. about a year ago i had a bad case of the flu, and the only beverages that sounded good to me were ginger ale and plain tap water. interesting since i've never been a big fan of ginger ale before. i rarely drink lemon lime soda (unless it has sherbert floating in it.) My grandfather used to love squirt, grapefruit soda, something else i haven't seen in years. if I'm out at a bar and i don't want alcohol i will usually get club soda with lemon or lime. i might order ginger ale, but in the west ginger ale is rare in bars (that's a whole other subject.) i've never understood creme soda, but a friend who grew up in new york swears by it.

                                1. Only Coke, and only when I order an Italian combo at the local grinder shop--which also has to be accompamied by potato chips, which I only eat at that time, too.....maybe I need to get out more.....

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                                  1. re: KSlink

                                    If you know Hamden, you may remember Diamond Ginger Ale? Good stuff. They delivered, just like the Brock-Hall Dairy.

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      Hazy memory, very hazy...or maybe just imagination?

                                  2. No, never. Too salty and too sweet, if memory serves. Last one was about thirty years ago when I quit drinking Mountain Dew.

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                                    1. re: sandylc

                                      When I was just a kid (never mind when) Mountain Dew was advertised and promoted as "It'll tickle your innards!"

                                      Anyone remember that one?

                                        1. re: KSlink

                                          But it was probably spelled: "Iddle tickle yore innerds!"

                                          1. re: KSlink

                                            And "Yahoo, Mountain Dew"

                                            wasn't there a song?? Why yes, yes there was...


                                            1. re: KSlink

                                              Yes, and it had some hillbilly advertising schtick to go along with it. Remember? Wasn't there a "saying"/joke, as well?

                                          2. I can barely start the day without at least a couple of Diet Cokes.

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                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              I had the same MO until I switched to coffee 3 years ago (around the time my first child was born and I felt as if I needed more caffeine). Since I have quit Diet Coke, it now tastes outright nasty to me. I will still have one regular Coke with or after lunch when working.

                                              Other than that, occaisionally I will get a Mexican Coke or Jarritos Tamarindo with a taco truck meal. Rarely, a San Pellegrino lemon or blood orange soda (BTW it makes some more arcane citrus flavors that look interesting that I have not tried).

                                            2. It's absolutely necessary for caffeine. More than one cup of coffee tends to make my stomach cramp, so I need something else. Diet sodas also tend to cause stomach problems. So my intake is mainly about the caffeine and not the taste. I did cut out Mountain Dew over a decade ago, though. Think of whoever you know that requires the most cups of coffee to get through the day and imagine me matching that person with a can of Dew for every cup, but continuing to drink at the same rate the entire day and not just to get through work.

                                              So, I drink caffeinated sodas. I prefer Cherry Coke and Dr. Pepper, but I tend to drink what's on sale. I have no problems drinking generic, store-brand soft drinks. I often drink it at room temperature.

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                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  Tea is even worse. It has a really negative effect on my bowel movements. I decline to provide details.

                                                  I'd love to find an alternative caffeinated beverage that is not coffee, tea, energy drinks, or diet sodas.

                                                  1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                    Maybe it's the caffeine that's doing it to you.

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      I'm fine with regular sodas, so I don't think it is the caffeine.

                                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                                      Foodpop also might like cold-brewed coffee. Easier on the stomach.

                                                  2. I'm trying to ween myself off of a bad addiction to Diet Sunkist ...

                                                    1. Part of my adolescent rebellion a zillion years ago was drinking diet pop for breakfast (Tab). I had a significant diet coke habit for years but then I gave it up for LaCroix and other flavored carbonated waters. I now have diet coke only when I'm out and usually if it's pizza or an infrequent burger.

                                                      1. Rarely. I pretty much stopped drinking soda and switched to flavored seltzer over ten years ago. Maybe once or twice a year I'll drink a Coke, and I'll occasionally have a Ting (usually mixed with vodka or rum.)

                                                        1. Don't touch it. No HFCS or artificial sweeteners in my diet ever, and the regular sugar stuff just isn't worth the calories. Would rather spend them on chocolate, even when the soda is free.

                                                          It's been about four years since I've had any.

                                                          1. Maybe once a year but there is nothing better than a Mexican Orange Fanta with some tacos.

                                                            Also, when we visit PHX and its a billion degrees, Quick Trip has these Anti-Bloomberg kegs of soda for around a $1 in Styrofoam so it doesn't sweat and they hit the spot...icy cold and delicious Dr. Pepper.

