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DRY’s Favorite Winter Recipe Pairings

December 10th, 2013

Happy holidays! We’ve rounded up a few winter recipes from our favorite food bloggers, all of which pair nicely with DRY flavors.

Pear

Pear DRY goes hand-in-hand with winter green salads and savory blue cheese dishes. We’re fans of Love and LemonsWinter Kale Salad and The Noshery‘s Roasted butternut squash with pears, onions and blue cheese.

Butternut Squash Blue CheesePhoto credit: The Noshery

Juniper Berry

Fancy a bottle of Juniper Berry DRY? Make sure to try it with your favorite warm mushroom, mussel or potato dishes. These recipes are great places to start:

Cherry

For all things decadent (specifically with chocolate and/or almonds), Cherry DRY is your flavor. Joy the Baker has dark chocolate, pistachio and smoked sea salt cookies and chocolate coconut almond scones that are the perfect match.

Dark Chocolate Cookies
Photo credit: Joy the Baker

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean DRY fans love pairing it with ice cream, but did you know that it tastes just as awesome with roasted chicken or baked apple dishes? Try Smitten Kitchen‘s buttermilk roast chicken and The Amateur Gourmet‘s apple cobbler  with your next Vanilla Bean DRY!

 

 

What foods do you like to pair with your favorite DRY flavor?

 

Cocktail of the Month: The Return of Persephone

November 28th, 2013

The holidays are in full swing! Our Cocktail of the Month for November is The Return of Persephone. A play on the classic cosmopolitan martini that transforms into an elegant drink endemic of the goddess of flowers and pomegranate.

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The Return of Persephone

  • 1 1/2 oz Absolut Hibiscus vodka
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Homemade lemongrass grenadine syrup (try infusing this recipe for grenadine from The Kitchn with chopped lemongrass stalks)
  • 3/4 oz Ginger DRY Soda
  • Serve: cocktail glass
  • Garnish: Chocolate covered pomegranate seeds

Add first three ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake 5 to 7 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass.

Top with Ginger DRY Soda and garnish.

 

The Return of Persephone is crafted by Michael Przydzial & Julian Liwunag at Central by Michel Richard in Caesars Palace. Check out this recent interview of Michael Przydzial in the Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional for his mixology mantra and more.

Find & Share: DRY at Walgreens

November 20th, 2013

Attention Washington, Oregon & Colorado Walgreens shoppers:

DRY is landing on shelves in Walgreens locations in your state. Share your Walgreens DRY, and you could win a special DRY Super Fan package from us!

Head to one of the Walgreens locations listed below to find your favorite flavors of DRY. Then, snap a photo of you with your DRY and share it with us on Instagram and/or Twitter. Don’t forget to include the hashtags #DRYSoda and #Walgreens!

We’ll draw a winner or three at random for a DRY Soda VIP package. Our Walgreens Find & Share DRY photo contest ends this Sunday, November 24th at 11:59p.m.

Good luck!

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Colorado

  • 120 Broadway, Denver
  • 4502 S College Ave, Fort Collins
  • 13143 S Parker Rd, Parker
  • 2614 S College Ave, Fort Collins
  • 1235 E. Evans Ave, Denver
  • 360 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale
  • 490 Erie Pkwy, Erie
  •  2697 W. Belleview, Littleton
  • 2870 28thSt., Boulder
  • 123 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood
  • 5870 S. Kipling Way, Littleton

Washington

  • 15585 NE 24th St, Bellevue WA
  • 4468 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
  • 17520 Avondale Rd NE, Woodinville WA
  • 8701 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
  • 5409 15th Ave NW, Seattle
  • 14510 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline
  • 12405 Ne 85th St, Kirkland
  • 859 NE Northgate Way, Seattle
  • 8500 15th Ave NW, Seattle
  • 1905 Se 164th Ave, Vancouver WA
  • 1510 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia, WA
  • 4540 Lacey Blvd, S.E, Lacey, WA
  • 3540 N Pearl St, Tacoma

Oregon*

  • 439 SE 223rd Ave, Gresham, OR

*Hey, Oregon DRY fans! We’re working on getting into more retailers near you as we speak. You can help by requesting DRY from your nearest Walgreens or other retailer with our handy dandy request letter.

