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DRY’s Favorite Winter Recipe Pairings

Tuesday, 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?

 

Try DRY Soda at Kroger, Earn Cash From Ibotta

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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.

CHEF RICHARD BLAIS REVEALS DRY SODA’S NEW FLAVOR INNOVATION

Wednesday, 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.

DRY SODA INTRODUCES ITS FIRST EXCLUSIVE FLAVOR OFFERINGS

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

We’re incredibly excited to announce that DRY Soda will be carried in over 1,350 Kroger Co. stores come early October. To add to the excitement, Cherry and Pear DRY Soda – developed by Richard Blais, Top Chef and DRY Soda Creative Director – will be joining the flavor family exclusively at Kroger Co. stores! More DRY retailer locations. More flavors. More DRY occasions.

New Cherry and Pear DRY Cans to be Available Exclusively at The Kroger Co. Stores

DRY Soda at Kroger - Cherry DRY Soda, Pear DRY Soda

(SEPTEMBER 12, 2013) SEATTLE –  DRY Soda Co. is pleased to announce its new distribution agreement with The Kroger Co. to launch its new line of cans in more than 1,350 of its stores across the United States in early October. As part of the agreement, Kroger will have the exclusive rights to sell DRY’s new Cherry and Pear flavors, developed by Chef Richard Blais, DRY’s Creative Director. Marking DRY’s largest distribution deal to date, this announcement comes on the heels of DRY Soda’s successful summer launch of new packaging and flavors in aluminum cans.

Blais, a television personality, restaurateur and author, led the development of the new flavors, which are DRY’s first exclusive flavor offerings to a retailer.  The Cherry and Pear DRY cans will feature a distinctive “created exclusively for The Kroger Co.” logo.  At 60 calories, Cherry DRY is luscious with the rich flavor of ripe, sweet cherries.  Pear DRY, at 70 calories, is refreshingly bright with the complex taste of a juicy pear.

In 2005, well before low sugar products were part of the national conversation, DRY Soda CEO and Founder Sharelle 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/can.

“The demand for innovative, natural and less sweet beverages has exploded and Kroger, one of the largest and well known grocers, understands our mission to provide a better soda with less sugar,” said DRY Soda CEO Sharelle Klaus. “DRY is leading the less sweet beverage transformation as consumers’ changing palates demand healthier alternatives to traditional sodas.  I’m so excited that our two new flavors, Cherry and Pear, along with DRY’s additional can flavors, will be so accessible across the country and further both of our companies’ mission to provide healthy and delicious beverages.”

DRY Vanilla Bean, Blood Orange and Cucumber will also be available.  In addition to Kroger stores, DRY will be available at Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC and Ralphs.  They will be sold individually for $1.19.

About DRY Soda

DRY is better soda. Sweetened with just a small amount of pure cane sugar, DRY is made with only four all natural ingredients and contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar and calories of traditional sodas (45 – 70 calories / 11 – 19 grams of sugar per 12 oz. can or bottle). Each of DRY’s flavors, extracted from fruits, flowers, or herbs, is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free. DRY appeals to everyone – refreshment seekers, casual sippers, fine diners, and mixologists. Available in eleven flavors – Pear, Cherry, Apple, Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Lavender, Blood Orange, Cucumber, Rhubarb, and Juniper Berry – DRY is perfect to sip on its own, pair with a great meal, or mix into a signature cocktail. Seattle-based DRY Soda’s products are distributed throughout the United States and Canada in traditional and natural retail stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, and online. For more information, visit drysoda.com, facebook.com/DRYSoda, or follow @DRYSoda on Twitter and Instagram.

Summer Sips and Scoops: DRY Soda Ice Cream Float Recipes (with flavor twists!)

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

DRY's CEO Sharelle Klaus joined the Q13 morning crew to make DRY Soda floats

DRY’s CEO Sharelle Klaus was on set with Q13 FOX to talk about DRY Soda as a less sweet, better soda and mix up an ice cream float using one of Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s many great flavors. Watch Sharelle’s DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Ice Cream Float video and try one of the recipes below!

Ginger DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Cascade Mountain Blackberry Ice Cream

Garnish: fresh sprig of mint

Flavor Profile: The zesty flavor of ginger pairs perfectly with the richness of Northwest blackberries

Instructions:
- Crush six blackberries in glass
- Add one or two hearty scoops of Snoqualmie Cascade Mountain Blackberry Ice Cream
- Slowly pour in Ginger DRY Soda until full
- Garnish with fresh mint sprig
- Add straw, sip and enjoy!

Lavender DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Garnish: Theo Chocolate 70% dark chocolate shavings

Flavor Profile: The warm, earthy flavors of vanilla bean and dark chocolate complement the smooth, floral flavor of lavender

Instructions:
- Add one or two hearty scoops of Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream to glass
- Slowly pour in Lavender DRY Soda until full
- Use a microplane to grate a sprinkling of Theo 70% dark chocolate over ice cream (or garnish with a piece of chocolate stuck directly into your scoop)
- Add straw, sip and enjoy!

