Raspberry Soda has a bright, clear flavor, shouting in all glory of peak Oregon summer. A favorite with kids, it is rich and light at the same time—the radiance of the color matched by the explosion of flavor.
The raspberries for our soda are grown in Western Oregon, picked at peak freshness, and minimally handled before getting into the bottles.
Mixes beautifully with ice cream, chocolate, other juices, tea and vodka. Very nice served with lemon or sweet lime garnish.
Learn more about HOTLIPS Soda on their website.
What I Think:
Generally speaking, I’m not particularly fond of soda. In fact, if it were not for the fact that my husband enjoys drinking it on a regular basis, it wouldn’t even be stocked in my house. I am a tea drinker, and for the most part, I drink tea or tisanes all day, every day. (And while the description above does mention that it “mixes beautifully with … tea …” for the purposes of this review, I chose to drink it straight)
I do, however, on occasion find a soda that I enjoy. This Raspberry Soda from HOTLIPS is one such example. I was first introduced to HOTLIPS soda from a store called “Made in Oregon” which is located in the Clackamas Mall (there are other locations as well). A few years ago while shopping at the Clackamas Mall with my family, we stopped in the Made In Oregon store to browse around, and ended up purchasing a bottle of HOTLIPS pear flavored soda, and I was very impressed with the flavor of the beverage.
This is, however, my first time tasting their raspberry soda. It is a beautiful color – it’s a deep rose hue and looks very much like a glass of pureed raspberries when you pour it.
And it TASTES like pureed raspberries that have been carbonated with soda water and lightly sweetened. All that’s missing is the seeds, and to be honest, I’m not missing those at all. The flavor is crisp and sweet, but it’s a fruit sweetness rather than a soda sweetness. It doesn’t taste sugary or overly sweetened, it tastes to me as though the sweetness of this soda was derived from the natural sweetness of the berry.
My Final Thoughts:
This is exceptionally good. It is so good, in fact, that it has sparked my interest to try some of the other flavors, including trying the pear soda once again! And best of all, I don’t have that icky, sticky, teeth-rotting caramel-y feeling in my mouth after finishing the bottle. This is the way soda SHOULD be!