Best Cocktail Mixer - Joia Soda - 2013 Best of MN

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  • Updated: May 19, 2013 - 9:05 AM

With Joia Soda, the craft cocktail movement has slipped into the G-rated soft drinks aisle. The brainchild of Dan Oskey, the mixmaster behind the bar at the Strip Club, each bottle of fizzy, color-soaked soda is miles away from Coca-Colaland, brimming with such taste-bud-tickling combinations as ginger-apricot-allspice or orange-jasmine-nutmeg. Made with all-natural ingredients, they’re refreshing on their own, but it should come as no surprise, given their origin, that they also do double duty as highly distinctive cocktail mixers.

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ScottSimonMay. 19, 13 3:10 PM

I wonder if Spring Grove Soda Pop was even considered. Made in Spring Grove Minnesota for at least 50+ years, these 8+ flavors --especially STRAWBERRY-- are to die for. I grew up drinking this stuff and would reward myself with a bottle after completing my paper route delivering the LaCrosse Tribune back in the 1960's. Other than seeing it at the State Fair, it is hard to find in the Twin Cities, but still a favorite for those in the Southeastern corner of the State.

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