Once upon a time, there existed many sweet, fizzy drinks more than you could shake a stick at. Some were flavored with cherry syrup, lemon, cola nuts, or sassafras bark. The glass bottles that contained these effervescent elixirs were circulated many times throughout towns and communities.

The invention of German-Geneva chemist Johann Jakob Schweppe, who developed carbonation for drinking in 1783, became widespread in the decades after he began exhibiting his products at the World’s Fair. The New Zealand Foxton Fizz is reminiscent of this golden age. Foxton, a small town of about 3,000 people on the country’s North Island, was home to a bottling plant that first opened in 1918. And when the local family business decided to close, the brand was acquired by a group of fizz aficionados. The company’s sodas, which come in flavors such as lime, raspberry, and cola, have been clinking in glass bottles across the region for over a century. “The creaming soda is a big hit,” says CEO Matt Wharton. “It’s kind of the champagne of sodas, we like to say,” he said. “If you like French vanilla ice cream, you’ll probably like creaming soda.”

Sodas and other soft drinks, as opposed to “hard” or alcoholic beverages, flourished during Prohibition in the United States, when the sale of alcohol was illegal. People’s love for soda continued. Perhaps it’s better to find a soda you really dream about that makes you look forward to hot summer afternoons, turning them into a rare indulgence.