As is our monthly tradition, I spent the evening with some fellow jewelry ladies beginning with a Mexican meal. One of my friends almost always orders a diet Pepsi with a lime slice. She’s done this every single time we’ve gone out to eat that I can recall. Once we asked her why she always requested the lime. She explained that diet drinks have an aftertaste and the lime helps to disguise that.
Tonight she ordered a soda with lime. I ordered a soda, as well, but did not request the lime. I’ve often thought that a strange combination….citrus with soda. However, when drinks arrived at our table, mine had a couple of lime wedges on the side, as well. So I decided that before I would write off this combination as strange or disgusting, I should at least give it a try. Thus, it is today’s first: Pepsi with lime wedges.
My friend explained that she preferred Coke to Pepsi because Pepsi just is sweeter and Coke has more of a “bite” to it. She said the lime helped balance the sweetness of the Pepsi making it less prominent. So I squeezed my wedges and dunked them in the glass using my straw to stir it up.
To my surprise, my friend was completely correct. It did not give the soda a strong citrus flavor. In fact, the only time I really tasted it was in the aftertaste. Rather than a sugary flavor, the lime really did cut through the sweetness to provide more balance to the taste. I was pleasantly surprised.