CT’s soda business makes Thanksgiving drink; food bank recipes


A new Thanksgiving tradition from Avery’s Soda in New Britain.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Avery’s Soda, the 118-year-old family business, has started a Thanksgiving tradition that extends beyond store walls.

This week, for the second year in a row, Avery employees launched another round of “Turkey Tonic” – a blend of cranberry, orange and ginger flavors meant to round out the holiday season.

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Turkey Tonic is a collaboration between Avery’s and Connecticut Foodshare and a portion of the proceeds benefit meals for families in need on Thanksgiving and beyond.

“We launched it last year and it was a huge hit, and we’ve had many calls from customers asking if you’re bringing Turkey Tonic back? [The answer] Sure ! said Rob Metz, owner of Avery’s Soda.

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Turkey Tonic will also be featured at this year’s “Turkey Tuesday,” a fundraiser for Connecticut Foodshare sponsored by Bank of America at Foodshare’s headquarters in Wallingford.

Joe Gianni, president of Bank of America for Greater Hartford, is also a member of Foodshare’s board of directors.

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Standing in Avery’s studio, Gianni was excited about the return of Turkey Tonic.

“Hopefully we can put meals on the table for those who need them,” Gianni said, and added, “Anything we can do because the need is always there.”

“The message in the bottle is to give thanks and try to do good,” Metz said.

Turkey Tonic costs $1.50 a bottle and is sold at Avery’s Soda at 520 Corbin Avenue in New Britain. For more information, click here.

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