As a die-hard member of #teampepsi - no ifs, ands, or buts about it - I was psyched to learn that Pepsi released three new flavors today: mango, berry, and lime. But as a true Pepsi purist, I was ambivalent about straying from the original.
Cut to 4 pm when Pepsi's PR team rolled a bar cart into the Woman's Day office to give us food editors a taste. How could these new flavors, which contain real fruit juice, stand up to the original can? And adding alcohol? Why? Pepsi is already perfect. But with a sip of each drink, I became more convinced: fruit-flavored Pepsi is where it's at.
First thing's first, let’s talk about the soda’s scent (yes, really). While we didn’t sniff and swirl, a la wine tasting method, everyone commented on the drink’s nice aroma. Fruity, pleasant, definitely tropical.
Woman’s Day’s Executive Editor, Annemarie Conte, took a sip and was shocked - annoyed even! -that she liked this one (she's not a soda drinker; and when she does, it's the competition). When mixed with a little bourbon, the mango tastes like a tropical twist on an Old Fashioned. Hands down, it was the team’s favorite cocktail we tasted.
The Woman's Day food team decided that the berry flavor was a bit too sweet on its own, but agreed that it worked well when mixed with tangy lemonade. With the addition of muddled blackberries and a few extra berries for garnish, it turned into the ideal sophisticated mocktail I can’t wait to drink all summer long.
This refreshing can was my absolute favorite, transporting me to vacations where my drink of choice is usually Pepsi with a big squeeze of lime. The WD food team agreed adding citrus to Pepsi makes the most sense.
The lime is far from overpowering, but certainly apparent in smell and flavor. And with the addition of tequila and a little Mexican lager, it was the perfect combo of a margarita and michelada.
Overall, all three Pepsi flavors were light, refreshing and fruity, without veering too far away from the classic. Trust me, they make for the ideal summer refresher, with or without mix-ins.
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