For those who don't like commercial soda, don't drink alcohol, or just want some fizz in their day, adult soda is the perfect fix. A refreshing, generally fruity beverage to wet your throat, they're a cheap and delicious alternative to booze during a meal. I love making them at home, but started wondering what fine establishments in New York City make them in-house. Turns out, not many, but we found a few.
Bubby's Pie Company
Bubby's in Tribeca is famous for pies, but they also have a surprising homemade soda selection. Try their cola, root beer, or Callebaut chocolate soda for $4 and a "Loco Lime Chili Pepper" soda or spicy ginger beer for $3.25. 120 Hudson Street, New York NY 10013 (map); 212-219-0666; bubbys.com
Dogmatic Gourmet Sausage System
The former food cart turned stone-and-mortar establishment offers homemade sodas made from reduced fresh fruit purees, then combined with seltzer and ice right in front of you. Each one is $2.50 and the flavors are available year-round. The grape soda is organic, but the coconut, strawberry, ginger, and lemon-lime are not. 26 East 17th Street, New York NY 10003 (map); 212-414-0600; eatdogmatic.com
At Jane, the passion limeade sparkler is made with fresh lime juice, passion fruit puree, simple syrup, and club soda for $4. 100 West Houston Street, New York NY 10012 (map); 212-254-7000; janerestaurant.com
Jean-Georges Restaurant Group
You can find a variety of house-made sodas at any of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurants around the world. Flavors include chili-lime, cherry-yuzu, lemon-thyme, passion-chili, lemongrass-lemon, ginger-lime, lychee-raspberry, orange-elderflower, and jasmine tea-lemon, in addition to seasonal ones like spiced apple in the fall. Each soda, at $4, is made-to-order from a homemade base syrup that is then combined with club soda. Various locations; 212-358-0688 ext. 19; jean-georges.com
Burger joint Stand has the perfect accompaniment to your burger. Homemade ginger ale, blackberry soda, pineapple-lime soda, U-bet chocolate egg cream, "Rosemaryade," and a lemon and basil frappe all go for $5. 24 East 12th Street, New York NY 10013 (map); 212-488-5900; standburger.com
Union Square Hospitality Group
Nearly all of Danny Meyers' establishments offer at least one option in the adult soda department. At Eleven Madison Park: gingered ale (fresh juiced ginger, sparkling mineral) and "Up the Alley" (pressed Honeycrisp apples, bourbon barrel matured maple syrup, lemons, topped with French Sparkling Cider) for $8. At Gramercy Tavern: 'N/A-groni' (Pellegrino San Bitters, grapefruit, and soda) for $5.50. At The Modern: lychee juice and soda for $6 and "Modern Punch" for $7. At Tabla: the "Limbupani," or fresh squeezed limes with club soda for $4 and "Pombupani," or Limbupani topped with pomegranate juice for $6. At Union Square Cafe: the "USC Cooler" is San Pellegrino Aranciata, lime juice, cranberry juice, orange slice for $12. Various locations (map); 212-477-0777; ushgnyc.com
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