You like soda, you like espresso. Why not combine them together? That’s what the Manhattan Special Bottling Company of Brooklyn New York decided to do when they introduced their Espresso Coffee Soda over 100 years old. Made according to a secret family recipe and labeled as the “world’s most delicious pure espresso coffee soda”, various reviews describe it as tart, sweet, with caramel bubbles and a soft fizz. As to the flavor of espresso, fans definitely say yes. As to the sweetness. Espresso being a strongly flavored coffee needs a little added sugar but with 39 grams of sugar in an 8 oz. bottle of soda it does remind me of my Italian family’s penchant for over zuccherizing their espresso . . . . Sweeeeeeeet but that’s the way they like it.
Many people in Brooklyn say they grew up on this stuff and for some it may be an acquired taste like the Italian soda Chinotto made from the small, bitter citrus fruit of the myrtle-leaved orange tree which weirdly enough some people say this soda tastes like.
*FYI -there is a decaffeinated and diet version, made with NutraSweet