                                                            1. Very seldom. I do tend to want a cola when I'm eating movie theater popcorn - the flavors just go together. On long car trips I find a soda perks me up faster and more than coffee.

                                                              When I do have a craving it is for a specific flavor - usually Ting or ginger beer. When I am in the mood for something sweeter I prefer cream soda or a Sprecher's root beer or orange dream (?) soda. Malta or Manhattan Special is tasty too!

                                                              All in all I would be very surprised if my soda intake averaged 2/month over the course of a year.

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                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                Where are y'all buying your Ting? I encountered this stuff in St. Kitts but have never spied it in an American store.

                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                  Most Latino markets have it. I live in PG County, Maryland and there are lots of them near me. I recently tried pink grapefruit Ting. Good stuff.

                                                                  1. re: 4X4

                                                                    Try mixing the stuff with Cane Spirit Rothschild (or white rum), pouring over ice and then hitting with a dash of Angostura Bitters. Got addicted to this beverage in the Caribbean.

                                                                  2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                    As with 4x4, I find it most frequently in Hispanic grocers. Once in a while I find it in the "ethnic" section of the general grocery store. I've even found a pink Ting in NC! I need to open one of each and do a taste test sometime, but the pink seemed sweeter.

                                                                    If you have a World Market (Costplus) check there. They carry some harder to find sodas.

                                                                    I've come across it in unexpected places too. Used to find it at the Farmers Market in Nashville, Tn. when I lived "near" there 15 years ago. Also found it in an indy 7-11 type place in rural Wisconsin once.

                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                      I do have a World Market and will scope it for Ting. Could be, though, that it is only distributed in the south and along the east coast. I'm out west a fur piece.

                                                                2. I wasn't brought up with soda. Only ginger ale when sick. I don't like excessive carbonation, or very sweet things. Except sweet/savory. Nowadays I have Moxie or Cel-Rey or Sanbitter several times a year. And poured high to get rid of most of the carbonation. I think I'll have a Sanbitter right now.

                                                                  1. In NYC we do not drink soda pop......we say "sooder" for me it has become only seltzer and cold water...

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                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                      I don't know where in NYC you are, but I have only heard New Yorkers call it soda, never "Sooder". I was born in Harlem and brew up in Brooklyn, and then as teen in Westchester, and am in NYC several times a week.

                                                                    2. I like Captain Morgan with coke zero and a squeeze of lime

                                                                      I know it sounds horrendous but I've had it with regular coke and it doesn't taste right to me

                                                                      On occasion, I wll have a coke zero at work, mostly for the caffiene if I'm feeling droopy

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                                                                      1. re: cgarner

                                                                        Not that I mix soda with booze much, but try Sprite (Zero) in your Captain Morgan ... It tastes a lot lime creme soda.

                                                                        1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                                          You know what else isn't bad? Kahlua and Diet Coke. Tastes oddly chocolate-y. I occasionally order that in lieu of dessert out.

                                                                      2. as a teenager i drank a 64-oz bottle of diet pepsi everyday. sometimes more. lol, i could never fall asleep and could never figure out why!

                                                                        gave it up in my 20s, thank goodness, and now never touch the stuff. can't even abide the aroma.

                                                                        i do like flavored, unsweetened seltzers, like polar and adirondack. do like me some bubbles.

                                                                        1. i once got really into vanilla coke. what happened to that stuff? I dropped soda about 7-8 years ago, but do drink a diet coke when i eat a burrito - for some reason, that combo really does it for me.

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                                                                          1. re: majordanby

                                                                            I remember--about mid 1960s--ordering vanilla coke at a drugstore soda fountain. Anybody even remember those? Oh, plus phosphates there--what were they, anyway?

                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                              Phosphates were syrup (like snowcone syrup) and soda.

                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                Where i grew up in NJ, a very popular soda fountain drink was a 'chocolate Coke'...a squirt or two of chocolate syrup topped up with Coca cola from the fountain. The result looked like muddy drainage but it tasted incredibly good. I still make these at home occasionally with Hershey's syrup & Coke. Definitely worth trying if you never had it.
                                                                                If the muddy aspect turns you off, a similar (and delicious) result can be had by mixing Coke with some chocolate soda (like Canfields or something similar).

