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A few questions about american drinks

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    Ive always wondered what are the following things

    root beer
    ice tea
    dr pepper
    kool aid

    These are ones I see in films but dont think we have here. Are there any other classic drinks I should try whilst out there?
     
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    root beer tastes like germolene/ wintergreen chewing gum :eew:

    ice tea is just like cold tea with ice in it- can be sweetened or unsweetened- not my cup of tea lol although some of the flavoured ones are nice.

    dr pepper is a bit like cherry coke imo

    and kool aid is a powder that you mix with water - you get it in all different flavours.
     
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    Glad you were able to make the comparisons, Julie!

    By the way, Kool-Aid is a children's drink, although I'm sure some adults drink it as well. I didn't care for it as a child, and I don't like it any better as an adult! :lol:

    It's available in presweetened or unsweetened (you add sugar) packets that are mixed with water (usually one or two quarts--not sure of the size these days). There are tons of flavours, none of which taste good to me. But if you're staying some place where it makes sense to make some, try it and decide for yourself! :D

    Edited to add:

    Kool-Aid is a grocery item, so it's available in stores such as Publix or the grocery section of Super Target or WalMart Supercenters.

    Iced/cold tea is available in restaurants (some counter service, but not sure within WDW) and bottled in stores.

    Root beer (also called sasparilla, if you dine at LTT) and Dr. Pepper are carbonated beverages available at soda fountains, in cans and bottles of varying sizes. It's hard to find root beer (there are many different brands) at WDW, although many of the TS restaurants seem to have it. Not sure about Dr. Pepper--it tastes like a nasty cough syrup I had to take as a child, so I never pay any attention to it. However, many people (including Leu's DD) enjoy it, so don't take my word for it! :lol:
     
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    DR PEPPER IS NOTHING LIKE CHERRY COKE!!!! :eek: :mental:

    Oops sorry having a Cherry Coke moment. :D

    I love root beer - it's one of the things I look forward to on Florida trips - the stuff we have here just doesn't cut it. It is an acquired taste though I think. I was gutted when MacDonalds stopped selling it over here - only reason I'd go in there. :sigh:

    Try Mountain Dew too if you want a serious fix of additives. :lol:
     
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    Ohhhh, yeah! Mountain Dew can have you bouncing off the ceiling! :lol: I know many people who drink it for the mid-afternoon doldrums!

    McDonald's in the US hasn't served root beer for many years. There may be the odd franchise location that sells it, but it isn't part of the official menu. Ditto for most of the other franchise quick service places. :sigh: Although In-N-Out Burger does sell it. I usually have one every month during hot weather! :rolleyes:

    Good for me, actually. I don't drink it very often! :lol:
     
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    i think it tastes a bit like it :sorry:
     
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    there's a shop in town down the road where the side entrance of woolies used to be, it's sells Japanese stuff if i remember correctly - they sell mountain dew!
     
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    Cool! I'll pop in there next time I need to go :mental:
     
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    WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY did you have to do that? You know I have to drive 200 miles for IN-N-OUT

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    A&W root beer is THE best
     
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    Sainsburys here sells root beer, Dr Pepper and iced tea. When in Florida I have to ask for the raspberry iced tea because the regular stuff is not sweet and tastes vile.... but if you buy the iced tea in a supermarket it is usually sweet and tastes delish very very cold. Code Red Mountain Dew is my favourite... they also sell alot of grape flavoured drinks there that we don't have here...different. I think Dr Pepper tastes like marzipan., almond.

    Believe me you will be so dazzled by the different kinds of drinks on display.... even those Capri Suns come in flavours we haven't heard of here! Confused?.... You will be!
     
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    I love sun tea, it's just the best.
     
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    Sweet tea for me!

    Im a southern girl if only by heart...
     
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    Our McDonalds still sells rootbeer as do several other chains near us. We also still have a drive in *Rootbeer Stand* that is locally owned. It must just be a regional thing.
     
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    THE best rootbeer is IBC! :yes: There is a local brewery near Shellyamc that makes 1886 (or 1876?) Tavern rootbeer. It's quite good too. Most rootbeers do not have caffeine which makes them a favorite for children. Barqs has caffeine though, so beware.

    Mountain Dew is vile stuff. :eek: Loads of caffeine and icky yellow color.

    Dr. Pepper tastes like no other, sorry! :D It's a Pepsi product so you won't find it at WDW. I will drink a diet Dr. Pepper once in awhile. :yes:

    Koolaid is nasty. :( It's loaded with sugar (either off the shelf, or you add it) and chemical dyes. :nono:

    Iced tea is a love or hate thing, for the British. :yes: Our Wendy despises it! :D I don't like it with sugar, but I do like it with mint.

    There are loads of bottled soft drinks here, most of which are seriously not good for you. :sigh:
     
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    Mmmm Mint Iced tea from Morrocco....
     
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    Actually, it depends on what part of the country it is bottled in....Dr Pepper can be bottled by Coke or Pepsi. And cherry coke is nothing like Dr Pepper! Dr Pepper is sort of spicy and oh soooo good.

    Mt. Dew actually makes me sorta ill. Too much caffeine.

    Stewarts makes the best root bear IMO.
     
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    oh! Tea.....

    sweet tea is a southern thing. For some reason you are not going to find it in FL with the exception of McDonalds and Chick Filet. Sweet tea is made by boiling the tea and adding a ton of sugar while the tea is stil hot (only way to dissolve all the sugar). Then you chill it. I like my sweet tea with lemon.

    Unsweet tea is well unsweetened and vile. YOu have to add sugar or whatever you use to it.
     
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    Our McDonalds has root beer too so maybe it's a midwest thing. We have these drive in places called Dog N Suds which has nasty greasy food, but the best root beer around :D
     

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