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Post# 961526   10/9/2017 at 14:43 (348 days old) by Maytag85 (SoCal )        

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A couple weeks back, I tried Coca-Cola in the glass bottle for the first time, and I noticed it tasted completely different from the Coca-Cola in the cans and plastic bottles. I even tried Pepsi-Cola in the glass bottles and it tastes better than the Pepsi in the cans and plastic bottles. Then I was thinking, what is your favorite sodas/beverages?

Post# 961530 , Reply# 1   10/9/2017 at 15:12 (348 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        
Big Red

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made with sugar, not HFCS.


I also score some Fitz, Frostie, faygo, A&W with vanilla, Route 66, Dachschund root beer at Rural King, all made with sugar, all in glass bottles for 99 cents per.  Each bottle is 12 oz.


Perhaps your local grocer stocks Mexican Coke?  If so, give it a try.  Much better than the garbage in plastic bottles!

Post# 961532 , Reply# 2   10/9/2017 at 15:16 (348 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Diet Pepsi, Fresca, Diet Orange Crush, diet ginger ale (Canada Dry or Schweppes), milk, iced tea, seltzer, water.

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Post# 961533 , Reply# 3   10/9/2017 at 15:26 (348 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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We don't drink much regular soda anymore, trying to stay away from the corn syrup sweetner. We always have Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale on hand and we only drink it out of the can, pouring it over ice dilutes the flavor too much. And then we only drink 2 or 3 cans a week. But if I was going to drink a regular soda it would be something sweetened with sugar, like Mexican Coca Cola in the 12 oz. bottle. And I refuse to drink anything out of the new, horrible self service soda machines in most of the fast food restaurants now, you know the ones with a jillion choices that you make by touch screen, all of the choices bad. I don't know how you can screw up mixing soda flavoring syrups with carbonated water, but they have found a way. That stuff is vile.

Most of the time we just drink tap water filtered with a Brita Faucet Mount filter, no ice. And of course coffee, black for me, David puts 1/2 &1/2 in his. And on Sunday's with dinner we have either a bottle of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice or a bottle of non alcoholic wine, since we don't drink alcohol.

Post# 961544 , Reply# 4   10/9/2017 at 16:18 (348 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

Black coffee--Community dark roast, grind by the cup, black.
Tea--Lipton gallon tea bags, brewed in an Instant Pot, for iced. Drunk plain. For hot tea, Earl Grey, usually Bigelow. Made double strength.
Water--filtered Berkey, usually w/o ice. If I want gassy, often Penafiel, sometimes Perrier.

Post# 961553 , Reply# 5   10/9/2017 at 16:49 (348 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Top Five:

1) Dark French Roast fresh ground coffee
2) Glass bottled/Mexican Coca Cola
3) Canada Dry Ginger Ale (their cranberry variety is brilliant)
4) Fresca
5) If I knew where to get it, Delaware Punch was a fave of mine.
Haven't seen it around in over 30 years, though...

And a tie with #3: RC Cola

Post# 961561 , Reply# 6   10/9/2017 at 17:22 (348 days old) by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
My Regular soft drinks are...

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.....Crystal Geyser Sparking Mineral Water (fruit flavors) and Diet 7-Up.

Post# 961568 , Reply# 7   10/9/2017 at 18:05 (348 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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1.  Evian water--yum yum

2. Southern sweet tea

3.  Dr. Pepper

4.  Big Red


Don't like Coke, it's too bitter and Pepsi tastes like Pine-Sol

Post# 961589 , Reply# 8   10/9/2017 at 20:00 (347 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

1. Brazilian Coca-cola (much better than mexican)
2) American coca cola (cans) i hate how PET bottle version tastes.
3) Pepsi Twist (impossible to find)

Post# 961616 , Reply# 9   10/9/2017 at 21:48 (347 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        
thomasortega -- brazilian stuff

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WHERE are you finding Brazilian Coca Cola? I had it in Rio, but never have seen it stateside...

Post# 961617 , Reply# 10   10/9/2017 at 22:03 (347 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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Hmm, too many

Soda, I usually drink Publix brand, esp Dr. Publix (Dr. Pepper) Mountain Blast (Mountain Dew) also orange soda.

Used to like the Chek (Winn-Dixie brand) sodas but haven't had any in long time.

Otherwise I like both Pepsi and regular or vanilla Coke. I don't drink root beer as it gives me headaches. Sometimes drink Sierra Mist or 7UP if I want something fizzy but light.

Try to drink lots of water and drink OJ with breakfast every morning.

Sweet tea only if eating out and I know they make a good one. DQ and BBQ place are my main ones. I could never drink my parents' tea without adding lots of lemon. It looks like murky water and tastes bland.

