Retro Soda Pop
Enjoy a Delicious Retro Soda Pop
Next time you're packing the picnic basket, or preparing for a summer-time barbeque, why not add some extra fun to the mix by throwing in a few bottles of nostalgic soda pop? While not all of the favorites that you may have grown up with can still be found, many are indeed available in specialty grocery stores or on-line. In addition, there are some excellent imitators that make a pretty good pass at the original sweet drinks.
If you are really adventurous, you can buy machines and flavorings to use in mixing up your own concoctions! How about a blueberry peach fizz? Add some vodka to that, and you could have a fun adult deck party one night.
Remember Some of These Old Time Favorites?
- Bubble Up
- Green River
- Big Red
- Kickapoo Joy Juice
- Nesbitt's Orange Soda
- NuGrape Soda
- Delaware Punch
- Red Cow
- OK Soda
- Gray's Cream (Orange Cream or Cream Soda)
- Filbert's (Pineapple, Peach, Lime, Watermelon, Fruit Punch)
- Sunny Soda Pop
- Vernor's Ginger Ale
- Frostie Soda (Blue Cream, Vanilla Root Beer, Cherry Limeade, Orange, Concord Grape)
- Polar Soda (Birch Beer, Root Beer, Raspberry Lime, Orange)
- Nehi (Orange, Peach, Grape)
- Cheerwine Soda
- Jolt Cola
- Sioux City
- Shasta (many flavors)
- Mello Yellow
New Flavors with a Retro Flair
You'll love these carbonated beverages, bottled in glass bottles with authentic sweet flavorings and retro-looking labels. The only difference between these and their predecessors is that they were "born" in the 1990s or later.
- Sopranos (Limoncello, Amaretto, Chianti - all non-alcoholic)
- Stewarts (Cherry Cream, Ginger Beer, Grape, Key Lime, Root Beer, Wishniak Black Cherry, Cream Soda)
- Henry Weinhard's Sodas (Orange Cream, Root Beer, Black Cherry, Vanilla Cream)
- Jones Soda (Blue Bubble Gum, Root Beer, Green Apple, Berry Lemonade, Cream Soda, and other flavors, including seasonal limited editions - eggnog, candy corn, sugar plum ?!)
- Pepsi Retro - yep, you heard that right. But its not available in the U.S. - Only in Mexico. The difference is that the drink is made with pure sugar cane, and not with corn syrup. Sounds too good to be true!
Orange Crush Commercial (1970s)
Make Your Own Soda Pop at Home
With the number of wonderful flavors on the market, it is easy to make your own delicious carbonated beverages. You've seen them at Starbucks... Vanilla, Hazelnut and Carmel syrup. Most people think of these flavors for coffee, but you can also buy a wide range of flavors to mix up for Italian Sodas, or even your own creative "pop" versions.
You'll need to get a machine that carbonates beverages, first. There are a number of makes and models on the market, some through Amazon.com (see below), in a range of prices from approximately $45-200. These gadgets carbonate tap or bottled water, to which you can add flavored syrups in any combination or intensity to get the taste you wish. You can also carbonate juices, and even wine (wine spritzers anyone?)
With the variety of syrups available, you can get pretty creative with your homemade drinks! Kids will enjoy making homemade cherry cola after school. I'm thinking about a delicious watermelon-lime soda, myself. Add your favorite spirits, and you can come up with all sorts of creative cocktails to impress your guests - or just enjoy with your significant other on the back porch.
Tab Cola (1982)
© 2008 Stephanie Hicks