However, today I have something cool to review. Do you remember that I got addicted to Diet Coke and Pepsi Max a few months ago? After using coke as a cleaning substance, I made a decision to quit (I like that. I sound hard-core, like I’ve been to rehab and lived to tell the tale).
I’m happy to report that while I have had a couple of cokes since, I’m definitely over the need for it. I don’t even like it very much any more. And for any of you who are curious about the whole ‘quitting’ process, I tried a few things:
- Strong black tea and some green tea helped with the caffeine withdrawal
- When I wanted bubbles, I used soda water with a bit of lemon and sea salt
- I told Mr The Rake I was giving it up, so even though he had it in the house, he would remind me that I’d given it up every time I said ‘man I could go a can of coke’
- I just stopped. Life’s short.
After that post, I was contacted by some representatives of Bionade, a light soft-drink with all natural ingredients.
Bionade is a German creation that sells itself as a completely natural, certified-organic soft-drink. It’s brewed, beer style. I didn’t realise what this meant until I found myself at a party the night before a half marathon. Not too sweet, it was just like drinking a cider – minus the alcohol.
I was super excited by the lychee one – I think it’s my favourite flavour of fruit. Sadly, I knocked it over in my excitement and had to spend the next half an hour mopping up Bionade and glass shards. A small reminder stayed in my foot for the rest of the day.
At first I was all
yeah, cool, something to try out and post about
But…I loved it. I’ve been looking out for it because for me, it’s the perfect party drink when I don’t want to drink. Especially over summer.
I’m a self-confessed calorie counter, though I do much less of it these days, and the entire bottle clocked in under 100 calories. Way better than a cider or a lemonade.
Apparently it’s hitting Australian stores soon, and can already be ordered online.
In sum – really cool, and quite unique. On a summer’s night, it was the ideal replacement for my addiction.
Have you ever come across Bionade?
Are you a diet coke drinker or hater?
What’s your favourite party drink?