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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.

                2. Blenheim Ginger Ale

                  Found in South Carolina

                  Once you've had it you'll never look at Canada Dry, Seagram's, or Schweppes the same ever again.

                  On that first sip be prepared for a surprise kick of SHARP ginger taste. If you don't like spicy, don't get the "hot" version.

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                  1. re: JayL

                    The "hot" sounds like just the beverage for me.

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      OK but don't say we didn't warn you. smile

                      White top is diet, but you won't be able to tell.

                      Old # 5, gold cap, 'regular', eyes water, tingle at the back of your throat, not very sweet.

                      #3, pink top. snorting, winching, happy but ... exploding and builds with every swallow. Not as sweet as Vernors, ....if Schweps was really spicy.

                      Best drink in the world B & B, bourbon and Blenheims w/ twist of lime. OK, gonna get one right now....


                  2. Blenheim's hot ginger ale - it's hot, and delicious!

                    1. Anyone know if there is a diet grape soda? Shasta was making it for awhile and I could only find it at some dollar stores, no more. Fanta has a diet orange now that is quite good.

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                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                        In my neck of New England, Polar makes a Diet Grape that is good and not sickly sweet. That's the only one I know of. Sun Pop used to make a grape and diet grape, but all I see is the orange varieties now.

                        You might find a diet white grape soda more readily than the purple stuff nowadays. Lots of white grape seltzer type bevs
                        'round here.

                        Off topic: Grape Soda was the Holy Grail of my childhood sodas. I was limited to one tiny (<6 oz) cup per week, and it was usually Moxie or Coke or gingerale, but holy cow, when it was grape soda...zing went the strings of my heart.

                        1. re: pinehurst

                          Down here in west Texas the big grape soda back in the semdies was NuGrape. I can still get it at World Market.

                        2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                          I remember getting diet grape soda that was a Kroger's brand when I was in Arizona. Then last February when I was again in Arizona they didn't have it. I too am a fan of grape soda but don't want the full sugar version. What I do is buy the sugar free grape powder stuff and then mix it with either diet lemon lime soda or with seltzer water.

                          1. re: John E.

                            Other than the usual suspects (cola, lemon-lime), I don't think Kroger has diet sodas anymore. Probably aspartame-based anyway, so not for me.

                            1. re: aynrandgirl

                              I think the only diet soda out the without any aspartame is TaB.

                              1. re: John E.

                                Fresca is without aspartame, I think. It looks so cool and frosty and tastes awful! I think it's saccharine in there.

                                1. re: kitchengardengal

                                  "It looks so cool and frosty and tastes awful!" You got that right...it's right up there with Tab! :)

                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                    Nope, Fresca is made with Aspartame.

                                    Years ago, my then 3-year old nephew was with his mom and saw another mom with a Fresca somewhere. (He was apparently a fan of Fresca although I don't remember they gave him any.)

                                    Anyway, this three year old saw the lady with a Fresca and he said, "That's my kind of woman."

                                    1. re: kitchengardengal

                                      Didn't Jonie Mitchell sing a song about saccharine? I remember my maternal grandparents had a bottle of the stuff always at the ready on their dinner table.

                              2. Foxon Park: White Birch or Gassosa Soda

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                                1. re: DonShirer

                                  Is it because these are Connecticut things that I like them, too?Two great choices, Don! :) Though I can only hear that little girl in the commercial: Foxon Pahhhk. Not even our accent! Just a little kid thing. ;)

                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                    Remember Diamond ginger ale from Waterbury? Good stuff.

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      I do not--but I bet it was!

                                      Also on my special sodas list, a strawberry soda from Friendly's. Somewhere in my childhood, they changed the syrup, so it was more brown than berry-colored...but you could still ask and they'd make you one even after it wasn't on the menu anymore. That was my meal forever: Big Beef cheeseburger rare on toast, extra pickles with the sandwich, please, and a large strawberry soda with no ice. And a bendy straw. You didn't hafta ask for the straw--it came that way. :)

                                2. Flathead Lake Monster Sour Cherry Soda

                                  1. Birch beer. It's one of the 3 things I have to have when I visit my family in western New York. I can occasionally find it on the West Coast.

                                    1. Just tried Hansen's cherry soda -- very nice. It actually tastes like cherries. (Their diet root beer, OTOH, tastes like ... not sure what ... maybe metal?)
                                      Used to buy pineapple soda in Montreal. I think Cott's was the brand.
                                      I would love to find a source for ginger beer here in Israel. Or start making my own.

                                      1. Manhattan Special coffee soda. I don't know how easy it is to find outside of NYC, but it is quite refeshing and not very sweet.


                                        Very good over vanilla ice cream too.

                                        1. Not my fave, but my brother loves Vernor's Ginger Ale. Not a 'dry' ginger ale. And did you know that, in Canada, they have (or had) America Dry Ginger Ale?!

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                                          1. re: mwhitmore

                                            I loved Vernors in the 1980s but it has changed significantly since then. There isn't the same biting ginger flavor and they swapped cane sugar for HFCS.

                                            Blenheim's ginger ale is expensive( $10.00 for a 6 pack of glass bottles) in Ohio but it is worth it.

                                          2. Dr. Nut - it's a Dr. Pepper-like soda with a squirrel on the can. Only had it in far northern California (Red Bluff).

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                                            1. re: 512window

                                              Holy mackerel. I'd completely forgotten about Dr. Nut. Only had it a time or two, probably somewhere back in the late 70s or early 80s, but I remember digging it.

                                              1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                Yes. Tamarindo is king of the Jarritos line. Another of my favorites is Materva, a mate' flavored soda from South Florida that tastes somewhat like apples. San Pellegrino limonata (sparkling lemonade) is tart and refreshing. Blenheim's hot ginger ale is delicious, especially with lime and Maker's Mark.

                                                Mostly, I drink water nowadays, but I still enjoy these on occasion.

                                              2. I love Jarritos sodas. especially the Champagne soda.

                                                  1. Another one I used to love but haven't seen in a coon's age is Peach Nehi. Used to drink it occasionally back in the early 80s.

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                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                      I LOVE some peach Nehi. I don't find them around here, but I found them at a store on the border between NC/VA on the way back from Nag's Head last year, and then in a little run-down shop on the way from Rockahock in April. When we found them at Rockahock, my SO found the case and we took home all that they had in the store, about 14 bottles. :)

                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                        About a month ago I found Peach Nehi in a truck stop on the outskirts of Weatherford, Texas. That was the first I'd seen of it in a long, looooong time.

                                                    2. St. Arnold Root Beer
                                                      Fitz's Root Beer
                                                      Cider Mill Rootin' Tootin' Root Beer
                                                      Nesbitt's Orange
                                                      Jarritos Mandarin Orange
                                                      AJ Stephans Wild Strawberry

                                                      1. A&W Cream Soda and Sarsi (a sasparilla soda). I must drink both of these when I'm back in Singapore/Malaysia. Another one I love there is 100 Plus, which is a lightly carbonated isotonic drink, so I'm not sure if you can count it as a soda, but I love the stuff.

                                                        1. Canfield's 50/50. It's a grapefruit soda I used to get when I lived near Chicago. Now my Midwestern pals bring me cases when they come visit me in Georgia.

                                                          Frostie Root Beer, a creamy root beer, is the one I grew up with in Columbus Ohio, and after 30 years of not seeing it in stores, found that our local Ingles grocery carries it. It's just as delicious as ever, but now that I'm older, I can't drink a whole bottle of it in one sitting. Same with the 50/50, there's just too much sugar in them for me now. I use a splash of the 50/50 in my seltzer water nowadays.

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                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                            I fondly remember Frosty, too, but haven't seen one in many a year.

                                                            1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                              Only in the last few years has Frostie Root Beer shown up in Minnesota. I really like their version of cream soda only the label says creme brulee. I don't buy it often, but it is really good.

                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                Frostie Root Beer makes the best vanilla ice cream floats! So creamy and rich.

                                                              2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                I loved 50/50! I moved back to Chicago a few months ago but don't actually know where to find it here anymore. I just assumed it was no longer being made. I'll need to search it out!

                                                                1. re: wandajune6

                                                                  It's not made by Canfield's anymore, wandajune. It's one of the big brands now - I forget who!