                                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                                  yes, our drugstore soda fountain also did the chocolate Cokes--completely forgot about those. Loved 'em.

                                                                                2. re: pine time

                                                                                  I remember soda fountains! When I was in junior high school (late forties) my grandfather retired and opened a malt shop! Yeah! Just like Happy Days! A Wurlitzer juke box and everything! After school, I earned my pocket money as a soda jerk. We served chocolate Coke, vanilla Coke, cherry Coke (tastes like Dr. Pepper), lemon Coke, butterscotch Coke, caramel Coke, and.... TaDAAAHHH: The Suicide Coke that had a little of every flavor we had in stock, including (when I made them) a shot of marshmallow! All of my friends and half the school came in for them but my Grandfather finally put his foot down and set out a recipe for Suicide Cokes because mine were loosing his profits! <sigh> And now you all know why my career as a professional chef ended before it ever got started!

                                                                                  1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                    The soda fountain in our little town in Kentucky was in the only drugstore around--family owned, of course, no chain stores in that town at all. Loved going there. Sometimes, when the soda jerk wasn't around, the pharmacist would come over & make the drinks. Would routinely "share" a soda with a friend--two paper straws in the cone paper cup which sat inside a metal holder. Fun memories.

                                                                              2. As a teen, drank a 1/2 gallon orange or rootbeer every day at lunch. 20s &30s - 2 to 4 liters of Mt Dew, Jolt or RC per day. 40s - strictly Mt Dew, 4-6 liters per day. Starting off my 50s backed down to 2 to 3 liters of Dew per day plus any brand of soda I could find that I never tried before. Blood orange is awesome! Started dialysis 2 weeks ago, so I am limited to 32oz of liquid per day. At least 16 of those ounces are soda of some sort. Do not like the "sugar" sodas as much as HFCS and diet sodas are gross. So yes, I guess I do drink soda!
                                                                                PS-dialysis a genetic thing (PCKD); nothing to do with soda.

                                                                                1. I drink diet soda which with Nutrasweet (most major brands) is a far different product than the diet sodas of my childhood with other diet sweeteners. I like all flavors including cola.

                                                                                  "I refused to drink it for years, because I'd only ever had Sprite or Diet Pepsi" How does this happen?

                                                                                  At a different forum, I once noted that while I don't care for red wine and chocolate (how did this become a hot trend?) I will drink soda with chocolate. Several posters there alleged they had never heard of anyone having a Coke and a candy bar.

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                                                                                  1. re: FrankJBN

                                                                                    "Several posters there alleged they had never heard of anyone having a Coke and a candy bar."
                                                                                    where did they grow up?? if I had 50 cents, that's exactly what I'd get from Miller's 5&10 when I was a kid...

                                                                                    1. re: FrankJBN

                                                                                      "Several posters there alleged they had never heard of anyone having a Coke and a candy bar."

                                                                                      A classic combo, IMO, is a Coke and a Snickers. Coke and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups ain't bad either.

                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                        Here in the deep South, it's RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                            I had an RC awhile ago(not common here in Oregon) and couldn't believe how sickly sweet it was. Like cough syrup.
                                                                                            Can't believe I used to like the stuff.
                                                                                            Just found Vess Root Beer at Grocery Outlet.
                                                                                            Gonna' see whether my memories are similarly flawed.

                                                                                          2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                            In the south of my youth, it was Coke or RC Cola with a small bag of salted peanuts poured in.

                                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                                              But which kind of Coke - Root beer, orange, sprite, pepsi?

                                                                                              1. re: Clams047

                                                                                                Must be missing something/don't understand the question. Coke was Coke back then.

                                                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                                                  In the south all sody pops are called Cokes the way all facial tissues are called Kleenex.

                                                                                                2. re: Clams047

                                                                                                  I get it, Clams. Had to learn a new beverage vocabulary when I moved to Georgia. I was scolded several times for using the word 'pop', when everyone knows the word is 'Coke'.

                                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                    Wasn't that way in my tiny burg in Kentucky. All sodas were "pop," but Coke was only for that specific brand.

                                                                                            2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                              i would drink pepsi through a twizzler.

                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                  lol, i was a skinny rail of a kid too.

                                                                                            3. re: FrankJBN

                                                                                              Coffee and chocolate can be fantastic.

