Magazine article Sunset

Local Sodas

Magazine article Sunset

Local Sodas

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1 Los Angeles

Creative small-batch sodas have been popping up around the West like bubbles. In the case of Baco Pop, Josef Centeno of Blico Mercat and Bar Ama channeled memories of his grandmother's homemade sodas to bottle his own flavors like tamarind-mango, hibiscus sweet and sour, and his original orange-juniper-ginger. bacomercat.com; bar-ama.com.

2 Boise

When bartender Dave Kelly opened the Bleubird restaurant with his chef-wife, Sarah Kornfield, they sought out locally grown berries, fruit, and herbs for their bubbles. The result is zingy, refreshing combos like ginger-cherry and blackberry-sage (recipe, far right). bleubirdboise.com.

3 Paso Robles, California

Pithy Little Wine Co. winery also makes its own old-fashioned small-batch soda in flavors like cream soda, black cherry, and root beer--all using real cane sugar. If you can't make it to wine country, you can join their soda club for quarterly shipments of a dozen bottles. $36/shipment; pithywine.com.

4 Los Gatos, California

Restaurant Manresa infuses cane syrup with seasonal ingredients like nasturtium, red plum, and rhubarb, then adds house-charged bubbles. The caraway flavor ("It's frightening how much it tastes like a cola," says drinks manager Jeff Bareilles) stays on the menu year-round manresa restaurant. …

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