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Simpson Spring Soda is a classic. Using the same recipes developed almost 100 years ago, our hand mixed product is made with the finest ingredients trying to preserve the past successes and traditions of the oldest bottling plant in America. Plus glass bottles always make the soda taste that much better.
Our hand mixed, small batch soda flavors include
Coffee Soda (Click HERE for Macy’s coffee soda suggestions from 1935) , Fruit Punch Soda, Cream Soda, Lemon Lime Soda, Root Beer Soda, Orange Soda, Grape Soda, White Birch Soda, Sarsaparilla Soda and Ginger Ale Soda.
Berks County’s favorite sodas! Our processes have changed over the years with the advent of technology, however the tradition of using pure cane sugar, natural ingredients (whenever possible) and the slow carbonation process is still used by Reading Draft. We were established in 1921 and have continued business without interruption ever since. Our current facility is directly across the driveway from the building where we were founded. Reading Draft products are triple filtered to remove sediment, and double carbon filtered to provide the purest taste for our soda. This obviously was not done in 1921 but has become our standard for our product, which our reputation hinges on. We also do not flash carbonate like many of the large soda manufacturers. Our carbonation process occurs in Grundy tanks which contain a stainless carbonation stone through which the CO2 introduced under low pressure. As the soda cools to 34 degrees it absorbs the CO2 slowly and very small bubbles are produced which stay in the liquid for a longer period time. The soda tastes better due to the carbonation method and the use of cane sugar which provides a smoother mouth feel. Caffeine is never added and our flavorings are also gluten free. Our only diet soda is a truly zero beverage with no carbs, calories, sodium or caffeine. It is sweetened with Splenda (TM Tate and Lyle).
- Blenheim Ginger Ale, Hot
Blenheim Ginger Ale Company; the earliest, smallest and many say finest, independent soda bottling company in the United States of America. Located on the grounds of the massive South of the Border Tourist Attraction in Hamer, South Carolina, the company retains the same small town, family-style production as when Good Ole’ Blenheim Ginger Ale began being bottled in 1903.
The natural mineral springs in Blenheim, South Carolina that are the genesis of today’s ginger ale were chanced upon in 1781 by James Spears, a Whig, who was attempting to elude Tory troops. As legend has it, Mr. Spears lost his shoe in a water hole. When he came back later to recover his lost shoe, he sampled the water and discovered its potent mineral contents. News of the natural spring circulated around the countryside and before long, folks were arriving from far and wide to try out the cold, invigorating water supply of the spring. Numerous affluent plantation owners constructed summertime houses in the area surrounding Blenheim Springs to take advantage of the constant supply of the soothing, refreshing spring water.
In the later part of the 1800′s, Dr. C. R. May counseled his patients with stomach troubles to drink in the water from the mineral springs. When his patients complained about the noticeable iron-like taste of the mineral water, Dr. May supplemented it with Jamaican Ginger to help make its flavor more appealing. In 1903, Dr. May and A. J. Matheson started the Blenheim Bottling Company next to the Blenheim Artesian Mineral Springs and began making Original Extra Pale. The structure which housed the original bottling plant was constructed in 1920 and operated as a working Bottler’s Museum for a number of years before tragically burning to the ground in December of 2008. In 1993 the Blenheim Bottling Company was bought by the Schafer Family, who also own the South of the Border Tourist Complex. They instantly refurbished the aging industrial plant to conform to modern criteria, and set about bottling our unique ginger ale.
Within a few weeks, however, it was clearly apparent that the antiquated plant would never be able to fill the demand that existed for Blenheim Ginger Ale, so a brand new modern plant was constructed with greater capability, though preserving the character and uniqueness of the original facility. The current proprietors believe the continuing production and evolution of Blenheim Ginger Ale is a “Labor of Love”. They unwaveringly trust there’s a marketplace in America for a small-scale, but distinct, bottling company with an altogether unparalleled artesian product.
