What is it?
A seasonal craft soda made with homemade butterscotch and vanilla flavoring.
What's the story?
Julia Simuang, owner and partner with Laura Cannon in North Charleston's Orange Spot Coffeehouse, was inspired by the butterbeer of "Harry Potter."
Butterbeer is a "wizarding beverage" described as tasting a "little bit like less sickly butterscotch."
It is believed to be based on an actual butter beer drunk during Tudor England where recipes for it can be found dating back to 1588.
Who's buying it?
Baum + Whiteman report that consumers are "seeking fresh carbonated drinks" made in small batches with local ingredients. The National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot" report notes that 62 percent of chefs agreed that homemade sodas are "hot."
Millennials are attracted to portfolios of new soft drink flavors and the cocktail culture has certainly advanced the menu of hand-curated drinks.
Who's selling it?
The Orange Spot Coffeehouse at 4824 Chateau Ave. in Park Circle. It is part of the seasonal beverage menu. Latte $4, $4.50; soda $4.25
"You guys keep raising the bar drink after drink. Best flavor anywhere. I could taste all the love that went into this one-of-a-kind ButterScratch." Priscilla Bramlett - Facebook
Who buys them?
Regular patrons of the Orange Spot enjoy the seasonal variety that Simuang and Cannon bring to their beverage program.
If you are a fan of Egg Creams, the Butterscratch Soda will be your new, new thing. Rich, foamy and frothy, the caramelization of the butterscotch adds depth, the carbonation brings lively refreshment and the balanced sweet flavors are neither cloying nor medicinal.