Soft Drinks

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Top 5 Sodas to Try From Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop

    To say that the drink selection at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop in Rice Village is "overwhelming" is definitely an understatement. The store is like the Spec's for carbonated beverage aficionados, so be prepared to wander around in a partial daze as you take in the hundreds of different sodas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    An Irish Cocktail With The Taste of Texas

    Jameson Irish Whiskey and Q Ginger Ale with a slice of Texas grapefruit isn't just for St. Patrick's Day.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Jack Daniel's and Ginger: Does The Ginger Ale Make a Difference?

    Jack Daniel's and Ginger Ale isn't as simple as it may seem.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Mouths on Fire: Our Top 5 Spicy Ginger Beers/Ales to Try

    As a ginger who happens to love ginger, I am always on the lookout for libations that incorporate my favorite spice. And, in eternal pursuit of a higher tolerance for heat, I have also taken to trying spicier ginger ales and ginger beers. Here are five of my favorites: 5. Vernor's Ginger Ale. Thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    France Makes Coke-Flavored Wine; Americans Laugh and Start Planning Other Wine/Soda Combos

    When I first read it on NPR's food blog, I thought I'd somehow started reading The Onion without realizing it. I glanced up at the header at the top of the page. Still NPR. Oh God, it must be true... It seems it is true and also sad and funny and terribly confusing. French vintner Haussmann Famille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    How to Make Homemade Ginger Ale

    I am what I eat, figuratively, at least since I both self-identify as a Ginger and I adore all things ginger-flavored. I sprinkle ground ginger in my tea, order anything vaguely laced with the spice on Asian menus, and once, even, took two large bites off a piece of the root itself. (My stomach hu ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Hot Dr Pepper with Lemon: The Ultimate Texas Cold Weather Drink

    When I was in college, Dr Pepper ruled our campus (and so did Drayton McLane, but that's a story for another day). No, seriously. It became the official soft drink of Baylor back in 1997. And along with it came Dr Pepper Hour, formerly Coke Hour. Baylor University isn't just renowned for being the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    First Look at The Burger Guys' New, Swanked-Up Downtown Location

    I'll be honest: The first thing I noticed when I walked into The Burger Guys' spiffy new downtown location at 706 Main wasn't the expanded dining room (which seats three times as many guests than its original Westheimer location) nor the artwork and TV screens that hung from the sunflower-yellow wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    New Calorie-Displaying Soda Vending Machines: 5 Reasons Why they Won't Significantly Aid America's Obesity

    There's just no getting around it: Americans have a love affair with soft drinks. Dr Pepper, Sprite, Coke, Pepsi, Fanta - you name it, we love it. It's a soft drink love fest -- until we remember all the calories that soft drinks contain, and the fact that those sugar- and calorie-filled beverages p ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    1981 and Now

    The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    National Ice Cream Soda Day: 5 Unique Ice Cream Sodas

    Soda fountains are not as popular today as they were in the 1950s or '60s, but who doesn't love a good, old ice cream float? Creamy and sweet ice cream dunked into a fizzy and bubbly soda satisfy any sugary craving. Tomorrow, June 30, is National Ice Cream Soda Day, so here are five unique ice cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Top 5 Sodas That Aren't Coke or Pepsi

    "No Coke...Pepsi!" Belushi's classic SNL skit is actually an homage to The Billy Goat Tavern, a dingy burger place in Chicago where you will be yelled at for your order, where they really do only serve Pepsi, and there are no fries, only chips. I've checked the place out and eaten a burger there - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Dublin Dr Pepper Officially No Longer Exists, But Cane Sugar-Sweetened Dr Pepper Still Does

    Photo by Mike Overall​The bitter, extended legal battle between the 120-year-old Dr Pepper plant in Dublin, Texas and its parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), has finally been resolved. At issue were the liberties that the Dublin plant had taken both with its distribution and merchandising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Six Surprisingly Sexist Television Commercials From Way After the Mad Men Era

