We’re often told not to judge a book by its cover, but I have absolutely done so. I also generally choose wine based on the label design, purses by their designer, and household cleaners by their mascots. The irresistible power of marketing confronts us at every corner and I can’t say it bothers me.
With that in mind, I recently went through a long, LONG list of international soft drinks and chose the ones I would most like to try based solely on their names. Keep in mind that I have no idea what these drinks taste like, so don’t take this as a suggestion. It’s merely a silly exercise in “Well, if I could, why not?”
Manzanita Deliciosa – Mexico
How can anyone resist a drink named “deliciosa”? This is a traditional apple-flavored soda which apparently makes an excellent pairing with Mexican food. Midnight Taco Bell run anyone?
Chubby – Trinidad and Tobago
Luckily this name refers to the cute little bottles and NOT the after-effects it has on your body. Apparently the main target is children between the ages of 4 and 9, but they got me hook, line, and sinker.
Schwip Schwap – Germany
Just try saying this drink name with a German accent, isn’t it amazing? I would order this just to have the chance to say it aloud. This orange-flavored cola is a strong seller and is actually produced by Pepsi!
Splashe Back O’ Bourke Cola – Australia
The unnecessary “e” at the end of the word, the random apostrophe, the use of the word “Bourke”…I don’t even know what to do with this. I would assume this cola makes for an excellent picnic beverage, because duh.
Clearly Canadian – Canada