Before Cramptholomew left for vacation this summer, we got to talking about the soda, Moxie. As he was going to be vacationing in an area that has it more readily available, he said he would bring me back a case. Since then I have saved it for special moments. Tonight, I snack on pork BBQ that I made today, sipping on Moxie while watching the race at Bristol. Ironic because you need "moxie" to run that track. HA!
But let me tell you, its been years since I have had this soda and I think I love it more today than I did years ago since I last had it. I don't do a lot of "soda's" other than unsweetened flavored sparkling water and Clear American. I do some "soda" (Coke, Dr. Pepper) time to time but its 90% removed from my life. Moxie though, I am sure glad its not really sold in my area as I could get into trouble. I could buy it online but at a huge shipping cost.
Moxie is just so different but for its time, was normal. I'm surprised its still holding on in today's world with everything having to be super sweet as this is sweet then a little bitter.
So here are a few things I now know I love to have with it. Maybe this is will give idea's to others if they get to enjoy it, if they even enjoy it at all.
- Mixed with whiskey. Jack and Coke? No, Jack and Moxie is better. - With BBQ. True low and slow and smokey BBQ. Pork, beef and even poultry. If its smokey, Moxie goes well with it. - Pipe smoking. Oh boy! I've crammed a few small pipes into two cans of Moxie I've opened while smoking and its been real nice. A good Virginia, VaPer or Latakia is great with Moxie on the side. My favorite blend though has to be Samuel Gawith Black XX Twist. That with some Moxie as my drink makes for a great combo.
I first had it at my grandparents up in New Hampshire in the mid '50s. I liked it then and drank it every time we went there but it wasn't available in the south back then. A friend from Boston brought me some last year and I still like it but it's sweeter than I remember it from back the. Still unique and good but sadly it's not sold anywhere here in Texas !
Has it ever been distributed west of the Mississippi ?
nope. It's always been a New England thing, AFAIK. Alhough, I heard on good authority that they're supposed to be adding it to the Coca Cola cannery, somewhere near Philadelphia, so I might be in luck. But, if I can get it here, that means it won't be as special.