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In the mix for Thanksgiving, 'Turkey Tonic' the new flavor benefitting CT Foodshare

Think cranberry, think orange, think ginger, think Thanksgiving for this new one-of-a-kind drink.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Avery’s Beverage in New Britain is known for its off-the-wall flavors like “Unicorn Yak”, “Kitty Piddle”, and “Toxic Slime.”

This month Rob Metz, the owner and master mixologist at Avery’s, has come up with a new flavor – one made to benefit Connecticut Foodshare.

Coming down the line at the 117-year-old soda maker is what’s called “Turkey Tonic.” The new flavor, sold in both soda and seltzer versions, is a collaboration with Connecticut Foodshare to help families in need as Thanksgiving approaches.

“The folks at Foodshare came to us and asked to do something for them for Thanksgiving,” Metz said.

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He began to tinker with variations of flavors and “Turkey Tonic” is now on his shelves.

“If you think turkey, if you think Thanksgiving, you’re thinking cranberry, you’re thinking orange, maybe some ginger,” Metz said. “So, we combined all those together for a cranberry – orange – ginger, in a soda version and a seltzer version.”

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Jason Jakubowski, the president and CEO of Connecticut Foodshare is a fan of the new flavor – especially if it can help Foodshare’s initiatives this holiday season.

“I highly encourage people to buy cases and cases of the Turkey Tonic,” Jakubowski laughed.

Fifty cents of every bottle sold will go to benefit Connecticut Foodshare. Metz is hoping to sell thousands worth of Turkey Tonic.

“The best part is making a fun soda and doing something good -- it doesn’t get any better than that,” he added.

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The limited-edition Turkey Tonic is, for now, sold only at Avery’s Beverages in New Britain at 520 Corbin Avenue. A bottle cost $1.50.

Metz said if the Turkey Tonic turns out to be a hit, he will bring it back every Thanksgiving season.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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