If the Pickleback -- whiskey with a pickle juice chaser -- is a sledgehammer, then the cucumber soda from SodaVie is a rock hammer, gently rounding out against your taste buds.
The sea-foam-green soda with the tiny bubbles is one of a dozen, handcrafted brews made by the GetReal Food Company -- the soda company operating out of the back of Big City Hot Dogs in Kansas City. The sodas are naturally fermented and made with seasonal ingredients, meaning that Benjamin Topel and Sean Henry are always rolling out new flavors.
In search of spring, I opted for one of their mild classics -- the cucumber soda.
The stopper releases with an audible pop and the telltale hiss of carbonation. This is a good sign. The sodas made by the GetReal Food Company are naturally less carbonated than their mass-produced counterparts, and, on occasion, a bottle may lack the carbonated oomph that separates it from simply being a well-balanced mixture of fruit juice and herb notes. Although, there is a "use by" date on the labels.