In My Pantry: Diet Vernors
Do you have a favorite soft drink? I sure do, but I’m hard-pressed to name just one favorite. But right at the top of that list (which also includes a very prominent place for Coke Zero Vanilla) has to be Vernors.
I can’t remember when I had my first Vernors. I think it might of been at my rich uncle’s house. You know, the rich uncle every one seems to have. The guy with the lakehouse who wears Tommy Bahama shirts and plays Frank Sinatra music into the wee hours of the morning. Wait, that was just my uncle? Either way, sometime during my prepubescent years I downed my first Vernors at my uncle’s, probably thinking I was sophisticated and elite by drinking a soda that I’d never heard of.
It’s hard to find the midwestern drink these days, but recently I snagged a few at a local grocery store. I hadn’t had one in years, but the taste remained just as scintillating – and tough to describe – as I remember from my youthful days spent at my uncle’s. Diet Vernors isn’t really a diet ginger ale – it’s more like a pronounced ginger soda mixed with the sharpness and bitterness of diet coke, cut my the bubbles of tonic water, and bolstered by a vanilla flavor a hints of, oddly enough, orange or grape soda. If you’ve never had Vernors it’s hard to describe, but it is different, and it is distinct. I guess it’s one of those love-it or hate-it flavors, and in my case, I absolutely love it. It’s the only soda I’ve ever had that really tastes “spicy” to the extent that a soda can taste spicy (ginger, people, ginger) but it’s fruity backtaste, which almost border on an aroma (an element of taste, you know) is what gets me.
You know, we don’t devote much time to beverages on GrubGrade, but I think this reminder could warrant a change. Not only can the perfect beverage be the ideal complement to any great meal, but they also serve as a great reminder of different flavors and tastes from days gone by. So I want to know: any other Vernors fans out there? What is your favorite regional beverage? And would you like to see us review more beverages on GrubGrade?