This past weekend, the weather was pretty tart: heavy and abundant rain coupled by frozen ground and plummeting temperatures made for an interesting Sunday morning. Most of my worship team called in sick, and my bass player spent over an hour chipping his way into his vehicle. He made it just in time, and with the help of another guitarist/vocalist, the congregation wasn’t subjected to me leading alone!
Life isn’t always sweet! Nor is it always tart!
David’s describes Rhubarb Cream Soda as bright and fizzy, but I found this fruit infusion has many mixed reviews, oftentimes the reviewer being uncertain whether if it’s a hit or a miss!
Some find it too sweet, too creamy or too artificial. Most were disappointed that rhubarb was not the dominating flavour, but rather apple and mango. It’s true that my container appeared to be mostly apple, mango and pineapple chunks. This tea is also supposed to contain rosehip shells, hibiscus, red currants, and of course, rhubarb. I could taste the acidity from the rhubarb, but it is quickly overpowered by a strong berry flavour at the back of my tongue.
While it smells wonderful, I didn’t get the rosy hue I was expecting either. I located others’ photos of this tea and it was wonderfully pink. What did I do wrong? It’s possible my ratio of water to blend was off. I certainly let it steep longer than the recommended 5 minutes.
I loved cream soda as a kid, mostly because it was sickly sweet and PINK. I confess, I still buy a can once in awhile. With “cream soda” in the description, I fully expected “cream soda”, which I didn’t get. I got more of an artificial, almost metallic aftertaste. I wouldn’t say it “popped” or “fizzed”.
This infusion is recommended hot or cold, and reviews of it as an iced tea are also mixed. One person recommended mixing it with lemonade to add depth of flavour to regular lemonade. To be honest, I’m not sure if I like this particular tea or not, but I’m willing to experiment further. If I find a winning combo, I’ll let you know!
If you do like rhubarb, I would recommend Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait instead.
In any event…