I recently attended the Vaughan Pizza Festival and after indulging in my share of pizza options, I was ready to wash it all down with something refreshing. As I roamed the fairgrounds for something to quench my thirst, I was drawn to a picture of a familiar Church, could that possibly be the Santa Maria della Pace in Rome? I decided to take a closer look and was pleasantly surprised to find a selection of drinks on display. The glass bottles were presented in a bright array of colours and they immediately caught my attention. What was this fun looking drink that appeared to be Italian? As I explored the booth, I was approached by a friendly young woman who was eager to answer all my questions. Bike Beverages is a premium Italian soft drink, she explained, that was established and made in Italy. The soda hit the market in 2013 and Bike Beverages Canada is the exclusive importer of this drink. The soda comes in 7 flavours (Pompelmo Fragola, Limonata, Gassosa, Spumotto, Aranciata, Tonica Lemongrass, Spuma Bionda) and after reading the description of each type, I opted for a familiar flavour I had only ever tried while in Tuscany; the Spuma Bionda. This lightly carbonated drink has notes of rhubarb, orange peel, and vanilla, giving it a unique and refreshing taste. I loved this flavour! It brought me back to Florence where I enjoyed this traditional beverage in a local bar. The simple memory kept me smiling the rest of the day. I’m not a fan of pop that is highly carbonated and full of sugar, so what I love about these sodas is that they are made from raw materials with no added preservatives and dyes. These drinks are definitely made in the Italian style; simple, pure, and full of flavour. The other fabulous thing about these sodas are how well they pair so well with with wine or proscecco, creating a not-too-sweet spritzer, or mixing them with another spirit for an exceptional cocktail. I look forward to trying them all!
Create one of my favorite aperitivo spritzers using Bike’s delicious soda:
3 Parts Prosecco
2 Parts Spuma Bionda
1 Part Aperol
Garnish with an Orange Slice
Check what Bike Beverages has have to offer at www.drinkitalian.ca
A first generation Italian Canadian with a love for food and the Italian Lifestyle.