Sodas Enhance Your Meal, Sans Alcohol
Choices Run DRY
those who appreciate pairing food with wine, beer
or other libations, yet have to—or choose to—abstain
from alcohol, DRY sodas are an ideal alternative.
Hip eateries across the country, including Oceanside's Jandi's in New York, BLD
in Los Angeles, Third Floor Fish Café in Seattle
and Hush in Laguna Beach, Calif., have started to offer these
lightly effervescent beverages as options in lieu
“Dry soda” may seem like an oxymoron,
but the DRY beverages are actually dry on the palate,
like fine wine, and designed with food pairing in
mind. The so-called “culinary sodas,”
made of herb and fruit essences, include delicate
flavors such as kumquat, rhubarb, lemongrass and lavender.
On their own, the sodas are an acquired taste, but
when matched up with select food they lend a subtle
enhancement. Try the fruity rhubarb with hearty lamb
or beef, the citrusy lemongrass with spicy Asian cuisine
or sushi and the floral lavender with vanilla bean
crème brûlée or chocolate. Sweetened
with just a touch of pure cane sugar, the sodas weigh
in at less than 70 calories apiece, a modest indulgence.
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