Sweet Homemade Sodas at Chicago Restaurants

Sweet Homemade Sodas at Chicago Restaurants

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These artisanal pop concoctions are quite a step up from the soda aisle standbys.

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    If you love Sunkist, this is the place to go. Tavernita’s zesty beverage has the requisite vivid orange color and citrus flavor, without the tongue-and-teeth-staining properties of its artificial counterpart.
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    If you love Sprite, try this place. 2 Sparrows has three sodas on their menu, one of which is this bubbly take on lemonade spiked with a sweet-tart lime cordial. Sprite and 7Up only wish they could be this summery.
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    If you like ginger ale, check out this place. Thanks to a partnership with nearby Filbert’s Soda, Maria’s developed their own ginger blend for use in cocktails (or any time, really) that hits just the right spot between sweet and spicy.
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    If you like Dr Pepper, try this place. The Doctor contains a mystery mix of 23 different flavors (and no, prune juice is not among them), but it seems plausible that both cherry and sassafras could be a part of the recipe.
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    House soda jerk Dalton Finney’s cinnamon-spiced twist on Coke plays well with liquor (the bartenders particularly love it in the Pisco-laden La Poderosa cocktail), but even sipped solo, it’s just as refreshing as the real thing.
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