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What up with this Canada Dry stuff? [moved from Austin board]

singlemalt Jun 13, 2009 06:50 AM

I am curious about what you folks on this site have to say about Canada Dry versus Schwepps for your gin n' tonics, club soda, etc. The reason I bring this up is that I discovered that , of all places, Central Market does not carry Schwepps Tonic Water, but only Canada Dry. Now, imo, the Schwepps products are far superior to the CD stuff. I think this is particualrly interesting since CM makes a big deal out of quality foodstuff, e.g. Friends don't let friends eat junk, or something to that effect. Thank you for your input. J.

  1. bbqer Jun 15, 2009 01:19 PM

    If it's Central Market in Shoreline you're talking about, they do in fact sell Schwepps Tonic water -- by the large bottle and six pack of small bottles. I tried to get some this past weekend and was told they got shorted on their shipment this weekend and were out until the next truck comes in Tuesday. Scored a six pack at Freddy's instead (Fred Meyer on 185th & Aurora).

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    1. re: bbqer
      TroyTempest Jun 16, 2009 06:46 AM

      I think you are talking about Seattle. The OP was talking about Austin, if i'm not mistaken

      1. re: TroyTempest
        bbqer Jun 16, 2009 08:04 AM

        Oops! Now I see this was moved from the Austin board.

    2. TroyTempest Jun 15, 2009 09:52 AM

      I'm not going to get into the debate about which Tonic water is the best. (if i did, though i'd say Schweppes is easily superior to CD if you are comparing those 2 only )
      That has been debated ad-nauseum on this board, but my neighborhood HEB (in Austin) sells Schweppes. Often, the Schweppes has been sold out and all they had was Canada Dry. Maybe that was the case.
      If Central Market doesn't carry what you like, though, tell them about it. They are pretty accommodating.

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      1. re: TroyTempest
        ted Jun 16, 2009 01:43 PM

        I've had a higher incidence of DOA bottles of Canada Dry that were flat after opening. I'd take Schweppes based on that. But then the Whole Foods 365 is even better.

      2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 14, 2009 12:59 PM

        They're both equally mediocre, far as I can tell. Whole Foods' private label tonic is both tastier and cheaper than either. $2.49 for a six-pack, which in my house makes 12 drinks.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
          ginnyhw Jun 22, 2009 01:39 PM

          I used to pick up a six pack of 8 oz cans of Hansen's Tonic Water at Trader Joe's but it's gone. I preferred it to the Schweppes. Hate Canada Dry. I'll look for the WF brand. Is it 365? Does it come in cans or bottles? thanks in advance- it supposed to finally be G + T weather next weekend.

          1. re: ginnyhw
            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 22, 2009 03:52 PM

            Yeah, the 365 brand. It's outstanding.

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