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Lots o’ Soda: Lime Crush

The problem with so many citrus sodas, says the guy who is all of the sudden Mr. Big Expert on carbonated drinks, is that they interpret the citrus taste as sweet rather than tart.  This is the case with basically all lemon-lime sodas, which favor ‘crisp’ (sugary) and ‘clean’ (flavorless) instead of the tangy quality that makes lemons and limes so valuable in alcoholic beverages.  Crush, which is to white people what Fanta is to Hispanics, is certainly guilty of that; its orange flavor, compared to leading competitor Sunkist, is numbingly sweet and contains almost none of the spicy undertones that an orange drink needs to have.  Even Crush’s lesser-known flavors, like pineapple and strawberry, are just pure corn syrup drip feeds with the loosest possibly interpretations of their fruit flavors.  That’s why I was a pleasantly surprised at the taste of lime Crush, which cuts the sweetness and boosts the lime flavoring — or, in practical food-chemistry terms, goes easy on the corn syrup and hypes the citric acid — to provide an interpretation of ‘citrus’ that uncharacteristically emphasizes tartness.  It’s not that the stuff is sour; it’s designed for the sweetness-addicted American palate, after all, and isn’t going to shift many units by forgoing a sugary rush.  But it’s an unexpected thrill to run into a lime-flavored drink that avoids the hyper-sugary extremes that are normally found in orange sodas, Mountain Dew derivatives, and the crystallized abomination that is Green River.  Like a lot of the more marginal Crush flavors, it doesn’t turn up often, so snag it when you see it; at the very least, it’s an improvement on their grape soda, which is horrendous even by comparison to the usual festival of artificiality that comprises a typical grape soda.  Its color, too, is an appealing shade of, well, lime, abjuring the inexplicable clearness of lemon-lime sodas, the radioactive Kelly green of Green River, and the re-agent-looking glow of Mountain Dew.

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labrujah
Mar. 16th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
I am obsessed with European style bitter lemon sodas right now. best approximated by tom collins mix I suppose.
brandiweed
Mar. 16th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
I wonder if you would like the Fentiman's Victorian Lemonade and Savile Orange Jigger. They're British fermented sodas (though effectively non-alcoholic for selling/taxing purposes: 0.5% by volume), and they're pleasantly tangy. (Sadly, it seems to be easier to find Fentiman's cola, ginger beer, and even the shandy-- near beer + lemonade. Though they're pretty good too.)
minnesattva
Mar. 16th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Man, now you've got me wanting the ginger beer and lemonade.... and I've just realized there are two places within five minutes' walk where I can get them.
flying_blind
Mar. 16th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't had it in forty years but, when I was a kid, Squirt had a clearly identifiable grapefruit flavor, although it was also quite sweet. There was also a period when I favored Schweppes Bitter Lemon, but eventually I tired of the quinine element which overpowered the citrus.

lollerk8
Mar. 16th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Squirt is available in central America (Panama anyway) and since it's sweetened with cane sugar instead of HFCS as in N. America, it is pure bliss. not oversweet in the slightest.
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