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Try This: Dry sparkling drinks, with flavors like Juniper Berry, Ginger and Lavender

Dry sparkling drinks: Cucumber, Juniper Berry, Lavender and Rhubarb.

Dry sparkling drinks: Cucumber, Juniper Berry, Lavender and Rhubarb.

This week, our cover story is about summer cocktails. But we don't miss the alcohol in this new line of sparkling beverages from the company Dry.

The drinks, which come in lean 12-ounce cans and 12-ounce and 750-milliliter bottles, lie somewhere in the middle of sugarless seltzer water and soda. They exude a light, refreshing quality ideal for this warm time of year.

What sets these drinks apart from other carbonated beverages are the flavors, which include Fuji Apple, Ginger, Cucumber, Lavender, Rhubarb, Rainier Cherry, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean and Blood Orange. Our favorites include Vanilla Bean, which tastes like a less puckeringly sweet version of cream soda, and the sublime Rainier Cherry — but all of them are unexpected in the best way. They taste truly different from the other drinks on the market, unlike how most red-colored drinks taste vaguely like strawberry.

In keeping with current food trends, the ingredient list for all of Dry's products is small and simple: purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavor and phosphoric acid. The cans contain about 11 grams of sugar, so these drinks are sweet, but not so sweet that you have to worry about your teeth rotting out.

You can find Dry in most grocery stores, including Winn-Dixie and the Fresh Market locally.

Michelle Stark, Times food editor

Try This: Dry sparkling drinks, with flavors like Juniper Berry, Ginger and Lavender 05/30/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:51am]
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