OKC VeloCity | It's quite a pickle: Sonic's new snow cone slush lineup, tested and paired

It's quite a pickle: Sonic's new snow cone slush lineup, tested and paired

By Nate Fisher / Lifestyle / June 18, 2018

From ordering through an intercom to carhops on skates, OKC's own Sonic is certainly no stranger to innovation--and their latest creation, the Pickle Juice slush, is turning even more heads than usual. But don't worry, we at VeloCity have you covered. To that end, members of the Chamber’s Marketing & Communications staff took a few minutes last Friday to test, taste, rate (on a scale of 1 to 10) and give slushy sommelier notes on Sonic’s new and quite literally ice-cold Snow Cone Slush lineup, including the now legendary Pickle Juice slush. Here are some excerpts:

Tiger's Blood – rating 8.33

Our consensus favorite was noted for its deep red color, sweet finish and delightfully fruity nose.

Color / Appearance

“Deep red.” “Bright red, looks about right.” “Red as the blood of thine enemies.” “Blood red.” “Vibrant, orange-red hue.” “Very RED.” “An opaque, Nebraska-like red.” “Blood red.” “Deep, bright red.”

Nose

“Notes of heavy, ripe strawberry dominate.” “Just like sourpatch kids candy (the sweet part).” “Low intensity, youthful aroma.” “Aromatic – a field of strawberries.” “Fresh berries.” “Delightful, tropical, sweet.”

Mouth

“The strawberry really comes through at the beginning but you get a hint of coconut at the back of the tongue.” “Moderate intensity strawberry, sweet but not annoying.” “Extra sweet strawberry” “Delish, just right.” “COLD.”

Finish

“Sweet and powerful, full-bodied, long finish.” “The watermelon comes through more in the end.”

Conclusion

“Super everyday slush.” “Like a burst of summer memories, it left me wanting more.”

Pairs well with

We’d recommend the Crispy Chicken Tender Dinner. The slush’s sweet berry flavor provides a fine counterpoint to the savory chicken, and is also complimented by the sweetness of the honey/ mustard-based Signature Sauce accompaniment.

 

Pickle Juice – rating 7.94

The infamous (as in “more than famous”) Pickle Juice slush rated a strong second among our panel, buoyed by its surprising balance of savory dill and sweetness, and totally “on-the-nose” nose of straight dill pickles, if you will.

Color / Appearance

“Lime green.” “Very pickle-y.” “Highlighter green.”

Nose

“A punch of strong, aromatic pickles fills the nostrils and subsumes one’s mind to a simpler time and place, like that of carefree youth. Or something.” “Smells like the pickles from a football concession stand.” “Smells just like pickles.” “Strong pickle nose.” “Sour, tart.” “Smelly!”

Mouth

“If you sprinkled the tiniest bit of sugar on a dill pickle, you would have this drink.” “Tastes just like bread and butter pickles.” “Pickley!” “Strong, tart, flavorful.”

Finish

“Just the right amount of sweet.” “A nice mix of sweet and sour; not quite as savory as actual pickle juice. Very nice balance. Medium finish.”

Conclusion

“Instant classic.” “Exceeds expectations.” “Tastes remarkably like a pickle. Not sour at all.”

Pairs well with

The pickle slush screams for a SuperSONIC Double Cheeseburger with mustard and a side of tots. The aromatic mustard on the burger plays well with the surprisingly straightforward pickle aroma in the nose, while the existing sliced pickle below the top bun allows one a nice flavor bridge to the relative sweetness of the slush. The salty, crispy and savory exterior of the tots provides a magnificent natural foil to the drink’s round, sweet mouthfeel.

 

Blue Hawaiian – rating 7.87

Blue is one of those colors that could taste like anything. Our testers certainly appreciated the Blue Hawaiian’s evocative appearance, but also the fact that the sweetness did not overpower, as well as the pleasant aroma and flexible pairing options inherent to fruit-forward beverages.

