The last soda I will drink in 2013 needs to be memorable. It needs to be unique. It needs to be flavored with strawberry AND jalapeno. Luckily my oddly specific requirements have been met in Pure Sodaworks Strawberry Jalapeno soda. Hey, you wanna know what’s in this soda? Sparkling water, Pure Cane Sugar, Strawberries, and Jalapenos. That’s beautiful. The soda itself looks like you left your lucky red hat on the dashboard of your car for about 10 years; pink, but just barely. I’m just too excited to type any longer. This experience needs to begin right now.
Ok, I cheated a little bit, but it wasn’t my fault. I gently upended the soda to get the sediment mixed and upon opening I had to stop the flow of fizz from going everywhere. I got a bit of a taste, but it was just the foam. Let’s just pretend it never happened, ok? The smell is primarily that of the strawberry and it smells like a scratch and sniff sticker. So light and inviting I can’t wait to actually test out the beverage.
Just as the scent lead me to believe the strawberry taste is great! It’s not sugary nonsense (as so many strawberry sodas are) and the carbonation levels that accompany it are quite effervescent. With each sip I take the jalapeno grows more confident as the flavor takes hold of my mouth. The actual taste of jalapeno seems to be missing, but the heat you’d feel from one is certainly present. I compare it to the burn of a ginger beer, but this heat lingers quite a bit longer.
The further down the bottle I go the more the flavor tilts in favor of the jalapeno. Our friendly, funny, fizzy strawberry friend waves goodbye as he walks back home. Meanwhile jalapeno starts to show his true personality as if he was afraid to be himself around strawberry. Perhaps he has a crush on strawberry’s sister and didn’t want any negative word to travel her way. Sadly, like most cases he really just should have been himself the whole time. That way we could have seen exactly how well strawberry and jalapeno worked with one another.
It’s clear to me that when they made this soda they really had to complete a balancing act to get them just right. Too little strawberry and you’d just end up with a weird tasting soda that burns your mouth. Too little jalapeno and you reach a point why you’re adding it at all. I think the folks at Pure Sodaworks did an excellent job with the balance of this soda. It’s sweet, light enough to be quite refreshing, and overall a very unique experience to be had in the soda world.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet
This soda supplied to us by Pure Sodaworks