I don’t know why, then, I paused in the 7-11 this afternoon when I saw a can of Red Bull Cola.
I suppose it was curiosity to see whether they made some “energy cola” to supplement their product line. Seeing the “natural” tag on several parts of the can made me chuckle considering the somewhat engineered flavor of their flagship beverage, so I had to glance at the ingredients. Here I was surprised to find real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (like nearly every other cola in the USA) and a lack of high-wattage extracts. What, not an energy drink? So I decided it was at least worth trying a new cola.
Cracking open the can I could already smell the difference – this was definitely a cola, but not your average Pepsi or Coke product. There was a real fragrance that smelled like something mixed up fresh. Tasting the drink confirmed what my nose suspected – there were hints of citrus, licorice, and some spices on which I couldn’t put my finger – so I had to take a closer look at the ingredients. Sure enough, there were extracts of lime, licorice, vanilla, lemon juice concentrate, ginger, cinnamon, cacao, and a host of others. Heck, they even get the caffeine from coffee beans!
I don’t think I ever expected a can of cola with this complex a flavor…now I want more.