Recently, a friend turned me on to a new flavor sensation called Oogave soda. I rarely drink soda, or pop - are my midwest roots showing? But the promise of an all-natural, organic fizzy drink made sweet not by high fructose corn syrup but agave nectar caught my attention. She was kind enough to give me a starter set (four-pack) to take home from a girlfriend gathering hosted at her home. Now I wish it was a six-pack.
I placed the carton in my refrigerator to chill and honestly forget about because a large bag of spinach blocked my view. But my inquisitive and thirsty five-year-old son found it and asked if he could have the pink drink. “Mama, can I have this, PLEASE, I’m so thirsty!”
I limit the intake of such carbonated drinks to one per day for my youngest children. I thought this was the perfect opportunity for a taste-test. I told him we could share the drink but I didn’t mention it was Strawberry Rhubarb. I know him well enough, he would have turned up his nose to something sounding fruit or vegetable-like. My father, however, would be proud I like it because it is the flavor of his favorite pie. Me? Not so much. The pie, not the drink. The soda is subtle, refreshing and delicious.
With a quick twist of the bottle top, he eagerly took the first gulp. I fully expected him to spit it out, not because it doesn’t taste good (I already knew, I had one at my friend’s home), but because it wasn’t like any soda pop he’d experienced.
“Yummy!” he exclaimed. He snuck another quick sip before I could have my first sip.
He stood VERY CLOSE beside me as we traded back and forth until that glass bottle was dry. I might have had to aggressively loosen his grip a few times.
I knew better than to enjoy the Watermelon Cream in the presence of the rest of my family. After the first sip of this creamy soda, I wanted that delight ALL. TO. MYSELF. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about this flavor. I love watermelon but didn’t know how I felt about the taste of the juice as a soda. But I loved cream soda as a kid. This reminds me of a sophisticated version. This is my new taste treat. At 100 calories a bottle, it is a palate pleaser. I also love that it is a Denver company, but they are growing and spreading the sweet goodness across the country.
Now I can’t wait to try all the other flavors. Check them out online, see if you can find it near you. No matter, you can order it from their site. I plan to try mine with a bit of adult bubbly for my next party. It might be a party of one, but who cares?
Jenny, the friend who found my new favorite love to sip, has mastered a simple margarita using Oogave’Watermelon Cream and I’m sharing her recipe so we can all enjoy. Spreading the Oogave’ love.