In Vegas? Try the Root Beer Float DRY Soda Cocktail on Us!

November 1st, 2013

Will you be in Vegas this Saturday? If so, have we got a treat for you!

Head over to the Ignite Lounge at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino on Saturday, November 2nd from 6:00 – 9:30p.m.  to have the Root Beer Float DRY Soda cocktail – on us!

Root Beer Float DRY cocktail

Root Beer Float DRY cocktail

Veronica Lizarraga, our very own Mixology Brand Ambassador, created the drink and will be there sharing this dreamy cocktail with you. What was her inspiration behind the Root Beer Float DRY Soda cocktail?

“I created this cocktail keeping in mind that summer was just ending, and we’re transitioning to fall here in Las Vegas. The taste of this cocktail brings a “Root Beer Float” memory back to mind, which gives it that summer feel. I also use Chai to give it that spice of Fall. The egg white in this cocktail gives it a foamy taste and look, while the DRY Soda gives it that extra pep of fizziness!”

Can’t make it to the Monte Carlo this weekend? Here’s the recipe to mix at home.

Root Beer Float DRY Soda Cocktail

  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Private Stock
  • 1 oz Drambuie
  • 1.25 oz Chai
  • 1/2 oz Egg white
  • 1/2 oz Milk
  • Vanilla Bean DRY Soda
  • Serve: Rocks glass

Add first five ingredients to cocktail shaker. Dry shake for 5 to 7 seconds.

Fill glass half-full with ice. Strain contents of shaker over ice.

Top with 1 oz. Vanilla Bean DRY Soda

 

Hope to see you there! Don’t forget to snap a photo and share your DRY with us on Twitter and Instagram. (@DrySoda)

Try DRY Soda at Kroger, Earn Cash From Ibotta

October 17th, 2013

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Ibotta is making it even easier to taste DRY Soda’s new flavors in Kroger Co. stores by giving you $.50 for trying DRY for yourself!

Starting Wednesday, October 16th, earn $.50 when you purchase a single can of DRY at Kroger, Fred Meyer, QFC, Smith’s Food & Drug, Fry’s Food, King Soopers, Ralphs, or Dillons by using the Ibotta app for Android or iPhone. Follow the instructions below to start sipping and earning!

  1. Download Ibotta app for Android or iPhone, sign up for an account & open the app. Then, tap the menu button in the upper left hand corner and select “Store Extras“. From here, select the store at which you’ll be shopping from the list.
  2. Once you’ve found DRY Soda’s listing in that store’s section, you’ll have the opportunity to complete two engagements worth $.25 each – one that helps you learn a fact about DRY Soda, and another that spreads the word about DRY Soda through your Facebook timeline – to redeem toward your can of DRY Soda.
  3. When you’re at the store and have made your purchase, select “Redeem” in the lower right hand corner of the DRY Soda listing. From here you’ll follow the instructions to properly photograph your receipt and earn your money.

We know you’ll love the convenience of DRY Soda at 1,450+ Kroger Co. stores, and we hope you’ll doubly love earning money for trying DRY’s newest flavors. Happy sipping!

Shelf Sighting: DRY Soda’s New, Exclusive Kroger Can Lineup Starts Rolling Out

October 7th, 2013

DRY Soda at QFC

The much-anticipated five flavor lineup of cans at Kroger Co. stores has begun rolling out

October 7th is finally here, and with it comes the first sighting of DRY’s new flavor lineup – including Pear and Cherry DRY – exclusive to Kroger Co. stores! This lovely lineup was spotted at QFC‘s Canyon Park location in Bothell, WA.

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating this arrival at your local Kroger Co. store, stay tuned! Our team has told us that the cans will be hitting shelves over the next few weeks, so check out the natural soda aisle next time you’re at your local store to see if they’ve arrived. We’ll keep you as up to date as possible on Twitter and Facebook.

And if you’re extra eager, we suggest asking the Store Manager at your local store when the cans will make their official debut at your location :)

And remember, the Kroger Co. family includes KrogerDillonsFred MeyerFry’sKing SoopersSmith’s, QFC and Ralphs, so with DRY Soda rolling into 1,450+ stores nationwide, it’s about to get that much easier to sip, pair and mix your DRY Soda.

