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Italian Soda – Great for cocktails!

Posted by , August 9th, 2013

I’ve loved Italian soda for years. In college I’d buy it at the coffee shop near campus. My husband and I enjoy Italian soda on its own, but we also love it for cocktails. Until recently I would occasionally pick up a bottle at a specialty store. Now I can buy authentic Italian Soda at my local ShopRite.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that ShopRite sells Imported Italian Soda. I sampled three flavors: Blood Orange, Pomegranate and Lemon. Each variety looks festive with its carbonation and vivid color. I also appreciate the subtle sweetness; they’re made with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.

We served the sodas during a family barbecue. While we enjoyed them poured straight from the bottle, they’re also a great base for quick summer cocktails. I mixed the Lemon Soda with vodka for a sparkling lemonade cocktail. I also mixed the Pomegranate Sida with tequila and fresh lime juice for a unique twist on the classic Paloma.

I love tart drinks, so the slightly tart edge to the Lemon made it my favorite out of the bunch. I’d love to see a pink grapefruit flavor in the future!

2 Responses

  1. Shirl Lord August 10, 2013

    Are those ice cubes or fruit in the glasses? They look like a unique shape in the picture.

  2. Rocco December 20, 2013

    I bought a bottle of blood orange soda tonight from shop rite in new Rochelle. I too was pleasantly surprised. The soda was actually delicious.all I saw was the lemon and blood orange though. I’d love to try the pomegranate with tequila. Sounds awesome. Lemon should work with tequila though. Thanks for the idea. P.S. my wife laughed at me for trying it. “Imported” she said. What do the French know…

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