                                                                  Try Jewel. They always carried it.

                                                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                    It's not Polar's Half & Half, is it?

                                                                    I've never tried this particular Polar soda, but I like their seltzer. One of my friends mentioned it and stocks up when she comes back home.

                                                                2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                  I was just talking to my mom about 50/50 and Green River! I can remember the taste of 50/50, but not Green River.....ha!

                                                                3. Yes, love Ting! Just had a pink grapefruit Ting for the first time, but I like the regular grapefruit Ting the best.

                                                                  I miss Hires root beer.

                                                                  Is Faygo offbeat enough? Love that stuff. Also Towne Club. Two very Michigan-centric brands.

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                                                                  1. re: charlesbois

                                                                    Another Ting lover. And the original is the best in my book, too.

                                                                    Since discovering Ting way back when, I found a local version I might like even better. It doesn't have a catchy name, but it's descriptive and delicious: Avery's half grapefruit half lemon soda. It's crisp and refreshing--especially on hot summer days LIKE THIS ONE.

                                                                    For those of you who don't like in Connecticut, I see they ship. If you love grapefruit soda, I'm pretty sure you'll love this one.


                                                                    They have some pretty interesting flavors in general, but the half/half is my personal fave.

                                                                    As to other old-timey sodas, there's somethin' about a birch beer. White, please, not red.

                                                                    1. re: charlesbois

                                                                      Faygo? Nevvah hoid uv it.

                                                                      I'd say that's offbeat enough.

                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                        Faygo was briefly available in Lubbock in the late '80s, but only at oddball locations. I remember buying it at a Preston's Milk Store, for example.

                                                                        I randomly found four-packs of Shasta Cola at a Star Market in Waltham recently: the first time I've seen it since I moved to Boston.

                                                                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                          Ha! You remember the Preston's Milk Stores, eh? Well, they're gone. The two I recall were on 34th and W and 34th and Orlando. The former is now a cigarette shop, the latter a very good Mexican restaurant called Nora's.

                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                            There was one on or around 66th as well: I want to say 66th and U. I used to stop there on my way to work at the Kmart next to the dollar movie theater.

                                                                            Although my favorite Texas soft drink, of course, is Big Red, which is impossible to find up here.

                                                                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                              What flavor is Big Red? The container, naturally, doesn't say.

                                                                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                  I'm glad you answered. I always thought it was supposed to be like Dr. Pepper! Never had it, but friends from TX have mentioned.

                                                                                  And speaking of Dr. Pepper, saw a store-brand Dr. Pepper last night: Dr. Bob. Made me think of the Muppet Show: "Paging Dr. Bob!" HA HA HA!

                                                                                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                    Interesting. Many strawberry sodas have a bubblegum aftertaste to my palate.

                                                                                  2. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                    It is similar to red Mt. Dew, cherry-like.

                                                                                  3. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                    I don't recall that Preston's, but I do remember a Reddy Mart (not, presumably, owned by Helen) on 66th just west of Lowery Field. That neighborhood, incidentally, is now a rather bad slum.

                                                                                    PS--I actually did not realize Big Red was a Texas product. I've had it many times, though. It, along with Fanta Strawberry, goes great with barbecue.

                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                      The one place I know of where you can get Big Red in the northeast is a barbecue restaurant in midtown Manhattan that also gets Blue Bell ice cream shipped up.

                                                                          2. Dandelion and Burdock (Fentimans)
                                                                            Chino (San Pellegrino)

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                                                                            1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                              Fentimans is terrific. I love their "Old Curiosity Cola" especially.

                                                                              1. re: stilldontknow

                                                                                yessss!!! discoverd this when I did my Alice in Wonderland party and got hooked.

                                                                              1. I took advantage of World Market's recent sale (12 for $10) to load up on Lemmy, a very refreshing lemon soda. I too have a Ting thing, but it's hard to come by around here (MSP).

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                                                                                1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                  I had my first Lemmy about a week ago and loved it. And mine also came from World Market.

