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DIY Orange Soda

DIY orange soda delivers the same satisfying combination of sweet and tart you get from the commercial version, but mixed in with the familiar sharpness and prickly joy of orange soda is a new and exciting flavor I wasn't used to tasting in my soda—real oranges. More

15 of Our Favorite Fries, Sodas, and Shakes to Pair with Cheeseburgers

As you already know by now, we love a good cheeseburger. And we love everything that comes along with the cheeseburger. The sodas, the milkshakes, the fries. Depending on our moods, we may want to wash it down with a cola or a maple-bacon shake. And while fries are classic, sometimes it's necessary to pair the cheeseburger with a basket of just-fried tater tots. How about you—what are your favorite things to eat and drink along with a cheeseburger? More

Dear Krispy Kreme, You Left the Filling Out of Our Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts

When Laurel came back from Edisto Island, South Carolina, with a box of Krispy Kreme Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts (purchased at the local Piggly Wiggly) we gathered around, equal parts curious and giddy. Oooh, Cheerwine. The cherry-flavored soda isn't spotted much outside of the southeastern United States, plus this was multiplied by doughnuts—limited edition doughnuts, mind you. They were only sold at grocery stores in the Carolinas for the month of July. But when we cut into our half-dozen, we were met with Cheerwine-less, normal doughnut innards. More

Video: How To Make Root Beer

Combine sugar, yeast, root beer extract, and cold water in a large jug, shake the jug, let it sit for a few days at room temperature, and cool it in the refrigerator—ta da, homemade root beer! Basically. For more detailed instructions, check out this video from Howcast. More

Cakespy: 7-Up Cake

While this 7-Up Cake—inspired by the Oscar-nominated animated film Up—may be infused with the buoyant lemon-lime soda bubbles, it's far from light-as-air. This is actually a rich, decadent pound cake made with five sticks of butter. More

Last Week's Poll Results: Cola Drink Terms

Last week we asked: What Do You Call Cola Drinks? (Honorable mentions go out to "soda pop" and "soft drink" which weren't options but seem pretty popular too. And for all you Irish readers, here's a shout-out to minerals!) The big winner was "Soda" with "Coke" in second place and "Pop" in third. But wait, can you order a "Coke" and still be fine with a Pepsi showing up? Hm, maybe we should all just stick to "colddrink."... More

Impromptu Pepsi Throwback Taste Test

[Photograph: pepsithrowbackhub.com] We here at SE finally got our grubby hands on some Pepsi Throwback, the special-edition Pepsi made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. You would not believe how hard it is to find that... More

Who Likes Grape Soda?

Mm, soda can sweat. I'm not a big fan of soda. Sort of. By that I mean don't drink it regularly and I'm not addicted to any one kind. (This is where some of my coworkers might point out that I'm the only one in our office drinking the free bottles of Mountain Dew Throwback sitting in a giant box on the floor, but...it's right there! And it's free! I wouldn't actually buy Mountain Dew. I think.) But there's something about grape soda that I really like, thus causing me to buy a can during my recent visit to Di Fara. Does it taste like grape? Hell no—it tastes like artificially flavored grape candy. In turn, grape candy reminds... More

Snapshots from the UK: Pepsi Raw

"It tastes like you'd imagine Victorian drug store cola to taste." My idea of a natural soda usually involves an experiment in mixing seltzer water and fresh juice. You get to watch the mixture fizz and spit and change color, just like with an amateur chemistry set. So when I saw the "Natural Born Cola" Pepsi Raw (marketed in the U.S. as Pepsi Natural) in the cold drinks section at my local pharmacy here in England, I was intrigued by the slim-as-a-Red-Bull, dark-as-a-brown-M&M can. The ingredients listed are "sparkling water, cane sugar, apple extract, colourings: plain caramel, natural plant extracts including natural caffeine and kola nut extract, citric tartaric and lactic acids, (stabilizer) gum arabic, (thickener) xanthan gum."... More

The Serious Eats Ginger Beer Taste Test

Ginger beer goes great with a bunch of foods, cutting through fatty food and complementing spicy Thai food. In summer, it's refreshing; in winter, the ginger is warming. Plus it usually comes in a cool glass bottle instead of a can. We tried seven kinds of ginger beer, and a few burps later, found the best. More

Where to Find Homemade Sodas

From left: Passionfruit-chili soda from Jean Georges' Perry Street. Photograph by kathyylchan on Flickr; Elderberry soda from Perry Street. Photograph by ulteriorepicure on Flickr For those who don't like commercial soda, don't drink alcohol, or just want some fizz... More

Pepsi Blue Hawaii Rides the Waves to Japan

I share Marvo of The Impulsive Buy's sentiment: "I’m allergic to cocktail umbrellas and drinks that make me look like a drunk sorority girl ready to flash her boobs when a video camera and Joe Francis come by." Hence I, like Marvo, have never experienced a Blue Hawaii cocktail, consisting of rum, pineapple juice, blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix, sometimes vodka, and always a festive paper umbrella. Maybe I'd enjoy the Blue Hawaii better in soft drink form. This summer, Pepsi unleashed the limited-edition Pepsi Blue Hawaii. Sorry, unlucky Americans—it's only available in Japan. Marvo got his hands on a bottle and reviewed the drink, describing its color as "Smurf-like," and the pineapple and lemon flavor combo as "really... More

In Videos: Dr Pepper Commercial (1960s)

Even though I think this commercial could be edited down by 30 seconds, I'm strangely drawn to it. I like the catchiness of the song; the cheeriness throws me off. All I can think is, "People are definitely not that happy when they drink Dr Pepper." But then again, I've never seen a naturally occurring group of young, carefree Dr Pepper drinkers frolicking on the beach and eating hot dogs; maybe they are that happy. Watch the commercial, after the jump.... More

Diet Coke Plus, Yay or Nay?

Over at beverage blog supreme The Knowlege For Thirst, Kfan just gave the new Diet Coke Plus a most curious review. If you haven't heard of it yet, it's a version of Diet Coke that's both sweetened with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium and fortified with vitamins and minerals. A healthy(-ish) soft drink? Say it ain't so! Have you spotted Diet Coke Plus in your area? Diet Coke addicts, what do you make of it? I'm one of those people who find all artificial sweeteners vile and will not touch diet sodas, but I'm still curious about what it tastes like.... More

Why Do Diet Sodas Taste Like Crap?

Why do diet sodas taste like crap? Ed and Alaina both love Diet Coke but I think it's pretty nasty, it's got to be the regular stuff for me, and preferably from a glass bottle or can. Scientists from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign say people like me say we don't like diet sodas because of the chemicals, but the real reason we don't like them is because the high-fructose corn syrup in regular sodas give them a better mouth-feel. I know they've done a study, but still: I call bullshit! Anyone who's ever had a Coke from outside the US or Passover Coke knows that real sugar is where it's at—you get a superior mouth-feel while drinking, and the... More

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