Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla

Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla

Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla Cap


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.


4 thoughts on “Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla

  1. I have never tried this soda. I love the espresso soda but I honestly have never even seen this flavor in a store. Any suggestions on where to buy it?


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