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Mexican Coke (soda, not the drug)

Coca-Cola is a classic American beverage that has been embraced by the whole world and we take a lot of pride in that fact. But Mexico makes better Coke than we do. They use real sugar and package them in glass bottles. Americans use high-fructose corn syrup and primarily package them in cans. You can taste the difference. Mexican coke is slightly sweeter and has less of an aftertaste, but it’s still Coca-Cola, just a better tasting version of it. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s worth it. I fancy myself an amateur soda connoisseur, and Mexican Coke has a place in my personal Top Five Best Sodas list. I’m not sure of it’s exact standing because I’ve never actually made a Top Five Best Sodas list, but it would be on there for sure. Mexican Coke is nostalgia in a bottle, you can experience what real Coke used to taste like.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Calypso Ocean Blue Lemonade

Everyone’s had lemonade or pink lemonade at some point in their life. But not everyone has had blue lemonade. Not to brag or anything, but I have. More specifically, I had an Ocean Blue Lemonade from Calypso. I don’t know much about Calypso as a brand, but the label was kind enough to invite to me to enjoy the Taste of the Islands even though they are based out of Milwaukee. The Ocean Blue Lemonade is made from real sugar and it also contains real lemon bits. But it’s only 6% juice and it’s fucking blue, so it can’t be healthy for you. It will also turn your tongue blue, so you shouldn’t drink it if you want to be taken seriously. If you like lemonade, but wish it was more extreme, this is the drink for you.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Jarritos Mexican Cola

If you’ve ever gone to a real burrito place or taco shop, then you’re probably familiar with Jarritos, the popular soda brand from Mexico. They make a lot of fruit flavored sodas, but they also make cola, specifically Mexican Cola. They use real sugar, and it creates a more authentic cola taste. It’s sweeter than Coke and it’s less acidic. I want to say that it’s better than Coke, but brand loyalty won’t let me admit it. Let’s just say that if I had a choice between a can of Coke or a bottle of Jarritos, I would choose the Jarritos. But if it were a choice between Jarritos or a bottle of Mexican Coke made with real cane sugar, I would choose the Coke. Either way, Mexico wins. But the real winner is real sugar. High-fructose corn syrup is not an adequate substitute.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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