Hotlips (6 reviews)

Hotlips Raspberry Soda

Hotlips Raspberry Soda

Get yourself a quart of fresh red raspberries, put them in a cheese cloth (one with a small rip in it) and just smash the hell out of them. Gather the juice and the few chunks that found their way through the hole into a cup. Fill the cup up the rest of the way with bubbly water and mix in a bit of sugar. What you will have created is essentially what is in this bottle. It’s strange how much it tastes like raspberries. I know it’s supposed to taste like them, but normally any fruit flavored pop doesn’t actually taste like the fruit, and if it does you usually have to concentrate to find the flavor. This tastes exactly like you’re eating raspberries, and the little mushy chunks do nothing but help it.

This is the first time I have ever said this about a soda, but I think it could do with a little bit more sugar. There is something about it that is just the tiniest bit off from making it absolutely perfect. I think a bit more sugar would balance things out and give it the little boost it needs to stand tall at the top of the soda pop pyramid.

Website
http://hotlipspizza.com/soda/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 13th, 2012
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Hotlips Blackberry Soda

Hotlips Blackberry Soda

Sometimes you date a girl who lives across the country and you go visit every other month. Sometimes things don’t work out and you end up splitting up right before you leave from a visit. Sometimes your flight gets delayed and you turn around and said person is standing there asking if you want to get food. On top of that sometimes pizza and great soda can mend the relationship (for a couple more months at least).

Portland, OR’s Hot Lips is a diamond in the rough. Well, not a diamond in a sea of bad food, as that city has obscene amounts of awesome veggie food (Vita Café I’m looking in your direction). It’s a special place because it is a place where you can get a decent slice of pizza on the west coast. For the most part I don’t even tough pizza past Wisconsin and even that is really pushing it. Hot Lips was great for its pizza, but even better for it’s soda. They take local fruit and add sparkling water and a little cane sugar. If you’ve ever read Tom Robbins’ “Still Life With Woodpecker” you know that blackberries run rampant in those parts. This is so simple and so wonderful. It tastes light lightly sugared blackberries, because that is exactly what it is. Why anyone would mess with a recipe like this boggles my mind. Okay, I understand that they want to save money, but they end up with a product that is not even close to this in quality, those big dummies.

I was always under the impression that this soda was only available in Portland, but my ladyfriend (of three years, not the previous ladyfriend which I mentioned above) found it in a health food store in North Carolina. I really hope Hot Lips expands their reach and takes over the country with their quality soda.

Website
http://hotlipspizza.com/soda/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 14th, 2012
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Hotlips Pear Soda

Hotlips Pear Soda

Hotlips does it again. They have managed to make a delicious fruit soda that isn't sweetened with any sugar. I had to look at the ingredients three times just to be sure. And you know what? It tastes great. I'm not one to eat a pear normally, but this is delicious. It's really juicy and flavorful.

My only complaint (and this goes for all Hotlips sodas) is it's only lightly carbonated. I like my soda to be moderately fizzy, but you barely notice it here.

Website
http://hotlipspizza.com/soda/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Chunky, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on August 5th, 2012
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Hotlips Cranberry Soda

Hotlips Cranberry Soda

I'm going to make some enemies with this statement, but I don't care: I don't like cranberries. It's true, I’ve always hated cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and most cranberry juice/drinks I’ve had are just gross. That was until I had this soda.

Now I’m not saying "I LOVE CRANBERRY" now. I'm just saying that this is the best cranberry drink I’ve ever had. That being said, I’m still not crazy about it. It's nice that it's naturally sweetened (no real or fake sugar), and yet still tastes sweet. The cranberry taste is strong yet not overpowering like straight cranberry juice.

Website
http://hotlipspizza.com/soda/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Naturally Sweetened
Categories
Chunky, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on July 24th, 2012
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Hotlips Black Raspberry

Hotlips Black Raspberry

When I moved back to Buffalo for 10 months, the number one complaint I got from fellow reviewer Jason was that I didn't review more Hotlips soda while I lived in Portland. You'd think I passed up a chance to see a one-off Fugazi reunion by the consistency that he would bring it up. If he were my father, he might have disowned me, or at least cut off my allowance for a couple weeks.

So now I’m back in Portland where Hotlips soda can be found everywhere. For those who are not familiar with it, Hotlips is a Portland, Oregon based chain of pizza shops that also make their own soda. They are available on tap and bottled at various grocery stores around the greater Portland area. The great thing about Hotlips soda is that it's made with real fruit, something I didn't appreciate the first time I had one. It only contains whole ingredients, no gross chemicals or filler. People's biggest complaint with Hotlips is their soda is VERY lightly carbonated, so little that sometimes it seems like it's not at all. While it was off putting at first to me, I’ve grown to like it. Now don't get me wrong, I love carbonated soda, I just think of this as it's own thing and try not to compare it to traditional soda as far as the carbonation goes.

Now to this flavor, black raspberry. It's one of my favorite fruits so I might be biased, but I think it's delicious. Like most flavors, there are little chunks of berry in it that make the drink. If this weren’t so expensive, I would probably drink these all the time.

Website
http://hotlipspizza.com/soda/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on July 17th, 2012
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Hotlips Boysenberry

Hotlips Boysenberry

Boysenberry soda? Really? I was pretty shocked when I saw this, but also excited to try it. It's a local Portland soda made by the people who run the Hotlips Pizza chain. It has a strong berry smell, but luckily the taste isn't as strong. I was afraid this was going to taste like carbonated juice, but it definitely was not the case. The boysenberry is represented perfectly: not too sweet, not too watery.
The only major complaint I have is the price. At $2.50 a bottle, it's one of the most expensive specialty sodas I've seen in a while. I could see myself picking this up once in a while as a treat, but my wallet would never forgive me if it became a regular drink of mine. I am excited to try the other flavors Hotlips sells, especially the blackberry and pear flavors.

Edit: I wrote this review when i was half way through the bottle. I just finished it and was surprised by little chunks of boysenberry near the bottom. This might make some people happy, but when you're not expecting it, it's a little off-putting.

Website
http://hotlipspizza.com/soda/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on September 6th, 2010
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