                                                                                            4. At home, I have seltzer water with a lemon or lime slice. If I have a Diet Coke, I prefer the decaffeinated one - caffeine makes me too jumpy. Any caffeine. Since most drinks at restaurants have caffeine or calories in them, I have to stick with water. ;-(

                                                                                              I love a freezing cold Diet Coke on a hot summer's day after mowing the lawn. It was best out of the glass bottle - a big chugalug that burns going down.

                                                                                              1. Mexican Coke made with sugar not HFCS, one a day.

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                                                                                                1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                  I don't believe that you can be certain there's no HFCS in Mexican Coke anymore. I beleive there are bottlers who use a blend of sugar/HFCS and if you look at the sticker labels they say "may contain" HFCS.

                                                                                                  As a response to the thread, sure, I drink all sorts of diet sodas, pretty much on a daily basis. Currently a fan of Dr. Pepper 10, which has about 85% artificial sweetener. Darn good product.

                                                                                                2. Fresca, even though I usually hate artificial sweeteners. I love the grapefruit taste.

                                                                                                  I also like to mix about 1/3 juice with 2/3 seltzer. Refreshing and a little sweet but not as sugary as most sodas.

                                                                                                  I've grown to appreciate the taste of Diet Coke through my addicted husband -- I still think it objectively tastes pretty terrible, but somehow I have come to like drinking it.

                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan: Coke and a Snickers? Sounds like heaven for my teenaged self... I can't imagine having that now. I feel like I would keel over and die. Sadly, I just can't eat junk like I used to.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Pia

                                                                                                    Oh, I don't indulge in that much these days. Yesterday afternoon, however, I did succumb to a major choco-crave and snagged a king-sized Snickers and a pack o' Ding Dongs. Mos' delicious.

                                                                                                  2. I've worked my way down to one Diet Coke per day. I like the taste, and I need the caffeine. I don't like coffee or tea. Also occasionally I'll have a Diet Cherry 7-up, sometimes w/ vodka in it. I get sprite/7-up/sierra mist and vodka to drink at the bar sometimes.

                                                                                                    1. I almost never do. I may drink a six pack over the course of a year. Thank God that's one vice I've avoided, or I'd be as big as a house.

                                                                                                      I'm lucky living in LA, though, because when I do drink a soda it's usually from Galco's Soda Pop Shop in Highland Park (a neighborhood in Los Angeles). Galco's was a long time local supermarket, but with competition cutting into the profits and the son inheriting the store from his retired parents, he started focusing on selling high end and old-fashioned and very hard to find soda pop from all over. Now his store is soda pop central. It's fun just to walk the aisles and find ancient soda brands still being marketed, and soda made from some very exotic ingredients.

                                                                                                      And lucky for you, they're on-line and they ship worldwide! Check it out:


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                                                                                                      1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                        Lucky you! I saw the Chow Obsessives video about him a few years ago. My ex, who is a soda addict was in L.A. and watched the link I e-mailed. I'm still slowly working through the couple of dozen the ex sent me as a thank you. I suspect I'd drink more just for "research" if I lived nearby!


                                                                                                        1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                          Virgin cola, both red and blue?

                                                                                                          The last time I saw either was in 2007, in Dhaka.

                                                                                                        2. Very rarely. About 24 oz a year. I really can't stand the stuff. I find it to be a sweet and salty beverage that is far from being natural. These are pepsi and coke. Otherwise there are some smaller companies wich make sodas, and are good. Bottom line I am not a big fan of soda.

                                                                                                          1. What I have learned from this thread: I need a Coca-Cola and a Snickers bar ASAP.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Stelmaria

                                                                                                              I lived on soda as a kid; always turned down water in favor of Coke. That's changed in my adulthood--- not sure if it's because sugar has been replaced by corn syrup or some chemical concoction or what, but drinking soda now does nothing to quench my thirst, and is akin to downing a sickly-sweet syrup now. I suffer from migraines and will drink a Coke if I'm at work and am suffering from a migraine, as it does seem to settle my stomach a bit. Also, a lunch truck comes around at noon where I work, and I will occasionally drink a soda called "Malta Goya" which is...as far as I can tell...a Brazilian chocolate soda. It's nostalgic for me; reminds me of the Bosco soda I sometimes drank as a kid (I thought it had become obsolete for decades, but actually had it at a Jewish restaurant a friend brought me to some years ago in Teaneck, NJ). For the most part, though, I've dispensed with soda entirely. If I want to quench my thirst, I drink water. If I want sweetness and/or flavor, I'll drink fruit juice.