Although the Original Extra Pale #5 Not as Hot was gingery enough for many customers, our extra spicy and fiery Old #3 Hot has surpassed it in popularity. Now supplemented by the waistline conscious #9 Diet with low-calorie sweeteners, Blenheim continues the century old tradition of crafting straight up, hot as blazes old time ginger ale. Blenheim Ginger Ale is bottled ONLY in 12 ounce glass bottles, never in cans or plastic, assuring that it never tastes “tinny” or “off”. All Blenheim products are now being packaged in packs of 6 bottles and cases 24 bottles. You can know for sure that today’s Blenheim is just as fresh, clean and pure today as it was over 100 years ago.
Homer Soda Company
Blenheim Ginger Ale, Hot in the glass-bottle
Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)
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You may have recently heard that Dublin Dr Pepper is now out of business. You will no longer be able to purchase the adorable 8 oz glass bottles of Dr Pepper. It’s very sad to think that this icon is now a collector’s item! For our loyal customers, I want to let you know that we still have inventory of Dublin Dr Pepper. Please go to our main site where you can order soda. We have a limited supply left, so hurry before it’s gone! Click here to Order!
We were live on the air with WCIA Channel 3 last week doing a Soda Tasting for father’s day! Check it out here!
And a glass-bottled soda is exactly what you need to cool things off!
Visit our retailers this week and let them know that Homer Soda sent you!
The Homer Soda Company
New Baby Soda
When you want a unique way to
celebrate the birth of your baby,
New Baby Soda is your solution, available in
Pink (Cherry Soda) & Blue (Blueberry Soda).
With a space for recording the birth information of your new arrival, it is perfect for:
Favors and more!
Bulk & wholesale pricing available.
Call to reserve your soda today, product will be available for purchase mid May 2011!
Available exclusively from the
Homer Soda Company!
Excerpt from Serious Eats:
“As noted in the Root Beer Taste Test, AJ Stephans really has the whole carbonation thing down cold. It stayed fizzy several hours after the bottle was opened, and was, as one taster put it, ‘Like pouring a thousand tiny bubbles onto your tongue.’
Though this soda had a distinct medicinal bite, it wasn’t overpowering. Expect bold wintergreen, anise, and licorice flavors that linger on the palate.
This was the overwhelming favorite from the tasting panel, and the one you should hunt down if you’re looking for the quintessential birch beer experience.”
Find it at the Homer Soda Company on Main Street in Homer or at our fine retailers!
Wow – Homer Soda Company LOVES Cheerwine, and this looks incredible!
The Apple Baking Company offers these on their website to order!
If you want to try it at home,
Here is a recipe, courtesy of “Yes! You can cook“
If you’ve never heard of Cheerwine and Cheerwine Cake, then you’re probably not from the South. Cheerwine is a regional soft drink that’s a little like a cherry cola – but different. Actually, I’ve never had any soda that tasted like Cheerwine. You don’t need a blind taste test to know that Cheerwine really is unique.
As with most products in the South, home cooks come up with new and creative ways to use Cheerwine. One of the favorites is Cheerwine Cake.
Cheerwine Cake looks a little like Red Velvet Cake, but the taste is really different just like the soda is different from other soft drinks. The cake comes out a beautiful festive color, moist, and you get that interesting extra flavor from the Cheerwine.
There are several versions of Cheerwine Cake, but this one is super easy to make and will give you the idea.
1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
1 cup Cheerwine soft drink
1 tsp almond extract flavoring
Mix the cake mix as directed on the box, but use the Cheerwine in place of water for the liquid. Also, add the almond extract which is not called for on the box mix.
Bake the cake as directed on the cake mix box.
Then, make the Cheerwine Cake Frosting.
Cheerwine Cake Frosting
½ cup butter or margarine (let soften)
1/3 cup Cheerwine soft drink
¼ cup cocoa (baking powdered chocolate – usually near the flour in the grocery)
1 lb box powdered sugar (or 2 ½ cups if bought in bulk bag)
¼ tsp almond extract flavoring
Mix together butter and Cheerwine with a mixer. Add cocoa, powdered sugar, and almond extract and mix until smooth.
Spread frosting on cool Cheerwine Cake.