Sips and Specials: October 2013

October 7th, 2013

 

Want to know where you can taste DRY Soda’s flavors? What to know if your local retailer is offering special pricing on DRY? We’re updating this list throughout the month of October, so check back to see what’s happening at your local DRY retailer.

DRY Soda Tastings

Sat 10/5

Denver, CO | King Soopers Health and Wellness Expo (Colorado Convention Center – 700 14th St)

Thurs 10/10

Anaheim, CA | Yelp’s Monster Mash 7-10pm (Anaheim GardenWalk – 321 W Katella Ave)

Tacoma, WA | NHRMA Conference Tasting (Hotel Murano – 1320 Broadway)

Sat 10/12

Kansas City, MO | Kemper Gala: All Dressed Up! 7-11:30pm (Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – 4420 Warwick Blvd)

Thurs 10/17

Las Vegas, NV | Share Our Strength: Taste of the Nation Las Vegas 6-9:30pm (Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort – 4321 W Flamingo Rd)

Fri 9/18

Seattle, WA | Arcade Lights 7-10pm (Pike Place Market – 85 Pike St)

Sat 10/19

Las Vegas, NV | Sipping Society’s Inaugural Fall Cocktail Collection 6-10pm (Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – 888 W Bonneville Ave)

Sat 10/19

Golden, CO | Kooky Spooky 5K Race (NAAC Stadium – 19500 W 64th Pkwy)

Thurs 10/31

Cincinnati, OH | Yelp Cincinnati’s Boos & Brews Halloween Party 8-10pm (Christian Moerlein Brewing Company – 1621 Moore St)

Sip Pair Mix DRY Soda for Less

We’ve got some special pricing on DRY Soda coming soon, so stay tuned!

DRY’s Five Best Finds: September 2013

September 30th, 2013

We come across a lot of amazing stuff on the internet every day and always make sure to pass it along on Twitter and Facebook. However, some of that amazing stuff really rises above the rest. With that, here are the top five things we found and shared this month in food, design, sustainability, creativity and more.

Guys Tip Servers $200, Film Them

There has been a lot of talk recently about the possible end of tipping at restaurants. However, friends Andrew Hales and Stuart Edge had a different idea, and it’s a heartwarming one: get to know their servers, learn their stories, tip them $200 in cash, film the reactions. Though some may say it’s a selfish grab at internet stardom under the guise of kindness, it’s hard not to get a warm feeling inside seeing people react to such an act. Watch for yourself and you be the judge.

Bringing Farm-to-Table to the iPhone

Naithan Jones set out to create an app – and not just one that flings birds at pigs for fun. His app, AgLocal, aims to create a direct link between organic, sustainable meat farmers and restaurants, retailers and consumers. The app’s slogan, “Buy and sell responsibly-raised meat. Simply.” speaks to a growing connection between conscious consumers and food producers and the shrinking barriers to a more transparent food system.

RentTheChicken.com Lets You Practice Raising Backyard Chickens

Urban farming has been a rising trend in the past year or so, but not everyone is cut out for a full-fledged livestock and crops operation. However, for anyone that wants to try their hand at raising farm animals and reaping the daily eggy benefits, RentTheChicken.com enables you to try your hand at raising chickens in your backyard.

In Tokyo, Chef Uses Sushi Rolls As Canvases For His ‘Paintings’

We’re admittedly food art nerds, but this one reaches into a whole new medium as sushi chef “Tama-chan” uses his sliced, layered, delicious Japanese morsels to convey famous paintings from the likes of Edvard Munch as well as original works. All this to say, this art looks good enough to eat.

Chef Cooks With Bionic Hand

As a chef, one’s hands are one’s livelihood. After an accident left chef Eduardo Garcia without his left hand, the situation might have ended his career at any other point in history. However, thanks to Portland-based Advanced Arm Dynamics, the Montana chef has been outfitted with a high-functioning bionic hand capable of gripping in 25 different positions. While Chef Garcia may not be as efficient as he was before, the opportunity for him to continue his career after such a tragedy is truly a remarkable achievement.

