Sunday, July 02, 2006

Americana Honey Lime Ginger Ale
12 fl. oz.
glass bottle
Orca Beverage Co., Mukilteo, WA
cold, no ice

If Kate ever leaves me for another man, I already know what he will taste like: Americana Ginger Ale.

When we uncapped it, I got a sniff reminiscent of two different kinds of Brooks Brothers aftershave (Bay Rhum and Royall Lyme). That was enticing enough for Kate, but when you add in the taste, well, I'll let her say it. "This is possibly the best ginger ale ever made...I don't know who these people are, but they've clearly sold their soul to the Devil."

Okay, okay, we get it, Kate likes it, but what does it taste like? Quite a lot like Vernor's--as with the big V, you've get to make sure not to inhale as you drink it, or the ginger fumes will cause you to cough spasmodically and sputter the soda all over yourself. But Americana is a bit lighter than Vernor's, thanks to the lime note in it; it's tasty, not palate-searing. And the pure cane sugar in Americana Ginger Ale gives it the nod over Vernor's, which uses the dreaded high fructose corn syrup.

Final verdict: A true winner. The best ginger ale ever made? Only more research will tell!

KP: 10 of 10
MG: 9 of 10


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