drinks

Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

The motto of the Excel Bottling Company in Breese, Ill., is “Good Things Don’t Have To Change.”

And they really mean it.

Here, on the corner of Broadway and Clinton streets, four generations of the Meier family have been selling soda for nearly 80 years.

They make it the old-fashioned way -- with pure cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup -- using  vintage bottling equipment that was already “secondhand” when it was purchased in 1936.

Greg Rannells, Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter sampled a few summer drinks with Cory King, Ted Kilgore and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.