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Ranking the Colas: Fizzy Bliss Explained
That Feel-Good Fizz.
Hands-down my favorite beverage of all time will be the assortment of colas available on the market. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, RC Cola & all of the variations of those brands probably account for more than 40% of my fluid intake in a given week. Soda is fine, but I generally only crave soda after a long walk or when it's particularly hot out. Cola is my go-to drink when I feel like crap, when watching a movie or when I just want to drink something for the sake of drinking something.
#1 Dr. Pepper -
They say that Dr Pepper consists of 23 individual spices, or "flavors" in order to achieve the unique taste of this hot cherry beverage. It tops the list due to the bold flavor that is easily distinguishable from other colas on the market. There are even hot beverage recipes & cocktails that utilize this soft drink. It goes great with just about any type of food, sans maybe candy or chocolate.
#2 Pepsi -
Pepsi is such a classic beverage. Its simple, refreshing taste is similar to that of Coke (but not as bold) resulting in a feel-good beverage that is great for hot temps or consuming a large meal. It's not too spicy or too dull. It's just right.
Coca-Cola is an interesting soft drink. It has a very simplistic, yet bold taste. It outperforms Pepsi in the "kick" department, but due to the bold & in-your-face nature of a typical bottle of Coke, I find myself growing tired of it long before I would tire of Pepsi.
#4 RC Cola -
The underdog of the list. Some might call it a poor-man's Pepsi. RC stands for Royal Crown cola. This cola has a taste that is very similar to Pepsi, but at a greatly reduced cost. It came in handy during times when my budget was tight and I needed to plan my lunches cheaply for the week.
Breaking Down the Big Four
Out of the four listed, there also exists variations of the standard flavors.
#1 Wild Cherry Pepsi - This has to be my favorite soft drink variation of all time. The addition of a cherry flavoring to the smooth Pepsi formula creates the best cola mix experience one can find.
#2 Cherry Coke - It was hard to decide between Cherry Pepsi or Cherry Coke for the top spot, but ultimately Pepsi came out on top due to the smoother nature of its taste & feel. Cherry Coke has a similar taste, but again it tends to pack more of a "punch" and tires you out after a binge-drinking session.
#3 Cherry Dr. Pepper - Believe it or not, I don't really care much for the Dr Pepper variations. I think they got it right the first time, and the addition of cherry flavoring is somewhat redundant in a soft drink already containing 23 flavors. There are also vanilla & cherry-vanilla mixes available, but I find them to be overwhelming to the taste buds.
#4 Vanilla Coke - A smoother Coke that I enjoy separately as a quick snack/sugar-boost. Interestingly, I don't care for it much while eating or jogging.
#5 RC Cherry Cola - The underdog returns. A very cheap alternative compared to the others on the list, this is Cherry Pepsi/Coke on a budget. For some reason, the cherry variation of this soft drink reminds me more of Coke than Pepsi, but still retains a portion of the Pepsi flavor hidden within. I wouldn't want to binge-drink this beverage, because after I did so once when my budget was thin I became so sick of it that I almost swore off cola for the rest of my life. It's okay in short bursts.