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But believe it or not, coffee sodas have existed at least since the late 19th century, when Manhattan Special released its Espresso Coffee Soda -- a blend that includes brewed coffee and pure cane sugar. (It's also available as a "diet" drink, made with NutraSweet, and in caffeinated or decaffeinated versions.) The dark-as-night brew is still commonly found in bodega coolers today, sipped by both staunch devotees and those trying to quickly (and probably unsuccessfully) recover from a night of revelry.
Read more about coffee sodas after the jump.
Energy-drink purveyor Monster has also taken the buzz biz to the next (kind of weird) level with drinks like the Java Monster Russian and Irish Blend -- coffee cocktails, minus the liquor, plus an extra energy boost? If that seems a bit much, the company's original Java Monster just mixes brewed coffee and cream with a proprietary "energy blend."
Some folks prefer making their own coffee soda, by blending strong iced coffee, club soda, cream (or vanilla iced cream) and sugar -- but as for me? I'll take mine flat, not fizzy, thanks.
Do you have a favorite coffee soda? Tell us in the comments.