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Review: Function: Light Weight

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Function LW

Function drinks is a company that launched back in Southern California back in mid-2005. They wanted to focus on producing a beverage company that focused on using natural chemical combinations and components to make a drinkable aid for specific functions of everyday life.

My first experience with the company was back in either 2006 or 2007 when I was part of the University of New Hampshire’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Alice. I had set out to the center of Durham, New Hampshire to go to a local shop for a internet cable and a screwdriver. I noticed a big black truck and a table setup giving out free cold drinks. That company was function, I was asked what type of drink I needed. The staffer explained what each one’s function and flavor and I went with Sports Shock, a lemon-lime flavor, focused on bringing you back into the game quickly and aiding with joints and muscles.

Shooting back to the future when I was looking for interesting drinks to share with you my readers I asked function and they sent me samples. Currently the flavor I remember way back when is benched for now. But they sent me three distinct types, light weight, urban detox, and alternative energy.

Today I tried a freshly chilled light weight before heading to my morning workout. The drink pours out to a light, clear ruby red color. It contains only ten calories per bottle and uses EGCG, Caffeine, Gymnema, Polygonium Cuspidatium to “ignite your metabolism” and “support your body’s natural calorie burning abilities”.

The drink itself has a nice fruity smell of a light fruit punch. The flavor is supposed to be blueberry raspberry, but both me and my sister got different colors on our palates. My sister thought strawberry kiwi and I got more a strawberry raspberry. Never the less, we both didn’t think it was too sweet and the artificial sweetener while present wasn’t too strong. What I also could tell of the drink is that is has something in it that draws moisture from the mouth a bit, a dry taste you might say.

Overall I thought the drink ranked of the top of my lighter calorie drinks. Still near the top on drinks to help with my metabolism. Now while I am not a chemist and don’t know if they drink really does what it says, a pretty good tasting drink is still a good thing.

Review: Hotlips Raspberry Soda

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Hotlips Raspberry

This is my review one of two for Hotlips Soda from Portland, Oregon. They sent me a nice sheet of information along with this soda and a bottle of their blackberry soda as samples. There are three things I know about the Northwest: they have great fruits especially berries, they are home to the great Rogue brewery, and home to a kickass donut company called Voodoo donuts. That all being said the Northwest has some great food and drinks. This soda is very unique it the first soda I’ve seen that keeps the real fruit pulp inside the soda and do not worry about trying to make each batch of soda constant.

How does it taste?

The pour was the very first thing I noticed about this beverage. The hue of a cloudy red-pink soda whirled into my pint glass and fizzed up and held a nice level of foam on the very top. The smell is very strong of just fresh berry smell with the tartness that raspberries are known for tickling my nose. The cloudy beverage confused me at first until I read the bottle and saw that it contained raspberry pulp, which is really cool. The thicker texture was also unique and lent to a very soul satisfying gulp. It was less sweet than typical beverages and had just a touch of citrus notes on the back of my tongue.

Would I buy this again?

Yes. You know its funny me and my sister had the exact opposite opinions on a lot of beverages. I think this is what real fruit sodas should taste like. She on the other land would rather the artificial clear sodas over something that tastes like it should. So in the end, I loved the real raspberry, the less sweet sugar levels, the thicker texture, the bottle, and the overall taste. I cannot wait till I try their other beverage they sent me later this week.

Review: DRY Soda: Vanilla Bean

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DRY Soda Vanilla Bean

Today I review DRY Soda Vanilla Bean a beverage from the state of Washington. Seattle to be exact. The company has sent me two of each of their flavors to sample and review.

I first found out about this company during a airing of “Unwrapped” on Food Network and was very happy to receive samples of all their flavors a few days ago.

This is one of those beverages I would call a craft beverage. Brewed on a small scale with natural ingredients and very unique flavors. The DRY team seems to really care about every bottle they sell. They even have a tasting room as a beer or wine company would have so you can talk about the product and sample all seven flavors of their higher-quality soda with only 60 calories and 16 grams of sugar.

How does it taste?

Upon opening the bottle I dug in with my nose to find that floral, earth vanilla smell. The smell was light on the back end and I found that it did have a true vanilla bean aroma. Knocking the glass bottle back for a first swig a lightly sweet rush of carbonation and vanilla rushed to the back of my throat. It was very low in acid and delicate on the palate. I had some fresh fruit I knew went well with vanilla to pair with, pears and peaches. While it did slightly boost the delicate flavor I wanted just a bit more. Still a beverage I enjoyed because its different, real, and most importantly less sweet than most.

Would I buy this again?

Yes every once and a while. It is a sweet I would pair more with desserts, fruit, ice cream, rich custards and chocolate. On the savory side I would have it with white fish, scallops, lobster, roast chicken. I would love to see a possible reformulation of this drink with a bit of real vanilla bean or vanilla paste added right at the end of brewing to punch up this flavor over the longevity of enjoying this beverage. That is one thing I love to see in vanilla products are those speckles of the rich bean.

[Observation] Beverages and Memories

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Cherry 7-UP

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Yes the picture above is the old Cherry 7-UP, not that new antioxidant crap.

Thinking way back to when I was about five years old, I used to actually stay over and hang out at my grandmothers house while my parents worked. Between watching game shows and cartoons, my grandmother would call me into the kitchen for a sandwich and my favorite soda.

My grandmother is ninety years old and this is a link to past and a close connection we had. For me it brings back very good memories.

Recently, though I cannot find I can not find the exact soda we used to drink. But I did buy the newer 7-Up and me and my grandmother had a old time sandwich. I had corned beef, clow slawn, and a half sour pickle. My grandmother had a beef tongue, mustard, and we both had a glass of Cherry 7-UP and reminisced about her old house, old friends, and old memories.

So in the comments mention a beverage that brings back memories of the past and give us a story attached to it.

[Specialty] 7Eleven Slurpee Mountain Dew

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Mountain Dew Slurpee

When I first started this blog I said I would review any beverage out there. This Slurpee I got from 7Eleven is the very example of that promised. Drinking a Slurpee and purchasing them are a art. You do the first fill and tap down some on the airy foam, than go for a second pass. You eat with a spoon or a spoon straw to achieve the best mouth feel and taste. If you try to drink just with a straw the concentration of liquid pools in the bottom and may be overwhelming. The Mountain Dew flavor is sweet and airy reminding me of a strong pulp filled orange juice. In fact the secret is that unique green color of Mountain Dew is a orange juice flavor not a lemon or lime as some people might think. This Slurpee was great today since it was so muggy. The flavor is not exactly like the bottled mountain dew but it close. The flavor is a little stronger or sweeter than regular dew and the carbonation is different because of the process of making the drink.

FINAL THIRST RATE – B

Pros –
Refreshing
Cooling
Cost efficient
Orange flavored
Airy Texture
Capable of refreezing to a solid treat
Did I mention Mountain Dew?

Cons –
A little too consentrated
Less caffeine compared to the original drink
Missing a bigger zing from carbonation

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[Coffee] Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Iced Coffee

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Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Iced Coffee

  • Sweet
  • Spiced
  • Refreshing
  • Nutty
  • Soothing

FINAL THIRST RATE – A

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