The Thanksgiving table is a study in tradition.
Sure, you can spice things up with family-secret side dishes or fancy pies, but a handful of items are immovable stalwarts of the Thanksgiving plate, like turkey, stuffing and potatoes.
Then again, the typical meal is also a bit ridiculous. Marshmallows on sweet potatoes? Cranberry sauce from a can? So, maybe it's not quite as sacrosanct as it seems.
On that note, Jones Soda Co. has revived its Turkey & Gravy soda for the first time in over a decade. The limited-edition release coincides with the company’s 25th anniversary and is here just in time for Thanksgiving. The first-run of bottles sold out, but more are dropping November 15. Snag some online or head to your nearest grocery store—they're also available at Kroger, Albertsons and Safeway.
Turkey & Gravy helped put Jones on the map when it debuted in 2003. It has since been among the company's most-requested flavors, more as a gag than for drinkability. Jones acknowledges that it's a challenge even for the most adventurous among us.
So, what does it taste like? Well, imagine really savory turkey gravy that's been loaded with herbs and carbonated. Kind of like that, but fortunately without any of the solid bits. It's more like sweetened turkey broth than actual roast turkey. Which is to say, it's not good. But hey, anyone can make a good soda. It takes a genius-level mad scientist to make something so strangely unpleasant. Plus, it's one hell of a good marketing ploy.
In the very likely case you don't finish the whole bottle, here are some ideas for using the remainder of the liquid.
- Share it with an unsuspecting friend.
- Better yet, give it to an enemy.
- Use it to deglaze some carrots.
- Skip the salt in your stuffing recipe, and add a dash of this stuff instead.
- Dump it down the drain.