Tuesday, May 22, 2007

We've Been Had

I thought that I had drunk ginger ale before Saturday night. I thought I knew what it tasted like. And for several years, I thought I loved it. Then, as with many before it, this obsession for the bubbly-golden beverage subsided. In times of desperation, it became what I sipped with soda crackers to keep la malaise du matin at bay.

Saturday night, not in the mood for beer or wine, I was left with two choices: tap water or ginger ale. After a couple of glasses of water, I decided I needed something more substantially flavored and opted to try the ginger ale, a brand I'd neither seen nor heard of before.

Whooooooooooooooooooo-hoooooooooooooo-ooooooooooooh!!!! Man alive! That stuff was the best fucking ginger ale I have ever tasted. Pardon my language, y'all. You know I don't cuss much, so if I am I must be serious.

Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale is some serious stuff. Made in Birmingham, and apparently only sold in Alabama, it has a delightfully wicked kick that you just might not be expecting. When they say ginger, they mean it. It was actually spicy. In a very wonderful way. In kind of a...sexy way.

Now I wonder what other little regional delights I'm missing out on as a fan of the carbonated beverage. I've had Sundrop and RC Cola from Tennessee; Cheerwine from North Carolina. I remember a drink called Ski from when I was a kid that I had only ever had in Kentucky.

So, does anyone else have a favorite flavor of coke (or soda as y'all friends from up north like to call it) that I should try if I'm ever in your neck of the woods?


Suz said...

Yep! Try Blenheim Ginger Ale, made in South Carolina! You can read about it at http://blenheimshrine.com

A. said...

If you like good Ginger Ale/Ginger Beer, you would probably like Ale-8, a Kentucky-only soft drink. Strong and tasty!

Jen aka Evilynmo said...

I love your use of French!!

"la malaise du matin"

C'est magnafique, mon amie!

Suz said...

Try Blenheim's, made in SC! Hard core.

Jeremy said...

If you're ever in New England, do not, under any circumstances, drink Moxie... it's the worst soft drink on the planet. It has a good, old-fashioned name, though.