The Best Regional Sodas You’ll Find in Every State
When it comes to food, every state has a specialty. And it turns out, every state has its specialty when it comes to pop (or soda) too! Discover the best regional sodas out there, from sarsaparillas to sours and creams to colas.
Craving a soft drink that's as sweet as it is delicious? Well, you better get yourself down to Alabama and pop open a can of Grapico. This soda has been a favorite in the South since 1916. As the website says, it's "older than dirt but a whole lot sweeter. Enjoy these delicious Alabama original recipes, too!
Alaska: Ben's Brew Root Beer
You might think that in the wilds of Alaska you might not find a good pop, but think again! Based in Sitka, this small company brews root beer that's served up at taprooms and sold in a handful of grocers up north.
Arizona: Simple Soda Co. Just Lime
Based in Mesa, Simple Soda Co. proves that you don't need a lot of fancy ingredients or wacky flavor combos to make a good soda. Instead, this company relies on fresh fruit for beautifully simple beverages. The company's Just Lime soda, flavored with—you guessed it—just lime, is particularly refreshing (and might be good in a margarita!).
Fans of Grapette will tell you that this isn't just any grape soda. Grapette is known for its sweet grape flavor with a bit of a kick. This brand disappeared for a while—from 1972 until 2000 to be exact—but now it's sold exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Clubs under the Sam's Choice brand. Find out what other Sam's Choice soda nearly beat out one of the biggest names in soft drinks.
California: Vignette Wine Soda
Here's one we bet you've never seen before! Though it's no surprise that a rosé- and chardonnay-flavored soda would come straight from wine country. These sparkling beverages are non-alcoholic, but they are made from the same grapes used to produce their namesake wines. The result is a fizzy, fruity drink that's not overly sweet—it's only sweetened with the grapes themselves. Even in California, this soda can be hard to come by, but you can always order online.
Colorado: Izze Sparkling Pomegranate
While you're likely to find Izze all across the country these days, once upon a time, this brand called Colorado home. We don't blame it for striking the big time—the real fruit flavors of pomegranate (and clementine, blackberry, and more) are always a treat.
Connecticut: Hosmer Mountain Soda in every flavor
How can you not love a soda boasting more than 30 flavors? This family-owned business carries everything from basics like root beer and cream soda to more unusual flavors like cranberry, pineapple, and peach. If you're local, keep an eye out—Hosmer Mountain Soda releases new flavors monthly! These are 12 Costco foods you can only find in regional food courts.
Delaware: Dominion Root Beer
Fordham and Dominion are mostly known in Delaware for their wide variety of beers. However, the brewery also produces one of our top picks for regional sodas: a smooth and spicy root beer. The secret to this flavorful brew? It's made from a colonial recipe found in the Library of Congress. Get in touch with history and try these colonial and pioneer recipes.
While Coca-Cola isn't a regional soda anymore, you can't deny its influence on Georgia. It's been produced in Atlanta since the 1880s (though with a very different formula) and has grown to be the country's most popular soda. Don't miss these 10 soda secrets Coca-Cola isn't telling you.