The next time you're in hot dog territory, wash down your dog with a can of Grapico, Moxie, a "Boston Cooler" or maybe even an ice cold mug of delicious fresh buttermilk. Some of these pairings are, yes, very strange.
'Cheerwine' on Serious Eats
I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when I crave something sweet, it's usually for something that comes in liquid form. Dr. Pepper—which incidentally is the oldest commercial soft drink, created in 1885, a full year before Coca-Cola was introduced—usually does the trick, with its fruity-cola-medicinal flavor. But when I can get my hands on it, Cheerwine, the cherry-flavored pop from North Carolina with a cult-like following, blows the good Doctor right out of the water.
When Laurel came back from Edisto Island, South Carolina, with a box of Krispy Kreme Cheerwine Kreme Filled Doughnuts (purchased at the local Piggly Wiggly) we gathered around, equal parts curious and giddy. Oooh, Cheerwine. The cherry-flavored soda isn't spotted much outside of the southeastern United States, plus this was multiplied by doughnuts—limited edition doughnuts, mind you. They were only sold at grocery stores in the Carolinas for the month of July. But when we cut into our half-dozen, we were met with Cheerwine-less, normal doughnut innards.