Water with lemon if I'm feeling healthy for a drink with dinner, plain water during the day.

Hot chocolate in winter is a treat.

Post# 961618 , Reply# 11   10/9/2017 at 22:17 (347 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I like a really good cup of coffee in the morning. HEB Breakfast Blend or Arabica House Blend. Have a soft spot for Dunkin Donuts coffee as well.

Favorite soda beverage: Have a weakness for Frostie Root Beer in bottle. Also like regular Coca-Cola in a bottle or can.

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Post# 961620 , Reply# 12   10/9/2017 at 22:21 (347 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

But don't look for it anywhere but in the South!

Post# 961630 , Reply# 13   10/9/2017 at 23:18 (347 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Delaware Punch

funktionalart - remember when you used to be able to get Delaware Punch in those little bottles of concentrate and mix your own? We kids used to use that to pour over homemade 'sno cones'.

Post# 961631 , Reply# 14   10/9/2017 at 23:33 (347 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Brazilian sodas (Coca-Cola, Pepsi Twist made with limes, not lemons and Guaraná Antarctica) can be found in a Brazilian store in Torrance.

The only problem is that's expensive as hell ($20 + tax a 6-can pack)

The only two things i can't live without is the coffee (Melitta Extra-Forte or Pilão, which are REAL coffee, not that watery tasteless thing that looks like tea we have here in the US) and Toddy. $25 for 1 lb of coffee is absurdly expensive, but it's worth every cent.

Darryl tried the Brazilian coffee, se said it's delicious but I know when my husband is telling a white lie. His face showed clearly it's too strong for him. LOL

The closest i can get to Brazilian coffee taste here in the US is that "shot" coffee concentrate that looks like a coffee creamer cup at 7-Eleven. I buy a large cup, put 10 or 15 of those coffee concentrate, then add some liquid creamer (1 or 2 cups) then heat everything in the microwave.

Btw. I HAAAAAAATE reheated coffee. As a good Brazilian, coffee must be like men: black, bold, strong, super hot and smell good and fresh.

Post# 961658 , Reply# 15   10/10/2017 at 06:37 (347 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Ice cold Sun-Drop bottled in Shawano, WI at Twig's Beverages is my go to soda of choice.  I like cold coffee w/ a little milk for breakfast.

Post# 961667 , Reply# 16   10/10/2017 at 07:17 (347 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Overall Winner: Iced tea (made with English breakfast tea), occasionally with a splash of sugar-free peach syrup.

Back in the day: Glass-bottled Coke (sugar; not HFCS) with a lemon wedge.
Today: Coke Zero Sugar...with a lemon wedge.

The Keurig has converted me to iced tea. A freshly-brewed glass every time.

Post# 961674 , Reply# 17   10/10/2017 at 07:42 (347 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
In this order;

Water, Vernor's ginger ale, diet coke.

Post# 961689 , Reply# 18   10/10/2017 at 09:19 (347 days old) by glomain (tuscarawas cnty. (eastern ohio))        

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RC and Dr.Pepper (tie) p.s. they are selling Cheerwine at our local Rural King,could not believe my eyes,99 cents bottle (dang good)just like down home.

Post# 961691 , Reply# 19   10/10/2017 at 09:29 (347 days old) by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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I haven't seen RC here in Pittsburgh in a while but I used to like it. I like Faygo pops too.

Post# 961700 , Reply# 20   10/10/2017 at 10:06 (347 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Town Club! RC whenever I can get it... There's Frosttop, also subject to availability... And that my nearby Ace Hardware happened to carry it when I was (& still am) at my most-hard up, buying at least one bottle of each, knowing they'd be off the shelf, so I dashed out to buy that morning I woke up craving the Sarsaparilla & Red Birch Beer (that I wish I made my "float" with--a glass or mug over vanilla ice cream) also buying the more common vanilla-caramel, reg./diet root beer and orange cream...

Give me anything that's the uncommon, or something like our Faygo, or having me decide between Barq's or Mugg (Bulldog) root beer--just to buy BOTH!--...

Or try the Mt. Dew Pitch Black (YUK, I did! --WHY?!) although Mt. Dew should just be MT. DEW, (yes, the answer to Faygo's Moonshine, which it was an answer to) as in Green Lemon/Lime, that you order at Taco Bell, 'cause it goes with your tacos & burritos, and mixes well w/ tequila...

As I'd missed out on Code Red, the Blue Stuff & even when it went White--just for the Red, White & Dew (Blue) to be mixed-up in the horrendous combination of all THREE, which I'd also avoided... And so far, never even tried it Orange--I loaded up on Sunkist & Crush, just to find all orange tastes the same! Ditto Mello Yellow & Squirt, and whatever competing brands there are of that ilk...