 

Other recommended float ideas:

Apple DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream - Garnish: rum whipped cream

Cucumber DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet - Garnish: mint leaf

 

You can find both DRY Soda and Snoqualmie Ice Cream at your local QFC, Fred Meyer, Thriftway, PCC, Whole Foods or Red Apple stores, or at Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s cafe in Maltby, WA. Additionally, find DRY’s newest flavors – Apple and Ginger DRY Soda – at Metropolitan Market. And if you want to party with us in person, join us on August 24th for Ice Cream-o-rama with Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – 3 DRY Soda + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich Pairings (with Float Alternatives!)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Today is a big day: it’s both National Ice Cream Sandwich Day AND our friends at Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches are launching their Pasadena location. Founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller will be on hand today helping out with the ice cream sammie madness, as well as scooping ice cream for DRY Soda floats! If you’re in Pasadena, you must be there.

When you make it out to the party, be sure to try any one of these DRY Soda + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich pairings, or go for the liquid version of each with a float!

Vanilla Bean DRY Soda / Coolhaus Snickerdoodle cookies + Root Beer ice cream

The subtle sugary spice of the Coolhaus Snickerdoodle cookie/Root Beer ice cream pairs perfectly with the creamy smoothness of Vanilla Bean DRY Soda in what may otherwise be called the Reverse Root Beer Float.

Ginger DRY Soda / Coolhaus Ginger cookies + Mango Sorbet

We’ve already seen the Ginger/Ginger combo work so well before, and this Coolhaus/DRY pairing is just another example of the spicy synergism of ginger. The Mango Sorbet in the middle of the sammie rounds out this pairing with just the right amount of vegan fruitiness.

Rhubarb DRY Soda / Coolhaus Gluten Free Coconut Almond Chip cookies + Patron Blueberry Mojito ice cream

This pairing may be best described as a “cookie cocktail,” and it’s the epitome of gluten free goodness. The tartness of Rhubarb DRY Soda plays well with the effortlessly cool flavor of the GF Coconut Almond Chip / Patron Blueberry Mojito sammie.

National Ice Cream Month – Local Float #6: Apple DRY Soda + Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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With National Ice Cream Month coming to a close, we’re savoring this final float recipe with our friends at Snoqualmie Ice Cream until we party again on August 24th at Ice Cream-o-rama.

Today’s float recipe combines Apple DRY Soda and Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream, bringing together a flavor of the Northwest with a taste of the tropics in a beautiful blend of crisp, mellow sweetness.

Want to make one of your own?

DRY Soda’s new cans and flavors and Snoqualmie Ice Cream are both carried at select Metropolitan Market locations. Pick up some pints and cans today and soon you’ll be floating your summer away.

Additionally, DRY Soda will be floating around at this year’s Ice Cream-o-Rama at Snoqualmie Ice Cream Cafe and Farm on Saturday, August 24. Check Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s event invite for more details!

National Ice Cream Month – Local Float #4/5: The Vanilla Bean/Lavender Flavor Flip Flop Float

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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We’re celebrating National Ice Cream month all month long with our friends Snoqualmie Ice Cream with a new ice cream float recipe each week of July.

Today’s float is actually two! Combine Vanilla Bean DRY Soda with French Lavender Snoqualmie Ice Cream OR Lavender DRY Soda with Danish Vanilla Bean Snoqualmie Ice Cream, and either combination will blend together into a tasty, smooth bit of sweetness that will have your taste buds living in the lap of lavender luxury.

Want to make one of your own?

DRY Soda and Snoqualmie Ice Cream are both carried at all PCC Natural Markets locations, as well as Metropolitan Market,  Central Market and QFC! Pick up a pint and some sips today and soon you’ll be floating your summer away.

Additionally, DRY Soda will be floating around at this year’s Ice Cream-o-Rama at Snoqualmie Ice Cream Cafe and Farm on Saturday, August 24. Check Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s event invite for more details!

National Tequila Day 2013: 3 DRY Cocktails

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Snake Oil Cocktail Company - DRY Soda

“Stage Kiss” photo credit: Snake Oil Cocktail Company

To celebrate National Tequila Day, we’re going beyond the typical margarita with three tasty DRY Soda cocktails that will have you wishing this drink holiday came around more often. Thanks to the wonderful mixologists who shared their craft with us to bring you these cocktails. Enjoy!

Stage Kiss

Snake Oil Cocktail Company | San Diego, CA

1 1/2 oz. Don Julio tequila
1 oz. blood orange juice
1 tbsp. date-agave jam with cayenne
Blood Orange DRY Soda
Serve: old fashioned glass
Garnish: blood orange wedge

- Add tequila, blood orange juice and jam to a mixing glass
- Shake with ice and pour into an old fashioned glass
- Top with Blood Orange DRY Soda, stir, and garnish with blood orange wedge

Colorado Dreamin’

Chris Clewell | Tag Raw Bar | Denver, CO

1 1/2 oz. tequila
3/4 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 oz. agave nectar
1 slice of avocado
Rhubarb DRY Soda
Lime wedge
Serve: martini glass

- Fill cocktail glass half-full with ice
- Mix first four ingredients together in cocktail shaker and shake well
- Strain into cocktail glass and top with Rhubarb DRY Soda
- Add lime wedge and stir

DRY Tequila Fizz

Veronica Lizarraga | DRY Soda Mixology Brand Ambassador | Las Vegas, NV

2 oz. tequila
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 dashes of egg whites
Splash of grenadine
Ginger DRY Soda
Serve: Collins glass

- Add first four ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake 5-7 seconds.
- Strain into collins glass half-filled with ice
- Top with Ginger DRY Soda and stir once

 

If you’re looking for more cocktail inspiration, you’ll love our app! Check out the Mix function and updates to the DRY Soda app for Android and iPhone.