Mike Literman (1766 reviews)

Mike loves new drinks. He's drank some gross stuff in his day, and this blog is making him drink even more against his will. That being said, he wouldn't trade it in for the world. He loves new beverages and is always, and always will be, on a quest for something new.

Fanta Orange

Fanta Orange

Have you had orange pop before? You've had this. It's nothing special. I don't hate Fanta, and they really hit the nail on the head when it comes to generic flavored drinks. Once again, I don't hate Fanta. I don't think that they're out there to shock anyone and for that, they will sell drinks to everyone. Congrats on making a solid drink that millions upon millions of people will buy and enjoy. Also, I wish we had cool bottles like this in the States again. Thailand: 1, America: 0.

Website
http://www.fanta.com/
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 8th, 2010
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Coco Loto Coconut

Coco Loto Coconut

I did not have the stomach for this as soon as I opened it. I knew I wasn't going to like it. Was it psychosomatic? Possibly. Was it still kind of gross? Yeah, dude. I do not hate nada de coco. This is truth. I like coconut. I like coconut shavings. I like Mounds and Almond Joy. I do not like coconut juice or coconut water. Why? It's not terribly good, that's why.

I am actually pleased to say that this is my last "strange" drink and I am even more proud to say that this will be my last "strange" drink for a while. I had them all at work and every day I had to come in, drink something potentially gross, and write about it. At home is where the gems are.

Here is how I will sell it, not make it sound bad and undrinkable, because, let it be known, it was not undrinkable. If you like any of the new Vita Coco drinks and don't mind jelly coconut, this is perfect. That's not a far stretch as it's harder for me to get past the flavor than the foreign jellies.

Because I didn't drink the whole thing and because I barely made a dent in it would normally produce the rating of a 1, but I simply wasn't in the mood and don't like it. It's like ordering a meal only to find out that it's got something you hate in it and then having a sour taste in your mouth.

Once again, to reiterate, if you like coconut water, you would probably like this and I urge you to get a bottle. This company, Coco Loto can be found in Hispanic grocery stores and I actually found this in an Asian market. The company Mira also makes this same drink. It is gaining in popularity and you should see what people are talking about.

Website
http://www.cocoloto.com/
Country
Thailand
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Chunky, Coconut
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 8th, 2010
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Saranac Ginger Beer

Saranac Ginger Beer

Is it wrong that I wanted this to hurt? I wanted this to burn like the fires of hell. You get a little burn after your throat is thoroughly covered in ginger juice. There's actually a nice smooth head on the top so it's almost like you're drinking a real beer, if you're into that type of stuff.

As for flavor, if you've ever eaten the ginger you get with sushi, you get this.

Website
http://www.saranac.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 9th, 2010
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New Leaf Black Tea

New Leaf Black Tea

I like iced tea. A lot. I don't really buy it without being green tea or oolong or jasmine or at least something with additional flavor. When I got to a restaurant I usually like to take a load off by getting an unsweetened tea because the alternative is horrid, super sweet, super syrupy tea.

I've been a fan of New Leaf since my first bottle a year or two ago. It was just clearly a good quality tea. It's actually nice to unwind with a nice unsweetened tea every once in a while. This tea is nice. Since it's unsweetened, you could drink it at any temperature. I drank it cold and it was very refreshing. It only tasted like black tea and that's all one could ask for.

Website
http://www.newleafbrands.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Unsweetened
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 9th, 2010
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Becker Farms Apple Cider

Becker Farms Apple Cider

This is it. This cider plus the apple cinnamon donut that was accompanying it made my fall/autumn. It just tastes like apples. I don't know what makes cider different than apple juice but whatever it is, keep up the good work.

This stuff was made like within 100 feet of where I bought it so you couldn't get fresher. It's all apples and nothing else. If you have the chance, get some.

Website
http://www.beckerfarms.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Cider
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 10th, 2010
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Chubby Tutti Frutti

Chubby Tutti Frutti

This, I can say with almost 100% certainty, is low rent pop. It's got real sugar in it, but that doesn't save it at all. Maybe because it's fruit punch/tutti frutti is because it had the...tinge...to it, but it wasn't great. It just taste of lower quality. It has a very sweet, fruity smell, and it tastes sweet and fruity, too, but still...something is off.

Look, 3 for $1 is not meant to surprise and I am not surprised, but who knows. There are some gems out there and this is not one of them. Sorry Chubby and sorry to myself for taking advantage of the 3 for $1 deal. Congrats to you, the public, for getting to enjoy/endure two more reviews.

Website
http://www.chubbysd.com/chubby%20files/chubby.htm
Country
Caribbean
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 10th, 2010
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Honeydrop Deluxe Blueberry and Honey

Honeydrop Deluxe Blueberry and Honey

Well color me pleasantly surprised. This was found at my local co-op and it is good. It's got chunks of blueberries and a lot of honey. The jam is sweetened with honey and that makes me smile. It's got a great blueberry taste.

I can't wait to try the rest of Honeydrop's drinks in the near future.

Website
http://www.honeydrop.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 10th, 2010
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Ginger People Ginger Soother Ginger

Ginger People Ginger Soother Ginger

Alright. I'm ready to review this. Let it be known that I am not gingers biggest fan. This drink tastes just like ginger and honey. Take some ginger and somehow wrap it in honey and pop that jam in your cake hole. Initially there is a shocking burn from the genuine ginger. After a few more sips or chugs depending on how mature you are it seems to calm down.

Website
http://www.gingerpeople.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Honey
Categories
Ginger, Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 10th, 2010
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Sweet Leaf Sweet Tea

Sweet Leaf Sweet Tea

Finally. Do you know how hard it is to find a genuine, sincere sweet tea? Near impossible. Do you know what the ingredients to sweet tea are? Sugar and black tea. Done. Period. Also, not fake sugar. No one would make you a drink with Splenda and tea and call it sweet tea and get away with it without a black eye and/or broken tibia. Yeah, that's a rough bone to break.

Now I enjoy sharing. I share drinks, food, seats in my car, everything. I shared this drink with a friend and he said that it was good. Why does that mean something? Dude's from Georgia. Do you know where Georgia is? The South. Do you know what they drink in the South? Sweet tea. Therefore, this man knows a thing or two about how it should be and this got his seal of approval.

Sweet Leaf? Thanks.

Website
http://www.sweetleaftea.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 11th, 2010
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Bigelow Organic Green Tea Original Green

Bigelow Organic Green Tea Original Green

Once again, Biglow knows tea. This tea is just wonderful. It's so simple. It's sweetened green tea, but not uber-sweet. Sorry, I don't know how to make an umlaut, but I am aware that one belongs there. This tea leaves everything where it belongs. The green tea still has bitterness and it's sweet, but not overpowering. It's weak, but in a good way. If they would have put more green tea, it would have bitten too hard, but if they put more sugar in it, you wouldn't be able to drink too much in fear of your teeth getting holes in it like that vision your mom gives you when she tells you that drinking Gatorade puts holes in your teeth. This is a large bottle. 2.5 servings according to whatever person is in charge of making serving sizes, but you know what? Take your time. You've got time. Get a bottle and just drink it. Sip here. Sip there. It doesn't get old. It's great. Nothing funny. No funny business, just great tea.

Website
http://www.bigelowtea.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
Categories
Iced Tea
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on October 11th, 2010
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