                                                                                                              Also...I'm not a scientist and I can't vouch for the empirical truth of this...but I've heard a report that drinking 3 or more sodas a day can increase one's chances of getting pancreatic cancer. Again--- can't vouch for the validity of that, but it's certainly another reason for me...as if I needed another one...to avoid sodas.

                                                                                                              1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                I think for sure it's the corn syrup that has changed the flavor of soda. As a kid I was a Dr. Pepper freak, but as I aged I learned that I couldn't stand it, or any soda really. But a couple of years ago they put out Heritage Dr. Pepper made with sugar, and it was the same yummy stuff I drank as a kid.

                                                                                                                Now the only readily available soda I will drink is Sierra Mist, a lemon-lime beverage made by Pepsi with real sugar. It's the only one without that horrible syrupy taste/mouthfeel. I doubt it would do much for your headaches since it's caffeine free and that's probably what makes you feel better, but it tastes good.

                                                                                                                1. re: JonParker

                                                                                                                  I've heard that about the corn syrup; I've also heard that if you go to Mexico, or a store/restaurant in the U.S. that caters primarily to Mexicans or Mexican-Americans, they still sell Coke made with old-fashioned sugar. Obviously, I can't precisely compare what I drank as a kid to what I've tasted in recent years, but the Coke as it is now just seems glue-ey and thick, and the overall taste is less than compelling. Certainly not something that will relieve you of thirst. With the migraine, I think it's a combination of whatever they're using in place of sugar and the caffeine that gives me some relief, but it mainly helps with my unsettled stomach, so the carbonation might also be a part of it. Ironically enough, when I've had coffee with a migraine, it just makes me that much sicker, which I've never quite understood. Maybe the caffeine in the coffee in combination with the acid? I'm not sure why, but during a migraine, soda (specifically Coke, or...in a pinch...Pepsi) soothes and coffee can make me deathly ill.

                                                                                                                  1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                    It's true that Mexican Coke is made primarily with sugar, although I've heard rumors that even they are transitioning to HFCS, which sort of defeats the purpose. There are political reasons for the preponderance of HFCS in our food which I won't go into here -- they are widely available on Google. However, it's not just Mexican groceries that sell Mexican Coke -- check http://WhereToFindMexicanCoke.com/ for more info.

                                                                                                                    Oh, and best wishes for you in your struggle with migraines. I've never had them but I've seen the suffering they cause.

                                                                                                                      1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                        As far as I know, Canadian pop is still made with sugar too. I actually haven't had the HFCS stuff very much, as I was raised in Canada, and currently live in a sugar cane producing region.

                                                                                                                      2. re: JonParker

                                                                                                                        Jon, I wonder if the drought will crank up the cost of HFCS to where sugar becomes more attractive as a sweetener

                                                                                                                        And for a brief glorious moment a couple of years ago, there was a Dr Pepper "Heritage" edition, sugar sweetened just like we remember. I'm with you that current Dr Pepper is just too sweet!

                                                                                                                        I don't know why they don't bring that back; Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwbacks seem to be successful enough to stick around.

                                                                                                                  2. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                    Throwback Pepsi and Mountain Dew are still all-sugar.

                                                                                                                    1. re: ferret

                                                                                                                      I don't know about the Throwback, but I just looked up Mountain Dew and it is ALL high-fructose corn syrup - no sugar.

                                                                                                                2. Almost never. I detest anything cola flavored and ALL commercial sodas are way too sweet. I love carbonation, though, so I will occasionally create my own soda using seltzer, a bit of liquid splenda and another flavoring agent (lime or lemon juice, usually). My husband finds my concoctions unbearably tart (he loves soda, Mt. Dew specifically), but to me they're just right!

                                                                                                                  1. I don't drink soda on it's own, but for some reason I really crave a diet coke/coke zero when I'm eating heavily spiced food (mexican, indian) or pizza. I also swear that a classic coke is one part of my trust hangover remedy (the other parts being a cheeseburger and fries, of course).

