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Starbucks Refreshers Valencia Orange

Starbucks Refreshers Valencia Orange

I've come to really love the fresh made refreshers at Starbucks. It's still one step below a juice bar, but so far they have been consistently good. Take this Valencia Orange one I recently had. I was expecting it to be just a simple orange drink, but it blew my mind. It was more tart that lemonade usually is. It almost had a kumquat taste to it. The orange flavor really popped as well, and wasn't masked by the tartness.

Straight from the Starbucks website, this is what they have to say about its ingredients: "Three varietals of orange combined with floral and fruity notes from orange peel, cardamom, jasmine and apricot lightly caffeinated with Green Coffee Extract, served over ice." I love the green coffee extract, it gives it a little kick without be overbearing. I know they sell packets of these at Starbuck locations but I fear they won't be as good as the fresh made drinks.

Website
http://www.starbucks.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on July 23rd, 2013
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Wendy's Strawberry Iced Tea

Wendy's Strawberry Iced Tea

Come along with me, if you will. Travel with me back in time to an hour ago when I ordered this drink. I says to the lady I say, "I'll have a strawberry iced tea." to which she responds with, "It's unsweetened." and I responded with, "That's even better."

Cut to five minutes later and I'm sitting down and I take my first sip and think to myself, "What the heck just happened to this iced tea?" I take another sip and see what's going on. What they did is take the unsweetened tea and pour an allocated amount of strawberry puree into it. It is actually very good. The strawberry takes a bit out of the tea, if I'm being honest. I enjoy the taste of unsweetened tea so if they cut it down on the amount of puree and let the tea shine through a little bit more, this would absolutely be something I come back to time and time again.

A nice walk back to the office with a little of the ice melted cut down on the sweetness and turned the once good drink into a really good drink. Wendy and your squad of workers, you have done good by me today.

Website
http://www.wendys.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on June 19th, 2013
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Starbucks Refreshers Cool Lime

Starbucks Refreshers Cool Lime

This is a first for me because I have never got a non-coffee drink from Starbucks before. Actually, this is made from green coffee extract so I retract that statement. I picked this up after a long walk and decided it was a better choice than an iced coffee full of soymilk. I pictured reenacting Ron Burgundy realizing that milk was a bad idea. I'll leave that to the professionals, or Mike since he has consumed expired milk on more than one occasion.

I've been trying to avoid using the word "refreshing" to describe this drink, but it's near impossible. It is the perfect summer drink. The coffee extract is delicious and mixes well with the lime flavor. The best part is they throw in a slice of lime in the drink. Not a tiny wedge you'd find on the side of your pad thai, a big beautiful delicious slice. Well done!

Website
http://www.starbucks.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on May 22nd, 2013
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Roaring Lion Zero

Roaring Lion Zero

It took a lot of ground up baby lion cubs to make this drink. They should have waited for them to mature a little bit because this is one wildly strong drink. The thing about matured lions is that they kind of calm down and make better drinks. This is super tart. Super tart. Super tart. It sat on the back of my tongue for an uncomfortable amount of time. It's an energy drink. It's rough because it's so strong. Strong little cubs.

Website
http://roaringlion.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 17th, 2013
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Tim Horton's Frozen Lemonade

Tim Horton's Frozen Lemonade

Spring is here. Well, I hope it is. In Buffalo you never know. It could snow tomorrow and no one would be surprised. But for now, I am really enjoying this frozen lemonade. It's not as sour as I had hoped, but I’m sure they have to appease with those who like mild lemonade.

There's not much else to say about this. It's refreshing and light, and good for a warm day like today.

Website
http://www.timhortons.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Lemonade
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Derek Neuland on March 30th, 2013
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Arby's Mint Chocolate Swirl

Arby's Mint Chocolate Swirl

Samantha, you look wonderful tonight. I didn't tell you earlier but you deserve the compliment. I think that we really deserve a nice night out at this fine Greek restaurant. The prices are reasonable and it's the only place where you can get a hot dog, spaghetti, steak, and a gyro and no one looks at you funny. Those are all high quality foods. Also, one other thing I enjoy about this place is that they have that little bowl of after dinner mints and that tiny spoon so people don't put their grimy hands in the dish. They hand you Andes mints when you get your check, too. Very nice people, those Greeks. Very nice people.

What am I getting tonight? Well, Sam, tonight I will be getting the hummus to start, followed by the main entry of a hamburger, and closing it with a spanakopita, and washing it all down with a mint chocolate shake. What are you getting? Oh, the french onion soup, chicken tacos, tiramisu, and a diet Coke? Sounds multicultural and delicious.

Samantha, this was a wonderful second date and to cap it, I will give you a big surprise. No, I'm not going into my pocket for a wedding ring. Don't worry. I am getting my wallet because I am paying this entire thirty-four dollar check. Dinner is on me tonight; my treat to you. You know what? I've still got half a milkshake left...and there are Andes mints here...maybe I'll just...crush these up here...and put them in here....and now I have a chocolate mint Andes supreme. It's supreme because I took some of your whipped cream from your dessert when you went to the bathroom. This is great although I could get a Shamrock shake, throw some Andes in there and call it a day. You know what, though. This is a special occasion. For you, I will treat this like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Thank you for coming, Samantha. I had a wonderful night. I hope you did the same. We ate food from around the world, listened to the happy birthday song in Greek three times, and co-created a great milkshake that you can remember me by when we're not together. No, I'm not reaching in my jacket pocket for a ring, Samantha. I am getting my car keys. Man, are you anxious or worried to get married? I can't feel you out.

