Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Brooklyn, New York
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
A Manhattan Special is a cold espresso flavored soda from Brooklyn, New York. The once iconic New York drink was created in 1895 by an Italian immigrant with the help of an osteopath and a friend who treated people with bone deformations. At some point since 1895, other Manhattan Special sodas were introduced, including Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla. Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla has a unique look. The clear glass bottle is unique primarily due to its small size, 10 ounces as compared to the typical 12 ounces. I could not help but feeling cheated out of 2 ounces.
What is contained in the small bottle is a quite tasty sarsaparilla. It is difficult to explain, but the sarsaparilla has a nutty flavor combined with anise overtones. Although it contains a relatively low 27 grams of sugar, its sweetness is spot on. This is one of the better Sarsaparillas I have tried, but I still want those extra 2 ounces.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.