Sit back and imagine, for a moment, that you've just heard the soft “pfft” of a can being opened. It’s a pretty evocative sound, right? It’s one that most of us can conjure up with relatively little ease and even do a fairly accurate impression of. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a soft drink addict or have barely touched the stuff since you were seven, there’s something about that sound which just makes you thirsty.
Growing up, I was only ever allowed softies on a Friday (dubbed “Fizzy Friday”) and, as a result, I never really got into the likes of Fanta, 7UP, or Coca Cola. I find them to be far too tooth-achingly sweet and I also don’t really feel great about the idea of drinking the equivalent of 10 sugar cubes in a single aluminium can. I’ve also; however, realised that drinking nothing but water and squash can be pretty dull and it’s not exactly socially acceptable to crack open a can of beer or glass of wine during a work Zoom meeting. Thankfully, I’ve found in recent years that the solution to that beverage boredom lies in the many excellent independent sodas, soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages which are now readily available in the UK.
Ranging from pineapple flavoured sparkling waters and non-alcoholic seltzers to still soft drinks and punches that taste like a bitter and complex aperitif, this list should provide you with an idea of just how varied and exciting the non-alcoholic beverage scene is at the moment. These are the best British sodas about. Because you don’t always need booze to have a good time.