I only take General Chemistry to master Bwixology.

I think I excel under pressure, so anxiety-filled dining hall lines are the perfect setting for me to try new things and waste more time, exacerbating the fear I feel and further exhausting the students in the lines behind me. Recently, this prompted the development of new sodas. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for Sprite, Dr. Pepper, or whatever the heck Mello Yello is. I find that these are the perfect alternative and a great conversation starter.


  • Soda Base. I am probably the only person who has used the AHA unflavored sparkling water—I don’t want any flavors messing with the perfect concoctions I am whipping up.
  • The (silly!) mixers. Columbia Dining has a bunch of random flavor syrups that you can mix in. Off the top of my head, these are flavor syrups I have seen in the dining halls: Almond, Blue Curacao, Coconut, Cotton Candy, Chocolate, Caramel, Hazelnut, Pomegranate, Passionfruit, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Vanilla. I also think I’ve seen Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint but my memory is hazier about those. The flavors are also regularly switched out depending on availability. The other day I noticed John Jay finally restocked their pomegranate stock!


  • Add AHA unflavored sparkling water to a cup.
  • Add mixers of choice. Be creative! Pomegranate-Vanilla to Chocolate-Passionfruit is at your fingertips. I want to see the craziest drinks in the dining halls. Radicalize the tasteosphere. 
  • Taste! See if the flavor is detectable. Sometimes you might have to add more, and sometimes you definitely wish you added less. I’ve found that each flavor syrup has a varying flavor potency so there is some trial and error required.
  • Enjoy!

I enjoy the creativity that these drinks provide :-) To the left is a Pomegranate-Passionfruit drink I made last night for dinner—a perfect compliment to beef chili.

A Pomegranate-Passionfruit Silly Soda via Author

Some Silly Sodas via PxHere