What do Australians Call Soda?

  • By: Max S.
  • Date: November 12, 2022
  • Time to read: 6 min.

If you travel to different parts of the world, there will be a language barrier that you’d have to face. Even if English is the spoken language there, there are always new words or slang that you might have to become familiar with beforehand. 

This barrier can be especially true for things like food and drinks. What you call in your own country might be called something entirely different in the place you’ve traveled to. For example, French fries in the U.S. are called chips in the U.K. There are possibly more variations like this whenever you go to a new place.

You’ve probably heard a lot of different names for sodas. You may have heard of soda drinks, fizzy drinks, pop, soft drinks, etc. They’re all the same, just named differently depending on where you live. 

So, let’s find out what Australians call soda and how it differs from the rest of the world.

What do they call Soda in Australia?

The term used for soda in Australia is a soft drink.

With language and evolution comes a difference in certain words and terms worldwide. For example, baking powder is a general term worldwide, but it is called bicarb soda in Australia. The same can be said for soda and soft drinks.

Soda is a sweetened, carbonated beverage with many different names. The most common words include pop, soda pop, fizzy drinks, cold drinks, and soft drinks.

Soft drink is most prevalent in Australia and New Zealand. On the other hand, pop or soda pop is most commonly used in the U.S., while fizzy drinks are most frequently used in the U.K. and Ireland.

Is Sprite called Lemonade in Australia?

In Australia, carbonated lemon-flavored drinks like Sprite and 7UP are called lemonade.

When you hear of lemonade, you probably think of a cool and refreshing mixture of lemon, water, and sugar. That’s what lemonade is considered almost all over the world. In Australia, however, that is not the case. 

In Australia, lemon-flavored fizzy drinks such as Sprite and 7UP are called lemonade. Any lemon or lime drink with carbonation is considered lemonade there, even if not a famous soda brand. 

This is another case where geographical differences result in different names and variations of a particular food or drink. In the U.S. and also in a significant part of the world. You can easily make lemonade at home. With fresh, simple ingredients like lemon, water, and sugar, there is no carbonation or fizz involved. 

But in Australia, the non-carbonated lemon drink is called a lemon cordial instead. It’s essentially the same recipe as regular lemonade, except you can add citric acid and lime. However, there doesn’t seem to be much of a tradition of making this lemon cordial at home for them. If they do, they may call it American-style lemonade. 

sprite soda pop

What does “soft drink” mean in Australia?

What most people call soda or pop is considered a soft drink in Australia.

The reason sodas are called soft drinks has nothing to do with the texture or the drink itself – instead, with its relation to hard drinks, i.e. alcoholic beverages. They were initially called soft drinks to differentiate them from hard liquors and spirits. They were also considered substitutes for stiff alcoholic drinks to help change the bad drinking habits of early Americans.

Later, however, the term soft drinks became popularized due to advertising. It became hard for advertising agencies to create national ads because different regions had different names for soda drinks, like pop, soda pop, fizzy drinks, etc. Thus, the soft drink became the favored term for advertising flavored carbonated beverages.

soda pop mix

What does “it’s a soda” mean in Australia?

The slang term “it’s a soda” is heard primarily in Australia, meaning something is very easy to do.

No one knows precisely where the term originated from and how but it has found its way as a slang term primarily in parts of Australia. It is used to refer to something being easy. For example, you thought a test or exam might be difficult, but it was a soda. That’s how the term may be used in context.

There have only been speculations as to how the term came to be. Some suspect it’s because soda is also called a soft drink, relating the word soft to something simple or uncomplicated. Another speculation is that the term is akin to “a piece of cake”, which has the same meaning and is also food related. 

Why do they call Soda by another name?

Australians using the term soft drink instead of soda has much to do with worldwide geographical differences and language variations.

There are not just variations in what soda is called in different countries but also in various regions in a country as well. 

For example, on the East Coast in the U.S., soda fountains originally made their way around 1863, which is why the term soda is deeply rooted there. Similarly, Coca-Cola originated in the South and Southeast of the U.S., which is why Coke is their commonly used term for soda drinks. 

Thus, it’s impossible to know how different terms for sodas were coined in various parts of the world. There are always speculations, of course. For example, the term soda pop is thought to have been coined because of the “pop” sound that carbonated beverages make when opened. Or how the effervescence or “fizz” in the sodas led them to be called fizzy drinks.

History of Soda

It is historically ambiguous how the terms soda or soft drink first came to be. However, there is reason to believe that the Arabs were among the first to experiment with soda drinks. They used a plant named Suwwad, which is Saltwort, an alkaline plant. The ashes from the plant make up Sodium Bicarbonate, which was said to be used to bring about the fizz in the first soda drinks.

Later, the first soft drinks in markets were said to have originated in the 17th century in parts of the world. After Joseph Priestley invented carbonated water, many other inventors started experimenting, and different flavored soda drinks came to be. However, they were first made and sold mainly at pharmacies where the chemicals and tools to make them were available.

Experimental soda drinks such as these led to the popularity of soda drinks today, creating famous brands such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Mountain Dew, etc.

fountain soda pop

Is Australian Coke made with cane sugar?

Yes, Coca-Cola in Australia is made of sugar from cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). 

Coca-Cola has more or less the same recipe throughout the world. The most significant difference, however, is the sweetener used. In Australia, the sugar in Coke is cane sugar use corn syrup. HFCS is used in most carbonated drinks around the world.

Whether your Coke contains cane sugar or HFCS, these sweeteners can result in health problems such as obesity and diabetes if ingested in large quantities. So make sure to limit your intake of soda drinks to stay healthier in the long run.


You now know that a soft drink is what the Australians call soda in their country. It’s the same as a fizzy drink or a soda pop. It is only because of language variations worldwide that these little differences in terms occur. 

You don’t have to worry, though! Your favorite soda drinks are almost identical in taste and appearance wherever you go. But, of course, there could always be dissimilarities when it comes to how the drinks are served. 

But it’s okay to try new things sometimes. You might find a new variant you grow to love and make it a part of your everyday life!