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Citrus Coffee Soda Is a Thing Now, and It's Insanely Delicious

Epicurious logo Epicurious 7/12/2017 Becky Hughes
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Remember last summer when Epi's David Tamarkin broke the news about mixing iced coffee and lemonade? Of course you do, because you probably started drinking coffee-lemonades at that very moment—and didn't stop until winter settled in.

Unfortunately, coffee-lemonade isn't the easiest drink to get your hands on. My colleague Kat Sacks has gotten used to eye-rolls from snooty baristas when she orders her favorite half-lemonade half-cold brew; sometimes they flat-out tell her they won't make it, as if it's caffeine sacrilege. That leaves you with two options: make it yourself, or buy a citrus coffee soda.

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Yep, I said citrus coffee soda. And it's exactly what it sounds like: a can of carbonated coffee mixed with citrus juice. Right now there's not one but two companies making killer versions of this culty drink: Keepers and Upruit, both based in Brooklyn. By adding carbonation to the mix, these companies are mixing two of last summer's biggest coffee trends (you remember sparkling coffee, right?). And they're adding other juices besides lemon; between the two companies, there's tangerine, lime, and cherry.

Dubious about the combination of bitter coffee and sweetened juice? So was I. But you've got to trust me—something about it just works. The result of this seemingly random combination is a refreshing, slightly sour, hard-to-pin-down fizzy drink that's unlike any soda I've ever tried. Its complexity makes it more comparable to a well-made cocktail than to a can of Fanta. Speaking of, a glug of tequila would make this prime day-drinking material.

Let these cans serve as proof: coffee soda is the official drink of the summer, whether baristas want to make it or not.

Upruit is available for purchase on the company's website. Keepers is available for delivery in NYC, and accepts pre-orders for nationwide shipping (shipping begins in August).

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