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Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

I'm not a huge sodee pop drinker. Rarely do I have any of the stuff in my fridge. However, I do have a soft spot for certain retro and unusual soda pops and will often buy them when I see them. Personal favorites are...

Coco Fizz (just discovered this one, made in Durango, Colorado, delish)

Black Cherry Soda (Boylan's is good)

Cream Soda (Pakola, a Pakistani brand, is a fav)

Ginger Beer (preferrably the very sharp stuff from the Caribbean)

Ting (a grapefruit soda from, I believe, Jamaica)

Do you have any favs?

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  1. I don't drink real soda, and I'm breaking a bad Diet Coke habit. For an occasional treat, I like the Izze esque sodas marketed by Pepsi. Not a lot of sugar, and not a lot of artificial junk in it. I'm partial to the Limon and the Watermelon.

    1. Stewarts Orange and Cream is fabulous. Even the diet version is terrific.

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      1. re: Motosport

        I agree with you! I can't seem to find it in SoCal anymore.

      2. Used to be a big fan of Vernors gingerale but it was hard
        to find in our area for a while and I haven't looked for it
        recently. Guess I will now.

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        1. re: ferventfoodie

          Yes, Vernor's! It has some pretty good distribution now, but only in cans. Not as good as the old time Detroit bottles.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            +1. First tried (Diet) Cheerwine after purchasing at a Food Lion in Southern Pines, NC. Good stuff, and pretty in a glass to boot.
            Better than Diet Dr Pepper, etc, to my mind.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              Yay for Cheerwine! That got to Nashville about the time we were running a weekend crafts-fair market, and we had two ice-filled carts for beverages, one for beer and one for soda. The distributor we were using had Cheerwine instead of Dr. Pepper, and I got really fond of it. That was probably the best thing that happened to us all that summer!

              Here in the L.A. area, in Highland Park, there's a shop called Galco's that carries dozens of beers, sodas and old-fashioned candy. I was glad to finally get to try Moxie, and amazed to find that it tasted exactly as I'd imagined it would, and that I loved it. I have to say, though, that my taste for any soda has diminished greatly over the years, and a few hours at Galco's annual tasting/fundraiser event is about long enough and often enough.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Third for Cheerwine. First had it near Monticello in Virginia but now they carry it at Wegman's in Maryland. It reminds me of a black cherry Dr. Pepper.

                I will also add Sioux City Sarsaparilla. It's like an old fashioned root/birch beer mix.

                1. re: CDouglas

                  Thanks all. I just found Cheerwine at my local BevMo. Looking forward to trying it.

              2. Maine Root ginger.
                Schweppes Bitter Lemon.

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                1. re: tim irvine

                  I love Bitter Lemon. I drank it nonstop Europe but can't find it as often here in the States.