Soda! We forgive it a lot of things for the pure joy it brings to our lives (or more accurately, the lives of our little ones). Drunk in moderation, you can overlook the effect of all that sugar on the teeth and on the waistline, and even begin to embrace the wild and wacky world of soda culture. For soda does not begin and end with Fanta and the various warring factions of the Cola industry: there are all kinds of sodas from all over the world in exotic flavors that you may only be able to dream of tasting. Let’s have a look at some of the weirdest!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, you only need look to Asia for some of the most experimental advances in soda flavoring. Malaysia tops the bunch with Keko Bird’s Nest Drink. Keko makes a variety of bottled and canned drinks based on traditional, healthy recipes. Their canned soda is made from the bird nests of edible-nest swiftlets, a delicacy in that part of the world. And what’s more, those bird nests contain no preservatives!
In Japan, you can find a whole range of strange and enticing soda pops, from curry lemonade (can it really work) to Pepsi’s yoghurt-based “Pepsi White”. Meanwhile, in Europe, you can find a more sober soda in Germany, where Karamalz is a kind of a cross between lemonade and malt drink. And the Russians make a herbal soda from tarragon. It’s called Takrkhun, has a licorice kind of flavor, and probably comes with a full healthy whack of magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Oh, those Russians…
For a full, colorful guide to the wide world of soda, check out this new infographic from Home To Go. It’s one to share with the kids – as long as you’re ready for their instant demands for crazy international sodas instead of their usual Coke!