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September 23, 2008
Updated February 2011

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Fentimans Soda

Fentimans is ready to show you what soda pop tasted like in the good old days. In Curiosity Cola, Dandelion & Burdock, Ginger Beer, Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger, Shandy and Victorian Lemonade. Photography by Emily Chang | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Botanically brewed soft drinks from England.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Natural fermentation instills unique flavor and character. The beverages are .5% alcohol by volume, but classified as soft drinks and consumable by children—you don’t taste the alcohol. It’s the only botanically brewed and fermented beverage available in the U.S.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The unfiltered, old-fashioned flavors and physical beauty of the bottles are a treat. Most flavors make great cocktail mixers  as well.
WHERE TO BUY IT:  At many fine retailers nationwide, and BritishFoodShop.com.
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Fentimans Brewed Soda:
Pop Crew Circa 1905

Page 5: Soda Flavors ~ Victorian Lemonade

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INDEX OF REVIEW

MORE TO DISCOVER

 

Fentimans Victorian Lemonade

Forget preconceived notions of American lemonade when you taste Victorian Lemonade. First, it’s effervescent. Second, it’s not cloyingly sweet—you don’t even notice the sugar. It rounds off the tartness of the 12.7% lemon juice concentrate, but otherwise stays in the background, as it should. Then you’ll notice the botanicals: ginger root (very subtle), juniper and speedwell.

The net of it is more of a dry bitter lemon drink, with different botanicals substituting for the quinine. It’s a sophisticated drink on its own and a great mixer. It was a runner up in the BBC Good Food Awards, but that means nothing to us—we’d have given the whole line a gold medal.

  • Drink it straight.
  • Use it as a mixer with gin, vodka, Pimm’s No. 1 Cup and other cocktails that use bitter lemon.

For a long time in the U.S., “soda pop” has meant fizzy sugar water (or now, fizzy high fructose corn syrup water). Thanks to entrepreneurs who wanted better soft drinks, artisan companies have sprung up to meet the demand. Now, a 103-year-old British company that never lost its roots will show you what soda tasted like back in the day. If you have a demanding palate, it will wow you.

Fentimans Victorian Lemonade
Tip the bottle upside down to mix in the lemon solids prior to opening.

Since our original review, Fentimans’s has launched a delicious rose lemonade: a lemonade flavored with rose oil. It’s so charming, we purchased a bottle of rose oil (rose extract) so we could create homemade rose lemonade at will. It’s a lovely refreshment and pairs well with Middle Eastern food (rose is a very popular flavor there). Read more about rose lemonade.

 

— Karen Hochman

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FORWARD THIS NIBBLE to people who love soft drinks—and to those who don’t, but might appreciate Fentimans.

FENTIMANS BOTANICALLY BREWED SODA
Curiosity Cola, Dandelion & Burdock, Ginger Beer, Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger, Rose Lemonade, Shandy, Victorian Lemonade

  • 275ml Bottle (9.3 Ounces)
    $2.99
    Suggested Retail Price
  • 12 Bottles Ordered Online*
    Mix & Match
    $33.00
    BritishFoodShop.com

Available at fine retail chains and specialty food stores nationwide.

Learn more at DrinkFentinmans.com.

*Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. THE NIBBLE does not sell products; these items are offered by a third party with whom we have no relationship.

Fentimans Soda
The Fentimans Pop Crew.

 



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