    By now, most of us have seen the new commercials for Dr Pepper's new product line, Dr Pepper 10, a diet drink which, ostensibly, tastes better than Diet Dr Pepper thanks to whatever's in those ten measly calories (our theory: brown sugar and wormwood). Of course, every advertiser knows that men are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Dublin Dr Pepper Asks Fans to Contribute to Its Legal Defense Fund

    Photo by megpiThis bottle of Dublin Dr Pepper made it all the way to Los Angeles.​In late June, the 120-year-old Dr Pepper plant in Dublin, Texas announced that it was being sued by its parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS). The plant, which is the world's oldest and smallest Dr Pepper bott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    A Cooler Coke: Taylor's Tonics Chai Cola

    Curse you, Cost Plus World Market.​I have sort of a hate-hate relationship with Cost Plus World Market. I hate that my wife seems physically incapable of not buying their crap, and I hate that I secretly like most of it. Don't tell her I said that. Either part, really, but mostly the part abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Five Alternatives to the Root Beer Float

    Joanna O'LearyVariation on the Boston Cooler. Note: Only use Diet Ginger Beer if your supermarket strangely lacks Regular.​Liquid desserts are ideal for summer, and while I love a good milkshake, sometimes I like a little carbonation with my ice cream. A root beer float is the obvious choice; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Coke: United States vs. Mexico

    ​Cane sugar has been gaining on HFCS lately. Dr Pepper admitted that high-fructose corn syrup is a shoddy sweetener when it turned Lawyer Pepper on its Dublin, Texas bottler. And tonic makers have created a new market from the knowledge that gin mixes with corn syrup like gin goes with police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Dr Pepper Sues Itself, Sort Of

    Photo by Amit GuptaDublin Dr Pepper: the highly-coveted Dr Pepper version of Mexican Coca-Cola.​In the long history of entities suing themselves -- Wells Fargo in 2009, the government of Thailand in 2006 -- none have been as disheartening to Texans as the latest news that Dr Pepper Snapple (DP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Five Favorite Retro Sodas

    ​I remember as a young child visiting Bread & Circus in Boston and marveling over the fact that the world of soda comprised more than just Coke, Sprite and root beer. Now, I'm a bit more cosmopolitan when it comes to carbonated beverages, and I'm currently obsessed with retro sodas. (Probably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Jones Soda Cocktails

    Chris Frankel.​Everyone likes to talk about the great presents they receive over the holidays. What often goes unmentioned is the laundry list of crappy gifts out there. You know you got them, likely from some far-flung aunt who just can't believe that anyone wouldn't want a collection of salt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Redneck Thanksgiving: Baked Ham and Apple Dumplings​For those pressed for time, looking to do some ironic cooking or just plain angry at their arteries, we present the third in a series of recipes to help you enjoy a Redneck Thanksgiving. For previous posts in this series -- mined mainly from my family's eastern Ohio church ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Diet Cherry Seven 7Up Antioxidant

    ​Forever on the lookout for new diet or light beverages, I picked up a two-liter Diet Cherry 7UP Antioxidant. I usually snub Diet 7UP, as Sprite Zero or Diet Sierra Mist are my no-calorie "lemon-lime" mass-market beverages of choice, but this flavor attracted my attention primarily because of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Anachronistic Chef: Sasparilla

    Sasparilla, not sarsaparilla or sassafras or some other word that starts with 's.'​My recent post on birch beer got me rather excited about other antiquated soft drinks and, in keeping with the theme of root beverages, I decided to buy some sasparilla. Sasparilla has a rather tangled history ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Birch Beer

    ​I recently became re-interested in birch beer, having consumed it rather religiously when I was growing up on the east coast. Birch beer is (unsurprisingly) usually made from the bark of birch trees and comes in an assortment of hues, including light and dark brown, red, and purple. Several c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2010

    Brad Garrett

    Actor takes the stand-up stage

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Dreyer's Limited-Edition Root Beer Float Ice Cream

    ​I usually mock products self-consciously designed to taste like a completely different food medium, e.g., Blueberry Muffin Pop-Tarts. (Are people so conflicted that they can't decide between blueberry muffin and a regular Pop-Tart?). But once again, the phrase "limited edition" led to me to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: Gin and Tonic

