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The Stealthy Strength of Specialty Sodas

Spec’s stocks everything delicious, including a dizzying array of specialty sodas for mixing and merriment! We carry everything fine and fizzy – from regional cult products to award-winning international sodas designed for mixologists.

For the regional soda aficionado, Cheerwine, an extra-bubbly cherry-based cola sweetened with cane sugar, has been produced in South Carolina since 1917. Texas’ Dublin Bottling Works (the former bottler of Dublin Dr. Pepper) makes many delicious flavors like Cherry Limeade and Retro Red Cream that are also sweetened with pure cane sugar and packaged in great retro glass bottles.

For an international sipper, try Lorina lightly flavored fruity sodas from France, or Fentimans products, produced in the UK since 1905. Fentiman’s prides themselves on historical flavors like Dandelion and Burdock, while Lorina focuses on citrusy sippers like Blood Orange and French Lemonade.

Fever Tree sodas, also from the UK, are specially formulated for use with premium liquors – and are delicious on their own. Portland-based Dry sodas (in such flavors as Lavender and Cucumber) and New York’s GuS sodas (boasting flavors like Pomegranate and Meyer Lemon) combine natural ingredients and unusual flavors for sophisticated refreshment with or without added libations.

Finally, Spec’s ginger beer selection is amazing. Stop by Spec’s when you’re trying to perfect your Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy recipe (see starter recipes below).

Whatever your cola craving, Spec’s is sure to have a fantastic fizzy find for you, and our experts are sure to have some delicious cocktail combos to match any bubbly discovery on display!

Try these basic recipes, and experiment to find your own favorite blend! Some versions call for added mint garnish, or add extra lime juice to the Dark and Stormy.

Moscow Mule
Highball glass
Fresh ice
Juice of ½ lime
1 generous jigger (1.5 oz) of quality vodka
Premium ginger beer, such as Reed’s, Fever Tree, or Fentiman’s

Fill the highball glass with ice. Squeeze in the lime juice, then add the vodka. Top with ginger beer.

Dark and Stormy
Highball glass
Fresh ice
1 generous jigger (1.5 oz) of premium black (dark) rum
Premium ginger beer, such as Reed’s, Fever Tree, or Fentiman’s
Lime slice

Fill the highball glass with ice. Add the rum, then the ginger beer. Garnish with lime slice.

Submitted by: Levi, Store 60


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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    1. Thanks for your comment!

      Spec’s encourages experimentation to find your favorite combo – and we carry Maine Root as well!

      Thanks again for reading the blog, and please stop back soon!

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