So here I am, staring at the computer and wondering what I am going to write about. I have a few posts in draft stage but they need a bit more experimentation and kitchen work before they are ready. Then I happen to turn and look at the bottle I’m swigging from. “Huh. That works.” So this post comes into existence.
This is Pommac. It is a golden-colored fizzy soft drink that tastes like the love child of Dr. Pepper and ginger ale. There are definite notes of apple and grapey-berry in there, but it is unlike any other soft drink that exists in the States. It’s less sweet, for one thing — more on the dry ginger ale end of the spectrum than the syrupy cola end — which makes it great for calming the stomach when you’re feeling under the weather.
Pardon the nearly empty bottle — like I mentioned above, I didn’t think of writing about this until I was nearly done consuming it 🙂 I’ve always been a fan of ginger ales, root beers, sarsaparilla, and whatnot, so this fell easily enough into the same category.
Pommac is manufactured by Hartwall, one of Finland’s largest beverage manufacturers. They inform us that Pommac is the oldest soft drink still being manufactured in Finland, having started in the 1930s, and that it is still in the country’s top ten most popular soft drinks. Take that, Coke! This stuff was originally marketed as being an upscale soft drink, because the concentrate used to make it is aged for three months in oak barrels to make it all wine-like. Wiki tells me that Dr. Pepper actually tried to market it in the US for a while in the 60s, but didn’t have too much luck because Americans don’t like change. Big surprise there.