                                                                                2. Growing up in East Texas, we had "Grapette", delicious, in tiny little 8-oz. bottles. Gone forever since Wal-Nutz boughtthe factory in Arkansas where it was made. I'm with you on the Peach Crush. My auntie had a tiny store in E.T. and sold it. I used to bring home cases of the stuff. Alas, no more Grapette nor Peach Crush, at least none I can find. Perhaps RC Cola is still made. I've had my share of those, and they usually included a 5-cent bag of salted peanuts dumped into the bottle. My grandfather thought that hilarious, but salty+sweet = tasty in my 6-year-old book.

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                                                                                  1. re: amazinc

                                                                                    Nothing the least bit strange about that, and I'm surprised your granddad thought otherwise. Back in the 70s my dad taught me to put peanuts in my bottles of Coke, and I think that was an old Texas (maybe a southern) tradition.

                                                                                    1. I am not a soda drinker as a reagular thing but I do like
                                                                                      Fever Tree Ginger ale
                                                                                      curiosity cola
                                                                                      Barton Springs cola

                                                                                      1. My wife and I can't drink alcoholic drinks, so we love treating ourselves to "good" sodas once in a while, especially root beers and cream sodas. I've mail-ordered a variety from http://soda-emporium.com/ before, but the shipping makes it too expensive to do with any regularity.

                                                                                        However, a vintage soda and candy shop, Rocket Fizz, just opened near where we live, which was a real thrill. They had almost everything Soda Emporium had and more, usually around $2 per bottle with discounts for buying assortments of 6, 12, or 18. I was relieved to note it had a much wider selection than the weird (and mostly unappetizing-sounding) house brand sodas they have listed on their website: http://www.rocketfizz.com/

                                                                                        However, the best root beer I've ever had in my life is Big Shot, from New Orleans. I got to visit a few times in college and fell in love with the stuff, but haven't had it in almost 14 years. It's a relatively cheap, possibly low-end local brand, but to me it tasted like a cross between root beer and cream soda.

                                                                                        I've e-mailed the company a few times over the years, but they don't distribute or ship outside of the area, and I've had friends visit New Orleans since, but they've never been able to bring any back for me. If anyone would ever ship me some, I'd pay them back for their cost and shipping plus a finder's fee for their trouble.

                                                                                        1. Agree on Coco Fizz, a delicious chocolate soda available at World Market. If kids new about this, sales would be through the roof.

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                                                                                          1. re: Steve

                                                                                            Perhaps the price, too. What say we keep it our little secret?

                                                                                          2. Orange Crush in the rippled glass bottle. Seven cents.

                                                                                            1. I rarely drink soda and a six pack can last several years. But occasionally I like one. Never the traditional ones. I hate Coke and Pepsi.

                                                                                              Moxie, especially if you get the glass bottles during the summer at the Moxie Museum at the Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine. The glass bottle is their prior, early 60's recipe and is about twice as strong, and made using cane sugar. but I'll take it in the can if I had too. But never the plastic bottles which go flat for some reason.

                                                                                              Jarritos Tamarind
                                                                                              Blenheim ginger ale, spicy
                                                                                              Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray
                                                                                              Sioux City Sarsparilla
                                                                                              Stewart's Orange Cream
                                                                                              those bitter Italian ones
                                                                                              assorted birch and root beers
                                                                                              Ting, but haven't had one in years
                                                                                              The Fentiman's sodas

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                                                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                                                Also the San Pelligrino citrus sodas.

                                                                                                1. re: JMF

                                                                                                  Totally Team San Pellligrino. It used to be an offbeat choice but it's getting to be fairly ubiquitous in this neck of the woods (metro Detroit).

                                                                                                  Still ain't cheap, though. But it's usually in my fridge.

                                                                                                  1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                    Yeah, it's $4.59 a six pack here. For me that's ok since I only drink one or less a week.

                                                                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                                                                      I rarely buy or drink soft drinks anymore, but when I do, it's SP Limonata. With Maker's Mark, of course.

                                                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                        The other day I had the Pompelmo with gin. Then one with tequila for a Paloma.

                                                                                                      2. re: JMF

                                                                                                        San Pellegrino orange and lemon runs bout $12 for a 24-pack at Costco.

                                                                                                2. Ananaskracherl (pineapple lemonade) and Almdudler (herb lemonade). The most "exotic" sodas I've had.

                                                                                                  I don't drink soda anymore save for very few occasions, and these two are pretty much only available in Austria.

