Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween Review: Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale

     We're posting this one a bit late...actually about a week late. We've been having some trouble with our lackluster internet service, soooo...I'm posting our Halloween review of Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale while Tammy is busy decorating the house for fall / Thanksgiving.
     We spent Halloween evening at our local church's Trunk or Treat event, where people dress up and hand out candy to the community kiddos. It's safe for the kids and fun for everyone. This was our second year together at the event. Last year we dressed as Robin Hood and Maid Marian (I was almost universally mistaken for Shrek). This year we decided to dress as a 20's gangster and flapper (one disturbingly well educated little girl actually asked if I was a 'pimp'):

     We had a great time decorating the back of Tammy's Liberty for the event. We found a CD of Charelston big band music at Hastings to top it off and really enjoyed handing candy out to about 300 kids.
     Okay, now on to the soda!
     In addition to experimenting with making our own sodas we're also enjoying picking up unique small-batch sodas and trying them. A couple weeks back we stopped in at The Candy Co. in Oklahoma City's Bricktown. They sell gelato, candy and a good variety of bottled sodas. We picked out seven (they were running a pick six, get one free deal) and brought them home to enjoy.

    Our first try, Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale, is made under license by Clayton Distributing Co. in Anstell, Ga. A quick review of the label shows pure cane sugar and natural flavors, but also sodium benzoate and artificial colors (red 40 and yellow 6). A 12 oz bottle netted 160 calories.
     The color of this soda is a nice, deep golden color (thanks to those artificial colors). On pouring the soda gives off a pleasant, slightly sweet ginger smell.
     Red Rock advertises this ginger soda as having 'Just the Right Bite!' This may very well be the case for folks who taunt the waiters at their favorite Mexican restaurant to get the hottest possible hot sauce. For those with a milder palate, however, the 'bite' in this soda may be overwhelming or even unpleasant.
     A deep inhale of the effervescing soda shortly after pouring burned the nostrils and back of throat...that should give an idea of what's coming with that first sip. The soda tastes good, lightly sweet with a peppery ginger base. There is a lingering ginger bite (read aftertaste) on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Again, it tastes good but you're going to have to like spicy food and have a slightly bitter palate to enjoy this soda. If you only eat mild salsa and like lots of sugar in your tea this probably isn't for you.
    I enjoy bitter and spicy foods and enjoyed the soda, but found the 'bite' slightly unnecessarily strong. Tammy has a taste for sweet and mild foods, and found the soda downright unpleasant.
    Here it is once again, in front of a Halloween tree with some of the great handmade decorations Tammy makes for all occasions that you can check out here if you are interested.

     We'll be trying more soon. Let us know if you try something new and interesting!

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