First Line of Craft Soda Made to Pair with Cigars is Launched

December 12, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Abbina Craft Soda made for cigars

A new line of non-alcoholic craft soda has been launched, designed intentionally to pair with premium cigars.

Abbina (Italian for “to match” or “to combine”) Craft Sipping Soda was created by Charlie Albanetti after wanting a more interesting non-alcoholic beverage pairing for cigars than other commercially available sodas. Abbina’s unique flavors, such as earthy notes like beet and leathery notes from the use of saffron and patchouli, are designed to both create new flavors by combining with typical flavors found in cigars, and to draw out otherwise undetectable flavors in cigars.

“I love exploring flavor, and my go-to beverage pairing has always been soda, but I was left wanting something more exciting,” said founder and CEO Charlie Albanetti. “I created Abbina because I wanted something better for myself and I thought other cigar enthusiasts would really enjoy the experience too.”

Charlie began creating the flavor concepts by building drink formulas at a makeshift lab on his dining room table. In December 2022, he started working with a professional flavorist lab to create scalable, safe formulas for commercial production. The first batch is now being produced and bottled.

Abbina Soda is available for pre-order on in packs of 12-12 fl oz bottles of each of the first four flavors, or a 12-count variety pack with three bottles of each flavor and will be shipped across the United States from Abbina’s Albany, NY warehouse once production is completed later this week.

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