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                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                    The descriptions sound great. Now I need to work on pronunciation. :)

                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                      Yah, the first one might be even harder than Gew├╝rztraminer.


                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                        My favorites were generic spargel and Afri Cola.

                                                                                                        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                          Spargel soda? Do tell where you got that. I've nevereverever heard of it.

                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                            I am sure it comes by various names. A mixture of cola and citrus drink. Sometimes orange, sometimes lemon. I cannot recall what it was called in Munchen. Limocola? This is what we called it in Franken.

                                                                                                            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                              Well, spargel means asparagus in German, so I have my doubts that's what it was called.

                                                                                                              Now that you actually say what it is -- there are a bunch of different brands for the fanta/cola mix: schwippschwapp, mezzo mix, spezi, and likely a few others.

                                                                                                              I drank those as a kid, too.

                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                I screwed up. Memory not what it used to be. Spezi is what what the drink is.

                                                                                                                I have got to get back. Not to relive memories, but to create new ones. Former East German is now available.

                                                                                                                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                  Berlin is an amazing city to visit, with great food to boot.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                        Ever try Das Root Bier? Wunderschon!

                                                                                                    2. Peach Nehi is an old favorite of mine along with Frostie root beer. I know they are still made but not available around me. Ale-8 was a wacky one made in the early eighties that was a gingerale hybrid that I loved. Oh gosh, I can't forget Surge and Sprite Remix Tropical or Aruba Jam

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                                                                                                        1. re: JayL

                                                                                                          +2. Nothing better with barbecue.

                                                                                                          1. re: flavrmeistr


                                                                                                            I used to sell them at my barbecue joint.

                                                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                          Ale 8 is still around. It's made in KY, I think but you can find it in the region. I was introduced to it when living in Cincinnati and found it at the grocery when I was there as recently as December.

                                                                                                          1. re: wandajune6

                                                                                                            Wow. I haven't seen it since I was a child. Thanks. I have to get looking on the internet

                                                                                                        3. Anybody miss the "new" Coke that briefly replaced Coke "Classic" back in the 80s? ;)

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                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                            Not so much, but I DO miss Pepsi Light, a diet soda from the 70's or 80's (?) that was a lemony cola.

                                                                                                            1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                              I remember that. I also remember that i liked the taste but thought it smelled like papermate eraseable ink. Couldn't get past that

                                                                                                              1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                I wonder if "new" Coke is even made anymore? Seems I heard it was popular in Puerto Rico. Go figure.

                                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                  New coke in PR is just passing through from Bolivia.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                    Took me a few seconds, but I finally got it. :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                      Not being a wise ass, it is what it is. PR is a major transit point, because air transport to the US does not require a passport or cargo documentation.

                                                                                                            2. Thums Up.
                                                                                                              Of all the things i've left behind, I miss this the most. It's an Indian product and sometimes, very rarely, i'll find it in Toronto. Those days are like Xmas & Thanksgiving together

                                                                                                              1. Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda. I swear I could swim in the stuff.

                                                                                                                1. Like, about 30 years ago, Safeway had a soda pop under their own label, "Select" I think it was. It was peach/apricot flavored and was very good and refreshing. Haven't seen it in a long time. Wish they'd bring it back.

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                                                                                                                  1. Anybody miss Rondo? A citrusy Aussie soda, "lightly carbonated so you can slam it down".

                                                                                                                    1. Polar Orange Dry (Worcester MA) with the orange sediment on the bottom

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                                                                                                                      1. re: tranewreck

                                                                                                                        It no longer has the sediment, but it's still delicious. Our bar fridge is always stocked with that and Cape Cod Dry. Dr. Polar is pretty tasty too. Don't care for their root beer or cola, though: too sweet.

                                                                                                                        1. re: mastercooker

                                                                                                                          When did Mug become vintage or off-beat?

                                                                                                                          1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                            I don' t know it just sounds like it's from the 70's

                                                                                                                            1. re: mastercooker

                                                                                                                              Mug is owned by Pepsi and is available in pretty much any grocery store.

