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Soda Reviews #4

Fentiman’s Dandelion and Burdock


Before hearing about this soda, I was unaware that Dandelions were something a person could drink.  I also had never heard of Burdock Root. Google explained it to me:

burdock is a slender, brown-skinned root vegetable that grows to more than two feet in length. In markets and restaurants, pickled burdock root is often sold as an accompaniment to sushi or rice meals. But in Japanese cookery, burdock is an all-purpose vegetable that’s added to stews, stir-fried, and pickled.”

I still had a hard time imagining what I’d be getting into. After trying a couple sips, I wrote down the following words: banana chips, bubble gum, ginger and cinnamon, licorice, root beer, slight hint of licking the back of an envelope. This drink’s apparently made with pear juice and after reading the label I learned that this type of soda is actually a traditional English drink. 130 calories a bottle

FOCO Basil Seed Drink


My friend Salena went to Jungle Jim’s International Grocery Store/Amusement Park (located just outside Cincinnati) and brought me back two unusual drinks! This one was made in Thailand and has 210 calories per can. I took a sip and was so intrigued by the texture that I wanted to pour it into a glass so I could get a better look. What I saw was a multitude of gelatinous seeds suspended in a thick clear liquid. They looked like tiny floating eyeballs. Or amoebas swimming under a microscope. Flavor-wise, this wasn’t particularly interesting- a super sweet vanilla kind of flavor with a texture reminiscent of bubble tea. The picture on the can shows a lime wedge, and that would probably cut the sweetness a little and make it more interesting.

Grass Jelly Drink


This was another gift from Salena that she found up at Jungle Jim’s. She laughed in an evil way when she gave it to me.  This drink is a product of Taiwan and it had 116 calories. Since it also appeared to have a unique texture, I decided to pour it into a glass as well to get a better look. Out came a murky brown liquid with small tan, rubbery sea-vegetable looking flakes floating around. With such an off-putting appearance I was a little nervous to try it, but it was surprisingly mild.. tasted like southern sweet tea with a hint of menthol. Like, if Kool Aid came out with a Vick’s Vap-O-Rub flavor, this is what it would taste like. But with little tasteless blobs of jelly floating in it.

Sprecher’s Ravin’ Red 

This was so damn good. Sparkling cranberry and cherry juices combined to make a refreshingly sweet but not too sweet drink. I love that this is made with actual juice, too.  If this were served in a martini glass with a slice of lime, it would feel like a fancy cocktail. One of my favorite drinks I’ve tried so far. 140 calories a bottle (but it’s a pretty large bottle.) Purchased at Liquor Barn.

Lion’s Paw Roots Drink


On a recent visit to Asheville, NC, I went to a Jamaican restaurant called Nine Mile and ordered this drink at the bar. I was warned by the bartender that it was strange, but that just made me want it even more.  The label indicated it was manufactured in the Bronx and was not approved by the USDA. It also promised: 100% VITALITY! Strength and Vitality!! The list of ingredients was so bizarre, I took a picture of that, too. The bartender recommended that it be poured over ice so it would get diluted a little bit. The first sip I almost gagged- it was so bitter I couldn’t imagine drinking much more. I wrote on a napkin: Take a handful of grass out of the yard and puree in a blender. Throw in some tree bark and some ground up leaves and dirt. That is what this tastes like. Though it was almost painful to drink, but I was determined to finish the whole thing. My husband was horrified by the drink and told me he was not going to feel sorry for me if I spent the rest of the night vomiting. (I didn’t vomit.)  However, I did start to feel really weird. My face flushed and I felt odd rushes of energy. Oddly, the more I drank it, the more I liked the way I felt- a bottle full of crazy. Not sure if I am recommending this or not. I think I’d do it again, though. Here’s that ingredients list.. read them carefully: