Trivia 050: Who needs eggnog?

Despite some unexpected difficulty in my travel plans, I did manage to make it back to Albuquerque just before the massive cold wave hit Washington. At this time of year, it’s especially nice to curl up by the fire, maybe under a blanket, and enjoy a nice hot cup of…Dr. Pepper. Yes, that’s right, hot Dr. Pepper. Now, most of my readers would probably assume that the optimal way to enjoy the world’s best soda is in a nice ice cold glass. And you’re right, that is delicious. But that certainly didn’t stop advertisers in the 1960s from marketing it as a winter beverage.

The classic recipe calls for simply heating the soda to around 180°F, then serve it over a thin slice of lemon. While hot Dr. Pepper did not become a hit everywhere, there are evidently some households in Texas which still swear by it during the winter months.

I have not tried hot Dr. Pepper myself, but I will certainly attempt to do so this winter. Now, this drink is not for everyone, but sources online say it’s actually pretty good. However, there are two important factors to keep in mind. First, find soda made with real cane sugar. Normal soda is made with corn syrup, which becomes slightly bitter when heated. Second, don’t overdo it with the lemon. A little can go a long way, and it’s up to you to figure out how much is good for you.

Regardless of what hot beverages you decide to imbibe this winter, I hope that all of my readers have a happy and safe holiday season!

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