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SAN FRANCISCO -- Observers of the U.S. bottled water
are trying to decide if a new development of do-it-yourself flavoring
of sparkling water is a new trend or just another fad. It all involves
making "Italian sodas" by adding a teaspoon or so of syrup
flavor to a glass of sparkling water or soda.
The drinks are easy to make: Just add 1 ounce of Italian
-- which comes in such distinctive flavors as black currant, amaretto,
and anisette -- to 12 ounces of water. These Italian syrups also are
being used to flavor soft drinks as well as coffee, espresso, and steamed milk.
A new line of eight NutraSweet-sweetened syrups, including Irish
and raspberry, has just been introduced. Italian syrups actually are nothing new.
Back in 1925, San Francisco-based Torani began marketing Italian sodas to restaurants
and delis in the U.S. Torani remains the leading brand today, with more than 40 flavors
available. Other brands of Italian syrups include Fontana and DaVinci Gourmet.
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