Otherwise, I'm turning 7-Up--Oops, don't get me started on the Gold, Cherry or other novelties, that IT had turned into over time--The Original is BEST!

-- Dave

Post# 961703 , Reply# 21   10/10/2017 at 10:14 (347 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I like Blue Sky - Cherry vanilla cream and Cherry RC Cola. For non-soda, I prefer unsweetened iced tea or just good ole water.

Post# 961716 , Reply# 22   10/10/2017 at 11:20 (347 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
beverages of choice...

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whole milk, spring water, strong black coffee, porter & stout beer, left bank Bordeaux wine... once in a great while A&W or other good root or birch beer.

Post# 961754 , Reply# 23   10/10/2017 at 14:22 (347 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Ginger Ale: I had 'homemade' ginger ale at a restaurant in Minneapolis. Tasted so much better than the commercially bottled version. Began making it at home a few times a year. I'll post the recipe sometime. It's easy. Absolutely the best ginger ale. Had to stop making it when sugar became an issue for me a couple of years ago.

Post# 961784 , Reply# 24   10/10/2017 at 16:22 (347 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Question for Tim - Polkanut

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What flavor is "Sun-Drop"?



I gave up drinking soda years ago.  Now it's water mostly.... once in a while unsweetened, or very lightly sweetened iced tea.  If I have soda it's only a few sips.


Post# 961790 , Reply# 25   10/10/2017 at 16:45 (347 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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SunDrop is a citrus drink. For years it was only available down here in the South.  In 2011 it became available nationwide.

Post# 961819 , Reply# 26   10/10/2017 at 20:08 (346 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Sun Drop--Yes, I've tried!

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Another brand much like Mellow Yellow and Squirt... We have it here, in MI, too...

(Don't say I didn't warn you: the above, to me, all taste the same...)

-- Dave

Post# 961829 , Reply# 27   10/10/2017 at 20:16 (346 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Sun Drop was bottled at Roth Bottling Company in Madison, MN, when I was a kid. My class toured the small plant/operation when I was in 3rd grade (1967). Never took a liking to the stuff, myself, but whenever someone went home during college, they'd bring back cases of the stuff for fans who had no other access to it.

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Post# 961832 , Reply# 28   10/10/2017 at 20:20 (346 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Mine's a Gin and Tonic

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Oh wait, we're talking about pop and that sort. Sorry, *LOL*

Not huge on pop or sweetened drinks. Mother kept her children on a very tight lead that way to the point our intake of soda, sweetened juices and so forth was carefully monitored. Of course by teenage and college years things were different, but even so really never went all in for the stuff.

Much prefer water, real iced tea or perhaps various mixers without booze (seltzer water, ginger ale, club soda...).

Post# 961846 , Reply# 29   10/10/2017 at 21:32 (346 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Sun-Drop is more citrusy and has actual pulp in it compared to say, Mountain Dew.  It has been bottled in Shawano, WI since the 1950's.

Post# 961848 , Reply# 30   10/10/2017 at 21:42 (346 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Launderess-- Rarely drink, but make mine Bombay Sapphire Gin with filtered water on ice.

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Post# 961849 , Reply# 31   10/10/2017 at 21:44 (346 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Not much discerning on carbonated products.  Fresca or ginger ale, diet root beer is nice, doesn't so much have the diet 'tang' to it.  Mr. Pibb.  Sprite.  Sometimes Dr Pepper or Diet (but they seem to go flat quickly).  HEB has seasonal flavor offerings (with sugar, not HFCS), Apple Crisp is a favorite.  But have been avoiding carbonation for some months.  Water with the flavoring liquids.

Favorite iced tea is 2 family-size "regular" tea bags + 2 or 3 Earl Grey to make a gallon.

Post# 961853 , Reply# 32   10/10/2017 at 22:08 (346 days old) by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        
reply to johnrk in #13

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Delaware Punch

funktionalart - remember when you used to be able to get Delaware Punch in those little bottles of concentrate and mix your own? We kids used to use that to pour over homemade 'sno cones'.

johnrk: YES! We did the same thing way back when. I also remember putting it on coconut cake or vanilla ice cream (in a big glass mug) with 7-up added to make a "float".
I miss that flavour. The last Delaware Punch I bought was in Monterey, CA at a Lucky's supermarket. 6 packs of 12 oz glass bottles. Must have been around 1986 or 87. Have not seen it ANYWHERE since. I'm sure it could be had online (but if I find it, I'd go broke buying it). Would just be happy to find it in a supermarket again. May just be an east coast availability by now...

