Want to enjoy a warm, faux-blood libation with lunch? Yes, we know Halloween is over, but for fans of the HBO series True Blood the chance to sip on a perfectly replicated bottle of Tru Blood drink would be like dying and not going to heaven--because, of course, vampires are the living dead and don't go anywhere except underground during the day.
If you do find yourself craving a bottle of lightly carbonated vital fluids, head out to Rocket Burger and Subs in North Phoenix to get your fix. With more than 200 varieties of soda, you don't have to come looking for something as twisted as fake blood to quench your thirst. In addition to tracking down a few precious bottles of Tru Blood, we also tried the Flavor of the Month and a bottle of holiday-themed soda called Mistletoe Mist.
Find out if these quirky sodas fell flat after the jump.
The extensive menu of sandwiches, burgers, subs, hot dogs, chicken and even mini corn dogs ought to tickle your curiosity enough to warrant a trip to Rocket Burger, and for us it was excitement from first sight when the shelves of colorful beverages made us feel like a kid in a candy (um, soda?) shop.
The flavor of the month was a Pumpkin Pie soda that oozed holiday cheer from the moment we cracked the bottle. With strong flavors of pumpkin and spice, the drink paid true homage to all that is fall.
Next we tried a bottle of Squamscot Mistletoe Mist, which had no indication of the actual flavor whatsoever on the bottle. It tasted similar to Sonic cherry limeade and while it was good to drink, as far as any relation to its explicitly holiday-themed name? Well, there really wasn't any.
We of course saved the best for last and waited impatiently to try the TruBlood until every other morsel of food and drop of soda had been devoured.They do not sell the bottles in singles so we had to go big with the four-pack instead.
Being self-proclaimed experts on all that is True Blood related, we poured the soda into a clear glass to examine it for proper viscosity and color. The color was a rich red and after settling in the glass for a minute or so, the soda took on a murky look that made our vampire-senses tingle with anticipation.
The bottle itself looked as if it had come directly from the set, even labeled "O positive" in reference to the variety of blood types flavors in the show.
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The light, blood orange flavored energy drink (contains 50 mg of caffeine!) tasted unexpectedly delicious. Because it was less carbonated and heavier than a normal soda, the Tru Blood went down so smooth we polished off the first bottle without even realizing it.
The fruit flavor was also less sweet than a standard bottle of Crush, which was good since a fancy bottle of orange soda probably isn't worth $4.
Rocket Burger and Subs is located on N. 35th Avenue and Cactus, open Mon. through Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also order Tru Blood from HBO and Amazon.