August 9, 2013

Italian Soda – Great for cocktails!

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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!