Wednesday, June 11, 2003
soda jerk: moxie
TASTE: The first slurp isn't bad, like a pleasant root beer. Five seconds later the aftertaste kicks in, which you'll like or hate depending on how much bitterness your tastebuds can stand (mine can't). Only two out of the dozen people I tested it on claimed not to mind it.
The closest approximation I can think of is chinotto, but without its hint of fruit. If you can't stand Brio, stay far, far away from Moxie.
AVAILABILITY: Have only seen it in grocery stores in New England. Check the web to order some if you're daring enough.
VERDICT: Must really, really, really have an appreciation for bitterness. If not, move to the next drink on the shelf. Too bad the can looks great.