I walked into Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX when they opened today at 11:00. I was the only person in here for about 10 minutes. Now 30 minutes later it’s filling up quickly with folks of all ages.
I’m “on assignment” for two reasons. Reason number one is that I now have a laptop (chromebook to be correct) and I’m now able to write on the road. Reason number two is that ever since I heard of Another Time Soda Fountain I wanted to review their sodas but was unable to due to not having the resources in the first reason.
As soon as I entered I must say I was impressed by the decor. It really does have an old fashioned sense to it, but not so old fashioned that everyone wouldn’t feel welcome. It’s a very positive environment and the customers that entered after me seemed to all be having a good time. It’s like they all left their bad moods (if they even had one) at the door before coming to eat.
I’m sure that all sounds rather sappy, but it truly is a remarkable place. I never told them what I am doing there and so far no one has asked. They just make sure I’m comfortable every so often and well taken care of.
That said, let me move on to business.
I came here to have a Cherry Phosphate made by an actual Soda Jerk. It’s one of the oldest soda recipes still used today and I sadly haven’t had one.
Thankfully it was brought to me in a clear glass so I can see the vibrant red coloring. The crimson straw that I’ve accessorized with is the only thing that challenges this soda’s plumage.
It has the slight scent of maraschino cherries, but ultimately is less powerful in aroma than I thought it would be. Part of me just thinks this is going to taste like any other cherry soda, hopefully I’m incorrect in my presumption.
Interestingly enough it doesn’t completely mimic a commercial taste. The cherry is somewhat muted, but still rich enough to deliver the most important of messages loud and clear. Carbonation is lighter than I thought it would be, never having a phosphate before. As far as the mouthfeel goes it seems a bit more syrupy than your standard can of soda. This is because they primarily deal in syrups here when creating their sodas.
This extra syrup feeling causes the aftertaste to primarily come from what has attached to my mouth during this consumption process. I’m not sure why I said “consumption process” instead of drinking, but there’s something about this atmosphere that wants to romanticize the experience. Oooh, I bet they make a good grilled cheese.
Anywho, Cherry Phosphates aren’t as significantly different as I thought they would be. It’s tastes like you would think a homemade cherry soda would taste like, simple but good. This is a pretty decent start to my first foray into phosphates, but I have a feeling the lime phosphate I’m going to try next will be even better.
Verdict - Buy a Pack
This was purchased at Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX