I Tried the New Sonic Pickle Juice Slush and Survived
“You’re brave,” said the Sonic employee bringing me my small Pickle Juice Slush. Brave, or just stupid.
I asked her what other willing customers have been saying about it. Apparently, “disgusting” and “that shouldn’t be a slush” are the most common answers, but not many people have tried it (the slush was only released, along with three other limited-time summer flavors, on June 11). She hasn’t had the courage to try it for herself yet. One of her co-workers was, though. I asked for their thoughts: “they said it was ‘interesting.’”
I was pretty nervous to consume it, if I’m being perfectly honest, but also perversely excited. A pickle, much less pickle juice, is high on the list of things that shouldn’t be made into one of Sonic’s slushes, but that’s probably why I wanted to at least give it a shot.
The electric green-tinted slush sat on the table in front of me, staring into me, testing my fortitude. It definitely smelled like pickles. And if I threw it on someone, I wouldn’t be surprised if it burned them. I gulped, and with my bottle of water at the ready just in case, I took the plunge.
It was strange.
It did indeed taste like pickles, but not overwhelmingly so. I suppose it would be borderline unethical of Sonic to throw some brine into a blender with some ice and call it a day. There was quite a bit of odd-tasting sweetness to it too, but I could almost differentiate the sweetness from the vinegar-y taste of the pickle juice as I was drinking it, which made for a really strange combination. I put the cup down more confused than anything else. The texture of Sonic’s slushes is perfect for a refreshingly sweet treat in the summer, like a slightly-less viscous snow cone, but not for this bizarre mix of flavors. And the aftertaste stuck around for a while, causing me to pucker my lips every so often. I’m truly sorry, Sonic, but I just can’t get behind this idea.
The slush wasn’t going to drink itself, so I shared the wealth. Of the four people that tasted it (including myself), two were unenthused and two were pleasantly surprised (but they wouldn’t buy it again). Taste buds are weird, man.
The Pickle Juice Slush is a novelty act, and I’m sure it’ll be wildly, irrationally popular for the first few weeks. And I’m glad I was one of the first to indulge. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not recommending it by any means, but if anything, it’s a story for the grandkids someday. It’s summertime, there are no regrets.
In fact, let me take another sip…
Yep, still bad.