Mixer / Flavoring - Dry Soda Juniper
Dry Soda Juniper Soda
Dry Soda, Seattle, Washington
Major Ingredients: Natural spring water, Flavorings, Cane Sugar
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Mixer or Flavoring
PRICE: $1.50 for 12 oz (355 ml) bottle
Notes: This soda company and it's products were conceived by a woman who was continually frustrated by her lack of options for something to drink while she was pregnant. Many things were either boring or contained too much sugar. Dry Soda (dry as in "not sweet") developed a line of sodas that were meant to have a minimum of sugar and a emphasis on taste. Other flavors include Blood Orange, Cucumber, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean.
Appearance: Nice fizz/carbonation to it. Perfectly clear, the company did not feel compelled to color it with some chemicals just for shelf appeal.
First Impression: Nice aromatic juniper, not overdone. Somewhat savory notes and nicely herbal background notes.
Taste: Clean juniper taste without being overwhelming. Herbal, savory, slightly seedy notes also. Crisp tasting with a fair amount of acidity it pairs well with game, meat and many other foods. Compliments things nicely without overwhelming your taste buds or carpet bombing them with too much flavor and sugars.
Drinks: Works well in drinks were you want taste and not sugar, stickiness and intrusive flavor. Pairs and plays well in both cocktails and with many different foods.
Final Thoughts: A lovely thinking/conscious persons soda. Low sugar,nice unusual taste and not over done like some many others out there. OK it costs a bit more than a generic soda ( but less than a number of other high end sodas) but if you are using quality spirits it's a waste to use cheap mixer - particularly in a drink that doesn't have a lot else in it (no fruit juices, liquors, etc.). You wouldn't use chlorinated tap water, so why use cloying dulling mixers?
Bottle: Generic clear glass, 12 oz size .Information s printed directly on the glass to save paper and be environmentally friendly and eminently recyclable. Print in this case is juniper berry blue.
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