Strawberry Jalapeño Soda
My best friend, Olivia, lives in Florida. If you have a friend who lives very far away then you understand that feeling of seeing her for the first time in almost a year. There are huge hugs, smiles until your faces hurt, and celebratory dinners. I have known Olivia for almost ten years and we have been through an enormity of life events together: sixteenth birthdays, graduating high school, road trips up and down the east coast, family problems, weddings; this year, she’ll be coming up to New England in the spring for a visit. I’m too excited. We’ve already made a list of at least fifteen things to do while she’s home–most of these items revolve around food and drink!
The best part about being friends with someone just as zany as you are is that there is never a dull moment. Olivia and I have had our fair share of adventures. We find a way to explore and seize opportunities as they come.
Posing with a frozen bobcat
Failure of a Baked Alaska
Making Polluck’s one summer
In one of the first posts that I wrote, I talked about one of my favorite cafés in Tampa. On one of our bike rides last year, Olivia and I stumbled across a bakery called Chocolate Pi. These folks seriously know what they’re doing. They use seasonal flavors in all of their pastries, their macarons are out of this world, and they make artisanal sodas. If you ever are in Tampa, you have to visit!
The flavors will change your life: cucumber-ginger, blackberry-mint, and strawberry-jalapeño. Surprisingly, I’m not a soda drinker. I love water and seltzer, but I never crave soda like other people do; however, after going to Chocolate Pi and trying their strawberry-jalapeño soda, my mind was changed.
If you do not like peppers, you can opt to only make the strawberry syrup; however, if you are looking for a funky new favorite, I suggest making this refreshing beverage with the jalapeños. I’m looking forward to making this again when Olivia comes to visit!
How long have you known your best friend? What’s the weirdest soda flavor that you’ve ever tried?