First there was bottled tepache, the fermented pineapple drink of central Mexico, which had the hilarious and ambiguous instruction on the bottle, "No consuma si se pone verde." Are we not supposed to drink it if it turns green, or if we do? It rhymes with rascuache (bad quality) for a reason.
Then there was pulque in a can, which may be the worst thing I've ever drunk. Gustavo was kinder to it in his review of it. I've had outstanding pulque, but it was made that morning and served out of a clay jug in Oaxaca; the canned stuff resembled fermented canned milk loogies.
It was with no small amount of trepidation, then, that I picked up a can of Phancy soda chanh at the Whole Foods sandwich counter in Tustin. It's made by Jaime (that's jay-me, not high-may) Phan, an Orange County native with a convincing last name.More »