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

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2. Jones Cream Soda + "Blanc de Blancs" Champagne

Jones Soda is notorious enough for its own flavor combinations that I probably should just wait for the company to come out with Champagne Cream Soda on its own. But until they do, I recommend mixing some sweet, vanilla-y cream soda with an extra special "blanc de blancs" Champagne. It may seem blasphemous to muddle a fancy beverage only produced in a single region of France, but go with me on this one. "Blanc de blancs" means "white of whites" because this type of Champagne is made using only white grapes, as opposed to most Champagne, which is made using a mixture of white and red. It's described as rich, creamy and smoky with notes of honey, apple and maybe a little lemon. Top off a glass with some sweet cream soda to cut the dryness of the Champagne, and you've got yourself a drink to rival the ever-popular French 75 cocktail. Mark my words.

1. A&W Root Beer + Syrah Rosé

Historically, root beer was slightly fermented, and therefore had a low alcohol content. These days, it's primarily a nonalcoholic soda, but I think that's unfortunate. The sassafras root is positively crying out to be boozy once again! Enter a Syrah Rosé, dry and mineral with notes of almond, peach and even watermelon. In spite of some fruity flavors, a Syrah Rosé isn't particularly sweet, so it would pair well with a bitter root beer made the old-fashioned way. This Rosé Root Beer Wine would be best consumed with a nutty ice cream. Actually, since we've already come this far, let's just go ahead and turn it into a Rosé Root Beer Wine Pecan Praline Ice Cream Float.

Again, France, I'm sorry.

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Alesandra Matilda
Alesandra Matilda

beer and sprite is my favorite summer drink. this has been going on in europe since forever..

Jennifer Martinez
Jennifer Martinez

I don't really like the taste of alcohol so I have to put sprite in my white wines.

Kirk Equality Childress
Kirk Equality Childress

europeans have been drinking sangrias with sodas & wine for basically as long as there have been sodas.

Chris
Chris

In Spain they have the Tinto de Verano - red wine & fanta on ice. It's actually not bad on a hot day.

bodl
bodl

It's wine and pop - and the ultimate add is Vernor's.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Alexandre Dumas and Isabelle Adjani--for those two contributions to humanity alone, the French can make Snapple Shiraz for all I care. Fun stuff, Ms. Steinberg.

carriebwc
carriebwc

My uncle, who lives on Long Island, makes his own wine in the fall.  My cousin and I got ourselves through many hangovers drinking wine and soda--homemade wine and diet coke over ice.  I've heard they drink this combination in Spain, too, but I can't remember what it is called.


KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@MadMac Ooh Snapple Shiraz would have been a good one.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@carriebwc Was it good, or were you just drinking it cause it was there? I've never been much of a soda drinker, so I just can't wrap my head around this.

carriebwc
carriebwc

@KaitlinS @carriebwc Oh, no, it was good.  My uncle's wine is not, shall we say, extremely sophisticated.  I've had it with cheap red jug wine, though, too.  As a matter of fact, I am going to be with my cousin for a week in August, and I am going to make sure we get some wine and sodas in us for old time's sake.

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