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April 29, 2005

Dey Poot Dee Lime in Dee Coke, You Nut...

Well, this post is about perverted soft drinks, not Demon Liquor, but I am drinking a Sierra Nevada IPA, and will switch to Old Grandad within the hour... So the category is Demon Liquor for 500, Alex.

I tried a new soft drink today - Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. It wasn't as much of a crime against nature as I expected it would be. In fact, it was good, in an innocuous, tastes-like-too-many-things-to-taste-distinct sort of way, kind of like if you get a forkfull of stuff from the mixed-up middle of your plate at a Chinese buffet. No telling what's in it, but it wasn't bad. I happen to like Dr. Pepper, even the atrocious Diet Dr. Pepper, and the unnatural knockoff, Mr. Pibb, so I didn't mind it.

Brief Aside: Do you know that the father of Barry Pepper, who starred in Saving Private Ryan and ESPN's "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story", was a doctor? Which would make him. . . Well, figure it out for yourself. That's what you get for listening to ESPN radio during the morning drive time.

And while we're talking about perverted soft drinks, I've always had a fondness for Coke with a twist, which makes me wonder why Diet Lemon Coke in a bottle tastes so much like Drano. And not even Liquid Drano at that; rather it tastes like a mouthful of Drano crystals. It's far worse than Vanilla Coke, which is pretty bad in it's own right. And Diet Vanilla Coke... oh, the Humanity!

But then there's Lime Coke, which has a catchy earworm jingle that is somehow not annoying, and a pretty darn good flavor. In fact, I prefer it to regular Coke, and the Diet Lime Coke variation is really quite good, and actually has a cleaner taste than the High Test version. Some people even think it's good with Mexican food.

Of course, my palate in sodas is pretty weird. I love soda water, and really like those old two seventies standbys, Fresca and Tab. (The first casualties of that disco-era leviathan: the political partnership betweent he gay rights movement, and the FDA. They could have advertised: Fresca and Tab: Too Gay, and Too Saccharine for you, Archie Bunker...) Y'know, I actually even like the Harris Teeter generic stuff about as well as the brand name stuff, and of course nothing beats a good birch beer. So please do try these new flavor variants, but don't blame me if you hate them. As always, your mileage may vary.

Posted by Blackavar at April 29, 2005 09:18 PM | TrackBack
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I wish I remember who told me that lime juice in Diet Coke killed off that aspect of its taste that some have referred to as "malted battery acid," but long ago when I flew semi-regularly, I'd ask for Diet Coke with a slice of lime. Diet Coke with Lime isn't quite as good, but it's darned close...

...and it's not often that you get Harry Nilsson to do your jingle for you posthumously. :)

Posted by: James at April 29, 2005 11:10 PM

"Dr. Pepper"? Big deal. My wife (who works for Coca-Cola, by the way) used to work with a Dr. Moreau.

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