Sometimes, when I sit down to have for a snack or meal, I just need a friggin' soda. Not a beer, or water, or wine, but the good ol fashioned, sugary sweet, carbonated glory that is Pepsi, Coke, root beer, whatever. Even Dr. Pepper works on occasion.
However, this simple choice has its consequences. For one, soda is not great for you and, if i'm with sis, she will do her best to make me keenly aware of this; according to her, the only non-alcoholic liquid accompaniment that is permissible (aside from H20) is recycled avocado extract slurped through an orangically grown bean sprout. Also, even coke - my favorite of the American colas - can sometimes be too sweet for my tastes. Lastly, if I'm out to eat, I sort of feel like a toddler asking my server for a Pepsi with my meal. This is my own problem I realize, but still - I often find myself inevitably pairing said order with a sheepish smile, acknowledging its immaturity ("I'll actually have...a coke?" - said with my eyebrows raised as to question whether this is actually o.k.). The solution, if available: San Pellegrino's Sparkling Blood Orange (Aranciata Rossa) Beverage.
It has a more refined, deeper taste, a features a slightly bitter tang vs. most other options. Secondly, according to Elana, there are not many "chemicals" in these sodas, so that is a plus, right?
But let's also take a look at that this can which, in addition to that beautiful Mediterranean color scheme it broadcasts, features a couple of other classy characteristics. The first is what I will call the can's "peel-off germ protector." Even the most concerned of hypochondriacs can guzzle with confidence, intimacy and ease. Second, this soda can does not have a "wide mouth" spout! Fluid is dispensed in moderation and with an appropriate amount of glugs. Save the widemouth or "hole punch" nonsense for shotgunning and superbowl parties. The fact that I'm not able to vacuum suck my carbonated beverage bone dry in nanoseconds, followed by a barbarian like belch, is a good thing, and it extends the lifespan of the 11.2 can.
So. Moral of the story. I don't always drink soda. But when I do, I prefer San Pellegrino. Stay classy San Diego. Or something like that.