Types of Soda
Soda can either be carbonated water or carbonated soft drink, distinctive for creating that pleasant fizz in the mouth, and is used to make various kinds of mixed drinks and also drank on its own as a refreshing beverage. Below are the types of soda with culinary uses.
Also known as carbonated water, sparkling water, fizzy water, or seltzer, soda water is the simplest form of soda and is the foundation for other kinds of soda. To make it, pressurized carbon dioxide is dissolved into water. Sold in bottles, soda water can also be made at home with a soda making machine or do-it-yourself kit.
Identical to soda water and often interchanged with it in drinks, club soda typically contains additives like salt and light flavorings.
The invention of bitter soda water flavored with quinine, which is a known tonic, dates back to 1858. Called tonic water, it was combined with gin, which is a popular botanical, to prevent malaria. Today, gin and tonic is one of the most popular drinks mixed and ordered in bars. One of the most popular brands of tonic water is Schweppes, which was first produced in the 1870s. Another popular tonic water brand is Canada Dry.
Soda water lightly flavored with ginger, sugar, and other ingredients, ginger ale is a refreshing sweet and spicy drink enjoyed on its own or mixed with other drinks. Ginger ale can either be golden or dry; golden is stronger and darker than the dry kinds. Dry ginger ale is more versatile and thus pairs better when mixed with other drinks. Some popular cocktails that make use of ginger ale include Gin Buck, Shirley Temple, or the whiskey Highball.
Made with a combination of ginger, lemon, sugar, and carbonated water, ginger beer typically has less carbonation and can either contain alcohol or not. Ginger beer is used to make the cocktails Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy. It can be bought in natural food markets and specialty stores and can also be made at home.
Soda water flavored with citrus, typically lemon and lime, and syrup to make it sweet, citrus soda is available in most stores. Some of the popular citrus sodas include Sprite, 7-Up, and Sierra Mist. Orange soda and grapefruit soda are also commonly available.
Caffeinated soda with a distinctively sweet syrupy taste, cola is one of the most loved beverages in the world. It is also used to make popular cocktails like Rum and Coke, Cuba Libre, Colorado Bulldog, and Long Island Iced Tea. Coke and Pepsi are the two most known brands of cola.