Sioux City Prickly Pear soda Review

This soda has been hyped up to me by a former roommate, so naturally, my estimation of his opinion (and of him as a human being) is riding on my appreciation of this. Let’s see if I ever listen to him again.

Smells all right.

That’s…that’s a unique taste.

It’s the taste of a prickly pear. I don’t quite know what I’d compare it to.

It’s a fairly light fruity flavor, but it’s got a bite to it. There’s hints of strawberry and melon (like, cantaloupe or honeydew), but with an unmistakable…well, prickliness.

Kiwi. Strawberry and kiwi. That’s it. But with that…prickliness.

Now, do I like it? Well…let me put it this way. It’s probably as good a prickly pear soda as you’re ever likely to try. But I’m not over the moon about the prickly pear flavor. It’s a little on the heavy side (like I sometimes find strawberries to be), though if kept cold, it’s not bad.

Let me add, it’s grown on me. It’s not something I’d drink every day, but I’d definitely have it again.

Props for the color, too. It’s sort of red, sort of red-purple, sort of pink…it’s an interesting-looking beverage.

It’s a really interesting soda. If you want to try something new, try this. I don’t think many other brands are making this stuff. (There’s one other brand out there, from a company I’m not familiar with.)

Yeah, give this a shot. You might really like it. It’s something that should probably be kept in moderation–I would get sick of this pretty quick if I had to drink it all the time–but it’s definitely worth trying once.

John…you were right.

Cannes 2014 Lineup

This morning, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes festival was announced, and there’s certainly some goodies on the list. I’m not sure what’ll walk away with the top prize–I’m not as devoted a student of the Cannes awards as I am of the Oscars–but I’ll make a few guesses as we go along. Let’s see what we have. (List order and some descriptions are from Variety. Other citations as needed.)

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Real Soda’s Lurch Birch Review

If I wasn’t in a lurch before, I am now.

Hailing from Palos Verdes, California, this is, I assume, birch beer–a cousin of root beer. I honestly have no idea what I’m getting myself into. Let’s take the first swig.

It’s pretty root beer-ish. The flavor’s a little lighter, though. And maybe it’s just a quirk of my tongue, but this has no aftertaste at all.

Given its comparatively high sugar content (48 grams, a little higher than Mountain Dew), this isn’t as sweet as you’d expect. It’s not bitter by any means, but it doesn’t overpower you with sweetness. I like that.

Seriously, I don’t know how to explain this. It’s like it vanishes off the tongue. Phantom soda. Maybe because it’s so cold? But it doesn’t feel compromised because of its temperature.

The lightness of the flavor reminds me a little of cream soda. As for the color, I want to say it’s a little redder than root beer, but maybe that’s not strictly the case.

I really love the bottle copy. “The bark is better than the bite.” “You’ll be in a lurch if you run out of Birch.” There’s no other descriptive copy, really, but there’s an awesome note on the cap: “The sommelier of soda.” I don’t really get bottle-cap collecting, but I’m keeping this one.

This calls itself a “Left Coast recipe”. I really wonder what that means, at least in terms of taste or process.

Also, the company that makes this is called Real Soda. I have to wonder what else they’ve got.

Go to their website. It’s delightful. Not even joking. It has more character than 99% of the business websites I’ve seen. Also, these people made Leninade, which is an interesting little drink. I might re-drink it for a review.

Anyway, I finished the Lurch Birch. Good stuff. It’s not the best I’ve had or anything, but it’s nice. I kind of wish it stuck with you a little more, but I have no complaints.

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Manhattan Special Gassosa Review

This’ll be a quick one, as I actually drank this earlier today. I was going to get Foxon Park’s gassosa, but only the diet variety was available, so I opted for a different brand. I then made the mistake of drinking it without chilling it, so the full effect was lost–but it was fairly nice anyway.

It’s basically–and I’m not the only one to say this–Sprite. It’s less carbonated and the use of cane sugar gives a different kind of sweetness, but the similarities are definitely there. And I liked it. Properly chilled, I imagine it’s quite refreshing. I’ll definitely be trying other gassosas in the future.

Google Translate tells me that “gassosa” just means soda. All righty then.