Soda Jerking

Our son has decided that he wants to create mixed drinks. He has been looking up a variety of recipes online. Not the alcoholic type of beverage mind you. Instead, he wants to make sodas.

So I ended up buying a couple of bottles of flavored syrup for him. As well as some pumps. Then I bought some more that I thought sounded tasty. There’s a couple of flavors in there that may taste good in coffee or hot chocolate this autumn/ winter.

My wife thinks it’s funny that the lime and coconut flavors showed up together. Our son is going to attempt to make some Italian Sodas over the next while. As well as some DisneyLand inspired drinks. I’m looking forward to tasting the concoctions. Perhaps he can be a better jerk than he is most days.

Refreshment Memory

Friday night I picked up four bottles of “Clearly Canadian” from a 7-11 store. I used to drink these back in grade 10/11 in the early 90’s. I think most teens at the time drank them as well. I wanted to taste them again and have my children to try these drinks.

The bottling is the same as it once was. I really liked this fact. Cracking open each bottle, the smells were familiar. The tastes were exactly the same. Which meant- they weren’t that good…

Nope. I now remember not liking these very much. The flavors are extremely artificial tasting and far too sweet for a bottle sparkling water. Even my children commented about how they tasted like different candies as they sampled each one.

In the end, my memory of these drinks was muddled to say the least. I remember heading to the local convenience store by my high school and buying them on occasion. Usually because a girl I was with wanted one. As a teen boy, I tried to impress a girl by trying to like what she liked. But my memory of the taste eluded me until I sampled them again. I can honestly say, never again. (To both the drinks and trying to impress someone.)

I should’ve learned my lesson two years ago when I bought a Crystal Pepsi. That was my 90’s drink which had vanished and reappeared briefly. It too was not amazing in any way. Just a gimmicky idea praying on my nostalgia. I do love my Sodas though.

I need to stop buying into this. All I can say is that Orbitz better not hit the shelves again… they weren’t very good. Although we all know I’d have to buy it.

Go For A Soda?

I love drinking soda pop. I always have. Pop is the best. Kim Mitchell agrees:

Sugary sweet carbonated beverages. Mmmm so bad for my teeth and my stomach. But I don’t care. Delicious flavors flow over my palette. I don’t have a favorite. They’re all my favorite.

Throw in some ice cream and you have a beautiful treat. Drink it in a soda shoppe just to enjoy the experience.

When I was younger, I could go to the corner store and buy a 750ml glass bottle of Pepsi or Coke. My parents went to a local place called “Pick-A-Pop” where the flavors were basic but super sweet. The lime and the orange flavor were far too candy tasting. I fell in love with cream soda and root beer as a youngster. I miss “The Pop Shoppe“.

We now carbonate our own water and add flavor to it. I love the cream soda, but my kids hate it. They like the pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, and watermelon flavors. It’s not the same as buying a glass bottle. But making soda at home has brought joy to my kids.

Nobody cries.

Caffeinate

Coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks.  Everyone has a way of getting that burst of energy.  Personally I go for coffee.  My wife and I share a pot every morning.  Even if I’m coming home from a nightshift.  This makes us about 2-3 cups each.  On a rare occasion we make a second pot.  It all depends on how our day before went…

When I first started working shift work or nights, I would pick up a large energy drink or two.  I did this for a few years until I realized that I was getting severe heartburn regularly.  It only took my body a few days to return to normalcy.  Now, I only have an energy drink once or twice a year-usually on the fourth day of a ComiCon.  This is because hotel breakfast coffee is the worst and trying to justify spending $5 at Starbucks on a black coffee is difficult.  

Chemistry


My tastes in coffee are simple.  Inexpensive (but not bottom of the barrel cheap), hot, and two sugar- no matter what size- two sugar adds the exact sweetness I need for my coffee.  Like the chemical compounds for the caffeine to sugar ratio has nothing to do with the liquid itself.  

Coffee doesn’t keep me awake either.  I could drink a pot of coffee to myself and then go straight to sleep.  I drink coffee more for the fact that I always drank it.  I have never had caffeine withdrawals because I never let that happen.

Something is seriously wrong with this math.


In my home we rarely have cans of cola around.  We usually purchase 2L bottles of Ginger Ale or a lemon lime soda when it’s on sale- then we stock up!  My personal taste is Dr. Pepper and my wife enjoys Coke Zero, so we pick up one or two of those as well.  Our children drink mostly water, tea or milk.  Treats on the weekend include juice or a glass of pop.  If it’s a family birthday or special occasion, then our kids get a cup of coffee, but it’s half filled with milk or cream.

Now that it’s getting warmer, I’m going to try and enjoy some iced coffees.  However, coffee at our home rarely lasts in the pot long enough to get cold, so I will be resorting to buy my iced coffees elsewhere.  Thank goodness McDonald’s has them for $1.00 all summer!  Time to get caffeinated & cool off.

Blatant advertizing. Only a dollar all summer!