This week – because I was bored – I decided to test out a recipe that mixes canned tomato sauce with lemon-lime soda.

And no, I’m not making that up.

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This is Sparkling Red Rouser!

Just out of curiosity, do you think that mixing 7UP with canned tomato sauce even counts as a recipe? I am not convinced that it does. Even when I see the printed proof before my very eyes.

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They even had someone illustrate it. Probably because the reality of it was too bizarre to photograph.

I had a small moment when I was in doubt over this. Surely, surely they can’t mean soda, right? Surely they meant you to use some kind of seltzer water or bar mixer. But after a bit of research, I’m pretty sure that lemon-lime soda is what they meant. Unfortunately. Does anyone know of a lemon-lime seltzer or soda water that was sold in 7 ounce bottles in 1967? Because if you do, that would be a great relief.

Well, down the hatch!

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“So? What’s the verdict?”

“It’s awful.”

“The real question is, did it rouse your appetite?”

“Yes. I need to eat something to get this horrible taste out of my mouth.”

The Verdict: It Works

From The Tasting Notes –

This was, unsurprisingly, terrible. I thought maybe this would have a chance at being okay at least, but I was wrong. When you take a sip, you get the tartness and the spices of the tomato sauce, then you are punched with the insane sweetness of the lemon-lime soda. After that is a horrible, metallic tomato aftertaste. If you added some hot sauce to this to cancel out the sweetness, maybe it would be palatable. If I were to try this again, I would use lemon-lime flavored sparkling water rather than a sweet soda. Maybe then it would work!

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