12 Surprising Soda Flavors Slideshow

From strawberry milk to chai, some of the world's most unique soda flavors
Maryse Chevriere

Chai Cola, Taylor’s Tonics

This soda company brands itself as "America’s most innovative soda kitchen," and really, it’s a tough claim to argue considering that their line of flavors includes Maté Colada, Maté Mojito, Café Azteca, and Chai Cola. The latter features black tea, ginger root, and cinnamon bark among its flavoring agents.

Chocolate Sparkling, Suntory

Presumably, you'd have to be a real-deal, card-carrying chocoholic to be tempted to give this Japanese chocolate-flavored soda a swig. Then again, perhaps it would make an ideal ingredient for mixing chocolate egg creams.

Elderflower, Aloha

Attention fans of St-Germain, heres a soda flavor youre bound to like. The unique, but intriguing flavor of this all-natural "surfsoda," from the Hawaii-based company is a combination of elderflower and the super fruit marula.

Caipirinha-Chili Soda, Sinalco

For those teetotalers, this Brazilian soda offers all the flavors of the country's iconic cocktail, the caipirinha, sans the alcohol.

Vermont Maple Soda, Vermont Sweetwater Bottling Company

If youre one of those people who loves maple syrup so much you claim you could drink it straight, heres a unique soda for you to try. The all-natural soda from the Vermont-based company is sweetened exclusively with Vermont maple syrup.

Cel-Ray, Dr. Browns

Way ahead of the curve on the juicing trend, this celery-flavored soda has been around since the 1860s. Prevalent in New York and South Florida, the drink can most commonly be found in Jewish delicatessens and restaurants. Made from celery seed extract, the flavor has been likened to a spicy ginger ale.

Tofurky & Gravy Soda, Jones Soda Co.

Maryse Chevriere

Jones Soda Co. is known for their variety of oddball specialty flavors. (Just consider the Thanksgiving Holiday pack "sides": Sweet Potato Soda, Pea Soda, Dinner Roll Soda, and Antacid Flavored Soda). But Tofurky & Gravy Soda? Only die-hard Tofurky fanatics need apply. In a taste test, we detected a "new toy" smell and "aspartame" finish.

Ice Cucumber, Pepsi

"Cool as a cucumber" gets the soda treatment in this drink, another unique limited-edition Pepsi product sold in Japan during the summer of 2007.

White – Yogurt Flavor, Pepsi

Pepsi and yogurt: A match made in unlikely beverage heaven? The sweet taste of Pepsi meets the creamy flavor of yogurt in this unexpected pairing, available only in Japan.

Pink – Strawberry Milk, Pepsi

Strawberry-flavored soda? Sure. But strawberry milk-flavored soda? Now that definitely crosses over into bizarre beverage flavor territory. The limited-edition drink was apparently released in, you guessed it, Japan in November 2011.

Calpico Soda, Calpis

Because one yogurt-flavored soda just wasn't enough, we present Calpico Soda. This carbonated version of the milk and lactobacilli soft drink is described by the company as having "a distinctive yet sweet and tangy taste" and can found primarily in Asian countries.

BlaK, Coca-Cola

Coffee stouts and espresso-based cocktails have had such great success, but too bad the same can't be said for coffee-flavored soda. That is, at least, in the case of the short-lived Coca-Cola BlaK. Discontinued two years after its release, Anderson Cooper infamously spit the drink out on Live with Regis and Kelly. Let's just say it was no Manhattan Special.