Five delicious local alternatives to giant sodas, if De Blasio goes through with Bloomberg’s ban

Say adios to Coca-Cola and hola to Kombucha. Really.

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The legacy of former Mayor Bloomberg is lingering on, in the form of the proposed soda ban. While New York's embargo on purchasing soft drinks larger than 16 ounces is on hold pending an appeal, a hearing for said appeal is scheduled for June 4. (And the possible banning of the Big Gulp made us wonder: Are there really that many people drinking vats of 7 Up every day?)

Sure, some of us get our sugar fix from Cronuts, bags of gummies from Economy Candy and Big Gay Ice Cream cones, but there really are people who indulge in ginormous fountain-stream pours of Coca-Cola. Should the Court of Appeals overrule the decision, here are five local, yummy alternatives to soda, the sweetest treats we could find that are guaranteed to be above the law.

Ginger ale

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
is as artisanal as it gets. Made with cane sugar and pure ginger, the unfiltered brew packs a punch and is produced in Williamsburg. Find it at Gourmet Garage, Whole Foods, Dean & DeLuca and online.


is an under-the-radar drink with a distinct parsley/celery taste; adding this savory flavor to soda was pretty genius on the part of Brooklyn-based P&H Soda Co., and making it at home is pretty easy—the syrup is sold by the bottle at the New Amsterdam Market (among other places) and online ($10 for one 12.7-ounce bottle).


Brooklyn Soda Works
started out making ginger beer, but branched out to seasonal fruit flavors (lucky for us). While the varieties rotate weekly, based on seasonality, the Apple & Ginger should be kept in the mix year-round. Get it at Brooklyn Flea, the High Line and Smorgasburg.

Root beer, etc.

Bubby's High Line
location just launched a soda-fountain menu, and their flavor offerings range from root beer to blackberry to—yes—cola, but we're partial to the currant sour. Find it at 71 Gansevoort Street (212-206-6200).


If you really want to kick the soda habit, the most feel-good, belly-friendly way to go is raw. Purists may knock it, but a good entryway in is the grape flavor. Kombucha Brooklyn is sold at 61 Local in Brooklyn, in grocery stores and by the case ($36 for 12 16-ounce bottles).

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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