Spicy Ginger Ale from Ginger’s Bunkhouse/Provided by K. A. Artist Shop
“Spicy” is exactly the right word for this ginger ale that comes out of the Manhattan Cafe in Athens, Georgia. There’s a back of the throat burn when you first start sipping that mellows out as you enjoy the bottle, or if you drink it over ice. Manhattan Cafe is a neighborhood bar with a signature cocktail - Spicy Ginger Ale and bourbon. When their favorite brand of ginger ale had production problems, they created their own and now they share it with the rest of us. Their website offers three recipes to try including our favorite, the Orange Blossom Special (since we’re not huge bourbon fans). But this ginger ale is also absolutely delicious just on its own. And they’ve just been named a finalist in the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia competition. Stay tuned to see if they win when the judging is finalized in April.
$5.99 per 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles. Available at Grant Park Market, 519 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta. http://www.bunkhousebeverages.com/
Sodas from New Creation Soda Works
Sodas from New Creation Soda Works/Provided by Meg Frazier Designs
The small town of Bishop, Georgia, southwest of Athens, is home of New Creation Soda Works. Founder Paul Kooistra took the town’s old turkey hatchery and turned it into a place to hand craft some of the most unique soda flavors we’ve tried. It was hard to pick a favorite. Root beer may not be an unusual flavor for soda, but someone in my household swears New Creation’s Root 42 Old Time Root Beer soda is the best he’s ever tasted. Krümkake is butter pecan cream soda, which quite frankly our tasters expected not to like at all. Yet it was a huge hit. And Nada, their strawberry habanero flavor, tastes of real strawberries (no artificial flavors) with just a hint of heat from the habaneros. All delicious, all refreshing. All are light so we understand why Kooistra says serving them over ice will just dilute the flavor. Refrigerate and enjoy.
$10 per 4-pack. Available online at https://newcreationsoda.com/.
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