DRY soda isn’t your normal cola brand soft drink. With flavors like Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber and Wild Lime hitting the shelf, these sodas are meant for some serious experimenting. But recently Creative Director and winner of Top Chef All-Stars Richard Blais released a whole new set of flavors that take your typical soda flavors and apply the DRY philosophy. I got a chance to try DRY Cherry, Vanilla bean, Ginger, Pear and Apple to see how these common flavor match up. Overall by using less sugar and simple ingredients (only 4 total) I was able to really taste the flavor of each soda. My favorite was the ginger because it still had the nice spicy bite but wasn’t overly sweet. Also none of the soda’s had a bitterness that comes with other low-cal soda drinks (like La Croix); rather they all were relatively sweet but not sugary.
This dynamic made me curious to try DRY soda out in some cocktails. I quickly found out that these sodas are perfect compliments for a range of liquor. I even made a couple of two ingredient cocktails to see if the soda could hold its own. To my surprise many of the flavors paired perfectly and did not hide the liquor in a pound of sugar. I really enjoyed the DRY Apple flavor mixed with some spiced rum. It had a nice candy taste to it but it finishes smooth and dry. It truly was like biting into a crisp candy apple. I recommend having a stock of DRY soda’s at least on hand in your liquor cabinet. Because even if you aren’t a mixologist it’s pretty easy to make a tasty cocktail with these bad boys. Check out some of my favorite cocktail recipes below if you’re looking for something a little more complex. If not, just trying experimenting with different flavors and liquors. I bet you’ll probably find your new favorite go-to drink:
2 oz Riesling
1/2 oz blood orange juice
1/4 oz honey syrup
2-3 dashes of Peychauds Bitters
Pear DRY Soda
Serve: Coupe glass
Garish: star anise pod
Add first four ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake 5 to 7 seconds.
Strain into coupe glass. Top with Pear DRY Soda.
Garnish with star anise pod and serve.
Veronica Lizarraga | DRY Soda Mixology Brand Ambassador Las Vegas, NV
1 1/2 oz Anejo Tequila
3/4 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Agave
Cherry DRY Soda
Serve: Bucket glass
Garnish: Lemon twist
Add first for ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake 5 to 7 seconds.
Strain into bucket glass half-filled with ice. Top with Cherry DRY Soda.
Garnish with lemon twist and serve.