Way back at the beginning of the Summer, I received a vaguely ominous email from a company I didn’t know asking me for my address so that they could send me a sample of their brand new drink. Normally this kind of communication would go straight into the bin but I’m a) far too trusting a person and b) they promised me that the drink would taste like pear drops.
Any of you who have grown up in the UK will know that pear drops are those beautiful little pink and yellow tear-drop shaped hard boiled candies (they’re supposed to look like pears but I’ve always thought they were more like tears… of joy), found in sweet shops all over the country (and M&S for those of you who were born in the 90s and beyond). They scream nostalgia, they break and rot your teeth, give you tongue ulcers and they’re simply the best sweets ever.
So I tentatively sent an email back to Drop Drinks and agreed to meet for a sample of their soda – one day my trusting nature is going to be the death of me.
Founder Mohammed Ali grew up in the back streets of East London and told me that when he was a child he used to crush up pear drop candies and drop them into cans of lemonade, just to savour the flavour. Clearly the fond memories never left him, as he grew up and decided that what the world needed right here, right now, were pear drop flavoured sodas. Backed by Mount Valley, the drink launched in January of this year, rolling out at festivals and all to general delight and joy.
I love it when a childhood dream is realised and so I was especially pleased that a) Mo didn’t turn out to be an axe murderer when he dropped off the sample cans of Drop, and b) that the drink was genuinely pretty good. I’m not going to lie – if you didn’t like pear drops as a kid then you’re going to hate this, but if hard candy rocked your world and you spent all your pennies at the sweet shop, then this is a positive blast from the past.
It is a little on the sweet side but hey, what do you expect? It’s based on a sugary sweet. I imagine it’d be awesome as a mixer or just enjoyed cold from the fridge, and at 50p a can from most retailers it’s a bargain and a half. Well done Mo and well done Drop Drinks – retro just got cool again.
Until next time, peace and love,