Fizzy drink maker's specials: Trump Tonic and Hillary Hooch

2016-07-11 22:54
Samples of Avery's Beverages' latest specialty sodas, Trump Tonic Hillary Hooch. (Pat Eaton-Robb, AP)

Samples of Avery's Beverages' latest specialty sodas, Trump Tonic Hillary Hooch. (Pat Eaton-Robb, AP)

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New Britain - A Connecticut soft drink company is hoping to add a little pop to this year's presidential election by releasing two specialty fizzy drinks named for the presumptive nominees.

Avery's Beverages, a 112-year-old soft drink maker in New Britain, is offering Trump Tonic and Hillary Hooch - named, of course, for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

It's the third straight presidential campaign that Avery's has offered candidate-based drinks. The company will also be conducting a highly unscientific straw poll to track the race.

Trump Tonic comes with the slogan, "Make America grape again." It's got a bolder flavour than traditional grape drink and is a bit more acidic, said Rob Metz, Avery's general manager.

Hillary Hooch is a berry drink with ingredients that Metz jokes are classified.

"It's not sure exactly what it wants to be," Metz said. "So we've got some strawberry in there, we've got some blue raspberry in there and we added a bunch of lemon for bitterness."

Metz says his company will post the results of its straw poll each week on the company's Facebook page. He said the goal is to bring a little fun and perhaps some taste into this year's unusual presidential campaign.

Avery's has a good track record, too. Barack O'Berry outsold both John McCream in 2008 and Cream de Mitt in 2012. Both were red cream sodas.

There is a bit of a twist this year. Avery's also is selling versions of both drinks with blank labels so people can write in candidates if they wish. Metz said some customers have penned in Bernie Sanders' name. Others have put None of the Above on their labels.

Tina Maldonado, of New Britain, came into Avery's on Monday and bought a half-case each of Hillary Hooch and Trump Tonic.

She said she plans to give them away to friends.

"I thought they'd make great gag gifts, which seems very appropriate for this campaign," she said.

Read more on:    donald trump  |  hillary clinton  |  us  |  us 2016 elections

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