Posts Tagged ‘Soda’

IZZE Sparkling Birch Beverage

Comments Off on IZZE Sparkling Birch Beverage Written on August 3rd, 2011 by
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Son of a birch.

Sometimes you need a change from the soda classics like cola, lemon-lime and orange. Even former standbys like root beer and ginger ale seem to have gone mainstream. Companies now are even using alternative flavors like lavender, cucumber, rhubarb, lemongrass, etc. (I’m sad I didn’t visit Dry Soda’s tasting room when I worked in Seattle). And of course we all know Jones Soda Co. with their classic holiday flavors (there’s actually a bottle of “Tofurky and Gravy” on eBay at this moment).

My curiously was piqued when I saw this bottle of IZZE’s Sparkling Birch flavored beverage. Up until now I was frankly unaware that the oil extracted from the sap of the good old Betula lenta could be used for drinks, food, gum, syrup and more.

If you’re anywhere skeptical about drinking something flavored with birch, keep in mind we’ve been using roots, bark, leaves for ages to make medicine and drinks (root beer, ginger ale). IZZE’s website also mentions, “Once worshiped as a Goddess in Russia, the birch tree offers a rare extract that gives you the divine taste of IZZE sparkling Birch.” I was hesitant that I’d have an epiphany while drinking the stuff but I gave it a go. Read the rest of this entry »

Empire Bottling Works Ginger Ale

Comments Off on Empire Bottling Works Ginger Ale Written on July 20th, 2011 by
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Besides being the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island is also known for seafood, crazy accents, being the birthplace of yours truly, and the originators of the ever popular “HOPE” slogan (sorry Obama). While these assumptions may seem a bit vague and outdated, this is coming from someone living in the Pacific Northwest where it’s generally assumed that we all listen to Nirvana Death Cab for Cutie, wear flannel on a semi-regular basis are pale yet sparkly vampires, and the majority of us have an IV drip of Starbucks mainlining into our veins (don’t get me wrong, all of these are still pretty much true. Especially the vampire part).

While here in the Northwest, our bottled soda of choice is the ever popular Jones Soda (how could I hate a brand that makes Sweat and Fruitcake flavored sodas?), we decided to pick up a bottle of bubbly beverage which hails from Bristol, RI. A little bit of online research determines they’re a smaller producer, but nice enough to put their phone number right on the label (we spared them any prank phone calls).  One of the reviews I found bluntly stated, “The label looks a bit like the product was made in a garage“. Read the rest of this entry »

Fever-Tree Naturally Light Indian Tonic Water

Comments Off on Fever-Tree Naturally Light Indian Tonic Water Written on March 16th, 2011 by
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I’ll make this clear (no pun intended) – I’ve never liked tonic water. I enjoy fizzy things like club soda, but I dislike the bitterness of tonic’s quinine and even with the addition of sweetener, it really doesn’t appeal to me. I also remember bad experiences growing up of being maimed (okay, mildly scratched) by prickly juniper bushes while doing yard work, so anything juniper-related leaves a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended).

However, I can appreciate the sleek metallic bottle label design and the fact that it came all the way from the United Kingdom. The website also mentions that Fever-Tree is “already served in 7 out of the top 10 restaurants in the world” so we’re feeling pretty classy knowing I got these at about 37 cents per bottle. Read the rest of this entry »