Avid soda drinkers scored a minor victory a few weeks ago when the New York State Legislature scrapped plans for a penny-an-ounce tax on sweet drinks. But however much change you just saved could well be wiped out by the latest beverage fixation: seasonal, handcrafted sodas, currently cropping up on restaurant menus and in grocery aisles, as well as on private kitchen counters all over the city. In the following pages, we take the measure of the New York sodasphere, testing new flavors and fountains, breaking down the nutritional differences between couture cola and a can of Coke, and discussing the lost art of CO2 infusion with one of the city’s few remaining seltzer men. read more [+]
- Battle of the Bubbles
- Chief restaurant critic Adam Platt tastes and ranks eight locally made sodas.
- Fountain Hopping
- Where to drink nouveau soda in its finest form.
- Ask a Seltzer Man
- Seltzermonger Walter Backerman on the dying art of H2O delivery.