Posts Tagged ‘ drinks ’

Diet Sunkist Has Caffeine!?

So, apparently I’m on a soda kick lately. Definitely odd considering I have made the leap, and stopped buying soda to keep in my fridge during the week (It’s been rough folks). Well, I still allow myself to drink diet soda, but not having it in the house, in theory, reduces my consumption of the stuff.

One of my favorite “usual” sodas that I reach for is Diet Sunkist. I like orange soda, and this one is a better tasting diet specimen. Whenever I was driving late at night, and wanted a drink that wouldn’t wire me too bad, it’s what I’d grab at a gas station. It helps that it’s one of the sodas that Circle K usually offers at two for $2.

Anyways, today I learned that apparently it has caffeine. I really thought that all orange soda was caffeine free. Apparently this one is not. Duly noted soda people, you are off the late night soda list.

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Obscure Products: Diet Mountain Dew Code Red

Today I managed to taste an amazing revolution in diet soda. Sadly, it may have well been the last time that I’ll ever taste it again. Without delving into another long “Sorry I’ve been away” message, lets just say that I have started a new job, and have already been introduced to some new tastes by my coworkers.

One such thing is Diet Mountain Dew Code Red. You heard me right folks, diet Code Red. Let gamers, and couch potatoes rejoice, etc… In all seriousness though, it really does stink that all of Mountain Dew’s fantastic flavor creations never court to the diet minded crowd. When I saw my buddy at wok with this, I got really excited. When he gave me one to try, I was even more thrilled. In all honesty, this is one of the best diet sodas that I have ever tasted.

And that’s when the bombshell dropped. Where did he get this you may ask? Ohio… Yeah, he found it on vacation, and in his great wisdom brought 13 cases back with him. Very well planned, and even nicer that he shared one with me, but now what do we do. We have both agreed that this is a dilemma. We need more Diet Code Red. Looking online, so far, all I’ve been able to find is 34 packs on Amazon for $25 plus dollars. This will simply not stand!

So, point of the story? Diet Code Red is awesome if you are a fan of Dew, Code Red, or just cherry-like sodas. I didn’t even think it was diet when I tasted it. Oh, and the crushing disappointment that I may never taste this soda again. Here’s a call to post if any of you know where to get this in the North East. I will pay, and give major props to whoever can get me some more of this tasty liquid.

It’s Been a While…Let’s Hop, Skip, and Go Naked

So, I have been away much too long. Excuses could be thrown, as I have a few legitimate ones. For instance, I am actually changing my career path, and taking on a new job soon. It should be fun, and will take me to some new places to try out food, and review here. For now, we won’t dwell on my absence, and we’ll talk a little about what this is all about: food.

More specifically with New Years Eve coming tomorrow, what is everyone going to eat? Anyone out there throwing some wild and crazy parties? Personally, it’s pretty low key this year, with only a few friends coming over for some shenanigans. Last year was a bit crazier, and I cooked a boat load. This year is a tad easier…

So, for pre-dinner fooodage, I’m just throwing together a simple cheese and veggie platter with crackers. Nice, easy, and everyone usually is happy with it. For dinner, I think we’re doing the cop out this year, and ordering Chinese takeout. I’ve always heard that this is a New Years staple, but have never done it myself until now.

And to the important part: the drinks! This year, I will once again be making Hop, Skip, and Go Naked Punch. The recipe is as follows, so enjoy!

Hop, Skip, and Go Naked Punch

  • 6 oz. Limeade Concentrate
  • 6 oz. Lemonade Concentrate
  • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda
  • 8 oz. Bacardi 151
  • 8 oz. Peach Schnapps

Note: The measurements are pretty flexible, and mine usually gets made with extra booziness 🙂

What’s New: NOS Sugar Free

So, I like energy drinks, let the wailing and gnashing of teeth commence…Okay, got that out of your systems? Good. Actually, I like sugar free energy drinks the best, and frankly I think that they’re not too bad for you.

Think about it like this. Most of them don’t have the artificial sweeteners in them like diet soda. Also, with the sugar free cans, you’re talking about 20 calories per can. That’s a big old zero on the Weight Watcher’s point scale there. The only drawback is the long term effects of the energy spike from the caffeine in the drink. Since I don’t drink coffee, lets call it square.

I digress. Usually, I’ll reach for Low-Carb Monster, or Sugar Free No Fear, but what caught my eye this past Sunday was the NOS Sugar Free. I have vivid memories of the regular NOS, and it’s cat litter like stench from some friends of mine who love the stuff, so I was slightly hesitant. Still, it was cheaper than all the others, and I could always, you know, not drink it.

Okay, onto the actual beverage. Visibly, and taste-wise, this is an orange drink. It’s actually really similar to an orange soda, but without that distinctive aftertaste that you get from diet ones.  It is carbonated, so there were some foul smelling burps going on while drinking, and a little bit afterward. Walking away from the energy drink, there’s not much  to say. It’s like orange soda with a punch. Actually, it just occurred to me what it’s like: Sparks energy beer, only without the lovely alcohol content.

You know, the more I mull it over, the more I think this might be my new favorite energy drink. It’s orange, which I love,  (Insert Keenan and Kell joke here) and the crash that follows any energy drink was almost non-existent. That could be because there wasn’t too much of an energy spike to begin with. Perfect. If I’m going for a carbonated energy drink, this is my new standby.

What’s New: Stocking the Bar

Summer heat brings with it the need for cool and tasty refreshment. What better way to do that than with refreshing lemonade? Oh wait, I know! Add booze to make said refreshing and tasty beverage.

