I don't drink much soda.
Not Coke, not Pepsi, not 7-Up or Sprite or Root Beer or Ginger Ale. They are just too sugary and not refreshing to me. I stick to unsweetened iced tea and iced coffee instead. (I don't know what it says about me that I prefer bitter over sweet, but let's not go there, m'kay?)
There is only one kind of soda I crave every so often. The smooth sweet deliciousness of cream soda can make me break my soda fast.
I have tried many, many brands, and most are okay, unless they are too sticky-sweet or have a fake vanilla flavor.
The other day, though, I found The Perfect Cream Soda, the One, the Champ. Behold:
Waialua Vanilla Cream Soda from Hawaii. Mmmmmm....It has real, true vanilla flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness from real cane sugar (would you expect anything else from Hawaii?) and a bit of Hawaiian honey.
It is smooth and a nice sunny gold (the photo is a bit dark) and comes with a fetching Hula girl on the label. The carbonation gives it small, champagne-like bubbles, not big nose-ticklers.
I have tried a lot of cream sodas in my life and this one, as Hawaiians might say "No ka oi" - it is number one.
I found it at my local Rocket Fizz shop, a place that carries 400 kinds of soda. You can also order online direct from Waialua Soda Company.
Looking at their site, I see they also offer Lilikoi (passion fruit) soda. I may have to branch out in my soda-drinking adventures.