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Are you bored? Liven up the party with DRY Sodas

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS: DRY SODA - This Merry and Bright cocktail is made with Blood Orange DRY Soda.Fizzy Mulled Wine is made with Ginger DRY Soda.For many Americans, holiday feasting began at Thanksgiving and will continue at least until New Year’s Eve. Are you bored with the same old cocktails? And maybe even just a little bit tired of drinking alcohol in general?

We do have options, and thanks to Sharelle Klaus of Seattle, we have unique, fun options in her DRY Sodas. Klaus has developed what she believes is a soda for everyone.

“My passion for all things culinary led me to create a soda that was true to the herbs and fruits I loved,” she writes on her website. “I wanted to create a soda that was less sweet, all natural with the highest quality ingredients so that the flavors would shine through.”

Klaus began making soda in her home kitchen in 2005. She was concerned about the amount of sugar in beverages, and thought consumers deserved a healthier alternative to traditional sodas, especially those wanting a low-sugar soda.

DRY Moscow Mule is made with vodka, lime juice and Ginger DRY Soda.After countless batches and taste tests with family, and guidance from some of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs, she launched DRY Sodas — the less sweet, all natural soda made with just four ingredients, including purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural fruit, flower or herb flavor and clean preservatives.

“In the beginning DRY was offered in the nation’s finest restaurants,” she said. “And then, thanks to the overwhelming support of DRY’s enthusiastic customers, DRY expanded to retail distribution. Due to the success of the original four flavors — rhubarb, lavender, lemongrass and kumquat — DRY added more flavors: blood orange, juniper berry, vanilla bean, cucumber and wild lime. In 2013, DRY added four more flavors — apple, ginger, pear and cherry — for all of DRY’s customers, early and new alike, to sip, pair and mix.”

DRY contains one-quarter to one-third less of the sugar and calories of traditional soda. Calorie counts range from 45 to 70 for 12 ounces.

The newsroom staff sampled cherry, blood orange, vanilla bean and cucumber. We all liked them and thought they would be very interesting ingredients for cocktails.

DRY Soda comes in slim aluminum cans or bottles. Blood Orange was Barb Randalls favorite flavor.They are a great alternative over traditional soda for guests wishing something different than alcohol. You can dress them up as mocktails but they certainly stand on their own as refreshing, unique beverages.

We can buy DRY Soda at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market, Fred Meyer, Whole Foods and Elephants Deli on Meadows Road.

Start the New Year with an epicurean adventure. Sample DRY Soda and create mocktails/cocktails.

Follow the recipes below or get creative and develop your own recipes.

And if you feel like taking a road trip, go visit DRY Soda’s company store and tasting room in Seattle, located at 410 First Ave. S. Learn more at drysoda.com.

Bon Appetit! Make eating an adventure!

Mocktails

Fa La La La Lavender Delight

5 to 6 rosemary leaves

3 to 4 white grapes, halved

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/4 teaspoon fresh lavender flower petals

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

2 ounces lemonade

3 ounces Lavender DRY Soda

1 lemon wheel (slice of lemon cut into a circle)

1 sprig rosemary

Muddle rosemary leaves with the cut grape, simple syrup, lavender flower petals and grated lemon peel in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add lemonade, shake well with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with Lavender DRY Soda, stir gently and garnish with lemon wheel and sprig of rosemary.

Cranberry Ginger Cider

5 fresh cranberries

1/2 cup apple cider

1/4 cup Ginger DRY Soda

1 lemon

Cinnamon

Muddle 5 fresh cranberries in a glass with ice. Top with a half cup of apple cider, add a quarter cup of Ginger DRY Soda. Add a squeeze of lemon and pinch of cinnamon. Stir gently, garnish with cranberries and a lemon wheel.

DRY Tonic

5 ounces Juniper Berry DRY Soda

Squeeze of lime

Lime wedge

Add two ice cubes, 5 ounces Juniper Berry DRY Soda and a squeeze of lime to a rock glass. Stir vigorously. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Cocktails

Merry and Bright

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce sweet vermouth

2 ounces Blood Orange DRY Soda

Add vodka, Campari and sweet vermouth to ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake 57 seconds. Strain over ice into glass. Top with 2 ounces Blood Orange DRY Soda. Garnish with an orange twist.

DRY Moscow Mule

2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce lime juice

3 1/2 ounces Ginger DRY Soda

Pour vodka, lime juice and Ginger DRY Soda over ice, stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Fizzy Mulled Wine

1 bottle (750 ml) merlot, chilled

1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from about 1 large orange)

3/4 pound strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1 medium orange, sliced thinly

1/3 cup sugar

1 sachet mulling spice blend

12 ounces Ginger DRY Soda

Simmer 1 cup wine, sugar and mulling spice sachet in a saucepan for 6 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, take out sachet. Pour into pitcher, add remainder of wine bottle, chill. Stir in orange juice, orange slices, strawberries and Ginger DRY Soda. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

All recipes courtesy of drysoda.com.

Randall welcomes your food questions and research suggestions. She can be reached at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or by email at brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com. Follow her on Twitter @barbrandallfood.

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