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Mexican Coke Review

Brand: Coca-Cola
Flavor: Hecho en Mexico
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 355 milliliter bottle
Purchased At: Smith’s
Similar To: Dublin Dr. Pepper

A few years ago, one of my friends told me about a magical brew of Coca-Cola that was produced in Mexico. Unlike Coke made in the United States, he said, this Coca-Cola was made with real sugar and was much better than the domestic product I was used to. I eventually was able to track some bottles down in a local gas station and decided to give it a shot. Now, a few years later, I’ve purchased some more Mexican Coke in order to review it. The reason that I finally decided to review Mexican Coke is due to a recent article I read where they did a blind taste test of Mexican Coke and regular Coke. As the taste test showed, most people actually preferred the flavor of regular Coke over Mexican Coke. Maybe we’re just used to it so that’s why we prefer it? Like my friend told me, Mexican Coke is made with real sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup that has become the norm in the United States. Mexican Coke is very delicious, but I have to disagree with my friend in one way. While it’s a great soda, it really isn’t that much better than the regular Coke that I’m used to. It’s different, but not necessarily better. Mexican Coke doesn’t taste quite as syrupy as the regular variety which helps bring out the natural Coca-Cola flavor. Mexican Coke can be hard to track down, so if you have the opportunity, I definitely recommend picking some up. It’s different than regular Coke, but just as good. It’s hard to improve upon perfection, right?

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Dublin Dr. Pepper Review

Brand: Dr. Pepper
Flavor: Dublin Dr. Pepper
Sweetener: Imperial Cane Sugar
Size: 8 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: None

A year or two ago, I remember walking down the soda aisle at a grocery store and spotting a few 20-ounce plastic bottles of something called Heritage Dr. Pepper. This Dr. Pepper was made with real sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. My interest piqued, I bought a bottle to give it a shot. I remember it not tasting much different than the regular Dr. Pepper that I know and love. When I went back to the store a few days later in an attempt to do a side-by-side comparison of regular and Heritage Dr. Pepper, I was disappointed to see that they had none left in stock. I haven’t seen Heritage Dr. Pepper since. Here I am, a year or two later with a bottle of Dublin Dr. Pepper. I’m not sure if Dublin Dr. Pepper and Heritage Dr. Pepper are the same thing or if the sugar used to make each of them is slightly different. Dublin Dr. Pepper is sweetened with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. It is named Dublin Dr. Pepper because it is made in Dublin, Texas using the original Dr. Pepper formula. Much like the Heritage Dr. Pepper I tried a little while ago, I couldn’t tell much of difference between the Dublin Dr. Pepper and regular Dr. Pepper. I should have probably tried them side-by-side. Having said that, I have long loved regular Dr. Pepper so I enjoyed the Dublin variety quite a bit. It was highly carbonated and very refreshing. If you aren’t very fond of Dr. Pepper, the Dublin variety probably won’t do much to change your mind, though. I’m hoping to track down another bottle so I can do a comparison. In any event, Dublin Dr. Pepper is highly recommended by me especially for anyone that loves regular Dr. Pepper.

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Double Cola Review

Brand: Double Cola
Flavor: Cola
Sweetener: Cane sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Little Dave’s Deli
Similar To: Empire Real Cola

Double Cola is made by the same company that produces Ski, a soda that I recently reviewed and really enjoyed. The last time I tried Double Cola was several years ago and I remembered liking it so I was excited to give it another go. After the first sip, I remembered what it was that I liked so much about it. Unlike a lot of the sodas I’ve tried recently, Double Cola doesn’t try to do anything too fancy or too gimmicky. It is just a really, really solid cola soda. The cola flavor is spot on, not too weak or too overpowering. I also really like the design of the soda’s label for it’s simple lettering and color scheme although it looks like that design may soon change. After finishing the bottle, I was trying to think of another cola that I had enjoyed this much and I wasn’t able to bring anything, instead going back and thinking of how I was going to get another bottle of this stuff. Double Cola may not do anything new or innovative, but it’s just a really great soda and that’s about all that matters to me.

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Spring Grove Cream Soda Review

Spring Grove Cream Soda

Brand: Spring Grove
Flavor: Cream Soda
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla…
Similar To: Americana Honey Cream Soda

Ok I’ll just be frank and just say it – Spring Grove Cream Soda is the best cream soda I’ve had. Spring Grove Soda Pop has been quietly bottling soda for over 100 years and I’m sure glad they’re still at it because this is a must-have if you’re a fan of vanilla cream soda. Honestly, I found this drink on accident. The bottle design is a significant influence in which sodas I will buy, at least among brands that I am not familiar. The Spring Grove Soda bottle is pretty reserved – it’s a clear bottle with a clear label with the company name, the flavor and that what looks like a river bank with trees and plants. Don’t let this innocent label fool you though, within this bottle is one amazing cream soda. Boy am I glad I gave this soda a try. Spring Grove Cream Soda has a heavy measure of vanilla flavoring. The taste is sweet, smooth, and very clean. You can tell that vanilla is the main flavoring but it’s never overbearing. Spring Grove Cream Soda is in dark color and finishes clean – despite the dominant vanilla flavor it never turns bitter or rough – just a smooth, cream delivery and finish. Spring Grove Soda Pop makes 8 flavors in total – I’m looking forward to enjoying and reviewing their other flavors.

The Spring Grove website sums it up best by saying: “Our cream soda is one of the best on the market. It definitely will take you back to your childhood when cream soda’s were dark in color with a noticeable taste of vanilla.

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Cheerwine Soda Review

Brand: Cheerwine
Flavor: Cherry
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased at: Pirate O’s
Similar to: Dr. Pepper Cherry

Thanks to the handy Cheerwine Finder, I was able to finally track down a few bottles of Cheerwine. This soda has been made since 1917 in North Carolina. Luckily, there are big plans for nationwide distribution. I say “luckily” because Cheerwine is a really great soda. The soda is dark red in color and is available in cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. I was able to find some in glass bottles which was good because the glass bottle variety is still made with sugar unlike the plastic bottle Cheerwine which is made with corn syrup. The bottle is very minimally decorated with the Cheerwine logo on either side and the words “Unique Sparkling Soft Drink” printed on the neck. When I first tasted it, I was expecting something similar to a cherry cola and I wasn’t too far off. Of all the major sodas, I think Cheerwine is most similar to Dr. Pepper Cherry. The cherry flavor in Cheerwine is quite subtle and is masked somewhat by the soda’s high carbonation. While a lot of vintage sodas are fun just to try for the curiosity factor, Cheerwine is one that I can definitely see myself coming back to again and again. Hopefully the nationwide distribution isn’t too far off.

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Stewart’s Key Lime Soda Review

Key Lime Soda

Brand: Stewart’s
Flavor: Key Lime
Sweetener: High fructose corn syrup
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Cost: $1.39
Purchased at: Harmons
Similar to: N/A

Stewart’s website describes their Key Lime Soda as being similar to “sitting in a lounge chair and watching the sunset” while eating a piece of key lime pie. While I didn’t have any visions of sunsets, beaches, or cheap lawn chairs while I was drinking this soda, I was very impressed with the unique key lime flavor. The printing on the bottle promises “smooth lime taste” and it delivers. The flavor is smooth and not overpowering. Vintage soda enthusiasts may be disappointed to find out that this flavor, like all of Stewart’s varieties, is flavored with corn syrup rather than cane sugar, but that’s a pretty minor complaint for an otherwise excellent soda.

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