                                                                                                                    1. I made the switch to seltzer after spending a couple of weeks in Germany in Austria. I drank a lot of carbonated mineral water (or "water with gas," as they call it) when I was there. When I got home, I started buying imported mineral water and realized that seltzer was very similar but much cheaper. Once I started drinking seltzer regularly, I kind of lost the taste for sweet sodas.

                                                                                                                        1. About six times per year, I will drink Hansen's Cane Sugar Ginger Ale, but that is it.


                                                                                                                          1. diet coke but am slowly phasing out - now for soda I alaternate between diet coke and the new canda dry green tea gingerale - my goal is to be off diet coke by the new year and all soda by the summer (figured it would be easier for the next step once its cold) and have green/white tea as the only source of cafeine

                                                                                                                            1. Anyone remember Kickapoo Joy Juice? Maybe it was just a southern thing? From the sound of it, should be alcoholic, but it wasn't. Which reminds me, during the Civil War, some homemade hooch was called Oh Be Joyful. Great name for a drink.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                That's hilarious, pine time ... I knew Kickapoo Joy Juice from the Lil Abner comic strip when I was a kid. I didn't know till today that it is actually manufactured as a soda pop. I just looked it up online and found that it is sold mostly in Asian markets.

                                                                                                                              2. I was a mountain dew addict for many years lol.I'd take out a case every 2-3 days.I occasionally drink A&W root beer,creme soda,or MD with dinner.Glad I keep it to a min.All pop in my area wentup 12 cents for 2ltrs.I bet the pepsi & cocacola 2ltrs will be $1.50 by christmas this yr.

                                                                                                                                1. Listen to yourselves...sodas are the most vile substance yet you find the "wonderful" reasons to drink same. Yes, memories are made of this, but now reality says NO

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: vitaminD

                                                                                                                                    The question was "do you drink soda pop"?

                                                                                                                                    Not whether soda was a "vile" substance, or whether one should drink soda.

                                                                                                                                    Please keep your officious opinions to yourself. But if you're just bursting to share those opinions, then start a separate thread.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                      This is typical. So many people are eager to buy stuff, but a few of them never bother to read the supplied instructions.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                        To paraphrase an old saying, "if we accept mediocrity, we become it."

                                                                                                                                    2. re: vitaminD

                                                                                                                                      How can I ever thank you D! Eureka! I've seen the light.

                                                                                                                                    3. Nope. Only water or tea (unless I'm drinking alcohol, making a smoothie, or taking a workout supplement). Since I broke my sugar addiction years ago I find all sugary drinks sickeningly sweet and syrupy. The diet ones give me a headache and make me feel really weird, it's hard to describe but I feel kind of restless and uncomfortable in my own skin. And more money for drinks equals less money for good food.

                                                                                                                                      1. Recently I bought a Sodastrem so I can have seltzer/club soda in an effort to get away from canned sodas, but it's not working really well so far. My soda of choice is Caffien Free Diet Coke because, to me, it tastes most similar to the original Coca Cola made with cane sugar that came in 6 ounce glass bottles when I was a kid. Other than it, there is nothing today that tastes like original Coke, not even "Original Coke"! They have changed the recipe, and even "Mexican" and "kosher" Coke do not taste the same. I NEVER drink Dr Pepper or Cherry Coke, and for me they are very similar in taste. I do wish I could find a good root beer. Every brand I've tried in the last decade or more is dissappointing. IBC is closest, but no cigar. Tap water anyone???

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                          Try Weinhardt's or Jones Root Beer, Caroline1.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                            I love my Sodastream, darlin'. Definitely keeps me off the Caffeine Free Diet Coke (which is one of the few sodas I can have, between the caffeine and the calories in most of them).

                                                                                                                                            My favorite root beer is Frostie, but that's the one I grew up with in Columbus Oh. The first time I tried a less creamy-sweet root beer, I was shocked at the taste. Now I love them all. Especially a cold foamy mug of A & W at the root beer stand in my hometown in Indiana.

                                                                                                                                          2. I'm a plain or cherry Pepsi kinda gal, though every now and again I'll switch up and have a pink grapefruit soda. Oh, and there must be crushed ice.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                              Where/what for grapefruit? I've always much preferred Squirt to Mountain Dew, but it isn't always around.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: bbqboy

                                                                                                                                                Izze makes a grapefruit "sparkling juice."

