Sunday, June 8, 2008
MMMM Espresso Soda
I was out and about Saturday doing some errands and stopped in at Giuliano's to get a couple of sandwiches for lunch. Besides great sandwiches, Giuliano's has an interesting selection of soft drinks. Good flavors like wild cherry, grape and orange from some boutique-y companies. Import sodas from Italy. There was even a "Soprano's" soda.
This was my choice: espresso soda. (Dale requested what else...ginger beer.) I have had this brand before, but never had seen it in such a large bottle. It is good, but not as good as my all-time favorite, Bibicaffe.
I was first introduced to Bibicaffe when I was a line cook at the Grand Wailea on Maui. The sous chef would bring in a case for us about once a week. Pretty much the first thing I would do when I came in for my shift was fill my monster thirsty-two-ouncer mug with ice and pour in two bottles of Bibicaffe. MMMmmmm...that gets the gears moving. I could power through my prep and be psyched for service.
The flavor is of course, of espresso, but with a light lemony taste, slightly sweet and slightly carbonated.
I've always been on the lookout for Bibicaffe, but I have only seen it once....in Seattle. (where else, huh?) I'm not that crazy to have it mail-ordered, so this Manhattan Special will be a good substitute.