Website
http://www.arbys.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Milkshake
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on March 12th, 2013
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Brooklyn Soda Works Root Beer

Brooklyn Soda Works Root Beer

My stars. As you may or may not know, I am in Brooklyn. I have wanted to try Brooklyn Soda Works but it's not available in Buffalo and it's not really ship friendly. Well you can't duck me for long because I came to you and you can't escape your own home.

I went to a bar in the middle of the day filled with day drinking women with their kids and ordered a root beer. Upon delivery, I made my friend drink it first because it couldn't look more like beer. Honestly, it could and might play as beer's stunt double in Spike Lee films.

This root beer was fantastic. It was almost like a sarsaparilla because it was so sweet but every sip was a treat. It was a dark flavor that was just super bold and just a treat.

Now this isn't something that we would normally review but there are enough people in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area and enough distribution centers that people can enjoy this. Please, enjoy this. Please.

Website
Http://www.brooklynsodaworks.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on February 9th, 2013
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McDonalds McCafe Peppermint Mocha

McDonalds McCafe Peppermint Mocha

Your expectations are low if you are like me. You don't have high hopes for anything really. I mean it's McDonald's. I play a strong "ignorance is bliss" role with them because I do good by not eating there but twice a year, maybe quarterly. When I go, I typically get a spicy chicken, for some reason also known by its alias "Hot & Spicy." I was in a rush yesterday, got my old standard, and got this guy on a whim because it's seasonal and I like chocolate and mint.

Was I surprised? Kind of. It was a reserved mint, not like someone put the base "mocha" in and poured it over a starlight mint. It was different and was not overpowering. Even on the last sip I wasn't left with some awful, thick, minty sludge. I tend to swirl my drinks out of habit in hopes of eliminating that and it worked. You can borrow that skill. Practice it. Hone it. Enjoy it.

McDonald's has been putting out some decent drinks as of late. Kudos to them and Kudos for me because those cats are delicious.

Website
http://www.mcdonalds.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Coffee
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 8th, 2012
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Bojangles Legendary Iced Tea

Bojangles Legendary Iced Tea

When my ladyfriend was down in NC visiting her sister a few weeks ago, she sent me a message raving about the iced tea that she got at Bojangles (a fast food chicken place down in the bottom states). She also told me that had it bottled and she was going to bring me home some. When I saw it I was relived to find there was no cartoon chicken on the label trying to sell the product. There is something intermittently creepy about a chicken selling out his/her own kind in order to make a few bucks. I just want to grab their little feathers and shake the hell out of them and scream, “THEY ARE KILLING YOUR PEOPLE!” So yeah, good job on that guys.

Unfortunately they did not as good of a job making this tea. After taking a sip, my ladyfriend announced that this was completely different from what she drank in the restaurant. What she described as authentic southern sweet tea had now become a step above sweetened liquid plastic. There are no ingredients or anything listed on the bottle, so I can only assume they melted down some plastic, added some tea powder and a whole mess of sugar and bottled it. This is probably the single worst iced tea I have ever tasted.

Website
http://www.bojangles.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 28th, 2012
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Arby's Milk Shake Candy Cane Swirl

Arby's Milk Shake Candy Cane Swirl

"Maybe I'll get a Jamocha shake." I said to myself in the pouring rain as we were on our way to Arby's. I don't normally get shakes but I thought for that reason I might get one. One foot in the joint and I saw this...

...and thought it might be good for the site. You know, people like Arby's. Everyone loves to say "Horsey Sauce" and new products are always fun.

As you can see, what I got did not exactly resemble what was shown but I understand not everything can be so fancy. Rather than pulling a "Falling Down" I decided to drink this and not say a word, well, until now I guess. I honestly don't care how this came to me, it was just drastic enough to point out.

I kind of knew what I was in for and it's very easy to explain. Take a vanilla milkshake, crush a handful of starlight mints in it, blend, put more crushed mints on top, drink. That's it. There might have been a pink, mint syrup involved, too, because I can't see how the colors ran so much in such little amount of time. You probably think I'm going to make a "These colors don't run." or "America" reference but not today. Instead I'll come through and let you know what a drink was like. Novel idea for a website that claims to review drinks, right?

It was good. I certainly didn't need as much as I received and sure, I could have just stopped drinking but the chunks of candy were at the bottom and, much like a drug addict or an eight years old boy on Halloween, I just couldn't stop. Poor kids. They just love candy so much. I bet both of those parties would enjoy this milkshake. It would probably help out the meth head's bad breath due to lack of teeth and dental coverage.

Website
http://www.arbys.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Not Listed
Categories
Milkshake
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 23rd, 2012
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