YumSugarSource: Dry Soda: A Celebratory Nonalcoholic Drink
How many times have you wanted a special, celebratory drink that didn't contain alcohol? Well, this is where Dry Soda will become your very best friend. The Seattle-based company has a line of carbonated, flavored drinks, designed to be enjoyed with food in place of wine or beer (the creator was actually inspired by her pregnancies and having to abstain from alcohol!) or to be mixed in with your favorite spirits for a unique cocktail experience. Having only sampled a few flavors, I was thrilled to be able to finally try the entire line, thanks to Dry - especially juniper berry and the newer wild lime flavor. Click through to see all of the offerings.
- Cucumber: The only way I can think to describe this flavor is with the words "cucumber flower." The flavor is heavy and has a very strong fragrance, and while at first it seems like a very typical cucumber taste, after a few sips, a floral background pops up.
- Blood Orange: If you are a huge fan of orange soda but not the overbearing sweetness (and chemical aftertaste) that comes with it, the blood orange bottle is going to be your best bet. It's expected, but straightforward and tasty.
- Juniper Berry: Before even opening this bottle, I had gin on my mind. And yes, upon smelling it, I was reminded of my favorite spirit, but the taste was something else entirely. Woodsy and musky are two words I would use to describe this soda. Its sweetness is subtle and doesn't overpower the delicate and unusual flavors; the result keeps you coming back for more.
- Lavender: This flavor has been a favorite of mine for a while. It's one of the sweeter options in the line, and the lavender flavor is subtle. It doesn't attack your taste buds like some lavender food or drink can, and it's a great way to play around with this popular trend.
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- Rhubarb: When I first saw this flavor, I assumed I would hate it. Rhubarb is not something that I am drawn to. After trying it, though, the tartness and complexity had me hooked. It's somewhat more of an intense taste bud experience, but it's also significantly less sweet than some of the rest of the flavors.
- Vanilla Bean: The vanilla flavor tastes exactly like a less intense cream soda. It's one of the sweeter flavors out of the line, and it brings back childhood memories. I can think of more than a few after-dinner drinks that would work very well with this flavor.
- Wild Lime: I'm not sure what I was expecting with this drink, but what it didn't have was a straightforward lime flavor. I was surprisingly intrigued by the hints of citrus, intermingled with a grassy, bright flavor that wasn't overpowering. Because of this, I found myself going back for more, just to prolong the experience.
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