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Does anyone really like Zima?
Does anyone really like Zima?

Where's the Zima?

Recently, I read a great book for my book club called "Love Is A Mix Tape." It’s the memoir of Rob Sheffield, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and it takes place in the mid ‘90s, a time when people -- well, some people -- actually drank Zima.

I was never a fan of this clear, lightly carbonated malt liquor; however, when my friend and fellow bookclubber suggested we bring Zima to the book club party, I agreed. It seems like a humorous and appropriate contribution for the standard book club food-and-drink buffet because in the book the characters mixed Zima with Chambord.

We agreed that she would get the raspberry liqueur and I would score the Zima.  Easier said than done.

I stopped in at two liquor stores in Riverwest. Neither had it. So I went to Pick ‘n Save’s liquor department. Nope. I called a few more liquor stores, including Otto’s and Gilbert’s, both on Oakland Avenue, and they didn’t have it either.

Everyone I spoke to said basically the same thing: They thought the beverage was still around, but they hadn’t stocked it in a long time. I checked the Web site, and apparently it was repackaged and reintroduced as Zima Citrus, but even that is difficult to find.

Anyone have any idea where to find -- or if you can still get -- the classic, non-citrus flavor Zima? I will not rest until I track down this nasty beverage.

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industria | June 20, 2008 at 5:52 p.m. (report)

http://www.zima.com/

I'm glad they got rid of the slogan, "Zomething different." Those commercials were obnoxious.

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Dusty_Bottoms | June 20, 2008 at 11:07 a.m. (report)

Or you can just make your own. Take some Diet 7Up, pour a little vodka in, let is sit for a few days to get nice and flat, then pee in it, and you pretty much have Zima. Salud!

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drew_106 | June 17, 2008 at 12:13 p.m. (report)

We used to drink Zima back in High School, put a jolly rancher in them for a sweet twist

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phoner | June 17, 2008 at 12:36 a.m. (report)

It actually was very good, unfortunately their ad campaign flopped when it first came out.

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firefly | June 16, 2008 at 8:15 p.m. (report)

I loved Zima and am craving one right now after reading the article. It was not too sweet but yet not a beer. I think that it may have predated some of the other "cocktail in a bottle" drinks that are pretty popular now....bacardi, etc, but they tend to be pretty sweet tasting. I like champagne or sparkling wines also. The sparkles make me feel more celebratory. I've been ridiculed for liking Zima and it seems kind of petty to pick on someone else's taste for really no good reason.

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