Color / Appearance

“Like the ocean off the coast of the Bahamas.” “Pretty summer turquoise.” “Pool blue.” “Pleasing and relaxing.” “Pale blue, clear, like the Caribbean Sea.” “Caribbean blue in the cup.” “Pretty coral.” “Medium blue.”

Nose

“Notes of coconut and Banana Boat on the nose.” “Hints of coconut and pineapple.” “Sweet, and blue.” “Berries.” “Smells like a yummy alcoholic beverage.” “Almost no smell.” “Slightly sweet aroma.”

Mouth

“Round mouthfeel! Much different than the nose.” “Light-to-medium, coconut.” “Fairly mild, slightly sweet, refreshing.” “Like coconut or something?” “Refreshing, light taste.” “Sweet fruit punch.” “Coconut flavor overwhelms the tastebuds. Perfect tropical flavors.”

Finish

“Perfect amount of sweetness.” “Starts medium sweet and trails off nicely. I like that it’s not too sweet.”

Conclusion

“Like a day at the pool.” “Refreshing.” “Take me to the pool!” “Perfect for kids.” “Moderate flavor—refreshing and not too sweet.” “It’s like a pool party in your mouth!”

Pairs well with

The breezily sweet coconut inherent to the Blue Hawaiian matches nicely with all three Boneless Wings flavors. The Asian Sweet Chili both accentuates through its own hints of coconut and sugar, as well as contrasts via the spiciness of the chili, while the Blue Hawaiian fills a hole in the Buffalo’s heart that it didn’t know it had, imparting that bit of Asian persuasion that complements the wings well. Meanwhile, the sweetness of the Honey BBQ gets a lift from BH’s refreshing but not overpowering base of sugary palatability.

 

Bahama Mama – rating 6.62

Number four on our list nevertheless sports a strong overall rating, reflecting the overall power of the entire summertime snow cone slush field. “Bahama Mama” is probably the most fun of the four flavors to physically verbalize, and testers appreciated the overall fruity flavor of the drink that made them think of vacations (as well as its ability to be a good mixer or base for a cocktail!).

Color / Appearance

“Like an Oklahoma sunrise.” “Peach, with orange tones reflecting in the fluorescent light of this conference room.” “Pretty coral.” “Medium-to-light orange.” “A deep salmon color.” “Like a salmon-y orange.” “Pink, tropical appearance.”

Nose

“Something indiscernible but sweet initially on the nose. Then a hint of coconut.” “Fairly unobtrusive, very mild.” “Very light.” “A light fruit punch smell.” “Fruity coconuts!” “Low.” “Sweet.” “Smells like a peach paradise.”

Mouth

“Fruit forward.” “Slight coconut taste, not overly sweet.” “Better than Tiger’s Blood. Reminds me of a tropical beach.” “Sweet, tropical fruit punch.” “Citrusy, like emergen-C.” “Sweet, fruit punch.” “Hints of coconut.”

Finish

“Flavors initially tend to muddle together, but then you get more clear coconut and pineapple topnotes at the end. Light body with a short finish.” “Fruit front, excellent coconut finish.”

Conclusion

“Would be good with rum.” “If you desire a beach vacation, this is your drink.” “Light and moderately sweet; makes me feel like I’m at the beach.” “This is light and refreshing with the perfect hint of coconut.”

Pairs well with

The Bahama Mama’s strength is its flexibility. The light, sweet flavor doesn’t automatically subjugate foods’ essences and thus would accentuate many items on the menu. If you like spicy food, we think the lightly-flavored-but-hot jalapenos in a SuperSONIC Breakfast Burrito would provide an excellent foil to the lightly sweet and subtly coconutty goodness of the slush. Another good option would be a cheese coney, as the Bahama Mama’s fruit-forward mouth would help balance out the sharpness of the cheese and onions without unnecessarily overpowering the inherent umami and savory saltiness of the hotdog with sugar like another flavor might.  

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