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Thursday, April 23, 2009

For Its Fizz and Flavor, Try DRY

Sick and tired of sticky sugary soda? Looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink to enjoy with lunch or dinner? You may want to try DRY soda.

Available in six flavors, this soda is simple and elegant. The soda contains only natural ingredients – sugar, water and flavored with fruit, flower or herb extracts. DRY soda comes in sleek bottles with an award-winning design.

Flavors include Lavender, Lemongrass, Rhubarb, Kumquat, Vanilla Bean and Juniper Berry. As you could guess, Lavender is my favorite. Fizzy and soothing, the drink sparkles with a hint of the flavor and aroma of lavender. I love the lightness of this drink. Minimal sugar equates to fewer calories. Seventy calories in each 12 ounce bottle compares to double that for 12 ounces of Coca Cola.

A Seattle-based company, DRY soda offers a tasting room in Pioneer Square where you can sample their soda. The soda is served in champagne glasses. In fact, many fine restaurants offer DRY soda as an alternative to ice tea, cola or wine. Dahlia Lounge, 35th Street Bistro and Purple Café and Wine Bar are three of the more than 50 restaurants where DRY soda is available in Washington. For those of us who are looking for a non-alcoholic drink or who enjoy fresh flavor, DRY soda has come along at the right time.

Other adult soda products on the shelf include Jones Soda (also a northwest company), Izze and GuS (Grown Up Soda). Lots of flavors, but, alas only DRY creates Lavender Soda.

At the end of a long day, I treat myself to DRY Lavender soda on the rocks with a small square of dark chocolate. The combination is divine.

Where in the world will lavender turn up next?

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