Food29 Nov 2008 08:00 am

A few drinks I’ve tried lately.

Dry Soda in lavender flavour

$3.99 at Sobeys (in Calgary). Now available at Sobeys on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton.

This was a very light tasting soda, infused with the flavour and scent of lavender. Calming! It was indeed dry. Apparently it was created by a woman who wanted to drink something when she was pregnant. A new idea was born! ahahahahahah…ahem.

Not overly bubbly, it makes me wonder how hard it would be to use some lavender I have to make simple syrup and make my own. Would be delicious with some sort of flavourless liquor, perhaps vodka.

Also available in kumquat, rhubarb, lemongrass, and now, vanilla bean and juniper berry. I may incorporate this into my beer tasting (when I finally have it) as a side soda tasting for people who do not drink.

Bulmers cider (original)

(this may also be found under the name Magners, although that is the export brand. Same stuff in the bottle apparently, though)

A visit to Chateau Louis liquor store netted some interesting beers, and also this cider. The counter clerk said it was “the best” and I do agree; highly quaffable. Not overly carbonated or as sharp as the most common cider here; Strongbow. It had a lighter less bitter flavour, more watered down apple and not very dry. Very crisp.

Oddly, it was suggested as serving over ice, which we did. My first instinct was to let it warm on the counter, though, I must admit. May do that in the future. This was very drinkable, although it was quite different than most ciders I normally drink.

One Response to “Drinks”

  1. on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:30 pm Design Monkey

    Magners / Bulmers (depends on where you’re buying it – in Ireland or outside of Ireland) is one of the ciders of choice here in London. And yeah, the ice thing is how it’s done, and it’s a bit weird.

    Should you get the chance though, definitely try Aspall (, which is dry and lovely.