                                                                                                                        2. Florida has people from all over the western hemisphere and the remainder store chain Big Lots. You would be amazed at what you can find.

                                                                                                                          Can usually find a wide selection of Boylans. Currently a wide selection of French and Italian fizzy fruit drinks.

                                                                                                                          In the regular stores, Inca Cola and Jarrito Champagne are mainstays.

                                                                                                                          In a personal taste test, Publix beat Walmart in both straight cola and rum and coke applications.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                            Check out Materva, a mate' soda from Miami. A squeeze of lime sets it off nicely. Very refreshing.

                                                                                                                          2. I love Fanta Limon and Cuatro (Chilean grapefruit soda). I also had a grapefruit soda in Argentina that was made with fresh juice, including pulp. I wish I could remember what it was called, because it was delicious.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: senorahb

                                                                                                                              SPA Lemon, a Belgian soda with real lemon juice, is a big seller in the Carribean. San Pelegrino Limonata, 10% lemon juice, is very tart and delicious, less sweet than regular sodas.

                                                                                                                              1. re: senorahb

                                                                                                                                I drank Fanta Lemon while in Europe several years ago. I wish they would distribute it in the U.S.

                                                                                                                                1. Anyone have Boylan's seasonal lemonade offering? It's fabulous.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                      Just saw another Boylan's seasonal offering...Shirley Temple! I'm about to crack a cold one right now.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                        Shouldn't that be a Roy Rogers for you, charles? ;)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                          Haha, no. Despite my handle, I'm a lady! Actually, a pregnant lady who isn't having alcohol right now, so the idea of drinking a Shirley Temple is making me laugh, as it was what I would order from the bar when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                            :) That was my drink of kiddo-hood, too--extra cherries! I'll hafta look for it, though never did notice seasonal Boylan offerings. I always loved their black cherry and the thought of a Shirley Temple soda is quite fun. Cheers!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                              Which means I will probably be seeing the leftovers in Big Lots by Christmas.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                                HA HA HA, is that how it goes? Gotta remember this in December! ;)

                                                                                                                                    2. Anything IZZE brand, particularly their Grapefruit soda. Ski soda, which is a refreshing citrus blend unique to Ohio.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: BostonLover

                                                                                                                                        Second that. Izze is the flavor without the sweet. I think it is actually juice and soda water, not really soda per se, though they are calling it sparkling soda. The grapefruit is sparkling juice. I love the sparkling birch, which is one of the two sparkling soda flavors.

                                                                                                                                        1. We drink soda maybe twice a year but there is nothing like a cold TING on a hot day. Most sodas are so sweet that they make you more thirsty. Not so with TING. I see from the other commenters that there is now a pink grapefruit TING. Need to track that down as I prefer pink grapefruit to white. Plus, as you might guess, I love the name TING!

                                                                                                                                          Black Cherry. I grew up in the Philly area so the brand I loved was Frank's Black Cherry Wishniak. Thanks to google and the webs, I now know that Wishniak was a vodka-based black cherry liqueur made in Eastern Europe. I'd always wondered about that weird name.

                                                                                                                                          Boylan's Black Cherry is quite a good substitute. Maybe better.

                                                                                                                                          Birch beer - but only the brown, not the white. Boylan's is quite good.

                                                                                                                                          And finally - an orange soda made in Zimbabwe called Mazoe Orange Crush. It is basically carbonated orange juice.

                                                                                                                                          1. I fell in love with Frank's Black Cherry Wishniak on a visit to Philadelphia in the mid-80s. Once in a blue moon it will turn up in my area at a place like Big Lots [an excellent place to look for off-the-beaten-path sodas]. I think Stewart's also makes one, but I really think it's not at Frank's level.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                              Big Lots is great for all sorts of foodstuffs, snack chips in particular, although I no longer eat them.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                I have recently rediscovered Big Lots with the opening of a new store in an area where I often shop. So far my favorite find was San Pellegrino grapefruit soda 4-packs for $2.50. Alas they are now gone, but something else tasty will come along.

