The Matt Haley Companies—you know them as Bluecoast Seafood Grill, Catch 54, Papa Grande’s and other beach-area restaurants, recently released Matt’s Homemade Sodas made from all-natural ingredients. Standard flavors include Lemon Berry, Strawberry Basil Chili and Black & White (cracked black pepper, white balsamic vinegar, fresh bay leaves and palm sugar). Matt’s Homemade Sodas also include seasonal flavors, such as Apple Ginger, which was released for fall, and quinine water. Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of the Matt Haley Companies, says the sodas were created to add yet another chef-driven touch to the menus. (MHC has eight restaurants on the Delaware coast under the SoDel Concepts umbrella.) “At the time, we had no idea how popular these products would become,” he says. “The demand has grown so much that we’ve started looking for a building to house a production and bottling facility.” The products are an all-natural alternative to big commercial brands, says Matt Patton, general manager of Fish On in Lewes, where the first sodas were made. “We started by making two cases at a time, but it’s turned into its own burgeoning business. We’re excited about the response from our guests and fellow restaurateurs.” Along with Fish On, the sodas are available at Lupo di Mare and Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in Rehoboth Beach, Matt’s Fish Camp and Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach, NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, and Catch 54 and Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island. The sodas are also available at Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna and La Fia in Wilmington, and Seacrets, Waterman’s Seafood Company, Rosenfeld’s Deli and Sunset Grille. They’re sold alone as soft drinks or used as mixers to create signature cocktails, such as Haley’s Comet:
1.75 ounces of dark rum
Splash of fresh lime juice
5 ounces of Matt’s Homemade Apple Ginger Soda
Lime wedge for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice and add the rum and a splash of lime juice. Top with Matt’s Homemade Apple Ginger Soda. Stir. Garnish with a lime and add a straw.
Go grab some Matt’s and enjoy.