    ​The gin and tonic is arguably the world's favorite highball. Blissfully botanical gin, bubbly tonic and a squeeze of fresh citrus make for a leisurely, refreshing cocktail that always helps to beat the summer heat. While the drink was a staple of the British colonial era, the gin and tonic i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Whoa, Whoa: The Situation Releases New Single In Time For Rich's Gig

    Truly a thing of beauty.​Remember when you were a kid and you would mix all the fountain sodas together into one monstrosity of a drink called a "Suicide" (or whatever it was called where you're from). As an adult you probably realize that the end result was something less-than-greater than th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Ironbeer

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lies ahead. I was prepared not to like Ironbeer from the start. I don't like the packaging. It looks too reminiscent of Dr Pepper and, therefore, like a knock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Almdudler

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. Through the course of drinking various soft drinks and reporting back to you on them, I'll occasionally discover beverages like Vimto: something I ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Big Easy's Origo Malum

    Photo by Troy Fields​Sitting at the bar on a quiet night at the Big Easy (5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999), it feels like you're a one-armed dwarf and an exotic dancer away from being in a Tom Waits song. Something about the music, empty space and Mardi Gras lights gives it that shore-leave-gone-wron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: GuaranĂ¡ Antarctica

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. The first beverage we're examining in this series isn't exactly a hidden treasure. GuaranĂ¡ Antarctica, produced in Brazil since 1921, is not only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Frozen Fast Food Frenzy

    I, for one, welcome our new McFlurry overlords.It's hot as balls in Houston. You can do your best to hurry from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned movie theater / bar / restaurant / etc., but at some point you're going to be forced to spend more than 30 seconds out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Dr Pepper Museum

    Photo by Jeff BalkeWaco isn't the first place that comes to mind when people think "road trip." Instead, visions of an ultraconservative town that was once the site of an epic, fiery battle between a cult and the United States government spring to mind. Fortunately for Waco, the town act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Diet Cola Goes Healthy

    Photo by Robb WalshZevia Natural Cola is the first of the new stevia-sweetened diet soft drinks I've tasted. There is also a Zevia diet root beer and a diet lemon-lime. No doubt you've heard of stevia, the newly approved natural sweetener that's 300 times sweeter than sugar, with no calories. Stevia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Houston Likes Its Caffeine Cold And Bubbly

    Houston, you love your caffeine, but only when it comes cold and bubbly.The second annual Caffeinated Cities survey came out today; it's conducted by something called HealthSaver and looks at caffeine use across the country.The Most Caffeinated City in America? Tampa. (Huh?) Followed by Seattle (tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Putting Dr Pepper on the Map

    Over the past few months, local TV personality and blogger Mike McGuff has been steadfastly and patiently compiling a list of all the locations around the greater Houston area where one can procure his favorite -- and my favorite -- chilled beverage of choice, a Dr Pepper Icee. Dr Pepper ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2008

    Bootlegging Dr Pepper

    The demand for sugar-sweetened Dublin Dr Pepper has never been higher — just ask the bootleggers

  • News

    May 19, 2005

    Sugar Coated

    This Baylor medical "expert" cashed in on infomercials. Now he's showing how things go better with Coke.

  • Dining

    July 4, 2002


    Lancaster Hotel's Cream Soda

  • Dining

    June 13, 2002

    Economy Size

    PJ's Root Beer Float

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    The Big Deal

    Vending machines are leaving Texas school cafeterias. But the mother lode of "minimal nutritional value" has hardly gone away.

  • Dining

    March 8, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Ernie's on Banks' Pimm's Cup

  • Dining

    March 1, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    La Strada's Fast Eddy

  • Dining

    July 6, 2000

    Utopia, Texas

    A burger on the deck at Bubba's is the next best thing to visiting the Hill Country

  • News

    December 17, 1998

    Carbonated Cash

    Drink up, kids. Keep those soda dollars coming.

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