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Indian Soda Find- Duke's Masala Soda report


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Indian Soda Find- Duke's Masala Soda report

AC | Apr 6, 2006 12:52 PM

At first glance, the vintage looking logo on a bottle of Duke’s makes it look like it wouldn’t be out of place idling in the cooler at an Esso station in 1964. In fact, I wasn’t even sure that it was necessarily of Indian provenance at first- I thought it might be some weird British soda that I’d never heard of. And its light amber contents made me think it was probably a ginger ale. But once I was able to scrutinize it more closely, I discovered that the bottlecap read “Duke’s Masala Soda.”

As soon as I pried the bottlecap off, I discovered that when they say “masala” they really did mean “masala”, as in the mix of spices commonly used in Indian food. In fact, the spicing was so powerful that I nearly sneezed when I passed it under my nose. The only other soda to have provoked that sort of physical reaction is Blenheim's Hot Hot Ginger Ale. It’s definitely worth seeking out, as it’s easily the strangest soda that I’ve ever had- even weirder than Sosyo. It’s like they’ve added Masala flavoring over a weak ginger ale base. I actually like it, but then most folks will be put off by the fact that it’s a sweet and savory soda.

Check out Shivam Music & Spices to score your own bottle of Duke's Masala Soda at:
4231-C Markham St.,
Annandale, VA
(703) 916-8616

That’s in Seoul Plaza, the same shopping center where Shiney’s is located, so be sure to score a bottle after your next Chowhound expedition for goat karahi and chat papri.

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