Nov
30
2008

Sprite Zero

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Drinking Sprite reminds me of the time I caught some third world parasite in Burma and ended up feeling sicker than I've ever felt in my life. No, scratch that, drinking Sprite reminds me of recovering from that third world parasite---the glorious inching towards feeling slightly better, then slightly better than that, then slightly better than that---and that is why I love Sprite: I never drink it unless I can justify it as the only thing that'll make me feel better. And therefore I always associate Sprite with feeling better.

But Sprite is a soda and sodas are sugary and when I do drink soda, I am strictly a Diet Coke sort of girl.  And yes, I know the artificial sweeteners and chemicals in diet soda are probably way worse for me than the real sugar in non-diet soda, but still, I'm just not a fan of drinking my calories when they could be spent in much better ways. Like on cookies. Which are actually worth it.

So then I was in the Las Vegas airport for 48 hours last week for work and I discovered a miracle: some genius had decided to make Sprite Zero! Now, I'm not talking about Diet Sprite---which is horrible don't even bother---but something better: something that tastes exactly like real, sugary, I'm-sick-but-I'm-getting-better Sprite but without all the....actual sugar.  It's still going to be an occasional treat---artifical sweetener, chemicals, etc, etc---but at least this time I don't have to get horrifically sick before I can drink it. I think we can all agree that that's a plus.

11 Comments

1
Camels & Chocolate
Nov 30, 2008

See, I'm a diet drink sort of girl, too, but I'm going to have to disagree with you here and say I think Sprite Zero tastes exactly like Diet Sprite. And Sprite is the one thing I refuse to go diet on.

2
Janssen
Nov 30, 2008

I'm not much of a soda drinker at all, but when I do, oh it is Sprite. I LOVE that stuff.

3
Suz
Nov 30, 2008

Sprite Zero was my official drink of choice last week when I had a terrible sinus infection. Some days it was quite possibly the most nutritious thing I consumed!

4
slynnro
Nov 30, 2008

I have to agree with Camels and Chocolate on this one!

5
Anne & May
Nov 30, 2008

Some people were suckled on milk. Me? Diet soda. My personal favorite is Coke Zero so I'm sure I'll love Sprite Zero.

Great tip!

6
Angella
Nov 30, 2008

I'm with you. Sprite is my drink of choice when I am feeling ill.

Sprite Zero is all sorts of awesome.

7
Ashley
Nov 30, 2008

Whoa, I totally forgot about Sprite...I don't think I have had it in over 15 years.

8
ellbee
Dec 01, 2008

The magic elixir in my house growing up was 7Up. We weren't allowed pop otherwise, so when I would visit a friend's house and be offered 7Up, my mind she would be blown. I think I was considered slightly strange by all of my friend's parents; in my mind pop=sick, and sick=have to leave and no thank you Ma'am! I'll just drink this yummy glass of water!

And then I met Mtn Dew.

9
Mrs. Higrens
Dec 01, 2008

Sprite reminds me of band trips and spending hours at amusement parks before the advent of bottled water. I thought sprite would be better than coke at hydration because it was clear - not so much. What did I know? I was in high school. It was years before I could drink sprite again. And still feel slightly icky when I think about it.

Glad you have more pleasant associations!

10
eileen
Dec 01, 2008

What a timely Best! Thing! Ever! as I spent all of yesterday puking: in my boyfriend's bathroom, on the airplane from Glasgow to London, Terminal 3 in Heathrow, and on the plane from London to New York. I'm laughing about it now but swear to Mary I will never again have a huge night out the night before traveling. Sipping Sprite curled up in my seat (clutching those paper air sickness bags) saved me. I agree with the others though, I think the full sugar version is a necessary component of the curing properties.

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propecia
Dec 03, 2008

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