Recently we were invited to try the new diet soda alternative Zevia, the soda made with the Stevia supplement instead of harmful artificial chemical sweeteners-- specifically their new Ginger Root Beer flavor. This led to the following brilliant insight on the part of my son Evan, who then enlightened me--Root Beer is flavored with Ginger Root! Hence the name! Ginger! Root! Ginger Root!
That's right, until that day I never realized that the traditional flavor of root beer has always been made with ginger. These two dots have now been formerly connected in my brain. I always thought "root beer" was some mysterious un-named plant or flavor that gave it the distinctive root beer flavor. Maybe there was a plant called root beer plant. But no. "Root" is just a shorthand way of referring to ginger root. Once identified, it is forehead smackingly obvious, but in my defense may I point out that my son Evan had the same revelation that day.
We owe this new culinary insight to the good people at Zevia, who had the sagacity to put the word ginger in the title of their fourth new soda flavor. And it's good! This new flavor makes it even easier to order a case of 24 from their web site, allowing you to try all four flavors if you wish.
My family was fairly unanimous in their positive review of the new ginger root flavor of Zevia. "I like it the best," said Ethan. Jim said "Their new flavors are always the best". Evan says "it's made with ginger!" Me? I like it too! I enjoy the subtle flavors, gentle and refreshing.
Having struggled with a diet soda addiction myself, as well as caring for a diabetic loved one, it gives me great pleasure to have a natural and healthy alternative to sodas made with artificial chemical sweeteners. ZEVIA is made with Stevia, the sweet-leaf plant supplement that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar but with zero calories.
For those of you rightfully concerned about the ethics of the diet soda industry: Please be advised that Zevia is completely GMO free, and is NOT associated with Coke or the Cargill company in any way. Zevia uses pure Stevia, as it occurs naturally. This is important, because industry reports are that the Coca-Cola company, in association with Cargill, has plans to develop a genetically modified (and hence patentable) version of stevia called "Rebiana". I do NOT support GMO foods, nor this attempt by Coca-Cola and Cargill to continue their monopolies in the beverage industry. Furthermore, if one is to consume diet sodas at all, I encourage the support of companies like Zevia who refrain from the use of GMOs and who have the health of their customers firmly in mind. Indeed, the concern with health is why Zevia was created in the first place! Please have a look at their web site to learn more about their history.
One final note to the commenter who tried to leave a note stating that Zevia was part of the Coca-Cola/rebiana/Cargill unholy trinity: Please get your facts straight before you make acusations against a company that is trying to provide a genuinely healthful alternative! Zevia is one of the good guys in the beverage industry.