Scotland, being a land of many strange and unusual people, has many strange and unusual drinks. I know this, because I hit the grocery store yesterday, and the drinks aisle (not including the alcohol) was much fuller than a similiar aisle back home.
I thought... hmm.... I have all these friends back home that want to experience Scotland in all its exciting glory. I should describe the cornacopia of drinks that one can pick up easily here.
So, without further ado, I present the first of what will become a regular feature on Anna Overseas, Drinking Games!
Irn-Bru is everywhere in this country, mostly on the sides of taxis. I think an add for Irn-Brue might have been the first thing I saw getting off the plane in Glasgow. It comes in a blue and orange bottle (of various sizes) or can, and it sells out almost as quickly as the Coke does at work.
The drink itself is a not-occuring-in-nature orange colour. I think it may glow in the dark, but I haven't actually tested this theory. It looks like clear orange soda, I guess.
I remember when I was flat hunting, the letting agent told me that Irn-Bru is the only thing that they can never get out of the carpets in the places they're cleaning up. They can get out red wine, blood, various set stains of other organic products, but not Irn-Bru.
How did I get talked into trying this? At a bar, of course. No alcohol was involved, but the whole thing had a feeling of a dare.
For the purpose of this article, I went out and bought a 2 liter of the stuff. (As though I don't get a can whenever I'm needing a quick pick-me-up at work.)
It smells like... like... ripe creamsicles. A little too sweet.
It tastes like... like... carobonated creamsicles. Not as sweet as it smells.
I do drink this stuff two or three times a week at work, because I like the kick it gives me.
Irn-Bru is apparently available somewhere in Canada, but I've never seen it.
Irn-Bru on Wikipedia
Irn-Bru's Official Website (warning: flash animations, and that manamana song)
I picked this up because it looked a disgusting shade of brown and it was 60 p. for a 2 liter bottle. Considering that a can of Irn-Bru at work costs 60 p, I figured this could be an interesting investment.
According to the lable, it's a "Carbonated drink made from a blend of lemonade and beer with sugar and sweetener", and is "Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans." (It also gives its stats per serving size in 250 ml, whereas Irn-Bru gives it in 100 ml.) It has a Caution box, warning that it's a "pressurized container", and has an advice box. "Advice to Parents: Frequent drinking of sugary drinks and fruit juices may lead to tooth decay and poor nutition. Try to restrict these drinks to meal times and replace them with sguar free drinks or water. Avoid giving sugary drinks or fruit juices to babies. Remember it is important to brush teeth reguarily. Best served chilled." It also informs me that it contains glutens and no more than 0.5% alcohol.
It smells like... beer. Fancy that.
It tastes like... really good sweet beer. Complete with that strange little after taste you get when you drink beer. It's surprisingly good, and I think it's totally worth the 60 p. I spent on it.
I couldn't find any links on this stuff, but there's a link for Shandy on Wikipedia.
I picked this up at a corner store when I was craving juice and they didn't have any.
It's a different type of unnatural orange colour than Irn-Bru. It looks more like a slightly ill orange juice.
I no longer have the bottle, unfortunately, but I couldn't give up the opporunity to tell you all about the Juice So Sweet It Crunches, but still tastes sour.
This stuff was awful. Just atricious. It was so sugary it should have crunched when you drank it, but still had this awful taste to it. I tried adding water in an effort to make it any better, but all that did was make it a different shade of sickly orange.
I think I may make it a test of courage for all daring to pass my door. "You must drink this glass, and drink it down, and if you survive, you may pass."
Irn-Bru is my friend, even if it's not made from real Glasgow Girders.
Lemonade Shandy is just so weird, I want more.
We will not speak of Juicy Juice again.