Spiced Apple Ginger Brew
Micro brewed spiced apple ginger soda
cost: under $2
Not too long ago, during a trip to a new Bulk Barn in our area, we found the Reed's brand of "ginger brew" pop. This is a brand of micro-brewed natural sodas and traditional Jamaican brews. The old style sodas - the type you can make in your own kitchen (which we do intend to try out!) taste quite different from the large scale pops.
We tried only one flavour the first time out and enjoyed it enough to head back and get two more to try. The first taste test was of the Spiced Apple flavour. The label boasts that it is made with 60% juice, which is actually higher than a lot of drinks "made with real fruit juice!" on the market.
In appearance, it has a deeper colour than a typical ginger ale. We could smell both the apple and the ginger; it reminded my younger daughter of apple pie and Spindle found it reminded her of the spiced apple cider we sometimes make.
We all found it quite sweet, but not in an overpowering, cloying way. All the promised flavours could be recognised. It was very refreshing and delicious. The label and company website boast about its ingredients, methods and care, and this is a drink that lives up to that promise. So much so that we were really looking forward to trying new flavours.
Our next taste tests were for the Cherry and Raspberry flavours.
Cherry is, I find, a difficult flavour to market, mostly because of its strong association with cough syrup. It's hard to find a cherry flavoured drink that's doesn't make me think of cold medication.
Unlike the spiced apple, the cherry drink didn't really smell like the flavour it was supposed to be. In fact, it didn't smell much of anything, reminding me somewhat of those flavoured waters. Spindle found it reminded her of something she couldn't quite put her finger on, but she found it rather tinny and gross. In flavour, she found the ginger flavour more dominant than the cherry; something I didn't notice quite as much. It was a take it or leave it sort of thing for her, while I quite enjoyed it. Based on how faint the smell was, I was expecting far less flavour and was pleased to be wrong on that. We both definitely noticed that it tasted like "cherry juice" rather than "cherry flavoured beverage."
The raspberry also had a distinct lack of scent to it and, like the cherry, the lack of scent belied the much more intense flavour. We both liked it a lot. Though Spindle still found the ginger flavour predominant, the raspberry flavour was nicely intense.
Of the three, the spiced apple was the overall favourite, with the raspberry running second place. Definitely a drink we will be picking up again.