Sunday, March 13, 2011

World's First Ouzo Soda and Ouzo Ice Cream Float


The world's first ouzo soda, Ouzon (pronounced OO-zone), is here!

I feel truly honored to be able to sample this non-alcoholic, ouzo flavored soda made with certified organic flavoring and sweetened with pure cane sugar. Reminiscent of the potential love-child of anise and a vanilla cupcake, Ouzon strikes chords of refreshment and smoothness. Ouzon, is the first soda made by Rochester, NY based OPA! Originals. It's currently only available in the U.S. at select grocery stores like Stamoolis Bros. (which I wish I've been to and wish we had in the West Coast), as well as Greek festivals and restaurants. They are in the process of inventing other Greek flavor inspired sodas as well. 



I decided to make an ice cream float with one of the bottles of Ouzon that OPA! Originals mailed out to me. Since I am fasting for lent and avoiding all bleeding animal products, I made the float with coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream. The slight coconut flavor of the ice cream added a melody to the vanilla-liquorice tasting bubbly. In fact, when lent is over, I'd be curious to try a float with regular coconut ice cream.


I'm sure everyone knows how to make an ice cream float: just add multiple scoops of ice cream into a glass and pour chilled (ouzo) soda on top. 


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18 comments:

Mediterranean kiwi said...

wow, this takes me way back to my childhood when we used to have floats and they were quite popular - i havent seen this around in a long time!

Elra's cooking and baking said...

I never had this. Sounds like a good stuff :)

Helen said...

I've heard of Ouzon before. Don't think I've seen it in the shops around here though. What a great way to optimize the ouzo soda experience...by making it into a float and with coconut ice cream, no less. Coconut is my new best friend :) So how many of these floats did you end up having?

Anna A. said...

Mediterranean kiwi - It's weird having a float in this rainy cold weather in Oregon, but I pushed through, for the southern hemisphere's sake.

Elra - Maybe you'll see at your local Greek festival?

Helen - Coconut is delicious (not to distract from Ouzo), and I do love coconut milk ice cream, even if I'm not veganizing. I just had one float, I will make more for my Greek Easter Moussaka Mash Up Feast...

elly said...

That is one awesome looking float!

Esi said...

That sounds amazing. I would like one right now.

tasteofbeirut said...

Well I had in mind to make something similar with arak! Sounds like a fun drink.

Trina said...

Looks like I'll be doing some shoppin' in HP tomorrow! Oh man, Ouzo soda... why hasn't this happened sooner?

Alessandra said...

I cannot imagine the taste, but I am glad that it has sugar instead of corn syrup (I guess that that will make it more expensive that other types of soda, which is fair).

Mary said...

This sounds like something that must be tried. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Anna A. said...

elly - efxaristw!

Esi - Waiting for you here in Portland when you come up with Andy.

tasteofbeirut - I wouldn't mind a hot of arak in my float.

Trina - I wish I could have some with you down in LA.

Alessandra - Yes, pure sugar goodness.

Mary - and tried again ;-)

Ivy said...

OMG, how clever to make an ouzo non alcoholic drink. I can imagine the wonderful anise taste it has and your idea to make an ice cream float is genius.

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

We call these "spiders" and I have to say you should be rewarded for your creativity here Anna! This ouzo soda sounds interesting!

Victor said...

I recently learn about ouzo, it seems to be used a lot in Greek cuisine. Sounds like one amazing float!

Anna A. said...

Ivy - I don't know what they don't make ouzo ice cream...?

Peter - Oh geez, man, you always make me blush. Love the aussie lingo.

Victor - hey! Welcome, and yeah, Ouzo is totally Greek that's why it's used in Greek cuisine.

Indie.Tea said...

I like your wording - 'bleeding animal products' - may have to use it in the future.
I've never heard of or had ouzon before, or the ouzo soda. And the homemade ice cream sounds delicious.

Anna A. said...

Indie.Tea - Hehe, glad you liked my term for the lent diet... either that or a vegan who eats snails/shrimps.

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