12 Surprising Soda Flavors Slideshow
March 12, 2015
From strawberry milk to chai, some of the world's most unique soda flavors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.