Arts & Culture Emelyne Smith sampled Latin soda pop including Jarritos and Inca Cola.

Published on February 2nd, 2014 | by Mark Chesnut

Emelyne Smith sampled Latin soda pop including Jarritos and Inca Cola.

VIDEO: A Gringo Guide to Latin Soda Pop (Guarana, Jarritos, Inca Cola)


Thirsty for Latin flavor? Try sampling any of these seven soda pops from Latin America, including Guarana from Brazil, Jarritos from Mexico and Inca Cola from Peru.

For this exclusive video report, assembled a panel of dry-throated gringos — and one patient Latino — to come up with their own takes on these often-sugary, brightly colored soft drinks from Mexican culture, Colombian culture and Brazilian culture. Emelyne Chesnut Smith served up the results, with her own insight about each.

All of the drinks we sampled are sold in their home countries as well as the United States, so whether you’re looking for refreshments during a Latin American vacation or just aiming to add something new to your own dinner table, these are worth considering — and you may be surprised by how wrong we were about the flavors during our blind taste test. Among the colorful soft drink contenders vying to satisfy your thirst (along with some links to inspiration to get you to the countries where they’re made):

1. Colombiana kola-flavored soda (from Colombia)
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2. Country Club raspberry soda (Dominican Republic)
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3. Postobon apple-flavored soda (Colombia)
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4. Jarritos tamarind soda (Mexico)
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5. Brazilia guaraná (Brazil)
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6. Tropical strawberry-flavored soda (Ecuador)
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7. Inca Cola kola-flavored soda (Peru)
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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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