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We have discovered our new favorite drink, just in time summer! DRY Soda is a line of all natural, unique sodas that offers today’s consumer a modern alternative in refreshment. I must admit I am addicted to sodas and pops and not so much for the taste; I just really enjoy the fizz. Yet, I am constantly going on “no soda” diets due to the sugars and/or additives found in most of them. Now, I can happily drink as many DRY Sodas as I want, since these lightly sweetened beverages are flavored with fruit, flower or herb extracts, and sweetened with a small amount of pure cane sugar.
After sampling some of their amazing flavors (my favorite was the Lemongrass), I have to say they created some remarkable drinks! Just as it is used in wine vernacular, “DRY” means “less sweet.” I found them so much more refreshing then the average sugary (or sugary substituted) sodas. DRY Soda was founded by Sharelle Klaus, who noticed “a gap in the marketplace for a sophisticated non-alcoholic beverage after years of not drinking alcohol throughout four pregnancies. As a food and wine lover, she grew frustrated with the lack of options available to pair with fine meals.” So, she did what any creative and motivated woman would do and launched her own line of elegant sodas that also happen to be all natural, caffeine-free, kosher, low in sugar, low in calories, vegan and made with the highest quality ingredients.
Planning a dinner party just got even more fun! You will be bowled over by the temping array of flavors and the possibilities they offer. This is not your ordinary brown pop. With seven flavors to choose from (and some pairing suggestions) you will find the perfect DRY Soda to compliment your meal:
Vanilla Bean Calms with the smooth earthy flavor of the Madagascar vanilla bean. Pair with chicken or summer salads.
Juniper Berry Delight the senses with the distinct clarity and herbal spirit of the Juniper Berry. Pair with Portobello mushrooms or mussels.
Lavender A lively herb that offers distinct floral flavor and aroma. Pair with pork or a cheese course.
Lemongrass Bubbles with the refreshing and tantalizing essence of the tropical grass. Pair with sushi, asparagus and ad Asian inspired foods.
Kumquat Awakens the senses with a jolt of citrus and finishes with a delicate sweetness. Pair with salmon or leafy fresh greens.
Rhubarb Captures the sweet complexity and mouth-watering tartness of rhubarb. Pair with hamburgers or winter vegetables.
What I really love about these sodas are their versatility. I enjoy dropping a straw into the modern, long neck and sipping straight from the bottle when I need a little pick me up. When I’m feeling festive but don’t want booze, these are perfect in a champagne flute. Or sometimes, I add some ice into a nice glass and pair it with my latest veggie offerings to add some style and flair to any meal. And, just because they are named DRY, doesn’t mean you have to be! These sodas make a fantastic, flavorful mixer to your liquor of choice. Check out the flavor profiles linked above for their mixology for suggested alcohol pairings and recipes. The Lemongrass Pear Martini is calling my name!
The Seattle based company offers all six of the above flavors for sale online or you can find them at BevMo, Whole Foods and Starbucks. Oh, and keep an eye out for the very latest flavor offering from DRY, just launched this week, Cucumber DRY, which promises to be “the perfect 45 calorie quencher for spring and summer!”
Review team: Now that you’ve tried DRY, are you swearing off brown soda forever? Let us know what flavor you sampled and about any great recipes you created with your DRY Soda.