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ferret

                                                                                                                                                  bbqboy and ferret: I do drink Squirt, but when I can find it I buy Izze's. Yum. SO thirst-quenching; never too sweet. Oooh, w/ a shrimp po'boy......I can taste it now.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: bbqboy

                                                                                                                                                  Look for San Pellegrino Pompelmo. Grapefruit soda, sugar sweetened but not oversweet like Squirt

                                                                                                                                                  Kroger stores in my area stock the various SP flavors...it is worth seeking out if you like grapefruit soda

                                                                                                                                                3. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                  I'm so famous for my love of Canfield's 50/50 grapefruit soda, that my friends from Indiana bring me cases when they come South. I parcel it out for myself to have on hot summer days after a hard hot day doing yardwork.

                                                                                                                                                4. Any love for generic, store-brand sodas?

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                                                                                                    In my state we have Albertson's grocery stores. Their store brand soda is Super Chill, which I think is pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                                                                                                      Maybe not considered soda pop but
                                                                                                                                                      I buy Kroger brand Sparkling Seltzer Water &
                                                                                                                                                      365 Everyday Value® brand Tonic Water.

                                                                                                                                                      Hansen's was mentioned above and I buy their Smoothie Nectars but generally avoid drinking soda pop these days.

                                                                                                                                                    2. I very seldom drink sodas. I almost never keep them in the house, only when company is coming and I know that is what they drink. Around here WATER reigns supreme. No calories, nothing artificial that I don't know what it will do to my body, no bad aftertaste from the sugar frees. And water goes exactly where it needs to be in my body without digestion!!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Yes! I love Diet Coke. As a child, there was no better soda to me than a regular Coke. At the time, I hated Diet Coke and thought it tasted funny. When I was in Middle School and started to become weight conscious (puberty can be so unkind sometimes) I made the switch to Diet Coke and have never looked back. My taste buds have become so acquired to the taste of Diet Coke, that now if I drink regular Coke, I don't like the taste. For the same reasons I do not like Coke Zero or anything that tries to make itself taste more like regular Coke. I just love that Diet Coke taste! :)

                                                                                                                                                        I don't dislike other regular non-diet sodas, such as Sprite, I just can't drink a regular cola. I will drink Diet Pepsi, but I MUCH prefer Diet Coke. I usually will keep a 12 pack of regular Coke and Sprite on-hand for my non-Diet Coke drinking guests. These usually last me forever, though, while I'm blowing through at least a 12 pack of Diet Coke a week!

                                                                                                                                                        1. My favorite has always been tonic water, particularly since I learned one day many years ago that quinine might be added. No, I don't drink it for the quinine, just that the association with malaria was amusing to think about while sipping it in Manhattan. But millions of years ago...

                                                                                                                                                          Then, there's Foxon Park Kola, which pairs quite well with a New Haven pie. That's a good standard for soda, even if I drink the stuff these days roughly two times.

                                                                                                                                                          Oh, there's an exception? Trying different flavors abroad. Inca Kola was awful, but a coffee one in Indonesia was bad too. There was a banana flavor somewhere, and I can't forget about the Filipino Sarsi...ugh.


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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                            An FYI factoid from when I worked for a soft drink bottler: tonic water has almost twice as much sugar or other sweetener as most other soft drinks (and consequently is the most costly to make), because quinine is SO bitter.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                              Yep, I've been looking at the nutrition information since long, long ago. Though merely the basis of something tasting sweet, root beer or cream soda IMO duke that one out.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Mexican coke in the glass bottle with sugar not hfcs. Reeds Extra Ginger Brew with a little fresh pomegranate juice (yum).

                                                                                                                                                              1. Generally no, though I used to and the hankerin lingers. Best saved as a mixer for liquor just to make it even more unhealthy.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I drink Dr. Pepper. I prefer the cane sugar kind. So yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                    Where do you find it? Are you talking about the Dublin Dr. Pepper?

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Nope.

                                                                                                                                                                    Had soda perhaps a couple of times a year when I was a kid, so didn't grow up on it. As an adult, I find it's a waste of calories and besides, it does nasty things to my body. Caffeine always gets to me, but so does carbonation.

                                                                                                                                                                    It's been, um, a bunch of years since I last had soda, perhaps five or eight or something.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. No.

                                                                                                                                                                      I used to buy and drink soda pop.

                                                                                                                                                                      Now I drink soda stream.

                                                                                                                                                                      Soda water (plain), Tonic water ( home-made mix using Cinchona and other spices ), and Gurana ( or the Sports energy drink mix ).

                                                                                                                                                                      Quite a savings, and nothing ever runs out or flat when guests arrive,.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pretty much the only time I drink soda is if I'm eating pizza or hungover. I drink a lot of flavored seltzer, or club soda with lime and bitters.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I almost never drink pop. I didn't grow up drinking it. So it almost always water . I'll a put a slice of lemon or lime. Sometimes I will drink a ginger ale or a fresca but that is a rare thing. My husband on the other hand could not live with his Pepsi. He did grow with pop always in the home.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Yes on a rare occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. The only person in my family who called it "soda pop" was my Oklahoma-born grandfather, who pronounced it "sodee-pop"

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Is this a question about the name or the drink? It's just soda in these parts!

                                                                                                                                                                                Anywho, when I did drink soda, it was tonic water. I don't live in fear of malaria anyway, so finding out about quinine was merely a bonus. Of the usual suspects, Coke was it, with root beer, cream soda and ginger ale trading barbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                Nowadays I'll only drink it if the flavor seems unusual to me (the other day I had cucumber soda, which reminded me of that less fortunate encounter with celery soda). In Indonesia I tried coffee soda, which was no fun, and in Japan, skim milk soda, which was along similar lines.

                                                                                                                                                                                Seldom I'll have a can of San Pellegrino blood orange.

                                                                                                                                                                                Whether the drink has cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup is irrelevant, as they are both unhealthy.


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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a san pellegrino grapefruit, yesterday with my lunch and it was so refreshingly good. I don't drink pop( it's called pop in these parts ;) very often but that was fantastic . I love grapefruit, I'll have to look for the blood orange flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: itsmejessica

                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you like the lemon or orange flavors too?

                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't get enough blood orange anything...naturally I'd prefer it without added sugar though!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have never had any. I almost always drink water through out the day wine late in the evening and coffee in the morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I will try those flavors,I'm sure they are good . I really enjoyed the grapefruit flavor. I was thinking of getting some next time I stop at the store.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I forgot to ask how was the cucumber soda(pop)?
                                                                                                                                                                                      I love cucumber slices in a huge container of water during the hot summer,it very nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: itsmejessica

                                                                                                                                                                                        Every now and then, I'll notice in a hotel lobby a water cooler filled with ...water and something else, say lemons, pineapples or cucumbers. Refreshing indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        As for the soda (http://collaterallettuce.com/2013/10/...), the taste was rather loyal to description. Not too sweet, pleasant when chilled and most importantly, you could taste cucumber from start to finish. The company that produces the version I had is based in Florida, and was inspired by drinks in the Dominican Republic.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                        I find the orange and blood orange San Pelligrino too sweet. And the lemon is very good but a bit sour for many people. Grapefruit is my favorite and I think it is their best flavor. I also like their tiny bottles of sanbitter. Great to settle the stomach and before dinner to wake up the appetite. I have been meaning to try their chinotto and will do so this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I drink diet soda, exclusively, Coke Zero, Diet Ting & just about any diet ginger ale is my 'go to' pop. All the others are too sweet for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I have drank Diet Coke every day for the past 30+ years. (have one on my desk right now)
                                                                                                                                                                                        NO to Diet Pepsi or coke zero; must be diet Coke. period.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I admit to really loving the new caffeine free Coke Zero! I drink one each evening and really enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. i drink it rarely, but sometimes i'll get a coke from mickey d's. normally i get their unsweet tea, though. sometimes i just want that coke "burn." LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                            at our movie theatre, i'll get a sprite with my popcorn.

                                                                                                                                                                                            i also like ginger ale.

                                                                                                                                                                                            note that at many places with a soda bar (self-serve), you can get a free water cup and use the special button to get the carbonated water.

                                                                                                                                                                                            stopped using artificially sweetened things long ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I slowed down my intake when they went from a nickel to 6 cents. When they went to a dime. I said no damn way. ~ I finally caved in and maybe, just maybe drink one once a week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL -- my aunt martha would only drink cokes from the SMALL bottles, saying that the coke in the large bottles (forget cans!) didn't taste the same. i don't even think she'd drink a soda fountain coke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                (she spent a lot of time in atlanta, back in the day).