With this in mind, I set out to make some nice additions to my bar cabinet for the summer. I’m not a particularly big drinker, I may have one beverage a week, tops, but still enjoy having the option to get creative, and mix what I want. To the liquor store!!!

I decided to buy some nice ingredients that are usually key in some of my favorite mixed drinks: midori, blue curacao, triple sec, grenadine, some sour mix, and a new premixed drink that I found. First lets talk about the lemonade: of the electric variety.

Electric lemonade is a sweet and tart cocktail perfect for the summer heat. It’s pretty potent, kind of reminiscent of a sour patch kid, but delicious all the same. To make one, you’ll need the following:

(For reference, 1.5 oz = 1 shot)

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka (used Smirnoff citrus)
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao (modified to 3/4 oz. = 1/2 shot)
  • 2 oz. sour mix (modified to 2 1/4 oz.  = 1 1/2 shots)
  • 7 – up (used diet because I’m me)

See, really easy to make. Add some ice, a lemon wedge, and cherry and now you’ve got a cocktail worthy of the Bahamas. In the future, I think I’ll pick Sprite Zero over the 7-up because for some reason, I just think that 7-up is nasty. Just tastes weird to me. Still, this is a tasty drink that you can really enjoy. Just a warning, it’s really easy to knock back quickly, so don’t hurt yourself folks.

So this post is kind of a double-header because of the premixed drink I also purchased at the liqour store. Father’s day weekend lead to me trying a drink mixed by my mother’s boyfriend using Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. He had mixed it with lemonade to make an awesome hard Arnold Palmer. With that, I was excited to see a premixed sweet tea using the stuff in the store, and decided to grab it.

Now, this premixed stuff was pretty good, but I think I’ll buy the sweet tea vodka straight next time, and mix my own. As with most premixed drinks, I found the mix to be a bit off in the direction of a bit too strong. Don’t get me wrong, it was a tasty, hard Arnold Palmer, but that first sip left a face. After a while, and some melting of the ice, it got better. I think that I might cut the rest with a little lemonade to blend it a bit better. That, and I can get it to last a bit longer through the 4th of July weekend that way.

So, here is another unique summer mixing drink for you to think about. Much better than your standard fruity vodka flavors, this sweet tea vodka, has a very unique taste, leaving you knowing that it’s tea.

Here;s to a responsible, and tasty summer!

What’s New: Diet Trop-A-Rocka Tea

Ok, so this week’s What’s New post starts with a shout-out to the awesome food blog Slashfood. So besides being a nice place to go read about food news, and interesting recipes, Slashfood also occasionally holds nifty competitions and giveaways. One such giveaway was to comment about your favorite flavor of Snapple, and be entered into a contest to win a 6 pack each of Snapple’s two new tea flavors: Diet Trop-A-Rocka Tea, and Compassionberry Tea.

Well, guess what? Yours truly managed to be the lucky winner of some Snapple Tea! Thanks Slashfood! So for now lets look at the diet tea as I’m still trained to reach for a diet drink first.

Now, Snapple doesn’t have a description of the taste of this tea on their site, but do claim that it is “rocker approved”. Well, good for them, but I’m more interested in the taste. That said, opening up the tea, the first thing that you can smell is mango. Now, I’m a fan of mango, but know that it can be a tad sweet. Tasting the drink, my theory is confirmed. The first sip is a blast of mango flavor, and man is it sweet. Still, it’s very good, with the tea taste riding backseat to the citrus punch that this tea throws. My roommate, who is very “refined” about the sweetness and adventuresome of his beverages gave it a try, and had to take a step back.

We both agreed that this was a tasty drink, but with the K.O. mango punch, it needs to be consumed slowly. usually I’ll blast through a bottle of Snapple as a single beverage, but this one had me close it up, and save the other half for later, completely satisfied.

Now to the nitty gritty of this tea. First things first: this beverage is “free” for weight watchers, but does still have calories. Like Crystal Light, there’s that 5 calories per serving in there, so 10 for a bottle. I know, peanuts in a 2000 calorie world, but when you try to eat too many “free” foods on weight watchers, they can add up over a day. Also to be noted is the sweetener used. Without diving into the battle that is the artificial sweetener showdown, I’ll just say that this uses my least favorite: the dreaded aspartame. Still, as a treat, you could do worse.

Overall, I would definitely try this flavor of Snapple again. It was tasty, and able to satisfy a sweet tooth for a while, as well as any random mango cravings. It really was potent in that department. So once again, thanks go to Slashfood for introducing me to this tasty diet drink.

What’s New: Diet Pepsi Cherry Vanilla

So, throughout this blog I have mentioned my drinking habits. More specifically my soda drinking habits (I don’t drink alcohol on a regular enough basis to have anything close to a habit there). Well during my week, I am still fighting to tone it down, and at least now primarily drink Waist Watchers version of Cream Soda. It’s pretty tasty, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.

On weekends, I happily rejoin the world of normal soda. Still, this usually is limited to diet sodas, simply because I like the taste better. Well, my friend Kyle grabbed something new while we were at the store: Diet Pepsi Cherry Vanilla.

Luckily for me, he let me try some. I wasn’t sure going in if I would like this new drink. I mean, I love Diet Pepsi, and Diet Pepsi Cherry is always tasty as well. Still, I’m not a fan of creamsicle-like things, even though I enjoy cream soda…I know, I make no sense.

Well, you only live once, and the worst that would happen is my friend might have me spit the drink back in his face, so I gave it a try…and it is a WINNER!!! This new soda somehow combines the cherry and vanilla into something like cherry cream soda instead of a cherry creamsicle, and I love it. Luckily, they don’t stock this yet at work, otherwise my soda problem may face a slight relapse. Still, go out and try it for yourselves, it’s a tasty treat.