Starbucks announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling three flavors of “handcrafted soda.” The drinks will be made by baristas at more than 3,000 stores across the U.S. Sunbelt, USA Today reports.
The drinks, to be known as Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas, will come in in three favors: golden ginger ale, lemon ale and root beer. All three are caffeine-free and made without artificial preservatives or additives, and no high-fructose corn syrup.
A fourth flavor is currently being tested. It a caffeinated cola with a hit of citrus and honey.
A tall Fizzio will cost $2.45.
So just what is a “handcrafted soda?” As USA Today reports, the soda “does not combine carbonated water with syrup as in most commercial machines. Instead, the flavors and spices are combined in a large cheesecloth — like a big tea bag — and steeped in hot water. Buyers can request light, standard or extra carbonation.” Starbucks has developed a special machine for the process. It takes about 85 seconds to make each drink.
“Starbucks boasts that it will not use high-fructose corn syrup … just sugar, 21 grams in a tall lemon ale fizzio handcrafted soda,” reports the Washington Post
, which says that’s the equivalent of five sugar packets. A grande will have the equivalent of seven sugar packets.
Homemade soft drinks were named the top beverage trend last year in the National Restaurant Association's annual survey of top chefs, USA Today reports.