                                                                                                                                              2. We have a small town place that has an old-fashioned soda fountain. As soon as I found out they made the "Green River" of my youth I was sold. After I tried the Green River I about died of sugar poisoning... but it's still good stuff. Maybe in a smaller glass. Love Green River.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                    Just returned from Big Lots wirh a 4pack of Green River. It's chilling down in the frig right now. I laughed when I saw it; I had never heard of it before this thread and there it was!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                                      Never heard of it either before here. Finally googled and found this as I was curious what flavor it is. So it's like green Sprite (lemon-lime)? But maybe supersweet? I haven't had a Sprite in so long, maybe I'd find that too sweet, too.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                        It's pretty sweet and really doesn't taste like Sprite; I liked it. The gorgeous emerald green color in the glass is worth it on its own.

                                                                                                                                                        This is from the Big Lots in Woodbury, MN.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                                        I'm clearly going to have to go check out Big Lots today.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                          Go! Go! Go! I found Frostie rootbeer there the other day for 75¢. And Frostie grape that i didn't even know they made. I drank til my tummy hurt.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                            ooooo forgot about Frostie! I havent' seen that stuff since I was a little goatlet!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                              That is the one I listed up thread. Imagine my glee.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Big Shot cream soda and pineapple soda from the New Orleans area...goes great with a bag of Zapp's....

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jes7o

                                                                                                                                                        Big Shot Root Beer! It's the best root beer I've ever had, and I haven't had it since my last trip to New Orleans, over a decade ago. I'd totally make it worth someone's while if they could ship it to FL, but it isn't sold anywhere online. Anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Pepsi in Japan goes off the deep end every now and then. I was looking for seasonal flavors last week in Tokyo, but to no avail.

                                                                                                                                                        In March 2011 though, I thought the marron (chestnut) version was nice.

                                                                                                                                                        I rarely drink soda, but my number one choice is Seagram's tonic water.


                                                                                                                                                        1. A really good root beer is hard to find. My father likes Saspirella. I quite like bitter lemon as a drink but it is hard to find in Montreal. An excellent ginger in Quebec is Bullseye but can only be found in regional areas.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                            I imagine root beer is hard to find in general in Montreal, as it is in most of the world outside the US. If you can try some Fitz's or St. Arnold root beer. Delicious if you're a root beer nut like me.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                                                              Root beer isn't hard to find in MTL. GOOD root beer now...

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                              Think sar-sap-a-rilla. It's a tough one. Way back I worked for a company that made it in New Haven!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                I knew I did not spell it correctly! My Dad loves it and we used to buy it when we would go to the States.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                  actually, it's spelled sasparilla

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mastercooker

                                                                                                                                                                    Don't sarse Veggo. He riles mighty easy.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                      I recently saw spruce beer at the wine and more store. Kicking myself for not buying it

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: mastercooker

                                                                                                                                                                      You are so blanking wrong, all I can say is go blank yourself!...:)Google it.
                                                                                                                                                                      P.S. Thanks, PK

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                        Look it up. The pronunciation is sasparilla, but veggo is correct. You have the internet, check it out please.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Off beat...

                                                                                                                                                                    Jarritos tamarind.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JayL

                                                                                                                                                                      One of my faves. Surprisingly complex.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                        Can always be found in our Bravo market, as well as a number of independents.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                          Only lightly sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                          Not overly sour...again, just a light sourness from the tambran.

                                                                                                                                                                          I could drink it every day.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Jolly Good soda, which has a whole bunch of generic flavors like Orange, Root Beer and Grape. I believe it it still sold in the Green Bay, WI area... I think i saw it when I there last.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I got IDed last week for trying to buy a six-pack of Goslings Ginger Beer. The young girl was confused when I told her it was about as alcoholic as Root Beer.

                                                                                                                                                                          My regional favorite is Millstream Cream Soda: http://millstreambrewing.com/Our_Soda...

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                                                                                                                                            The Goslings ginger beer is almost as good as Fever Tree, and far less pricey.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Sprecher's Root Beer
                                                                                                                                                                            Peach Nehi (as mentioned above)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Iffy as to whether it is soda, and definitely not "vintage," but does anyone else remember (and miss) Clearly Canadians? They were sparkly, clear, in a glass bottle - a couple different flavors. I think they went through a packaging update but the last time I saw them was back in 2000 or so...

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Irn Bru - the Scottish soda that tastes like bubble gum