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Black coffee soda from Bat, bat Soda We’re enjoying the unusual sparkling sodas showing up on shelves these days. Here’s one from a local maker, Danielle Glasky of Bat, bat Soda. In 2019, she created this coffee soda using flash-brewed iced coffee and adding carbonation, plus a bit of sugar […]

Black coffee soda from Bat, bat Soda

We’re enjoying the unusual sparkling sodas showing up on shelves these days. Here’s one from a local maker, Danielle Glasky of Bat, bat Soda. In 2019, she created this coffee soda using flash-brewed iced coffee and adding carbonation, plus a bit of sugar and a pinch of salt. Refreshing on its own, it also makes a great mixer. Spiller Park used it to make their java cream, a rich combination of coffee and chocolate, and Glasky created a holiday cocktail featuring curacao, apple brandy, and her soda. We bet you’ll dream up other ways to enjoy it, besides just drinking it straight out of the can. Glasky comes up with seasonal flavors, too, like her bitter hibiscus and rhubarb soda and Gore Cola, but the coffee is the one that’s available year-round.

$16 per four-pack of 12-ounce sodas; $60 for a case of 24 cans of 12-ounce sodas. Available at Kelly’s Market, Candler Park Market, Videodrome, Little’s Food Store, Elemental Spirits, Sean’s Harvest, Grant Park Market, Spiller Park Coffee, B-side, the Treat Yo’ Shelf Booth at all markets run by the Community Farmers Markets, and at batbatsoda.com for delivery free within Atlanta.

Sparkling coffee fruit tea from Husky. Courtesy of Husky

Sparkling coffee fruit tea from Husky. Courtesy of Husky

Credit: Handout

Credit: Handout

Sparkling coffee fruit tea from Husky

Coffee fruit tea, made from the fruit that surrounds coffee beans, is becoming a thing. In the case of Florida-based Husky, the coffee is grown on Las Lajas, a certified organic farm in Costa Rica. The beans are harvested and the fruit (the “husk” in the name of this tea), which often is discarded, instead is collected, processed and turned into an extract that has a floral, fruity flavor, with an undertone of coffee. Then, Husky brightens the fruit flavor by adding grapefruit, lemon or orange juice (which also provides a bit of sweetness), as well as carbonated water. The result is three distinct varieties of tea, rich in antioxidants and lightly caffeinated.

$13.99 per six-pack of 12-ounce cans. Available at drinkhusky.com.

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