A Historic Beverage: The Cherry Phosphate

The tangy and bubbly soda drink from nearly a century ago.
Published: Feb. 20, 2024 at 9:52 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2024 at 10:07 AM EST
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Sounding like something out of a tasty science experiment, the Cherry Phosphate was a wildly popular soda drink for generations. In the 1920′s, with the boom of soda fountains in American urban areas, Cherry Phosphates were a staple drink.

The ingredients were fairly simple, a little bit of cherry juice/syrup, water, sugar, glycerin, and the famous acid phosphate, which really gave the drink its bubbly kick. Chances are your local grocery store will not have phosphate on the shelf, but if you would still love to try this delicious drink at home there is a simplified version that anyone can make! Pick yourself up a bottle of cherry syrup and add 2 teaspoons of it to a 12oz glass of club soda. Once you’ve done that, add about 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the mix and a cherry or two for a nice finishing touch. That’s all there is to it!

If you’d like to try the authentic version of this bubbly, tangy beverage, see what soda fountains exists near you! We recommend Ritual’s Laboratorium + Soda Fountain of Youth in Jacksonville. They are experts on these old timey sodas and will fix you one right up.

You deserve to savor the sweetness of the Cherry Phosphate, just like those did nearly a century ago!

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