Getting Your Soda Hard For Summer

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MOST AUSTRALIANS will have never heard of “hard” or “spiked” seltzer, but in the United States this new type of alcoholic beverage is rapidly transforming the drinking habits of Americans.

In Australia seltzer is called soda, and hard seltzer ends up being scotch and sode. Or gin and soda. Or vodka and soda. Pretty much whatever you like, and soda.

The industry predicts the trend is likely to take off here this summer, spurred on by the launch in Australia this week of America’s most popular seltzer brand.

Several Australian brewers have also jumped on the bandwagon with their own versions, and see the burgeoning alcoholic seltzer market as an opportunity similar to the craft beer and cider booms.

But we’re writing in Australia, and drinking in Australia, so we’re calling it Hard Soda

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What is a Hard Soda?

The term “seltzer” is American for sparkling or soda water. So a “hard” seltzer is soda that has been spiked with alcohol, and usually flavoured with fruit.

Hence our revised drink category… Hard Soda

Some hard sodas are made with spirits such as vodka, gin or tequila.

Will Hard Soda take off in Australia?

It will with recipes like these, all made using Global Flavors essences

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Gin Fizzy

You can’t go wrong with this classic gin fizz cocktail recipe. It’s uncomplicated, fresh, light, and timeless.

All you need is 5 minutes and a few simple ingredients. For this cocktail, you will need:

To make it, mix the gin, lemon juice, and a little sugar. Add ice and fill to the top of your glass with club soda. Simple!

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Johnno Collings


  • 1½ ounces Scottish Legend Whisky
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce sugar syrup
  • 2​ ounces ​club soda
  • Garnish: ​​maraschino cherry
  • Garnish: ​orange slice

Steps to Make It

  • Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Stir thoroughly.
  • Top up with club soda.
  • Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

You can also shake this drink. To do so, place the palm of your hand over the open glass. Give it a good shake.

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Hold tight until the soda settles down or it can spray everywhere.

Until next time… Happy Distilling!


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