Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale (with Pomegranate and Hibiscus) - Asian Food Market: Cherry Hill, NJ

Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale (with Pomegranate and Hibiscus) - Asian Food Market: Cherry Hill, NJ
I am taking a break from the Sakuma Drops Candy because they are tearing the roof of my mouth apart. ;_; I’ll post the last two flavors tomorrow.

I have seen this beverage line at other stores, and around the web, and I was pretty curious about how this flavor would taste, so I decided to pick it up during my last trip to the Asian Food Market. (I might try to film my next trip there and make a video post, but my camera doesn’t do HD video.)

Overall the packaging is very simple with a natural, organic, feel. The clear glass bottle it topped with a plain metal cap without any image or text, and the label is a creamy off-white with a black typewriter-esque font. These vintage-y fonts can look a bit awkward or forced at times, but I think it matches the aesthetics that the brand was going for.

Since this is a natural, unfiltered, beverage there are some separation issues and the label suggests a gentle shake to mix everything back up. I’m just not comfortable shaking a soda. (I don’t want it to explode!) So I gently rolled the beverage back and forth to combine the flavors.

When I removed the cap the soda bubbled and fizzed very nicely (and thankfully didn’t burst in my hands). It looked gorgeous with all the golden bubbles!

I knew this soda was going to be strongly flavored but I was still a little shocked by just how strong the initial ginger aroma was. I can smell the cane sugar and ginger, but there is only a slight fruity hint of pomegranate. Ginger is undoubtedly the star of the show.
Taking a sip, this stuff is STRONG. (Strong enough to be worthy of all caps.) The ginger is sweetened, but it slightly burns the tongue and really woke me up. The strength is equivalent to the ginger that accompanies sushi, but the cane sugar, pomegranate, and hibiscus help to balance the flavor. (The add-ins are noticeable, but they take a back seat to the ginger.)
This was VERY refreshing and I really enjoyed it. (Which is saying something because I typically don’t like minced ginger.) I can see this being a great drink for a spring picnic, or a unique mix-in for a summer cocktail. If you love ginger, you’ll love this soda. (Even if you dislike actual minced ginger, like I do, you might really like it as well.) 
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