|Sorry about the blur.|
Normally I don't go in for oddly flavored sodas. I love the colors and creative labels of the Jones soda empire, but in general, we are a Coca-Cola Classic household. But when I saw this Chai Cola at Sprouts Farmer's Market in Tulsa, I impulsively purchased it out of curiosity.
|It always starts out so great...|
An initial taste of the chilled soda revealed a perfectly portioned chai flavor. It was spicy and sweet and aromatic in a way that a soda has no business being. This is fine in itself, but wasn't quite enough. What ultimately threw it off for me was the carbonation, and I found myself thinking, "This would be fantastic with ice cream." I think, ultimately, what I was still really craving was that creamy complement to the spicy chai that is found in chai lattes, and something to tone down the bite of the carbonation.
|See that foam? That's what I don't like.|
Now, you may be wondering why I didn't make a float. I love floats for their flavor, but I hate the oddly sticky bubbles that rise up when the soda hits the ice cream, and I wanted to create something that had a more consistent texture. So I threw it all in the blender and pushed the little red button.
|Sweet, delicious float!|
The result was a drink that was creamy and spicy, smooth and succulent, without being cloyingly sweet or shockingly fizzy. However, I think that a similar effect could be achieved by simply mixing in some heavy cream, making a chai flavored cream soda. This would probably be more refreshing and might be something I would choose to do in the summer when I am craving an iced chai. But right now it's January, and my New Year's guilt hasn't quite caught up with me, so I went for the equally decadent, thicker ice cream.
If you happen to come across some chai flavored soda, and you are a fan of chai in general, I would definitely suggest that you pick some up and give this a whirl.