Let's talk about these sodas from Green Bee in Maine, because they're my new favorite thing. Do you know them? They're sweetened with wildflower honey and a squeeze of real fruit juice — fizzy, fresh, and fun. I've been looking for a non-alcoholic drink to serve at holiday gatherings this year and I do believe these will do the job quite nicely.
With Green Bee Soda, founder and owner Christopher Kinkade brings together two passions: helping bee colonies thrive and creating a healthy alternative to soda. The Maine-based company has three sodas currently on the market: Ginger Buzz, Blueberry Dream, and Lemon Sting — all of which use local wildflower honey as their sweetener and as many other local ingredients for flavoring as can be found (blueberry soda with Maine blueberries!).
• Ginger Buzz: Ginger ale with a honey spin. Clean-tasting and not overly sweet. Also not spicy, which I was expecting — this has a very mild ginger flavor. It makes a great mixer for cocktails.
• Blueberry Sting: The sweetest of the three with a mild fruity flavor and a touch of warm honey. I imagine kids would like this one the best. It's also a really beautiful garnet-red color!
• Lemon Sting: This one definitely has the most "grown-up" flavor. It's a sparkling lemonade with a dash of rosemary — just enough rosemary to know it's there, but not so much that it becomes overly herby. If you prefer less-sweet sodas, this one's yours!
You can find Green Bee Sodas in Whole Foods stores throughout New England or order it online from from Thirst Monger.
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(Image credits: Emma Christensen)