Caffeinated? Fruity? Sweet? Dry?
Wait a second…dry? Are we talking about soda or wine?
Oh, we’re talking soda. DRY Soda to be exact.
I’ve been a fan of DRY Soda for some time now. They are a Seattle-based company, producing all-natural sodas flavoured with fruits, flowers, and herbs. Subtly sweet, these sodas are a great alternative to your mainstream, sugar-laden sodas, as each contains only 45 – 70 kCal per 355 mL (12 oz) bottle, with only 11 – 19 grams of sugar. Plus check out the minimalist design of the bottles – very hip. Perhaps even sexy, if you can call a soda that 😉
DRY Sodas come in 7 flavours – Lavender, Juniper Berry, Lemongrass, Cucumber, Kumquat, Vanilla, and Rhubarb. I had only really tried the vanilla and rhubarb when I saw them on sale a local store for a great price. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to set up my own taste test!
I collected all 7 flavours, and tried them out during my week of house sitting. I diligently made notes, and am now ready to present my official review! I shall present them in the order I tasted them.
An enjoyable, citrusy soda. I would liken it to a Sprite or 7-Up, but not as sweet, and with a more complex citrus flavour than just your regular lemon/lime combo. Very refreshing, but I would have liked the citrus flavour to be a touch more pronounced. Would make a good drink mixer for a variety of cocktails.
Although this was a flavour I had tried before, it had been quite some time. It has a pleasant, earthy, almost grassy flavour, but is unmistakably rhubarb. This is the least sweet tasting of the flavours, which is not a bad thing. Very fresh tasting. I paired mine with a rhubarb crumble tart I picked up at the farmer’s market. It proved to be a nice balance between the sweet of the tart and the dry of the soda.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when trying the juniper berry, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a very floral/perfume-y aroma, but in a good way. It’s hard to explain. Sort of like a gin & tonic made with really good gin (Victoria Gin perhaps?) It was also sweeter than some of the other flavours, but I enjoyed that with the juniper flavours. I paired this one up with my Sweet Potato, Mushroom, and Chicken Sausage Hash for a nice lunch time treat.
I’m gonna be honest here. I did not like this one. It tasted like a lemony fresh cleaning product. I couldn’t get past that. I finished it, only because I hate wasting food, but I would not buy this again. Good thing I had a tasty lunch of halibut, salad, and chips to enjoy with it.
This was another flavour I was a bit apprehensive about trying. Lavender makes me think of perfume and lotions. And yes, it was a bit perfume-y, but less than I expected. It was sweet, and the lavender flavour was subtle. Maybe not my absolute favourite, but not a bad drink either. I imagine you could make some interesting cocktails with it. Or just enjoy it with a big ol’ salad.
Oh cucumber. How I wanted to love thee. I had pictured a very cool and refreshing cucumber infused drink. But what I got was an overly sweet, skin care product tasting beverage. I was sad. A disservice to the cucumber flavour. DRY Soda, are you listening? Please reformulate this one to be that refreshing cucumber drink that it should be. The drink I wished I had to go with my spicy clean out the fridge stir fry!
What can I say about this one? It’s vanilla and I love it! Enough vanilla flavour, just enough sweetness, and downright delicious. Probably the most accessible flavour for soda lovers out there. It pairs with sweet and savoury dishes alike, and would be a great base for a fruity drink. Too bad I like it straight up so much, because I would like to test out its mixing possibilities.
So in summary – aside from the lemongrass and cucumber (*sniff*), these sodas all get my thumbs up for when you want a bubbly drink on a hot day, or any other time. I’d like to get down to Seattle to check out DRY Soda’s Tasting Room one day.
Have you tried out DRY Soda? What is your favourite flavour?