Post# 961854 , Reply# 33   10/10/2017 at 22:17 (346 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 961855 , Reply# 34   10/10/2017 at 22:19 (346 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I used to love Delaware Punch too. Until I was about 10 I hated any soft drink with carbonation. So Birelys Orange and Delaware Punch were my favorites. I would drink Root Beer, Squirt and Nehi too, even though they were carbonated, but no Coke or Pepsi. Then in the summer of 1961 our car broke down in Chico, Calif. on a really hot day and the only thing cold that my Dad could lay his hands on was Coca Cola out of the service station machine. So I learned to drink it and like it. But oh, how I loved Delaware Punch! Hawaiian Punch is a close second, and I used to pour Hawaiian Punch syrup on ice cream and cake too, just like Allen, it's delicious! I even made a birthday cake for my godson once with Hawaiian Punch in both the cake and the frosting.

Post# 961894 , Reply# 35   10/11/2017 at 05:48 (346 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Dislike of carbonation: I've been drinking Coke products since my sister used to pour some into my sippy cup, so I don't even notice it anymore, but super-chilled Coke really does produce a burning sensation in the throat.

If I'd never had it before and someone said, "Here; try this" I'd think they had given me poison to drink!

Post# 961945 , Reply# 36   10/11/2017 at 12:17 (346 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

There's nothing more "macho" than drinking a super cold coke and burping loud.

Probably even Bree Van der Camp or Queen Betty likes to do that. (alone of course)

Post# 962760 , Reply# 37   10/15/2017 at 21:18 (341 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

For ginger ale fans. This homemade version is s-o-o-o delicious.

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Post# 962815 , Reply# 38   10/16/2017 at 04:30 (341 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
And when I can get it!

CEL-RAY...Nothing better, Steve Solomon usually gets me some when he goes to Atlanta, Cant get it anywhere around here,

Post# 962816 , Reply# 39   10/16/2017 at 04:32 (341 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
But for everyday

I drink iced tea all the time, SWEET of course, this IS the South you know!

Post# 962818 , Reply# 40   10/16/2017 at 05:15 (341 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Bottled Water

You know what gets to me? Seeing people going through the grocery store with dozens of bottles of water in their carts. Now, I love Perrier, I love Penafiel and a couple of others, but these guys are buying just regular old Dasani or similar stuff! I guess I just don't have that kind of money to blow. Now, I haven't drunk tap water or cooked with it for nearly as long as I can remember. Our local tap water isn't bad but where I really notice the flavor is in either coffee or tea.

I bought a Berkey (Berkfield) countertop filter system long enough ago that I can't remember. Living alone, I use the travel model that only holds about a gallon and a half. I used to own a countertop distiller but it was a pain in the butt to maintain and with my travel schedule I finally gave up. The Berkey uses no power, is quick, is efficient and the black Berkey filters are cleaned and reused. Never a problem with it, and I can't imagine how much I've saved. I wanted/want power-free function because if necessary, I can take water out of the creek flowing through my back yard and filter and drink it. So why do people buy drinking water for their homes?

It breaks my heart to see the people in Puerto Rico without drinking water and receiving so little help. I truly don't understand why we are not distributing those drinking/filter straws at least that enable anyone to drink healthy water. I keep a few for camping emergencies.

Post# 962910 , Reply# 41   10/16/2017 at 17:28 (341 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Cel-Ray gets name-checked in Frank Zappa's otherwise profane 'Do You Like My New Car?'

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Post# 962952 , Reply# 42   10/17/2017 at 00:14 (340 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

For me--Pepsi,and Canada Dry Ginger ale-fruit smoothies-homemade is best.Bottled water-Most pointless,silly,and WASTEFUL product made-Tape water is fine and actually BETTER than bottled water in most situations-Who wants water that has been sitting in a plastic bottle for who knows how long and you get the water laced with polymers?No thanks!!Spent bottles-more come from bottled water than any other bottled drinks.

Post# 962965 , Reply# 43   10/17/2017 at 02:10 (340 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I have a carbon filter under my kitchen sink that has its own little faucet.  My fridge has a filter in it too...but the fridge water line comes off the sink the fridge water is filtered twice.  I love my water here, but once in a while I just want some Evian water.

Post# 963075 , Reply# 44   10/17/2017 at 20:50 (339 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I don't know what there is about Vernors--and surprisingly Pepsi Cinnamon Fire!

As much as I like--LOVE--both of those kinds of pop, unless I drink them through a straw, the carbonation of 'em just makes me GAG... (I cough like Mad...)

-- Dave

Post# 963092 , Reply# 45   10/18/2017 at 00:49 (339 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I would like to try the Pepsi Cinnamin Fire-HATE drinking thru straws-I like drinking the regular way better!

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