France Makes Coke-Flavored Wine; Americans Laugh and Start Planning Other Wine/Soda Combos
2. Jones Cream Soda + "Blanc de Blancs" Champagne
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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.