One of the great things about the local NYC food scene that’s blossomed over the past several years, is seeing the growth of many talented individuals and their businesses. One of these that has kept me hydrated and refreshed during my market excursions is P&H Soda Co., owned by Anton Nocito. His seasonally-inspired syrups, which he turns into sodas at New Amsterdam Market and other venues, are some of my favorites in the city.
Growing up, soda was a special treat for me and my siblings, so I really savored every one that I was allowed to have. Anton’s creations are wonderful and unique with flavors that would not have been among the selections that I was given as a child. His Sarsaparilla made me re-think my dislike of root beer. Hibiscus has become my new favorite flavor, not just in soda form, but also in Dough’s terrific donuts, so I thank him for opening up my mind and my tastebuds to it. He’s even worked out a way to make a Candy Cap Mushroom and Toasted Almond Egg Cream. It’s really delicious, believe me!
I have one copy of his soda- and syrup-making cookbook, released earlier this summer, to give away on this website. You can also read an interview I did with Anton here. If you are in the NYC area, you can drop by the New Amsterdam Market this coming Sunday, as well, to sample his sodas for yourself and to become an instant fan.
The Giveaway Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)
Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only
To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite flavor soda?
You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.
Deadline: Is Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)
The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.