7 Regional Soda Pops to Sip This Summer

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We all know the big soda brands like Coke and Pepsi, but in almost every corner of the United States, there is at least one well-loved regional brand of the bubbly stuff. Here are just some of the most popular regional soft drinks from around the country.

1. Big Red: Texas

Combine the flavor of cream soda and strawberry bubblegum and you’ve got Big Red. The glowing-red soda has been around since the late 1930s and continues to be popular in the southwest.

2. Moxie: Maine

While originally from Lowell, Massachuetts, Moxie is actually the official soft drink of Maine. It was patented two years before Coca-Cola as a cure-all and contains 20 different herbs and roots. This explains its medicinal, bitter-yet-sweet flavor that’s either loved or hated.

3. Cheerwine: North Carolina

Dubbed the “nectar of North Carolina,” Cheerwine has quite a loyal following. Bright-red in the glass and super bubbly, the soda is flavored with a bit of wild cherries and is extra sweet.

One of a handful of birch beers that are produced in the United States, this one claims to be the most popular. Regardless, birch beers are most commonly found in the northeastern part of the country where birch trees grow. The soda is made from the bark and is reminiscent of root beer.

5. Green River: Illinois

This one’s the soda of Chicago. The lemon-lime soft drink is indeed electric-green and tastes a whole lot like Sprite, although perhaps a little less sweet.

6. Ski Soda: Tennessee

Another citrus soda, this one’s more like Mountain Dew than Sprite with even more orange flavor. It was created in the 1950s and still has a bit of a cult following.

7. Abita Root Beer: Louisiana

The most recent of the bunch, Abita Root Beer was created in the 1980s, but its style is meant to be reminiscent of root beers from the 1940s and 1950s. Made by the brewery of the same name, their soda contains yucca, which is said to make it extra foamy.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Which of these local soda pops are you familiar with?