You Big Softy! - Your Favourite Soft Drinks

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by Ethan Bentley, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Right now we've been drinking a lot of Zevia. (Stevia sweetened soda, so it is sugar free.) I like most of the flavors, but their Cherry, Grape, and Orange are to die for. I also like their Cola, Dr. Zevia, and Ginger Rootbeer. For a "diet soda" this brand is my favorite thus far.

    I didn't care for their gingerale or their lemon/lime ones, but that is just my taste.
     
  2. Mrs Chaddsley_Corbett

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    I hve been making a concoction of mainly Indian tonic water, with apple, beetroot, and carrot juice, its rather nice actually, and very cleansing after the holiday season
     
  3. Lily Powers

    Lily Powers Practically Family

    I've heard of Indian Tonic water - it's used for cocktails, like Schwepps. Do you toss the apple, beetroot and carrots into a blender and just mix it all up?
     
  4. Mrs Chaddsley_Corbett

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    Dear Lily, I use an electric juicer, 1/2 Apple, 1/4 Beetroot, 1/4 carrot juices, when mixed with the tonic water it produces a lovely hot pink colour
     
  5. DNO

    DNO One Too Many

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    Saw some Indian tonic water the other day. Is there a difference between that and plain old run-the-mill tonic water?
     
  6. Mrs Chaddsley_Corbett

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    [video=youtube;nftdc8XylWs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nftdc8XylWs&feature=related[/video]
     
  7. Philip Adams

    Philip Adams One of the Regulars

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    Yes...It comes from India! :pound:

    Sorry - I couldn't resist that one....

    Actually I haven't a clue.
     
  8. Mrs Chaddsley_Corbett

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    I think its to do with the quinine content, I believe they used to drink it out in India in the days of the British Empire, to ward orf Malaria

    [video=youtube;QsijxCv38Jk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsijxCv38Jk&feature=related[/video]
     
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  9. joffe

    joffe New in Town

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    It's a brand name. I know Schweppes calls their European version, with 8.6 grams of sugar per 100 ml 'Indian' tonic water, while apparently the HFCS tonic in America is just plain 'tonic water'.

    Personally my favorite soft drink, and tonic water, is Fever-tree naturally light tonic water. A premium tonic with no artificial ingredients and no preservatives, it uses *less* of real sweetener instead of replacing natural sweeteners with artificial sweeteners. The taste, then, is improved instead of deteriorated compared to a full-sweetness regular tonic water. Well, in my opinion anyway. :p

    I also like dosing the tonic with a few dashes of either aromatic bitters or orange bitters for more taste.
     
  10. DNO

    DNO One Too Many

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    Thanks. If it's just a brand name, I'll give it a pass.
     
  11. Mrs Chaddsley_Corbett

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  12. Ethan Bentley

    Ethan Bentley One Too Many

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    It's the same stuff, just a reference to the fact it used to be associated with the Indian colonials.

    But why are almost all tonic water labels yellow?
     
  13. Chaps

    Chaps One of the Regulars

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    I have two that I "created":)
    The Bogart, half ginger ale and lemon juice in an Old-Fashioned glass
    The Cary Grant, half cranberry juice and orange juice in a Highball glass

    I know it probably sounds silly, but it's fun.

    Danny
     
  14. WH1

    WH1 Practically Family

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    Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale

    a company out of Birmingham, Alabama the recipe is supposed to be the same one they started making in 1901

    Very good it has a great spicy bite that you don't get from canada dry or schweppes. REALLY, REALLY good in a rye and ginger or a jack and ginger with just a sliver of lime!
     
  15. olive bleu

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    Growing up I drank lots of SNOW WHITE cream soda, which is nearly, if not completely, extinct now. I also really love Pineapple Crush, Orange Fanta, and any Ginger beer. locally, we have soda from propeller brewery, which is quite delicious.
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  16. steve the hat guy

    steve the hat guy New in Town

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    Well, being a diabetic, I only do diet drinks and don’t do a lot of them. I do love San Pellegrino Mineral water with some lime, but purchased would be Canada Dry diet Ginger ail. Pretty good stuff.
     
  17. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi, I looked them up on Wikipedia. Buffalo Rock is also the maker of Grapico, a Grape flavored sode I used to drink back in Decatur AL.

    [ Grapico mixed with Absolut Peppar jalapeño flavored vodka is a drink called the Ex-girlfriend. It's called the Ex-girlfriend because "it's sweet and seems like a good idea, but eventually it's going to burn you and make you sick." ] I should have quit reading, now I kind of want to try one, just because of the name. Bleeech.

    Later
     
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  18. m_luvsartdeco

    m_luvsartdeco One of the Regulars

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    Love Cheerwine ;)
     
  19. lframe

    lframe One of the Regulars

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    Me too. I also love grape soda and had the original Pepsi recipe when we were in New Bern, NC last year (home of Pepsi). If it was still produced, I'd be in trouble.
     
  20. bunnyb.gal

    bunnyb.gal Practically Family

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    For some reason I've been craving Peach Nehi, which I probably haven't had since I was 12 or something (i.e. before the Flood or thereabouts) - my mother is coming to visit me from the States next month and I've asked her to bring me some.

    From here (for all of you retro and regional foodies):

    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/nehi-peach-soda-6-12-oz#reviews
     

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