Green Bee Soda from Brunswick, Maine (semi-local to me, an added bonus (if your definition of local is under 200 miles)) makes soda using honey as the only sweetener. That’s right—not honey and sugar. Not honey and organic evaporated cane juice. Just honey. And it is good. Really, really good.
Owner/soda-maker Christopher Kinkade was at my local Whole Foods today sampling his product. I shared my samples with my toddler, who sucked on the small paper cup when it was empty, eliciting giggles from bystanders. I picked up two 4-packs, one of each flavor (lemon and ginger).
I am not really a soda drinker, partly because I avoid processed sugar and even ones like Izzi are usually too sweet for me. My aforementioned son, however, loves anything carbonated. He’ll chug a bottle of kombucha if I let him.
These are sweet (though not overwhelming), but the sweetness is somehow richer and fuller, coming from the honey. And the honey is not only a sweetener but a prominent flavor, especially in the milder lemon. And while they may “taste like summer,” they’re yummy enough to drink in this here 40-degree weather.
Kinkaid said there were bars in Maine that serve these sodas as mixers. I want to live in one of those neighborhoods. A Patron and Lemon Sting, please!
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