Where and when: purchased April 2009 at Mitsuwa Marketplace, San Diego, CA
Color: whitish, translucent (mostly transparent). Lots of grapefruit pulp floating in it.
Scent: Fairly strong grapefruit, but sweet. Like a sweet Ruby Red grapefruit.
Taste: I don't know about miraculous, but it's pretty good. Not carbonated. The grapefruit juice and associated bitterness is present, but the bitterness is relatively weak. Pretty sweet. Tastes like sweetened, slightly diluted grapefruit juice, which (based on the ingredients) is really all it is. Pleasant, refreshing. The K-i-C says it's sort of like graefruit-ade, and Long Rod McBean suggested that it was much like the juice you squeeze off of a morning breakfast grapefruit which has had honey spread on it.
Not bad at all.
WAIT! I've got it. The dot in Israel is referring to the "Miracle" part. Did Jesus do any miracles with grapefruits? Hold on...John 2:1-10, New International Version*
"On the third day, a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invoted to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, 'They have no more wine'."
"'Dear woman, why do you involve me?' Jesus replied. 'My time has not yet come.'"
"His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.'"
"Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water', so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, 'Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.'"
"They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into grapefruit juice. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said 'Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have switched to grapefruit juice. What's up with that?' And the servants did say 'Lo, he hath done it.'"
"And then Jesus sent them all to Disney World."
Those verses were always somewhat opaque to me. Now I understand! What a great Weird Soda.
Quaff rating: 3.5. Pretty nice.
Cough rating: 0.5. While it wasn't a problem for me, some might dislike the bitterness of the grapefruit.
*The special Utterly Bogus Edition.