1 Los Angeles
Creative small-batch sodas have been popping up around the West like bubbles. In the case of Baco Pop, Josef Centeno of Blico Mercat and Bar Ama channeled memories of his grandmother's homemade sodas to bottle his own flavors like tamarind-mango, hibiscus sweet and sour, and his original orange-juniper-ginger. bacomercat.com; bar-ama.com.
When bartender Dave Kelly opened the Bleubird restaurant with his chef-wife, Sarah Kornfield, they sought out locally grown berries, fruit, and herbs for their bubbles. The result is zingy, refreshing combos like ginger-cherry and blackberry-sage (recipe, far right). bleubirdboise.com.
3 Paso Robles, California
Pithy Little Wine Co. winery also makes its own old-fashioned small-batch soda in flavors like cream soda, black cherry, and root beer--all using real cane sugar. If you can't make it to wine country, you can join their soda club for quarterly shipments of a dozen bottles. $36/shipment; pithywine.com.
4 Los Gatos, California
Restaurant Manresa infuses cane syrup with seasonal ingredients like nasturtium, red plum, and rhubarb, then adds house-charged bubbles. The caraway flavor ("It's frightening how much it tastes like a cola," says drinks manager Jeff Bareilles) stays on the menu year-round manresa restaurant.com.
5 Vancouver, B.C.
The 1927 Lobby Lounge, in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, has a great cocktail lineup, but its Zero Proof menu is the best reason to wave down the bartender. The standout: the Lonsdale, made with fresh-pressed apple and lime juices and a splash of orgeat, and topped with the lounge's very own ginger beer.rosewoodhotels.com.
6 Scottsdale, Arizona
Traditionalists aren't forgotten at The Cider Mill, where the old-timey house-brewed vanilla cream soda and root beer are a flashback to childhood cider millmorket.com.
At Lovely's Fifty-Fifty, chef Sarah Minnick whips up refreshers using produce from local Ayers Creek Farm. The elderflower lemon is always available, while the seasonal sour cherry uses the whole fruit--including pits--for a subtle almond flavor.lovelysfiftyfifty.com.
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Make a syrup by simmering 2 cups fresh blackber ries with 1 1/2 cups water and 1 cup sugar. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves; let sit 30 minutes, then strain. Pour 3 tbsp. of syrup over ice and top with club soda.
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