DRY Soda Cocktail of the Month: September

September 26th, 2013

Chris Hopkins DRY Soda Cocktail - William of Orange

SEPTEMBER COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH

WILLIAM OF ORANGE | Chris Hopkins | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Ingredients

2 oz. Bols Genever
1/2 oz. Velvet Falernum liqueur
1/2 oz. Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot
1 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
Juniper Berry DRY Soda
Orange Peel
Serve: mixing glass
Garnish: orange peel

Instructions

- In mixing glass, shake first five ingredients together with a few ice cubes
- Top with Juniper Berry DRY Soda, garnish with orange peel

CHEF RICHARD BLAIS REVEALS DRY SODA’S NEW FLAVOR INNOVATION

September 18th, 2013

Since becoming DRY Soda’s Creative Director, Top Chef Richard Blais has been hard at work deciding which flavor profiles would fit best with the rest of the DRY Soda family as DRY expands to bring better soda to even more fans nationwide. Recently, Richard shared some insight into his flavor development process and collaborating with the DRY team to excitingly expand the DRY Soda flavor lineup. We’re very excited to bring Cherry and Pear DRY Soda to Kroger stores soon, so read more below about how they came to be!

Launch of Four New Flavors Led by DRY Creative Director and Top Chef All-Stars Winner

(SEPTEMBER 18, 2013) SEATTLE –  Flavor innovation has been abundant at DRY Soda Co. recently, with the introduction of new flavors spearheaded by DRY Soda’s Creative Director Chef Richard Blais, television personality, restaurateur and author.  Blais has been integral to the process of developing Apple and Ginger DRY, and most recently, Cherry and Pear DRY, which are launching in early October exclusively in The Kroger Co. stores.

According to Blais, DRY’s new offerings are inspired by the nostalgia for flavors not often seen anymore in the culinary scene, or less-sweet “riffs” on tried and true flavors in the soda world.  Blais worked with DRY to ensure each flavor is true to the specific taste characteristics of the fruit or herb. He also developed food pairings that correspond with each new flavor.

“All of DRY’s sodas are made from just four all natural ingredients,” explained Blais. “So, precision is key in finding the right balance between sweetness and acidity while preserving the aroma and intensity of the featured ingredient.  Our team tasted, tasted and tasted again to guarantee each flavor is perfect.”

During development, the DRY team had samples of fruits and herbs on hand for comparison to the natural soda flavors.  Apple DRY, at 65 calories, has a balanced sweetness and crisp finish found in Washington Braeburn apples. Blais ensured that Pear DRY was bright and captured the hint of spice that is found in the fruit’s skin.  Cherry DRY, with its luscious, rich and juicy flavor, evokes that warm, summer cherry essence.  Ginger DRY is more assertive and sophisticated than traditional ginger ales, which can be more than 130 calories (compared to Ginger DRY’s 65 calories per 12 oz. serving).

“Richard’s insight and guidance has been invaluable to our flavor innovation approach,” said DRY Soda CEO Sharelle Klaus. “He is an ardent supporter of DRY because living a healthy lifestyle is so important to him. I’m excited that DRY’s newest flavors bring together Richard’s expertise in flavor development and DRY’s commitment to offering customers a healthier alternative to traditional sodas.”

Blais is the 2011 winner of Top Chef All-Stars. In February 2013 his debut cookbook released, “Try this at Home: Recipes from My Head to your Plate,” which features a simplified approach to adventurous cooking, much like DRY’s approach to flavors.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Blais has learned from some of the masters in the field including Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Daniel Boulud and Ferran Adria.  In 2000, he relocated to Atlanta to oversee a local seafood concept.  His creative approach led to the establishment of Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operated some of Atlanta’s most popular eateries including Flip Burger Boutique’s multiple locations, The Spence and HD-1.  He is working on his newest restaurant project, Juniper & Ivy, in San Diego.

DRY Soda was launched in 2005, well before low sugar products were part of the national conversation. Klaus saw the need for a less sweet, all-natural soda and created the first soda line with significantly less sugar and made with just four ingredients. DRY, the better for you soda, contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of traditional sodas, and is only 45-70 calories per 12oz. bottle or can.

DRY’s new flavors, in addition to its current flavors Vanilla Bean, Blood Orange, Cucumber, Rhubarb, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber and Wild Lime, are available across the United States and Canada. To find a complete list of where DRY is available, please visit www.drysoda.com or download DRY’s mobile app for iPhone and Android.

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