Six of the best: Craft Sodas
Cawston Press Sparkling Rhubarb
Available from: Ocado, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and WH Smiths. Price: 99p per can
This drink is made with 20% real fruit juice, and the tart rhubarb makes for a nice balance with the sweeter apple. Cawston Press uses fresh pressed juices and all natural ingredients, to make a range of sophisticated soft drinks as well as pure juices.
Breckland Orchard Dandelion and Burdock
This traditional drink is based on founder Claire Martinsen’s memories of the drinks her grandmother made. All Breckland Orchard’s drinks are made without artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. The Dandelion and Burdock tastes of anise and wintergreen with a touch of honey.
Rochester Premium Cranberry and Raspberry
Rochester drinks do a range of soft drinks which are free from artificial ingredients. Flavours include Raspberry Lemonade, Dry Elderflower, Blood Orange and Mandarin and Raspberry and Cranberry. The Cranberry and Raspberry is fruity and refreshing.
Square Root London Rhubarb Soda
Root beer and seasonal sodas. Square Root is all about hand-making sodas from natural, and frequently seasonal, ingredients. What they have on offer varies a bit depending on the time of year from Raspberry Lemonade, to Rhubarb to Cucumber, there is always something new on offer. Additionally there is a standard line including tonics, cola, lemonade and ginger beer.
Lovely Drinks Rose and Elderflower
Lovely Drinks is a West Country producer that doesn’t use artificial flavourings or juices from concentrate. They have a range of drinks to suit all palates so it’s easy to see why they’ve won 11 Great Taste Awards over the last five years. Including one for this Rose and Elderflower combination. It’s a nice twist on the ubiquitous sparkling Elderflower and perfect for a special occasion.
Nix and Kix Peach and Smooth Vanilla
Available online here £19.95 for 12 x 275ml bottles.
That should really be ‘Succulent Peach and Smooth Vanilla and Cayenne’ because the Kixs in the name stards for ‘chilli with everything’. Adding a dash of spice is actually a good way to make it clear that these are soft drinks for adults, as well as catering to spice fiends everywhere. If you’re getting a bit tired of ginger beer this could be the perfect drink for you. Cayenne is also alleged to speed up the metabolism and cause weight loss, which is why it’s a feature of the infamous Master Cleanse diet.